INTRO TO DRAMA
ENG 110 – QVCC – Spring 2010
What is Drama?
Representati
                            Mimetic
on
               Immediate


 Interactive               C...
Types of Drama
Tragedy

   “an imitation of
    an action that is
    serious,
    complete in
    itself, and of a
    certain
    magn...
Tragedy
   Logical order of events; causal relationships
   Fatal flaw
   Tragic heroes
     Ex: Oedipus, Othello
    ...
Comedy

   Flaws lead to prosperity/humor rather than
    catastrophe
   Ordinary people
   Stereotypes
   Plots unpre...
Comedy
   Satire
     Exposes    human folly
     Critical of human conduct

   Romance
     Tolerant
             an...
Elements of Drama
Plot
              Turning Point/Climax




 Exposition                          Resolution
Character
   Protagonist and Antagonist

   Major and Minor

   Static and Dynamic
Dialogue
   1) All speech in a play
   2) conversation between two characters

   Monologue
     Speech  made by one c...
Dialogue
   Important element
     Provides   almost all characterization, etc.


   “Live” aspect changes the way we “...
Dialogue
   Subtext
     Cues  provided by the actors
     Actions, accents, facial expressions

     Sometimes writte...
Staging
   Visual details of the play
   Blocking
     Movement   of actors, position of items on the set
   Costume
...
Stage Directions/Terms
   Upstage, Downstage, Center Stage
   Offstage vs. Backstage
   Stage Left/Stage Right vs. Hous...
Symbolism and Irony and
Theme
   Same rules as in narrative fiction and poetry
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Intro to drama

  1. 1. INTRO TO DRAMA ENG 110 – QVCC – Spring 2010
  2. 2. What is Drama? Representati Mimetic on Immediate Interactive Composite Art
  3. 3. Types of Drama
  4. 4. Tragedy  “an imitation of an action that is serious, complete in itself, and of a certain magnitude.” Aristotl e
  5. 5. Tragedy  Logical order of events; causal relationships  Fatal flaw  Tragic heroes  Ex: Oedipus, Othello  Fall from grace  Domino effect  Recognition/discovery  Hero realizes his flaw/mistake
  6. 6. Comedy  Flaws lead to prosperity/humor rather than catastrophe  Ordinary people  Stereotypes  Plots unpredictable
  7. 7. Comedy  Satire  Exposes human folly  Critical of human conduct  Romance  Tolerant and genial  Sympathetic as opposed to corrective
  8. 8. Elements of Drama
  9. 9. Plot Turning Point/Climax Exposition Resolution
  10. 10. Character  Protagonist and Antagonist  Major and Minor  Static and Dynamic
  11. 11. Dialogue  1) All speech in a play  2) conversation between two characters  Monologue  Speech made by one character  Soliloquy  Speechmade by single character that provides audience a glimpse of their inner thoughts  Asides  Comments made directly to the audience
  12. 12. Dialogue  Important element  Provides almost all characterization, etc.  “Live” aspect changes the way we “hear” the dialogue
  13. 13. Dialogue  Subtext  Cues provided by the actors  Actions, accents, facial expressions  Sometimes written into the stage directions, other times implied by the actor’s interpretation
  14. 14. Staging  Visual details of the play  Blocking  Movement of actors, position of items on the set  Costume  Set pieces  Actions  Sounds
  15. 15. Stage Directions/Terms  Upstage, Downstage, Center Stage  Offstage vs. Backstage  Stage Left/Stage Right vs. House Left/House Right  Proscenium  In the Round  Raked Stage
  16. 16. Symbolism and Irony and Theme  Same rules as in narrative fiction and poetry

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