Theatrical Terminology

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1. Proxemics

  • Body positioning of characters (indicated through stage directions)
  • Gestures/movements of actors - sometimes indicated through stage directions
  • Alternating single/half lines of dialogue
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2. Pathos

  • Implied meaning beneath the dialogue
  • An appeal to the audience's emotions
  • Evoking pity, fear/moral purpose to make the audience strive to live better lives

3. Exposition

  • The back story
  • The part of the plot containing complications or discoveries that create conflict
  • The moment when the play actually begins

4. Dramatic irony

  • A two-handed play
  • When the audience understands more than the characters themselves
  • A hidden layer of meaning beneath the literal

5. Kinesics

  • Gestures/movements of actors - sometimes indicated through stage directions
  • Body positioning of characters (indicated through stage directions)
  • Implied meaning beneath the dialogue

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