thrust stage


: a stage that projects beyond the proscenium so that the audience sits around the projection
also : a forestage that is extended into the auditorium to increase the stage area

Examples of thrust stage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The renovation will allow the Rep to configure its main performing space as either a proscenium or thrust stage, increasing the kinds of shows that can be staged there. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 31 May 2023 The production, directed by Robert O’Hara (who has been so instrumental in the play’s success), uses the Taper’s thrust stage to connect more viscerally to the audience. Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 In both cases, the theater’s thrust stage extends right out to the audience, a distinct change from the previous artistic director, Darko Tresnjak, where many shows were framed by platforms or imposing sets that suggested a distance between the audience and the players. Christopher Arnott,, 9 Dec. 2021 David Goldstein’s set beautifully transforms the thrust stage at the Lynn F. Angelson Theater with an elevated platform that appears to ripple and reflect like the actual sea. Maya Phillips, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2023 Stalking the thrust stage of the Griffin Theater at the Shed with an awkward lope, his mouth fixed in a perpetual grimace, Fiennes applies a hypnotic antiheroic varnish to the man who remade New York’s byways, parklands and beachfronts. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022 Perhaps Hartford Stage is the wrong space for it, with a thrust stage that doesn’t neatly accommodate old-fashioned proscenium-style living room sets. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 19 Apr. 2022 The Taper’s thrust stage makes the audience in the show a very visible and very visceral part of the action. Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2022 The messaging of Ramos' set is amplified in the Mark Taper Forum, the thrust stage forcing the audience even more directly into the heart of things. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History


thrust, past participle of thrust entry 1

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thrust stage was in 1965

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“Thrust stage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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