Drama Quiz 2 Flashcards

Terms Definitions
mime
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Good-den
good evening
exposition
background info
Well Educated//Rich
Well Educated//Rich
hamlet's father's jester
yorrick
Fly space
space above stage
delivery
the enunciation of words
Richard Roger
Where Or When
everyday acting
role playing, imitating
playwright's technique for making believable characters
Characterization
comedy
using humor to explore themes
pun
a humorous play on words
dialog
the conversation in a drama
who calls the cue
stage manager
Allusion
an indirect reference by caually mentioning something that is generally familiar (In literature we find many allusions to mythology, the Bible, history, etc.
Proxemics
A strategic use of physical space
Conflict
a disagreement or argument about something important
Dialogue
conversation between characters in a literary work.
blocking
(American football) the act of obstructing someone's path with your body
Prologue
introductory lines spoken before a dramatic performance
plant
audience member whose part of show
Ritual Dance movement
pg 52 and 53
Diolouge
Lines actors speak from the script
OTC
Over the Counter- non prescription drug
Tragedy
A play that portrays a serious conflict between human beings and some superior, overwhelming force. It ends sorrowfully and disastrously, and this outcome seems inevitable.
Dimmer
an electrical device that controls the brightness of the lights.
Genre
of or pertaining to a distinctive literary type
serious and complete
what tragedy and must have
stage business
movement of employing props, costumes, or makeup
Periaktoi
screens used to set the background scenery
critique
an evaluation of a speech or performance
Hubris
a Greek word, usually translated as "overweening pride," "arrogance," "excessive ambition," and often said to be characteristic of tragic figures, it typically leads to a hero's downfall or the harm of others.
scenery
stage decration to describe time and place of a scene
denounment
(unknotting) the final thread of the plot
alienation effect
making the theatricality of the production's props, lights, sets, and equip visible
 
remind audience that they are seeing a play
 
emotionally detached
 
brecht
MYELOCELECYSTALGIA NEUROGENICOSTEOGENIC
PROSTRUSION OF THE SPINAL CORD.PAIN INTO THE URINARY BLADDER.ORIGINATING IN THE NERVES.ORIGINATING IN THE BONES.
Episodes
These are like acts or scenes in modern plays.
Gesture
A facial expression or movement of the body or hands that signals meaning
remains the same from beginning to end
Static Character
leading lady
actress who plays the leading female role
postmodernism
after just now, challenges some of the assumptions behind modernism. artists themselves are just as much a part of the crazy life and thus dont have the ability to stand outside society and critique it. its concerned with the fragments of a broken whole, everything has already been discovered; the best we can do is combine it in a different way. it is concerned with the role of art and often quotes other works of art. it constantly blends realism. different perceptions of reality all fused into one, reality itself has become so submerged in technology that our very idea of reality has been altered- lost our ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy, fractured plot, identity crisis- ground beneath us and world around us seems to b e constantly changing so we cannot create a firm identity, no traditional story line, everything in the past is discredited and challenged in the contemporary world, stability is overturned, meta-narratives- big way we explain the world to ourselves, dissolves illusions about something permanent
satire
making fun of something with the goal of changing it
tension
the state of aniety induced in the audience by the threat of danger to a charcter in the play
Recognition
When the main character comes to a realization or gain knowledge about something and makes them want to change.
otomatapoeia
when words are used to describe or portray a sound (Boom! Pow! Ka-Zaam!)
story theater was a great example of what acting?
pantomime
Dynamic character-
a character who changes during the story and is different by the end.
narrator
a character who speaks to the audience to tell a story
stage hands/crew
the people that are backstage doing all of the work; help with props, quick change, assembling
August Wilson
wrote Fences. main influences the 4 B's. 1.The Blues - 2.Romare Bearden - 3.Jorge Luis Borges - 4.Amiri Baraka
Cue
The signal for an actor to speak or perform an action, usually a line spoken by another actor
Judith Malina and Julian Beck
Founders of The Living Theatre
foreshadow
lines taht give a hint or clue to futur events
imambic pentameter
a rhythm pattern with five units, or feet, each of which has an unstreesed syllable followed by a stress.
Rodgers and Hammerstein plays
OAKLAHOMA, carousel, sound of music, south pacific, The king and I
curtain calls
the appearance of a play's cast in response to an audience's applause
Understudies
Actors who are able to play a given role in an emergency
the actor's reality includes
the circumstances of the play
the truth of the character's behavior
objectives
psychological motives
 
NOT: showing the audience the mood of the character
epilogue
a short passage added at the end of a literary work
tragic complication
an even that leads to the final tragic ending
What was the Pleiade
A group of 16th century French renaissance poets
Annoyance Theatre - Chicago
"The Brady Bunch" - putting television pop culture on stage
arthur miller worked as a writer for which orginization
the federal theater project
what are alexander's three directions?
1. Let my neck be free.
2. Let my head be forward and up
3. Let my back lengthen and widen.
MALACIA
SOFTENING
attention getters
humor,quote,question,story,statistict
photophillc(adj)
light-loving;requiring abundant light
Rising Action
Escalating conflict
IA
STATE OF CONDITION
theatron
he theatron (literally, "viewing-place") is where the spectators sat. The theatron was usually part of hillside overlooking the orchestra, and often wrapped around a large portion of the orchestra (see the diagram above). Spectators in the fifth century BC probably sat on cushions or boards, but by the fourth century the theatron of many Greek theaters had marble seats.
onkos
masks the greeks wore
Choreographer
a person who teaches movement
Aristophanes' Dramaturgy
- formal context/semi-formal structure
- everyday characters
- political focus
- wide comic spectrum
- utopian closure
Sean O'Casey
protestant in Catholic, Ireland
types of speeches
entertainment, informative, persuasive
Auditorium
A building with a stage
climax
silent before/after explosionex: women look at each other silentMrs. Hale puts box in coat - silence
Aside
characters speaks to audience, other actors aren't aware
• "You're the Top"
1934 From "Paris"
Suspense
Enjoyable anxiety created in the reader by the author's handling of plot.
Assonance
repetition of vowel sounds within non-rhyming words.
Flo
Produced show baot & cavish follies
Theme
The main message of a play
Eugene O'Neill
-Great playwright of the Depression-Epic social dramas-First one to create complex black characters-First to create a bleak version of the American Dream
protagonist
the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work.
catharsis
effect of a tragedy on the audience.
Flat
4'x10' frame covered with muslin and used for scenery or building sets
Solilguy
a long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on stage
dramatic irony
occurs when the audience knows something that the charavter on stage is not aware.
acting
the art, profession of those who performs
Lillian Hellman
Themes: Characters who inactively live their affects of wickedness, freedom of choice of character living in hostile environment
Important Playwrites(19th c.): Checkhov
The Seagull Uncle Vanya
basic theme of musicals in 1960's
social issues
Foil
A role used for comparison with another character, usually the protagonist (Ismene)
the holocaust
the systematic mass slaughter of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II (usually prec. by the).
soliloquy
An unusually long speech in which a character who is onstage alone expresses his or her thoughts
STAGE DIRECTIONS
Describes what the audience sees and how th character thinks and feels
Tragic Hero
A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy
Dionysus
god of sex, wine, dreams, theatre and pleasure
static character
a character that changes very little if at all
screen play
are the scripts for films. They include camera angles and can allow for more scene changes than a stage play.
Anton Chekhov
friends with Stanislavsky and part of Moscow Art Theatre
Fatal Flaw
the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy
Who was the other leading writer of tragedy in 17th century France
Francine
Aristophanes
Greek comedy writer who made fun of almost everything.
Director
The one who brings all elements of drama together
a character in hamlet who cannot see the ghost
gertrude
Dramatis personae
Latin for the characters or persons in a play. Included among the dramatis personae of Miller's Death of a Salesman are Willy Loman, the salesman, his wife Linda, and his sons Biff and Happy.
Green Room
A room in which actors wait during their time offstage.
Irony
the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning
When did theatre start and sort of "kick off"
The depression
end-stop line
line of verse in which both the grammatical structure and the sense reach completion at the end of a line; denoting a line of verse in which a logical or rhetorical pause occurs at the end of the line, usually marked with a period, comma, or semicolon
story
the narration of an event or seris of events brought to life for listeners by a storyteller
turning point
high point in the action of the plot
Signs of Character
The various cues that convey a character's personality, emotion or motivation.
THE COMPOSER
A musician who creates the score for a production
stage right
the right side of the stage as the actors look out towards the audience
Annie Get Your Gun
Irving Berlin composed the music for this Broadway hit that he called a "Hillbilly Musical".
recruited Ethel Waters for his biggest review
• Billy Graham (the evangelist)
An example of comic relief...
Peter needs to check guests in, but can not read the names on the list because he does not know how to read.
3 differences between a play and a story
1) designed for reading vs watching 2)written description of atmosphere vs shown through setting 3) tells the passing of time vs accomplished through dialogue, scene, lighting, costume, makeup
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