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  • The final revelation or outcome of a play
    Catastrophe
  • A play in which the protagonist meets with death or defeat
    Tragedy
  • The area of the stage close to the footlights
    Downstage
  • A subdivision of a play
    Act
  • A weakness or limitation of character, resulting in the fall of the tragic hero
    Tragic flaw
  • The hero or main character of a play
    Protagonist
  • The series of events leading to the high point of action
    Rising action
  • The right side of the stage from the actor's point of view
    Stage right
  • The audience knows something that the characters in the play do not
    Dramatic irony
  • The area of the stage away from the footlights
    Upstage
  • The main action or events of a play
    Plot
  • The series of events following the high point of interest
    Falling action
  • The main idea of a play
    Theme
  • Short speech heard by the audience but not by the other characters in the play
    Aside
  • The reasons behind a character's actions
    Motivation
  • The stage furnishings, which add reality to a play
    Props
  • The highest point of the action in the play
    Turning point
  • a long, uninterrupted speech that is spoken by one person in the presence of other characters
    Monologue
  • The conversation of a play
    Dialogue
  • The viewers, who need to be responsive to the action on stage
    Audience
  • The introductory section of a play in which characters, time, place, and situation are presented
    Exposition
  • An amusing play that ends happily
    Comedy
  • The left side of the stage from the actor's point of view
    Stage left
  • A speech, sometimes lengthy, in which a character alone onstage, expresses his/her thoughts aloud
    Soliliquy