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Toward, at, or on the front part of a stage.
adj. (doun′stāj′)
Of or relating to the front part of a stage.
n. (doun′stāj′)
The front half of a stage.


(ˈdaʊnˈsteɪdʒ) theatre
(Theatre) at or towards the front of the stage
(Theatre) of or relating to the front of the stage
(Theatre) the front half of the stage


(adv., n. ˈdaʊnˈsteɪdʒ; adj. ˈdaʊnˌsteɪdʒ)

1. at or toward the front of the stage.
2. of, pertaining to, or done at or toward the front of the stage: a downstage exit.
3. the front half of the stage.


The front part of a stage, toward the audience.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.downstage - the front half of the stage (as seen from the audience)
stage - a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience; "he clambered up onto the stage and got the actors to help him into the box"
theater stage, theatre stage - a stage in a theater on which actors can perform
Adj.1.downstage - of the front half of a stage
upstage - of the back half of a stage; "she crossed to the upstage chair forcing the lead to turn his back to the audience"
Adv.1.downstage - at or toward the front of the stage; "the actors moved further and further downstage"
dramatic art, dramaturgy, theater, theatre, dramatics - the art of writing and producing plays
upstage - at or toward the rear of the stage; "the dancers were directed to move upstage"
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So, until help could arrive, he held the show, raising his hand towards the audience downstage while the sick audience member was tended to.
22, brothel owner Yankl Tchaptchovitch stands downstage discussing plans for the future with his wife, Soreh, as their teenage daughter, Rivkele, sits behind them, zoning out.
Erected downstage, a small platform draped with festive lighting was about big enough to accommodate its five performers.
1 upstage right, 1 downstage right, and 1 downstage left) The stage will have an ADA ramp with the entrance downstage right.
Lynnea Barry portrayed Wilkerson downstage right, sitting at a desk and spinning her records.
As each man wove downstage, he spoke his chosen quote aloud: "I dance because it feeds my soul.
Flanked by distressed hardboard screens and a downstage vaguely flower-painted podium device of a semi-circular design (which somehow you knew would end up as Juliet's tomb) this Verona bore no resemblance to the fine building with columns and lawns shown on both the posters and the programme cover.
Lin posits that scholars apply these concepts "too literally" to early modern performance, equating locus to upstage, and platea to downstage, and that this shows their "fourth wall" mentality.
The effect of the two women sitting downstage left, a hint of bower-like foliage high above them, with an expanse of empty space to their right, was theatrically diffuse.
Throughout the piece we are presented with short respites from the downstage action of Brennan's contemporary reality with the upstage scenes depicting enactments of Brennan's fictional short stories.
They could be made downstage through the audience via steps or ramps from the corners of the thrust.
Co-produced with Lethbridge's New West Theatre, Downstage Theatre presented Drew Hayden Taylor's In a World Created by a Drunken God Oct.