A guide to general and critical resources in theatre and film.

About Drama


   dra·ma  n.
(drä'mə, drām'ə)


1.     a. A prose or verse composition, especially one telling a serious story, that is intended for representation by actors impersonating the characters and performing the dialogue and action. 

       b. A serious narrative work or program for television, radio, or the cinema. 

2. Theatrical plays of a particular kind or period: Elizabethan drama. 

3. The art or practice of writing or producing dramatic works. 

4. A situation or succession of events in real life having the dramatic progression or emotional effect characteristic of a play: the drama of the prisoner's escape and recapture. 

5. The quality or condition of being dramatic: a summit meeting full of drama.


"drama." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 15 Jul. 2010. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/drama>.

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