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date: 19 September 2020


The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
Noel CarrollNoel Carroll

It is normally thought that the text of a play is comprised of dialogue and stage directions. Contemporary playtexts usually include both; however, playtexts comprised exclusively of either are also extant. Typically nowadays the playtext is written down, though a text might be passed on orally, existing in the memory of a troupe or a culture. Characteristically, in texts that contain dialogue and stage directions, the dialogue is the largest part; nevertheless, even in such plays the stage directions can bulk quite large, as in the case of ... ...

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