Drama Cards Flashcards

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misapprehension
misunderstanding
rosemary
fragrant herb
humble
to come down.
AEA
Actors equity assoc
jute tubing
reinforce backdrop
Krucial Keys to Komedy
objectivity
surprise
exposure/deflation
the body
wish fulfillment
playwright
someone who writes plays
kabuki theatre
pg 30and 31
conflict
struggle between opposing characters or forces
cross
travel across or pass over
limelight
public attention to a person
actor
artist protraying a role onstage
Foil
Character of totally opposite personality traits of the hero.
table saw
cutting with the grain
Black Box
Whole theater painted black, small.
soliloquy
a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
climax
in dramatic or narrative literature, it is the moment when the interest and emotional intensity reach their highest point
Established Drama as an Art Form
Egyptians
alliteration
the repetition of initial consonant sounds
the body can help with...
physical acting
Acting is not...1)showing2)narrating3)illustrating4)all of the above5)2 and 3 only
4)all of the above
Props
The properties or small objects used by the actors
Couplet
a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse
Setting
the surroundings in which something is set; scene
Aside
dramatic device in which a character speaks to the audience
antagonist
the charcter who works against the protangonist in the story
BACKDROP
painted canvas or curtain hung upstage from battens.
Lillian Hellman
"The Children's Hour" (teacher killed herself when student spread rumor)
producer
person who gather and supervises the finances for a play and therefore has the ultimate power
Monologue
An extended speech given by one speaker
Down or Downstage
The front of the stage
scripts
the form that plays are written in
equity day off
one day off a week
hero
a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
Apron
Part of the stage that sticks out farther than the prosceniem arch
Commedia 'dell Arte
A form of theatrical improvisation developed in the 1500s which includes stock characters and farcical situations
heroic couplet
a stanza consisting of two rhyming lines in iambic pentameter
Black Box Theater
designed as a reaction against traditional playing spaces
Action
physical things that people do in the play, including facial expressions
descriptive criticism
criticism that attempts to describe as clearly and accurately as possible what is happening in a performance
simile
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
Ensemble
an assemblage of parts or details (as in a work of art) considered as forming a whole
settings
the time and place in which the drama's action unfolds
Acting Styles
The particular manner of acting ehich reflects cultural and historical influences
Script
The written text of a play which includes:Dialogue,Stage Expressions, and expository actions. 
Alan Kaprow
18 "Happenings" - 3 rooms, 6 simultaneous events in each
- audience sent "props" and told where to sit and when
Avenue Seating
Play in the middle, audience on either side
properties (props)
a movable item used on set of theater
dramatic festival
place where plays were given 3-4 times a year at dionysus festival singing a chorus
Most Popluar Type of Prop which could be used for many differant things in Japan
The Fan
Fourth wall
The imaginary wall of the box theater setting, supposedly removed to allow the audience to see the action.
arena
the type of stage with actors in the middle, audience all the way around you
Dramatic Monalogue
A speech made by a single character that reveals something about the speaker or fills in important circumstances in the story.
TURNING POINT
The climax or high point of a story.
Demosthones
Lived in Greece in 351 B.C. He was the first orator and practiced speaking with rocks in his mouth
set
give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
Playing the conditions
The way in which an actor uses elements such as time, place, and weather to meet his or her objectives.
Akropolis
top of the hill; the women go up to it in Lysistrata to take over the treasury there
Name the people who attend a production meeting.
playwright, director, stage manager, prop master, sound design, costume design, lighting director, producer, tech director
Why does Wilson leave the controversial part of Troy until the end of Act 1
learn about his 15 years in prison; enables us to like troy before we find out about his past; see him as a good father; just repeat the same errors and give them to our children
puns
funny jokes
plot
sequence of events
tragic flaw
pride or indecisivenes
character relationship objective where
CROW
costume
what the actor wears
skene
building used as dressing room
scrutinized (v)
-examined closely
The college scrutinized the applicant before accepting her.
Make-up
Cosmetics and sometimes hairstyles that an actor wears on stage to emphasize facial features, historical periods, characterizations, and so forth.
center
center of the acting area
Dialog
The conversation in a drama.
theme
a drama's insight into life
irony
a method of expressing the opposite
tragic hero
the protagonist of a tragedy
Eugene O'Neill
dabbled in alcoholism & prostitutes
Inigo Jones
brought Italian renaissance style theater to England; contributed to stage design by serving as designer for dozens of masques
historycal
Sir Walter Scott; reconstructing and imaginatively recreating history
Stock character
character with predictable behavior traits. Introduced in Roman drama
cast
all the people in the play
Choreography
Dancing or movement in a play
Subtext
Information that is implied but not stated by a character; thoughts or actions of a character that do not express the same meaning as the character's spoken words
Role-play
A means of exploring attitudes and beliefs
scene
a location or setting; a division within an act of a play
personification
human qualities given to an object, animal or idea
characterization
putting together all facets of a character to bring life and interest to that character
staging
the position of the acting area relative to the audience
ode
complex lyric poem that develops a serious and dignified theme. Many commemorate events or praise people/nature
drama
a play composition to make life including emotions
Moliere
made fun of upper class ~ excommunicated
Liturgical drama
short dramatized sections of the medieval church service
Prose
term for everyday speech that the lower class characters use in Shakespeare's plays
Comic Relief
Amusing scene, incident, or speech introduced into serious or tragic elements, as in a play, in order to provide temporary relief from tension, or to intensify the dramatic action.
pun
a joke that results from multiple word meanings
orchestra
the area in front of the stage reserved for the chorus.
director
the person in charge; the one who gives directions to the actors and assumes ultimate responsibility for the production
external conflict
occurs when a character is pitted against an outside force, such as another character, a physical obstacle, or an aspect of nature of society
fast fade to
the lighting/sound is faded out quickly
Masks
Coverings worn over the face or part of the face of an actor to emphasize or neutralize facial characteristics.
Archetype
the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies; a typical example of a person or thing
Slapstick Comedy
a kind of farce, featuring pratfalls, pie throwing, and other violent action.
dialoge
talk or conversation btween 2 or more characters
battan
a pipe that can hold lights or curtains
implied themes
Most be inferred from the character and their actions the settings and the conflict
flashback
A device that allows the writer to present events that happened before the time of the current narration or the current events in the fiction.
Tragedy
..., drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance
catastrophe
in a drama, the point at which the circumstances overcome the central motive, introducing the final downfall or conclusion
Heyward, Dubose
was a white American author best known for his 1925 novel Porgy. This novel was the basis for the play by the same name (which he co-authored with his wife Dorothy) and, in turn, the opera Porgy and Bess with music by George Gershwin.
stage
directions
tell the characters what to do
(in italics or parentheses)
Foreshadowing
a writers use of hints or clues to indicate events and situations that will occur later in the plot
willing suspension of disbelief
the audience's ability to withhold rationalization and judgment and to "go along with" the storyline and events of the play as they occur.
58. What genre is associated with Beaumont and Fletcher?
- Tragic comedy
Blank Verse
A form of poetry that most resembles natural speech
Name the five reasons Shakespeare is great
universality, timelessness, adaptability, beauty, characterization
Ad Lib
To make up and deliver lines not in the script (to cover forgotten lines)
Dramatic monologue
A type of poem in which a speaker addresses a silent listener.
Stage Directions
Part of the script of a play that tells the actors how they are to move or to speak their lines. Enter and exit are stage directions.
Modes of organization: chronologically
a work where events unfold in the order in which they occurred
work cited page
the written list of all the books used in a report or book
What contribution did Sabbattini make to Italian Renaissance theatre
- Manual of special effects and set design
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