release or purging of unwanted emotions - specifically fear and pity - brought about by exposure to art.
suspension of disbelief
although we know we are watching an actor on stage we empathize with the character being portrayed.
an implied comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something important in common
what's felt and thought but is not directly spoken
Introduction of characters, place, and circumstances. Introduction of protagonist, character whose journey will be central story of the piece.
the event that sets forth everything
conflict of will between opposing forces
the forces meet in a showdown
the moment of truth which will result in change or breakthrough
tying up loose ends as the play heads to completion
central unifying idea of the production
Mise en scene
everything that appears on the stage and its arrangement - sets, props, actors, lighting, blocking, costumes
our eyes are drawn to areas of brightness
lighting supports the story telling process by grounding the scene in its environment