What is drama?

  • (noun): A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage.
    Synonyms: play, dramatic play
    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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... 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 His unpublished Maria was a drama on CBC television about a woman fighting to put factory workers in the union ...

More definitions of "drama":

  • (noun): The literary genre of works intended for the theater.
  • (noun): An episode that is turbulent or highly emotional.
    Synonyms: dramatic event
  • (noun): The quality of being arresting or highly emotional.

Famous quotes containing the word drama:

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

    To save the theatre, the theatre must be destroyed, the actors and actresses must all die of the plague. They poison the air, they make art impossible. It is not drama that they play, but pieces for the theatre. We should return to the Greeks, play in the open air; the drama dies of stalls and boxes and evening dress, and people who come to digest their dinner.
    Eleonora Duse (1859–1924)

    Only in the problem play is there any real drama, because drama is no mere setting up of the camera to nature: it is the presentation in parable of the conflict between Man’s will and his environment: in a word, of problem.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)