The Play and the Playwright
Webster defines drama as "a composition in prose or verse portraying life or character by means of dialogue and action and designed for theatrical performance," while at least one definition of play is "the stage representation of a drama." In an average conversation the two words are often used interchangeably, and the author of a drama is called a playwright as well as a dramatist. This is understandable, for the natural goal of most dramatists is to have their work receive a satisfactory stage production.
The understanding of theatre and drama are two different fields. A novice will soon begin to distinguish between the drama as a work to be read and the play as a production to be seen in the theatre. Although this book is primarily concerned with the play