Drama Vocabulary Quiz Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Conflict
Struggle
Essential parallels
Actors—humanity
Simulation—reality
Rehearsal—spontaneity
Audience----society
le drame
drama, play
plot
series of events
allusion
references to famous/historical people, places, events
Lazzi
comic business or gag/joke
Suspense
an uncertain cognitive state
Audience
those who view a play
Vowels are formed by ___________.
resonators
Props
Portable items actors carry onstage.
Sets
constructions indicating where the drama takes place
focus
intended point of interest gesture
Monologue
a speech made by one person
Falling action
the falling of the plot
drama
a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
tone
changes of voice to express emotion
greek/asian style
formal movement and stylized gesutres
Enjambment
the continuation of meaning, without pause or break, from one line of poetry to the next
person responsible for selecting a script
Director
Tragedy
A drama that ends in catastrophe.
impied themes
inferred from the characters actions
oxymoron
two words, apparently contradictory in meaning, when used together make a commonly understood saying
Subplot
The secondary plot of a play
Staging
the spectacle a play presents in performance, including the position of actors on stage, the scenic background, the props and costumes, and the lighting and sound effects
foil
a character used to provide striking contrast to another character
antagonist
the character who opposes or composes with the protanganist
Sensory Detail
Descriptive language that applies to all the senses
foreshadowing
the act of providing vague advance indications
Repetition
repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis
low comedy
comic style arousing laughter through jokes, slapstick humor, sight gags and boisterous clowning
exposition
the information put before an audience that gives the where, when, why, and who of a play
Ionesco
"Don't teach us a lesson, entertain us!"
Ode
A dignified greek three-part sung by the chorus in a greek drama
stage
where the action of the play happens
Were the majority of performers in Italian Renaissance theatre professional or amateur?
Amateur
prose
literary expression that is not marked by regular rhyme or meter [not poetry]
atmosphere
the enviroment of the play created by staging and lighting
countercross
a movement in a direction opposite to a cross to balance the stage picture
dress rehearsal
a rehearsal before the actual public performance that includes all the elements of a fullystaged production
4 guidelines of pantomime
feel the emotion
use facial expressions
relax the body
use strong gestures
milk
to draw the maximum response from the audience from comic lines or action
Soliloquy
when a character reveals his or her thoughts alone on the stage
pun
joke that comes from a play of words
Christian Churches
Where did the later Western drama resurface after a long dark age following the fall of the Roman Empire?
cross
movement of an actor from one location to another stage
Aside
A line spoken directly to the audience and is assumed the other characters can't hear
Couplet
pair of rhyming lines usually the same length and meter
theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
satire
a literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, often with the intent of correcting, or changing, the subject of the satiric attack.
condensers
microphones on the stage (there are 4) controlled from the sound board, that connect to the speakers that carry the sound to the audience
Sonnet
a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
cross/countercross
when actor moves from one side of the stage to the other, moving in opposite direction of another actor
lavalier mics
also known as body mics because they are strapped to the actors' bodies
principals
the main characters in a play or the named characters in a musical
ground plan
bird's eye view of the set showing what is on the set, entrance/exits and the position of the audience
Protagonist
The main character of a play and the character with whom the audience identifies most strongly.
CUT
to stop the action or words at any point
Comic Relief
A humorous scene or speech intended to lighten the mood
Dramatic monologue
a poetic form in which a single character, addressing a silent auditor at a critical moment, reveals himself or herself and the dramatic situation (Mercutio)
Cheat Out
An actor must angle their body in the one fourth right or left position so that they will be more clearly visible to the audience.
run-on line
line of poetry that does not end with a punctuation mark
DRAMATICV IRONY
TERM USED TO DESCIBE A SITUATION IN A PLYA IN WHICH THE AUDIENCE KNOWS MORE THAN THE CHARACTER
Where is downstage?
The area on the stage closer to the audience.
New comedy deals with domestic issues, old comedy deals with politica
What is the difference between Greek old and New Comedy
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