“All The World’s a Stage”: “All The World’s a Stage” Important Vocabulary For Drama Unit Stage Directions: Stage Directions Usually written in italics, they are the instructions for the actors in a play. Example: Jane, wearing a green dress, runs into the room. She is smiling, but quickly the smile fades as she sees Aidan with Sally. Stage direction also helps the actors know where they need to stand. : Stage direction also helps the actors know where they need to stand. Playwright: Playwright A person who writes plays. Some famous playwrights: -William Shakespeare -Neil Simon -Tennessee Williams -Arthur Miller -Lorraine Hansberry -August Wilson Monologue: Monologue Prefix: “mono” meaning one. A long speech in a play made by one person. A synonym for the word monologue is soliloquy Cue: Cue The command given to carry out an order (move a curtain, fix the spotlight). Or the signal an actor uses to begin a line or movement. Act: Act Divisions in a play (Act I, Act II). They are almost like chapters in a book. Usually within Acts there are Scenes. Example: Act 11, Scene 1. Script: Script The written format of the play. It is usually written in the following style: Eric, staring out the window : I can’t believe she’s gone. Darius: You knew this was going to happen eventually. Eric: Can’t you for once have a heart and have more emotion? Intermission: Intermission A break between the acts and scenes of a play. Director: Director The person who directs and guides actors and stagehands (people that help with the technical parts of a play). Focus Questions: Focus Questions What are the two definitions of stage direction? Why do you think there are intermissions during plays? What is the difference between a playwright and a director of a play? In what ways do you think monologues are used in plays?