What is drama?

  • (noun): The literary genre of works intended for the theater.
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Drama

Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. The term comes from a Greek word "dran" meaning "action" (Classical Greek: δρᾶμα, drama), which is derived from "to do" or "to act" (Classical Greek: δράω, draō). The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience, presupposes collaborative modes of production and a collective form of reception. The structure of dramatic texts, unlike other forms of literature, is directly influenced by this collaborative production and collective reception. The early modern tragedy Hamlet (1601) by Shakespeare and the classical Athenian tragedy Oedipus the King (c. 429 BCE) by Sophocles are among the masterpieces of the art of drama. A modern example is Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill (1956).

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Keeley Hawes
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More definitions of "drama":

  • (noun): The quality of being arresting or highly emotional.
  • (noun): An episode that is turbulent or highly emotional.
    Synonyms: dramatic event
  • (noun): A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage.
    Synonyms: play, dramatic play

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