Stasis_Intrusion_Action - What is stasis? What is an...

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What is action? How do these words relate to David Ball’s idea of action: trigger, heap? When Ball writes that one event’s heap becomes the next event’s trigger, what does he mean? What point is he making? Action occurs when something happens to make something else happen. It’s a two-part word; David Ball uses the example of pulling a trigger (the first part of the action) causes a person to fall down in a dead heap (the second part of the action). But action is continuous; one action should lead seamlessly into the next action. So, in Ball’s example, the dead heap will become the trigger that makes someone else fall into a dead heap, since the end of one action becomes the beginning of another action.
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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 wont 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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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course DRAMA 201C taught by Professor Rhondaguthu during the Spring '11 term at Washington University in St. Louis.

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