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- Examine the different time periods and styles of drama.
- Describe the elements of drama.
- Discuss tragedy in both classical and modern drama.
- Look at the different types of dramatic comedy.
- Explore examples of dramatic farce.
- List the elements of melodrama.
- Become familiar with Epic Theatre, Theatre of Cruelty and Theatre of the Absurd.
- Analyze works of drama.
1. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles
Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.
2. History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods
Today's theatre is a mix of many styles that have been popular for hundreds of years. In this lesson, learn how each time period contributed to what we now see during a live, dramatic performance.
3. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism
Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.
4. Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern
Nearly every story has a hero, but some are better off by the end of the story than others. In this video, we learn what is so tragic about the hero in a tragedy.
5. Dramatic Comedy: History and Types
Everyone loves to laugh, and sometimes it's at the most inappropriate times. Even the ancient Greeks loved a dirty joke or two! Learn more in this video about dramatic comedy, its history and types.
6. Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights
Would you believe Curly, Larry, and Moe, The Three Stooges, are simply practicing a centuries-old form of drama? Learn more about how horseplay and high energy contribute to the dramatic comedy sub-genre called farce.
7. Elements of Melodrama: From Early Theater to the Modern Soap Opera
Have you ever wondered where or when soap operas started? In this video, we will look at the history and transformation of the melodrama from the stage to the small (and big) screen.
8. Futurism, Dada, Surrealism & Expressionism
They say that entertainment often mirrors reality. This was only partially true in the early 20th century. Watch this video to see how playwrights all took different approaches to creating their own realities in these dramatic movements of the early 1900s.
9. Epic Theatre: Brecht
Communism? 'Mack the Knife'? Verfremdung? Wonder what these have in common or what they even mean? Find out how epic theatre united these with the hope of making social changes.
10. Theatre of Cruelty: Artaud
Most of us watch movies or television shows to relax or escape reality, not as a means of reform. In this video, learn how Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty tries to shock the audience into becoming better people.
11. Theatre of the Absurd
You've heard the word 'absurd,' but did you know it was a type of theatre? Watch this video to see how the absurdity of World War II helped promote the Theatre of the Absurd.
12. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging
If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.
13. Character Foil: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn the importance of a character foil in literature. Character foil is defined and examples are provided to help you see its significance in specific stories.
14. Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway: Facts & Overview
Shakespeare is, without dispute, the greatest playwright of them all. But when it came to maintaining his responsibilities at home, it seems he had much to learn. Here is what we know about his wife, Anne Hathaway, and Shakespeare's role as husband.
15. Charles Perrault's Cinderella: History & Summary
The classic story of love and magic leading from rags to riches is known in Western culture by the title of 'Cinderella.' This version, created by Charles Perrault in the 17th century, is the basis for the fairy tale as we know it well today.
16. Charles Perrault's Cinderella: Analysis & Quotes
''Cinderella,'' a fairy tale derived from folk stories and recreated by Charles Perrault, is a classic, happily-ever-after story of a woebegone girl who is rescued from her misery by the most-perfect Prince Charming.
17. Charles Perrault's Cinderella: Setting & Characters
Charles Perrault's 'Cinderella' is one of the most well-known versions of this classic story. In this lesson, we will spend some time learning about the setting and major characters in his version.
18. Charles Perrault's Cinderella: Morals & Themes
In this lesson, we learn about 'Cinderella' teaching the morals of kindness towards all, forgiving others for doing wrong, and never letting bad things ruin your heart. The themes of the story are good versus evil and luck changing your life.
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