A Primer for Playgoers: An Introduction to the Understanding and Appreciation of Cinema, Stage, Television

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Glossary of Theatre Terms
Most of the following terms are frequently used in discussions involving the stage, motion picture, or television. A knowledge of their meaning is essential. Generally, those which were defined or discussed in the text have not been included here.
Abstract set . . . . Drapes, single units of doors or windows arranged for music or ballet numbers. No effort at realism or locale. Common in television.
Actors' Equity Association . . . . Union of professional legitimate theatre actors with headquarters in New York City.
A.F.T.R.A. . . . . American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Union for television and radio actors with offices in New York City and Los Angeles.
Angel . . . . Individual who furnishes financial backing for a production, whose name rarely appears in connection with it.
A.N.T.A. . . . . American National Theatre and Academy. Congressionally chartered organization for serving the theatre in all its branches. Supplies advice and various services. Offices in New York City.
Annie Oakley . . . . A pass or complimentary ticket to the theatre, so called because of the habit of punching holes in such a ticket in the pre-rubber stamp days.
Antagonist . . . . The character most in opposition to main character (protagonist) of the play.
Antoinette Perry Awards . . . . "Tonies," awarded each season for outstanding work in writing, acting, and design in the New York theatre. An award in honor of Antoinette Perry, actress and director.
Apron . . . . Space on stage in front of main curtain; very wide in Restoration and eighteenth century. Much of the play took place here.
Arena stage . . . . A form of center staging with audience on three or four sides. (See"Theatre-in-the-round" and "Penthouse theatre.")

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