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

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What’s the most famous stage direction in all of Shakespeare’s canon? San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Adventurous Lenny Kravitz exudes coolness, ‘Swan Lake’ and KAABOO," 16 Sep. 2019 But the real revelations are found in the stage direction and screenplay notes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Finale Script Reveals Why Drogon Burned the Iron Throne Down," 1 Aug. 2019 John Lithgow starred as Trump, and was satisfyingly angry and animated, though for every great line read that got your attention he was forced to weirdly read his own stage directions, which was both confusing and brought him out of character. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Hollywood Tried to Save America with a Live Reading of the Mueller Report," 25 June 2019 Small said a favorite course was introduction to theater, exposing him to texts, playwrights and stage directions. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "‘Could I make it in college?’: His journey to a bachelor’s degree started behind bars," 24 May 2018 The slumbering bodies are arranged in tableau fashion, as the stage directions prescribe. Charles Mcnulty,, "A revelatory Denzel Washington in 'The Iceman Cometh'," 10 May 2018 The changes involve more than stage direction: The operas were trimmed and Daniel Schlosberg, the company’s co-music director, created ingenious seven-player arrangements of their orchestral scores, including some artful transitions. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Classic Operas, New Vital Signs," 7 May 2018 The lack of a set will be offset by characters in costume and stage direction that allows them to interact with each other. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "Full-throated if not quite fully staged, it’s ‘Tosca’ | The Sacramento Bee," 4 May 2018 And Sophie Daneman’s stage direction worked nimbly within its physical constraints, using the aisles and balcony approaches to give the evening some physical variety. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Monterverdi’s ‘Orfeo’ gets some new music in Berkeley," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stage direction

1790, in the meaning defined above

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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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