Unformatted text preview: What is stasis? What is an intrusion? Which does a play begin with? Which does a play end on? Which of these two terms, stasis or intrusion, occurs at the moment that we also call “the inciting incident?” Stasis is the state of suspension or stability at the beginning of the play. The world may not be perfect, but nothing is changing, and it won’t until something disrupts it. That disruption is the intrusion (also known as the inciting incident); which causes the action in the play to move in a forward direction until its conclusion. The play both begins and ends with a stasis, though they normally do not resemble each other....
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