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Drama Terms

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a writer who creates plays Playwright
a small part of a play, taking place in a single location at one time Scene
major section or division of a play; a play has between one and five Act
the exchange of words between characters in a story, poem, or a play Dialogue
Words spoken by a character in a play to the audience or to another character that are not supposed to be overheard by the other characters on stage in a scene. Aside
a speech meant to be spoken or performed by one actor Monologue
a dramatic convention by means of which a character speaks his or her thoughts aloud when alone onstage, conveniently informing the audience about his or her state of mind so that we can understand the character’s motivation Soliloquy
the physical spectacle presented to the audience in a performance by the actors; it takes into account such elements as the stage set, the different props and costumes used by the actors, their movement onstage, and the lighting and sound effects Staging
the actors’ movement onstage during the duration of the play Blocking
nonverbal gestures of the actors onstage Stage Business
notes included in a drama to describe how the work is to be performed or staged Stage Directions
literary techniques that involve surprising, interesting, or amusing contradictions; a literary device that uses words to express something other than what is meant by the speaker Irony
when something stands for or represents something else Symbolism
the telling of a story or drama in a manner that is faithful to the reader’s experience of real life Realism
the way authors convey their unstated attitudes toward their subjects as revealed in their literary style Tone
a play usually designed to be performed in a theater where actors take on roles of the characters Drama
a story that ends unhappily, usually in the death of the main character Tragedy
a story that ends happily, often with marriage symbolizing the continuation of life and the resolution of conflict Comedy
a story with a mixture of sad and happy events; the story’s resolution can take different forms, but the audience usually experiences the play as a positive statement, an affirmation of life Tragicomedy
a form of tragicomedy in modern plays where the playwright’s sardonic humor offers frightening glimpses into the futility of life Dark Comedy
a short play that depends for its comic effect on exaggerated, improbable situations and slapstick action Farce
a humorous imitation of another, usually serious, work or type of work, in which the author adopts the quirks of style or conventions and used them in extreme and ridiculous ways, or applies them to a comically inappropriate subject Parody
a work that ridicules some aspect of human behavior by portraying it at its most extreme Satire
Created by: Drama2012