The fundamentals of drama consist of conflict and imitation. Action does not make a play. However, imitation of an action does make a play. For hundreds of years, imitation of action has been devised all over the world with things such as verse tragedies, plays on the television, shows using puppets, street theater, operas, slapstick comedies and ritual dances.
A theater can be any place. It can be on the street or in someone’s back yard. It does not have to be in any particular sort of building. Theater is when a person or a group of people pretend to be something that they are not, while other people are watching them. The pretenders are the actors and the watchers are the audience.
Theater can be thought of as illusion or a place of pretend. The actors are pretending that they really are the roles that they are playing. The audience pretends that they are watching actual events unfold. They participate in the illusion that the theater presents. But, of course, they know that the events are not really happening and that the people aren’t really what they are pretending to be. They are all participating in the illusion for the sake of entertainment.
Much of the world’s drama has its roots from primitive rituals. They also have roots in Greek and Christian religious ceremonies. There are many different forms of drama. Drama may consist of language, music, dance, costumes, or scenery. Drama can be as short as a minute or as long as a day.
“Galileo” is a play, written by Bertolt Brecht. For the writer, this play stands for anyone who attempts to introduce a new idea and have it accepted by the establishment. The different characters of Galileo are Galileo Galilei, Andrea Sarti, Mrs. Sarti, Ludovica Marsili, Priuli the Curator, Sagredo, Virginia Galilei, Two Senators, Matti, Philosopher, Elderly Lady, Chamberlain, Fat Prelate, Two Scholars, Two Monks, Infuriated Monk, Old Cardinal, and Attendant Monk. There are fourteen scenes in Galileo.
“The Jewels of the Shrine” by James Ene Henshaw and “The Dwarf Trees” by Seami are two other great works of drama and theater.