Deck or Stage: the surface on which the performers perform - separated from the audience
by a proscenium
Apron: the part of the stage that extends past the proscenium into the audience
Orchestra Pit: the area in front of (and sometimes be
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o Aside a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended
for others on the stage
o Monologue a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor
o Soliloquy in drama, a character speaks alone
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Actor analysis can be seen as an approach to environmental
o Environmental issues are often very complex, because many parties
o All parties have their own interests, goals and strategi
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o type of acting that is based on the theories and systems
of Constantin Stanislavski and Michel Saint-Denis
Includes the expression of the body, voice, imagination,
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The "art of representation" is a critical term
o Used by the seminal Russian theatre practitioner Konstantin
Stanislavski to describe a method of acting.
Stanislavski defines his own approach to acting as
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Presentational acting and the related representational acting are critical
terms used within theatre aesthetics and criticism.
Due to the same terms being applied to certain approaches to acting that
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Improvisation is the practice of acting, dancing, singing, playing musical
instruments, talking, creating artworks, problem solving, or reacting in the
moment and in response to the stimulus of one's immediate e
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Acting is the work of an actor or actress, which is a person in
theatre, television, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story
by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the wri
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Because of the large number of drama films, these movies have been subcategorized:
o Crime drama and legal drama Character development based on
themes involving criminals, law enforcement and the legal system.
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Classical Greek drama
Western drama originates in classical Greece.
The theatrical culture of the city-state of Athens produced three genres of
o Satyr play
Historians know the names
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Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance.
o Term comes from a Greek word meaning "action"
Derived from the verb meaning "to do" or "to act".
o Enactment of drama in theatre presupposes co
The Crucible Response Paper
Temples production was of The Crucible. It was written by Arthur Miller in 1953 during the height of
the cold war. The play focuses on the town of Salem. The people suspect that several
1. I like a Midsummer Nights Dream. My favorite part about the play is that it is
open to interpretation as far as setting is concerned. In other Shakespeare
plays there is a definite time and place, this
The Liar Response Paper
Temples production was of The Liar. It was written by Pierre Corneille in 1643.
The version that Temple performs is adapted for modern times by David Ives. The story
is about a group of people set
This play is an exposition of the juxtaposition of nature and society and the court.
My plastic flower personifies this so well. It looks real at first glance but then
with further thought you realize that it is