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the place and the time frame in which a play takes place. The setting is usually described in a note or stage direction at the opening act and at each scene.
the scenery constructed for a play
Cast:a list that tells who is in the play. It may describe the characters and how they are related to one another.
actor/actress: a person who performs in a play, movie, or television program.
chorus: a group of actors who speak together with one voice and describe or comment on the main action of the play.
soliloquy - a single character on stage thinking out loud. It lets the audience know what is in the character's mind.
script: the written form of a play
The Elements of Drama
By Laura Mylie
aside: a remark spoken by a character in a play that the other actors on stage are not supposed to hear.
act: a group of two or more scenes that form a major division of a play.
scene: smaller divisions within an act, usually happening in a particular time and place.
scenery: the painted backdrops and other structures used to create the setting of a play
screenplay: the script for a movie, including descriptions of scenes and some camera directions.
tragic flaw: a character trait that leads one to his/her own downfall or destruction
monologue: a character speaks when alone on the stage or apart from the other characters. The other characters are unaware of what is being said.
melodrama: a drama characterized by exaggerated emotions and conflicts between characters that often has a happy ending
comedy: a play, movie, or television program that is funny and has a happy ending
farce: a comic play with an unlikely plot and characters exaggerated for humorous effect.
tragedy: a serious play having an unhappy ending
playbill: a poster announcing a theatrical performance, a theatrical program
playwright: the person who wrote the play—the author.