DRAMA

by joseph lopez

A drama is a story enacted onstage for a live audience.

lOrigins of Drama

lThe word drama comes from the Greek verb dran, which means “to do.”

lThe earliest known plays . . .

lwere written around the fifth century B.C.

lproduced for festivals to honor Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility

A tragedy is a play that ends unhappily

Most classic Greek tragedies deal with serious, universal themes

The protagonist of most classical tragedies is a tragic hero.


A comedy is a play that ends happily. The plot usually centers on a romantic conflict