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179 resources with the concept dramatic plays

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The Birth of Off Broadway: Crash Course Theater #47

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Many Broadway shows, including Hamilton, got their start off the infamous street. Video 47 from the Crash Course Drama and Theater playlist focuses on the creation of Off-Broadway theater. Discussion centers around specific theaters and...
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Broadway, Seriously: Crash Course Theater #46

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Not all Broadway shows feature exciting kick lines and jaw-dropping ballads. The 46th video from the Crash Course Drama and Theater Playlist talks about the serious side of Broadway. Part of the video covers the work of Tennessee...
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Beckett, Ionesco, and the Theater of the Absurd: Crash Course Theater #45

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Life doesn't make sense, so theater shouldn't make sense either. A video about the theater of the absurd, the 45th installment of the Crash Course Drama and Theater series, discusses the unique movement in theater history. An overview of...
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Bertolt Brecht and Epic Theatre: Crash Course Theater #44

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A video, number 44 on the Crash Course Drama and Theater playlist, covers the work of Bertolt Brecht, who believed theater should be more than an escape from reality. Content covers a range of Brecht's styles and includes a summary of...
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Antonin Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty: Crash Course Theater #43

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Despite spending many years in a sanatorium, Antonin Artaud became a well-known playwright. Video 43 from the Crash Course Drama and Theater playlist describes the life work of the French playwright with a focus on the theater of...
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Federal Theatre and Group Theatre: Crash Course Theater #42

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Method acting got its start in the 1930s. A video, the 42nd video in the Crash Course Theater and Drama playlist, describes the theater scene during the 1930s, including the introduction of method acting. Information on Waiting for...
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The Harlem Renaissance: Crash Course Theater #41

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Artists shattered stereotypes during the Harlem Renaissance. Video 41 on the Crash Course Drama and Theater playlist describes art and theater during the time period with a focus on Broadway plays and musicals written by...
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Little Theater and American Avant Garde: Crash Course Theater #40

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
When it comes to quality theater, Americans were tardy to the party. A video on early American theater, number 40 on the Crash Course Drama and Theater playlist, shares information about plays during the early 20th century.  Discussions...
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Futurism and Constructivism: Crash Course Theater #39

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Politics and theater go hand-in-hand. The 39th video in the Crash Course Theater and Drama series introduces plays from the futurist and constructivist movements, including works from an Italian fascist. A summary of "The Storming of the...
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Expressionist Theater: Crash Course Theater #38

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Darkness. Murder. Emotion. These traits characterize expressionist theater. A video, number 38 on the Crash Course Drama and Theater playlist, discusses key themes and works from the period. An overview of Spring Awakening, which...
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Dada, Surrealism, and Symbolism: Crash Course Theater #37

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Video 37 in the Crash Course Drama and Theater playlist discusses surrealism, as well as symbolism and dadaism in the world of theater. Playwrights the narrator discusses include Maurice Maeterlinck, Paul Fort, Lugne Poe, and Andre...
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Synge, Wilde, Shaw, and the Irish Renaissance: Crash Course Theater #36

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Some of the greatest plays contain only one act. A video, the 36th in the Crash Course Theater and Drama playlist, provides an overview of playwrights connected to the Irish Renaissance, particularly J.M. Synge, who was known for his...
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West Side Story Education Packet

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
An education packet shares information about West Side Story, a re-telling of Romeo and Juliet and a tale of two loves. Information in the packet includes an overview of the plot, characters, and story behind the creation of the classic...
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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A study guide for the stage adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens introduces readers to the characters for the first time. A table of contents lays out the features of the guide, which includes information on the historical...
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Get Outside and Have a (Mystery) Play: Crash Course Theater #10

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In the Middle Ages, theater left the church of moved outside to a secular stage. An interesting video describes the transition from pulpit to public venue, discussing common plot lines and other aspects of medieval drama. Animated...
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Macbeth: Staging It

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
When Macbeth sees a vision of a dagger floating in midair, is he afraid, confident, or excited? Using an interactive online resource, scholars get their say! Pupils direct their own scene from Act 2, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Macbeth....
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Fact Sheet: Indoor Theatres

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Pull up a cushion, grab an apple or some nuts, light a candle, and get ready to explore indoor theatres from Elizabethan England. Readers use a handout to distinguish between indoor and outdoor theatres and the types of actors who...
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Fact Sheet: Costumes and Cosmetics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Theatre producers in Shakespeare's time didn't have the special effects that are common today, so they had to get creative. Using the handout, pupils explore the topic of costume design. Additionally, readers learn about the stage makeup...
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Fact Sheet: Writing Plays

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who were some of the popular playwrights of Elizabethan England? Using the provided fact sheets, scholars research playwrights, explore three different types of plays, and learn about censorship in Elizabethan England. 
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Fact Sheet: Playhouses

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Laborers used common materials to build London's first performance venues, including sticks, plaster, and ... hair? Using an informational handout, scholars learn about the construction of different types of playhouses where actors...
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Fact Sheet: The First Globe

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Where did actors perform plays during Shakespeare's era? Using the handout, pupils learn about London's historical Globe Theatre and discover which of Shakespeare's plays actors performed there. Scholars also explore the cause of the...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Staging It

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Lights, camera, action! Using the interactive module, scholars become stage directors and produce their own Shakespeare scenes. Pupils choose from a range of video clips to create their own twist on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 
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Fact Sheet: Actors

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Back in Shakespeare's time, the public considered actors unruly, unlike the prestige they enjoy today. An informative handout outlines more about the acting profession in London during the Elizabethan era. Pupils discover how actors...
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Fact Sheet: Audiences

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In Shakespeare's time, people could attend a play at the local theatre for as little as one penny. Using an informative handout, scholars learn about the typical London audience member during the 1600s. Readers explore how theatre...