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

Modern Drama

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

•usually is about ordinary people

•usually focuses on personal issues

Performance of a Play

Theater artists includeActors

Directors Lighting technicians Stage crew

The characters’ speech may take any of the following forms.

Dialogue: conversations of characters onstage

Monologue: long speech given by one character to others

Soliloquy: speech by a character alone onstage to himself or herself or to the audience

Asides: remarks made to the audience or to one character; the other characters onstage do not hear an aside