stage direction


Definition of stage direction

: a description (as of a character or setting) or direction (as to indicate stage business) provided in the text of a play

Examples of stage direction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hammerstein then proceeded to go through every stage direction, every song, every scene, every line of dialogue. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 Then the screenplay then cuts off in the middle of the action, with the final stage direction left hanging. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 3 Aug. 2021 The play, with film direction by Amber McGinnis and stage direction by Emilyn Kowaleski, was shot at Woolly. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Film direction, Amber McGinnis; stage direction, Emilyn Kowaleski; production design, Christopher Bowser; costumes, Heather McDevitt Barton; percussion design, Eric Farber. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Everett McCorvey will conduct, with stage direction by Dennis Whitehead Darling. Matthew J. Palm,, 30 Apr. 2021 The production was filmed by Italian filmmaker Stefano Decarli with original stage direction by Trevor Hay. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2020 Taibi Magar’s stage direction assembles the performers into configurations that occasionally evoke a modern-day Greek chorus, especially when the women sing in rapturous union. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2020 What’s the protocol when a stage direction calls for a kiss? Peter Marks, Washington Post, 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of stage direction

1790, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stage direction was in 1790

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“Stage direction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of stage direction

: a written instruction in a play telling an actor what to do


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