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What is Plot Structure?
The sequence in which the selected scenes unfold
Aristotle determined ________ was the most important of the six elements
What does Linear Structure refer to?
The incidents are arranged in a chronological order, and the first scene takes place at the beginning of the plot
Waiting for Godot and Oedipus the King are arranged this way
The Episondic Linear Plot is:
A play that jumps backward in time and excludes events that happen between the episodes
The Glass Menagerie has this type of plot
A Countinuous Linear Plot is:
A play which goes straight through with no gaps in time
Oedipus the King has this type of plot
What is a Simple Plot?
This plot tells one story
Variation of linear and continuous plots
What is a Complex Plot?
Plot that has many different stories
This plot is found in Shakespear's Henry V
What has a Cinematic Structure?
This plot structure is not in a chronological order, and told in flashbacks
Death of a Salesman has this type of plot
WHo wrote Death of a Salesman, and why was it mentioned?
This play is mentioned for the cinematic structure, and written by Arthur Miller
What does it mean to say a play has a Contextual Structure?
Many different scenes which have entire plots in each
This structure is rare
Who wrote The Private Light of the Master Race, and why was it mentioned?
Bertolt Brecht wrote the play with 27 different scenes, all with variations on Nazi Germany
Only 7-9 are usually presented
In theatre, what is an Introduction?
At this point, the playwright brings out the main characters, starts the plot, and status quo
In theatre, what exactly is a Character?
The agents of the action
What is a Status Quo?
This is a stable situation in the world of the play
What is Action in theatre terms?
Any event that changes the Status Quo
Physical and intellectual changes
What is Dialogue?
The speeches the characters say
The playwrights primary tool
What is a Dramatic Question?
Asked fairly early in the play, this is what the audience waits to be answered
An Inciting Event is...
This marks the end of the introduction and the beginning of the Rising Action
What is the Rising Action?
The sequence of scenes in which events complicate the plot and heighten the suspense
In theatre terms, what is a Crisis?
Changes the course of the story and leads to the answer of the dramatic question
A Turning Point is...
What changes the course of the story and leads to the answer of the dramatic question
What is the Falling Action?
The action in the play increases toward the solving of the dramatic question
The Resolution in the play is...
When the dramtic question has been answered
What are Stage Directions?
Descriptions the audience never hears but tells what the actors should do or feel
Themes in a play are...
An abstract idea in the play which can be written about and discussed
What is a Meaning in a play?
The idea the writer is keenest to communicate to the audience and is expressed through the plot of the play
A Choregus is a...
Person who is a financer who hires people to aid a playwright
In theatre what is a Didaskolos?
A specialist who's job is to help the playwright give direction to a performance
What are Key Collaborators?
People hired to design scenery, costumes, and sound
What is Plot Structure?
The sequence in which the selected scenes unfold
Aristotle determined ________ was the most important of the six elements
What does Linear Structure refer to?
The incidents are arranged in a chronological order, and the first scene takes place at the beginning of the plot
Waiting for Godot and Oedipus the King are arranged this way
The Episondic Linear Plot is:
A play that jumps backward in time and excludes events that happen between the episodes
The Glass Menagerie has this type of plot
A Countinuous Linear Plot is:
A play which goes straight through with no gaps in time
Oedipus the King has this type of plot
What is a Simple Plot?
This plot tells one story
Variation of linear and continuous plots
What is a Complex Plot?
Plot that has many different stories
This plot is found in Shakespear's Henry V
What has a Cinematic Structure?
This plot structure is not in a chronological order, and told in flashbacks
Death of a Salesman has this type of plot
WHo wrote Death of a Salesman, and why was it mentioned?
This play is mentioned for the cinematic structure, and written by Arthur Miller
What does it mean to say a play has a Contextual Structure?
Many different scenes which have entire plots in each
This structure is rare
Who wrote The Private Light of the Master Race, and why was it mentioned?
Bertolt Brecht wrote the play with 27 different scenes, all with variations on Nazi Germany
Only 7-9 are usually presented
In theatre, what is an Introduction?
At this point, the playwright brings out the main characters, starts the plot, and status quo
In theatre, what exactly is a Character?
The agents of the action
What is a Status Quo?
This is a stable situation in the world of the play
What is Action in theatre terms?
Any event that changes the Status Quo
Physical and intellectual changes
What is Dialogue?
The speeches the characters say
The playwrights primary tool
What is Plot Structure?
The sequence in which the selected scenes unfold
Aristotle determined ________ was the most important of the six elements
What does Linear Structure refer to?
The incidents are arranged in a chronological order, and the first scene takes place at the beginning of the plot
Waiting for Godot and Oedipus the King are arranged this way
The Episondic Linear Plot is:
A play that jumps backward in time and excludes events that happen between the episodes
The Glass Menagerie has this type of plot
A Countinuous Linear Plot is:
A play which goes straight through with no gaps in time
Oedipus the King has this type of plot
What is a Simple Plot?
This plot tells one story
Variation of linear and continuous plots
What is a Complex Plot?
Plot that has many different stories
This plot is found in Shakespear's Henry V
What has a Cinematic Structure?
This plot structure is not in a chronological order, and told in flashbacks
Death of a Salesman has this type of plot
Who wrote Death of a Salesman, and why was it mentioned?
This play is mentioned for the cinematic structure, and written by Arthur Miller
What does it mean to say a play has a Contextual Structure?
Many different scenes which have entire plots in each
This structure is rare
Who wrote The Private Light of the Master Race, and why was it mentioned?
Bertolt Brecht wrote the play with 27 different scenes, all with variations on Nazi Germany
Only 7-9 are usually presented
In theatre, what is an Introduction?
At this point, the playwright brings out the main characters, starts the plot, and status quo
In theatre, what exactly is a Character?
The agents of the action
What is a Status Quo?
This is a stable situation in the world of the play
What is Action in theatre terms?
Any event that changes the Status Quo
Physical and intellectual changes
What is Dialogue?
The speeches the characters say
The playwrights primary tool
What is a Production Concept?
Intellectual and creative process that the director and collaborators determine how the script is to be interpreted
Staging is...
Usually done in the rehearsal hall and involves the motions the actors make
Blocking is...
The director's process of arranging the actors' movements
Coaching is...
Where directors must work closely with the actors and help them to perform their roles
In theatre what is Dynamics?
The director's decision on whether the dialogue is to be loud or soft
What is a Technical Rehearsal?
This is one of the last steps before opening night, and is when all sound, design, makeup, etc is performed on the stage
What is a Dress Rehearsal?
This is when all, including costumes, are put together without an audience
In theatre, a Preview is...
Performance when the director watches the play and audience to determine whether any changes need to be made before the next performance
What is Determinism?
The philosophy that led to the theatrical style of Realism, and developed the concept of a director
A Scenographer does...
This person designs the scenery and costumes
Scenography is a...
Relatively new term described by Pamela Howard in her short book
What is the Visual World of the Play?
Much research is done by designers before the begin making the sets and costumes
Why is Character/Scene Plot mentioned?
There is a list by this name which mentions each character who made an appearance in each scene, and note where costume changes must be made
What is a Production/Design Conference?
Where designers and production people share theire ideas about the production to a creative team
A Production Concept of a play is...
Each person of the Production Conference will know the emotional impact the audience will have, theatrical style, genre, etc
What does it mean when someone speaks of a White Model?
An unpainted, three-dimensional scale model of the set, which is used after costume and set designers render their designs on a computer
What is a Storyboard in the Theatre?
Lighting designers may use the scene designers' drawings to determine what light would be best for each scene
What does Rendering mean?
An illustration used by scene designers, and is a 3D drawing of the scenery
What are Technical Drawings?
Drawings that will convey the design ideas , and usually made on the computer
What is a Ground Plan?
Shows the scenery and props of the set from above
What is a Front Elevation?
A scale-drawing of a flattened 2D front-view of the scenery
What is a Cross Section?
This is a scale line drawing of the scenery from a side-view
A Working Drawing is...
Drawing which shows how each piece of scenery is to be constructed
What is a Costume List?
This itemizing of what each actor will wear from the skin up
What is a Costume Plot?
This shows the order in which costumes are to be worn
A Light Plot is...
This shows where each instrument is hung.
What is used to make a Light Plot?
The lighting designer uses the scene designer's ground plan, cross section, and front elevation to draft this.
What is an Instrument Schedule?
Lists each piece of equipment, and how it will be connected to the computer light board
What is color/media gel used for?
This is placed in front of lights to set a mood
What is a Cue Sheet?
This lists what happens each time the lights change
What is a Sound Plot?
Sound designer uses this to figure out where the speakers are placed, and which channel is connected to the computer sound board
Who is the Technical Director?
Consult regularly with set designers about the painting of the scenery
In theatre, what does a Fitting mean?
Individual sessions where the actors try on their costumes
What does a Master Electrician do?
Controls the hanging and cabling of the insturments, and supervises the focus session
What is involved in a Focus Session?
Time when all the lights are precisely aimed
What does a Sound Board Operator do?
Supervised by sound designers, and assists in the installation of the sound equipment and operates the computer board during performances
In theatre what is a Load-In?
When the scenery is brought into the theatre and brought on stage
What does a Stage Manager do?
This person coordinates the work of everyone else and is in direct communication with the director