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The genre of Drama and its characteristics

Ethan Smoller

on 4 October 2012

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DRAMA by Jonathan Miller
Ethan Smoller A Little Bit of History What the h*ck is Drama? I'm glad you asked! Follow meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Drama is a genre of fiction that is performed through dialogue and/or actions. 6th Century B.C. This handsome man is Thespis. I act, yo. He was an actor in Icaria, Greece in the early part of the 6th century. Pretty cool, right? You know what's even cooler? According to legend, he was the first actor EVER to perform onstage. He lay the foundation for every actor since then. I'm kind of a hipster. Years and years of
bad theatre Late 1500s - Early 1600s Hey, ladies. Between 1589 and 1613, William Shakespeare produced some of the world's most treasured and enduring pieces of theatre, such as: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello and A Midsummer Night's Dream. I have a pretty b$@*#in' resume. More bad theatre Early 1940's-Late 1960's THE GOLDEN AGE OF BROADWAY The years between 1943 and 1968 are considered the "Golden Age" of Broadway. During this time, many theatrical classics (straight plays and musicals) were produced, such as: Oklahoma! Death of a Salesman, My Fair Lady, The Odd Couple, West Side Story, The Crucible, and Into the Woods, Ethel Merman, Broadway star and
television actress NOW THAT THAT'S OVER... ...what time is it? Activity Time! In groups of 4, write a small 1-2 minute scene or sketch to read (or, if you'd like, perform) for the class! They can be comedic or dramatic, just as long as they have dialogue and action! Go! All right Billy, this is
your final question. What is Drama? Uhhh, that's when stuff happens and people get sad, right? The End. Format JOHN: Hi!
WILL: I hate you!
(JOHN slaps WILL) Dialogue Action
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