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 (drăm′ə-tûr′jē, drä′mə-)
The art of the theater, especially the writing of plays.

dram′a·tur′gic, dram′a·tur′gi·cal adj.
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(Theatre) the art and technique of the theatre; dramatics
ˌdramaˈturgic, ˌdramaˈturgical adj
ˌdramaˈturgically adv
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(ˈdræm əˌtɜr dʒi, ˈdrɑ mə-)

the art, craft, or techniques of dramatic composition.
[1795–1805; < Greek drāmatourgía dramatic composition. See dramatic, -urgy]
dram`a•tur′gic, dram`a•tur′gi•cal, adj.
dram`a•tur′gi•cal•ly, adv.
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the art of writing or producing plays. — dramaturge, dramaturgist, n.
See also: Drama
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dramaturgy - the art of writing and producing plays
amphitheater, amphitheatre - a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)
closed-circuit television - a television system that is not used for broadcasting but is connected by cables to designated monitors (as in a factory or theater)
theater, theatre, house - a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full"
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
stage - the theater as a profession (usually `the stage'); "an early movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the contemporary stage"
dramatic composition, dramatic work - a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
dramatic irony - (theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
flies - (theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains)
seat, place - a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane); "he booked their seats in advance"; "he sat in someone else's place"
booking clerk, ticket agent - someone who sells tickets (e.g., theater seats or travel accommodations)
playact, roleplay, act, play - perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
stooge - act as the stooge; "His role was to stooge for the popular comedian"
enter - come on stage
support - play a subordinate role to (another performer); "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
star - be the star in a performance
appear - appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.; "Gielgud appears briefly in this movie"; "She appeared in `Hamlet' on the London stage"
co-star - be the co-star in a performance
ham, ham it up, overact, overplay - exaggerate one's acting
underact, underplay - act (a role) with great restraint
upstage - at or toward the rear of the stage; "the dancers were directed to move upstage"
downstage - at or toward the front of the stage; "the actors moved further and further downstage"
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of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities) presents nine essays that explore musical responses to and interpretations of literary texts with the intention of demonstrating "the various aspects of music's ability to narrate or portray extra-musical realities, along with the breadth of the various composers' attempts to reflect, comment on, or critique a literary text." Topics include transposition and transition in Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette, Verdi's musical translation of Shakespeare's linguistic dramaturgy; Janacek's reinterpretation of Tolstoyan themes in his String Quartet No.
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of Puget Sound, Washington State) argues that the attempt to know the dramaturgy of a play is little different from the attempt to know another person for whom we care deeply.
Jackson Cope has defied this trend in past works, including The Theatre and the Dream (1973) and Dramaturgy of the Daemonic (1984).
Shannon describes playwright August Wilson (1945-2005) as an autoethnographer, storyteller, medium, and culture bearer, who placed himself in his ten-play cycle as both subject and object and as an oAfrican-in-Americao, and who used dramaturgy as a means of navigating the complexities of his life as the child of a white German immigrant and a black mother.
I jealously guard their idealism and talent, hoping to create the highest expectations in the Kendeda playwrights for new-play production and institutional dramaturgy. The goal of the program is to have local and national impact, and to be leading the conversations about new work both locally nationally.
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