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1. Playwright – person who writes the script; inspiration comes from pre-existing stories (myth or previous tale), observed incident, news clippings, visual image, music or song, conversation 2. Essential elements for performance – idea, performer, audience, space 3 . Script- written stage directions of a play and the dialogue spoken by characters that culminates in a story, incident or event put into theatrical form (also called a dramatic text) can be published; play or performance is a live version of the script 4. Necessary elements of a script – plot, character, thought, diction, spectacle, music 5 . Plot – arrangement of actions in a play or dramatic text (showing not telling) 6 . Character – qualities of the agents in the script 7. Thought – the idea a play is exploring; theme, conflict, purpose 8. Diction – the language of the play, forms of dramatic speech, type of language used, rhythm pacing of the words spoken, and the individual voices of the performers 9. Music – purpose is to evoke emotion and informs audience of their surroundings; can be live, recorded, instrumental, singing, digital, improvisational, etc. 10. Spectacle – (most important) all the elements of a performance or production that are appealing to the eye; scenery, costume, lighting, movement on stage, etc. 11. Climactic plot – intensive or masculine 12. Episodic plot – extensive or feminine, related to theme with many subplots 13. Cyclic plot – patterned, post WWII begins and ends the same 14. Agon – found in old comedy but not tragedy, is a debate between two forces representing opposite sides of a political or social issue 15. Protagonist – central character of the play 16. Antagonist – opposing character to protagonist 17. Foil/counterpart – underscores or enhances characteristic of another; enriches protagonists purpose 18. Dialogue – 2 or more characters 19. Monologue – 1 person speaks long to another 20. Soliloquy – character alone on stage speaks to audience, herself, or higher power 21. Convention – an established theatrical technique or device 22. Primary convention of theatre – “willing suspension of disbelief” all other conventions stem from this; make up most rules in performance except agreement between audience and performers that play is believable; Samuel taylor collach – ability to accept illusion 23 . Style – the way a play is written, directed, designed, and performed 24. Presentational style – acknowledge the audience, actors perform to each other and to the audience, overly theatrical, not real to life 25. Representational style – the audience is eavesdropping on the 4th wall, actors do not acknowledge the audience, real to life 26. Genre – signifies a distinctive class or category of a play 27. Tragedy – serious drama involving important persons caught in calamitous circumstances 28 . Elements of traditional tragedy – tragic flaw or significant error in judgment, prosperity to misery and ignorance to knowledge, evokes catharsis (emotional cleansing
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2011 for the course THET 110 taught by Professor Dail during the Spring '07 term at Maryland.

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