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- Discover the history of drama and examine various dramatic styles.
- Discuss the realism, modernism and renaissance time periods.
- Identify the crucial elements of drama, including characters and setting.
- Explore the histories and types of dramatic comedies and tragedies.
- Investigate the origins and characteristics of dramatic farce and melodrama.
- Analyze the themes of dramatic works.
- Look into futurism, surrealism and expressionism.
- Get information about Epic Theatre, Theatre of Cruelty and Theatre of the Absurd.
- Discuss the plot and characters of Waiting for Godot.
- Explore the biographies and major plays of Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller.
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. 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.
10. Waiting for Godot: Plot, Characters, and Style
In this lesson, we'll explore Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking play, Waiting for Godot. We'll look at its main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, and hear an example of their circular, sometimes nonsensical banter. We'll also briefly discuss the play's legacy in modern theater.
11. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays
Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize, playwright Eugene O'Neill is a major figure in American drama. In this lesson, we'll look at his tumultuous life and review the most notable plays from his acclaimed career.
12. Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style
This lesson provides insight into the life, work and style of one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tennessee Williams. His major works include 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'
13. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays
In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.
14. David Mamet: Biography, Plays & Books
His parents divorced when he was eleven, and he studied Literature and Theater in college. He wrote numerous successful plays and even a book about the Bible. He was also nominated for a Tony Award and an Oscar. Read on to learn how one man, David Mamet, managed to do all this and more.
15. Jules Verne: Biography, Books & Inventions
Plunge '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' and travel 'Around the World in Eighty Days' in this lesson on the life and work of Jules Verne! Read on to learn more about this 'Father of Science Fiction' and the innovations he helped make science fact.
16. Man and Superman by Shaw: Summary, Characters & Analysis
This lesson provides a summary of George Bernard Shaw's famous play 'Man and Superman,' which explores traditional gender roles and romance. You'll learn about its characters and take an analytical look into the playwright's mind.
17. Minstrel Show: Definition & History
In this lesson, we'll discuss the definition of minstrel shows. We will look at the history of this type of entertainment, focusing on its development and highlighting a few key performers. One performer who we will specifically learn about is Bert Williams, one of the most famous African-American performers during that time who also faced racism head on through his unique performances.
18. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: Summary & Analysis
Peter Pan was written by J. M. Barrie and is the story of a magical young boy who refuses to grow up. This lesson looks at gender roles in the novel as well as the idea of innocence versus goodness.
19. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde: Summary, Analysis & Criticism
Oscar Wilde's play 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' is both humorous and lighthearted. Set in England and published in 1895, it is one of Wilde's best-loved works. In this lesson, we will learn about the plot of this famous play.
20. The Tragic History of the Life & Death of Dr. Faustus: Characters & Themes
You probably recognize his name, but you might not know who the infamous Dr. Faustus really is. Keep reading to encounter the key characters and themes in Christopher Marlowe's most notable work!
21. Uncle Vanya by Chekhov: Summary & Characters
This lesson looks at the characters of Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya.' In addition to a brief summary of the play and an overview of the characters, the lesson discusses the origin of 'Uncle Vanya.'
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