Drama Quiz 3 Flashcards

Terms Definitions
le mobile
Assistant Stage Manager
city dionysia
a contest
to stay in character
Overweening pride, outrageous behavior, or the insolence that leads to ruin, the anithesis of moderation or rectitude
bring an accusation against
dramatic convention where character speeks to the audience, but cannot be heard by the other characters on stage
someone who tells a story
Questioning a character in role
All My Sons Genre
Modern Tragedy
inferior in size or quality
a major division in a play
A character speaks their thoughts aloud
Conversation between two or more people
internal traits
characteristics that make up personality, such as family circumstances, environmental, occupation, level of education, interests, and so on
the acoustic phenomenon that gives sound a penetrating quality
a humorous attack on accepted conventions of society, holding up human vices and follies to ridicule
blank verse
regular meter but no rhyme
to arrange the scenery, properties, lights, etc., on (a stage) for an act or scene; to prepare (a scene) for dramatic performance.
contribuyen al acción de modo indirecto/pasivo (animales, objetos)
the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work
a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
thoughts and feelings a character has as he/she speaks his/her lines
Movements which follow a pattern or beat
A hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
a drug that neutralizes or counteracts the effects of another drug
lowest area of seating, not above stage height
dramatic irony
actions or remarks whose significance is not realised by all the characters
Tragic hero
A privileged, exalted character of high repute, who, by virtue of a tragic flaw and fate, suffers a fall from glory into suffering.
three unites of plot
place, time, and action
A work of literature, especially a play, that results in a catastrophe, a disaster or great misfortune, for the main character, or tragic hero
external/objective - the time of the clock
The way an author chooses words, arranges theme in sentences or lines of dialogue or verse, and develops ideas and actions with description, imagery, and other literary techniques. (Style includes connotation, denotation, diction, figurative languagr, imagery, irony, metaphor, narrator, point of view, and tone.)
Students improvise scenes for their own growth, not for an audience.
the impromptu portrayal of a character or a scene without any rehearsal or preparation
Cold Reading
Auditioning with a script that you have not had the opportunity to read before the audition
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
Eg. We waste our lights in vain, like lights by day ( Act 1 Scene 4 Line 45)
Church, Arts, Military, State
What institutions replace tribal functionaries
play on words-the humorous use of a word or phrase to suggest 2 or more meanings at the same time
a release of strong emotion by the audience or a character (usually in tragedy) resulting in purification and balance
That quality of a literary work that makes the reader or audience uncertain or tense about the outcome of events. Suspense makes the reader ask "What will happen next?"
Old Comedy
Comic style prevalent during the time of Aerostotle in which characters are often recognizable figures of the time period and is based on a loose, satiric structure. (Comparable to SNL today)
Primary playwrite = Aristophanes
foot iron
an L-shaped piece of strap iron attached to the back of a flat and anchored to the floor wiht a stage screw
Verbal Irony
occurs when what is said contradicts what is meant or thought
Which was the most important Athenian festival?
City Dionysia
Comic Relief
a funny situation or statement during a tense moment
tryout for a character or position in a play. Matter of chemistry, talent, energy.
rising action
a series of events of increasing interest and power to the climax
A group of characters in Greek tragedy (and in later forms of drama), who comment on the action of a play without participation in it
a term applied to any literary work that relies on implausible events and sensational action for its effect
Use of the body as a means of communication
a look at past events with the main action
a stencil placed in the gel holder of the spotlight makes patterns of lights and shadow on the stage
A stanza or group of four lines of poetry
arena stages
a stage w/out a proscenium arch and with seats on four sides, allowing close association b/t actors and spectators
Closet Drama
A drama, usually in verse, meant for reading rather than for performance
bourgeois tragedy
it was designed as a serious depiction of middle-class problems, especially social abuses, but usually included a conventional happy ending.
C.Jacobean court mask
performed by the court for the court
situation centered
an approach to telling a story that takes a single situation or a series of situations and puts characters in them to show how different personalities respond to the same event
casca cinna caius
three men who are part of the conspiracy
ensemble ethic
way to work with a group of actors working together to create an artistic whole rather than stressing individual players
the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.
What do I want to do to the person I am talking to?
Open up/Cheat Out
Move so that the actor's body and face are turned towards the audience
55. Describe the stage of the Elizabethan public theatre.
- surrounded by three sides of the audience
exiting play
Farther upstage
act out story/plot
A standard plot outline
importance relative to others
the actors in a play
set description
description of the setting
le point de départ
starting point
movements for song and scenes
Literal dictionary meaning of word.
practices or method accepted by readers and audiences, however unrealistic
art director
person who determines staging requirements for a production and supervises the building and dressing of set designs.
a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
stylised form of movement which creates an illusion of reality
final summation and exit of Chorus
Sean O'Casey
Eye-problems; no formal education, taught himself to read at 14
Aphra Behn
First known English woman dramatist
two words, apparently contradictory in meaning, when usded together make a commonly understood saying
The written version of a play
A highly comic theatrical style usually involving broad physical comedy
Dry Tech
A technical rehearsal without actors present
the feelings or emotions surrounding a word
info the audience must know to understand the story
rope used for lashing flats together, tying rope
a speaker directly addresses an absent person or a personified quality
Foil Character
a character who contrasts and parallels the main character in a play or story
Which Greek city converted the old rural festivals into dramatic spectacles?
George Bernard Shaw
studied Karl Marx, loved socialism
person responsible for records stage business
stage manager
2 essential components of theater space?
Audience, actor
A stage curtain made of industrial gauze material used to create scenic effects
a writers attitude toward a subject as reflected by the writer's choice of words and details
Types of irony
1. dramatic irony
2. verbal irony
3 situational irony
dynamic character
one whose character changes in the course of the play or story
canvas cloth which covers the back of the stage
are the parts you play when you interact with others.
slow motion
movement performed at a slowed down speed
The resolution of the plot of a literary work.
dramatic structure--complication
the rising action; the building of tension caused by the conflict of opposing interests.
smaller division of an act in a play
Implied themes
must be inferred from the characters and their actions, the setting, and the conflict
drawing-room comedy
hard-edged satire of comedy of manners with varying amounts of sentimental romance
parts of your body that make constant sounds
stage left/right
the right/left part of the stage in the actor's perspective
Machinist->Technical Director
Director-> Production Stage Manager
Who would be equivalent in the modern theater to the medieval "machinist" and "director
the tangles of the plot are untied and mysteries are solved
prompt side
left hand side of the stage where prompter and stage manager sit during performance
participatory drama
a play where the line dividing the audience and the stage is blurred; often actors move through, sit in the audience, or sometimes the stage is completely eliminated.
4 Native types of characters
1. Indian- Sympathetic noble savage
2. Yankee- Symbol of American Common Man democratic views
3. City Boy- Hic City Firefighter
character centered
an approach to telling a story that focuses on a character or a group of characters who experience different situations.
Iambic Pentameter
verse in writen in lines with five iambic (unstressed/stressed) per line
Masks & Costume
How did the audience know who the members of the small, all-male casts were supposed to be representing?
Down stage centre (DSC)
The middle part of the stage nearest the audience
What is the chariot and pole system
mechanism used to change flats
What does epic theater call attention to?
itself as theater, bringing the stage lights in front of the curtain and interrupting the linear flow of the action to help the audience analyze the action and characters on stage.
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