What is drama?

  • (noun): An episode that is turbulent or highly emotional.
    Synonyms: dramatic event
    See also — Additional definitions below

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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Irwin Shaw - Career - Drama
... first play, Bury the Dead (1936) was an expressionist drama about a group of soldiers killed in a battle who refuse to be buried ...
Keeley Hawes
... in the early 1990s, in Troublemakers and the 1997 BBC costume drama, The Moonstone ... She has since appeared in many other television dramas, including Dennis Potter's Karaoke (BBC One/Channel 4, 1995), Heartbeat (ITV1, 1995), The Beggar Bride (BBC, 1997), as ... In 2010 she appeared in a 6-part drama for ITV called Identity as Detective Superintendent Martha Lawson and as the leading role 'Lady Agnes Holland' in the re-launch of Upstairs, Downstairs for the BBC ...
NAACP Image Award For Outstanding Gospel Artist
... Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Television Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding ...
Rick Salutin - Drama
... Rick Salutin has an interest in drama and performing arts ... His unpublished Maria was a drama on CBC television about a woman fighting to put factory workers in the union ...
NAACP Image Award For Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series
... The NAACP Image Award winners for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (Prior to 1995, this category was called "Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie ...

More definitions of "drama":

  • (noun): The quality of being arresting or highly emotional.
  • (noun): The literary genre of works intended for the theater.
  • (noun): A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage.
    Synonyms: play, dramatic play

Famous quotes containing the word drama:

    The drama critic on your paper said my chablis-tinted hair was like a soft halo over wide set, inviting eyes, and my mouth, my mouth was a lush tunnel through which golden notes came.
    Samuel Fuller (b. 1911)

    Narrative prose is a legal wife, while drama is a posturing, boisterous, cheeky and wearisome mistress.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)

    If melodrama is the quintessence of drama, farce is the quintessence of theatre. Melodrama is written. A moving image of the world is provided by a writer. Farce is acted. The writer’s contribution seems not only absorbed but translated.... One cannot imagine melodrama being improvised. The improvised drama was pre-eminently farce.
    Eric Bentley (b. 1916)