Plot Characters Stage Directions The plot in a drama introduces character interactions that create a conflict. Many plays have acts that separate the play into parts, just like chapters of a book. Each act is separated into scenes, and each scene is usually one building block of the plot. Climax Exposition Resolution Characters in a play are similar to characters in fictional texts. The main character is usually the protagonist. The protagonist is at the center of the conflict and goes through major changes throughout the play. This is usually (but not always) “the good guy.” The antagonist is the character who opposes the protagonist, AKA “the bad guy.” Stage directions are instructions in a play that tell directors, set/lighting designers, performers, and readers what is happening. › Stage directions are usually in italic text. › They usually appear in (parentheses) when being used within dialogue. Written conversation between two or more characters. › In drama (play), the stories of what is taking place are told through dialogue. › Playwrights use stage directions to show how they intend the dialogue to be interpreted by the actors. A humorous play that is usually meant to keep the audience laughing A farce presents: › Ridiculous situations › Comedic dialogue › Physical humor › Exaggerated behavior and language Absurd plots with humorous conflicts Exaggerated behavior and language › Physical humor › Comic dialogue Characters who often exhibit just one comic trait or quality Clever wordplay, including puns and double meanings (verbal irony) › This is a pun: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it is too dark to read.” –Groucho Marx While we read The Sneeze, visualize details, description, and dialogue to create mental images of what is happening. Try doing this: › Read the stage directions to form a mental image of the setting and actions taking place. › Pay attention to the narrator’s description of the other characters. › Use your own imagination and sense of humor Who makes you laugh? › Think of a person who can really make you laugh. › What does this person do that you find so funny?