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IntroDramaWk1Sp10 - Introduction to Drama Week 1 Syllabus...

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Introduction to Drama Week 1
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Syllabus review Required text Office hours Attendance policy Civility: phones, food, etc. Hard copy + SafeAssign SafeAssign tutorial? Plagiarism? No. Assessment
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From Glossary of Dramatic Terms Drama : A play written in prose or verse that tells a story through dialogue and actions performed by actors impersonating the characters of the story Mimesis : Greek word for imitation . Used by Aristotle to define the role of art as imitation of action Dramatic Illusion : The illusion of reality created by drama and accepted by the audience for the duration of the play.
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The elements of drama Plot: the action of the drama Characterization: the reveal of characters as plot advances Setting: time and place, scenery, title Dialogue: verbal exchanges between characters (or by sole character to audience in form of soliloquy) Music: mood, dialogue, diversion Movement Theme: the play’s central message
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Reading a play Keep in mind that reading a play is a very different experience than viewing a play in the theatre or from reading other fictional texts (novels, poetry, etc.). But all forms of fiction adhere to fairly prescribed formats and plays are no different. Title Dramatis Personae (persons of the play) Setting Scenes/Acts Stage Directions
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Thursday Thinking About Drama (pp. 1-22) What is Drama?
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