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Playwriting Vocab

CHARACTER Who the actor pretends to be. (They want things. They have goals and objectives.)
DIALOGUE A conversation between two or more characters
CONFLICT Obstacles that get in the way of a character achieving what he or she wants. What the characters struggle against.
SCENE A single situation or unit of dialogue in a play.
STAGE DIRECTIONS Messages from the playwright to the actors, technicians, and others in the theater telling them what to do and how to do it.
SETTING Time and place of a scene.
BIOGRAPHY A character’s life story that a playwright creates.
MONOLOGUE A long speech one character gives on stage.
DRAMATIC ACTION An explanation of what the characters are trying to do.
BEAT A smaller section of a scene, divided where a shift in emotion or topic occurs.
PLOT The structure of a play, including exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement.
EXPOSITION The beginning part of a plot that provides important background information.
RISING ACTION The middle part of a plot, consisting of complications and discoveries that create conflict.
CLIMAX The turning point in a plot.
FALLING ACTION The series of events following the climax of a plot.
DENOUEMENT The final resolution of the conflict in a plot.
INCITING INCIDENT The event that MUST happen in order for the plot to move forward; introduces the conflict, begins the protagonist’s journey towards solving that conflict
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