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Modern Comedies

In modern comedies, the genders in this romantic plot pattern sometimes are reversed.

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Modern Drama

Modern Drama

A modern play

usually is about ordinary people

may be tragedy, comedy, or a mixture of the two

usually focuses on personal issues

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Modern playwrights often experiment with unconventional plot structures.

Modern playwrights often experiment with unconventional plot structures.

Modern Drama

long flashbacks

music

visual projections of a character’s private thoughts

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Performance of a Play

Performance of a Play

When you read a play, remember that it is meant to be performed for an audience.

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Performance of a Play

Performance of a Play

Theater artists include

Actors

Directors

Lighting technicians

Stage crew

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

Stages can have many different sizes and layouts.

“Thrust” stage

The stage extends into the viewing area.

The audience surrounds the stage on three sides.

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“In the round” stage is surrounded by an audience on all sides.

“In the round” stage is surrounded by an audience on all sides.

Setting the Stage

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Proscenium stage

Proscenium stage

Setting the Stage

The playing area extends behind an opening called a “proscenium arch.”

The audience sits on one side looking into the action.

upstage

downstage

stage left

stage right

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

Stages in Shakespeare’s time were thrust stages.

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Scene design transforms a bare stage into the world of the play. Scene design consists of

Scene design transforms a bare stage into the world of the play. Scene design consists of

props

sets

costumes

lighting

Setting the Stage

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A stage’s set might be

A stage’s set might be

realistic and detailed

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abstract and minimal

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A lighting director skillfully uses light to change the mood and appearance of the set.

A lighting director skillfully uses light to change the mood and appearance of the set.

Setting the Stage

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The costume director works with the director to design the actors’ costumes.

The costume director works with the director to design the actors’ costumes.

Like sets, costumes can be

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