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Structure of the play I. Playwright a. Playwright – Builder, maker, constructor of the play II. Subject a. Always a verb b. Drama i. From the Greek word “dran” meaning to do or to act III. Structural conventions a. Limited space i. Space of the stage ii. Set, scenery iii. Time 1. Length of performance 2. Span of time withing the play b. Conflict i. Protagonist ii. Antagonist iii. Balance of forces iv. Incentive and motivation c. Plot vs. the story i. Construction of the character 1. Show only what is needed in order to progress the play ii. Series of crisis’ that lead to the climax iii. Climax – culmination of everything encountered through the production d. Point of view – playwright tries to manipulate you to see the intended
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Unformatted text preview: point of view e. Genre category or type of play f. Climactic Structure i. Most common type of structure ii. Plot begins late in the story 1. Story begins late with the opening scene ( Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, etc.) iii. Construction is tight, every scene moves from one to the next 1. Everything within the story pertains to the plot 2. The well-made play iv. Greek, Roman, French, Europian (and consequently American) plays are primarily climactic plays g. Episodic Structure [Comparison of two types of structures on p. 210] h. Avant garde...
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