Abstract: A 5 page paper which examines the popular status of Italian Renaissance actors. Commedia dell'arte was separate from amateur drama because of the high level of performances. Every aspect of the drama was top of the line from the scripts to the costumes to performers, who might play the same role throughout their lives. Although the older form of this street theater had originated with morality plays, these comedies were very different. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Subcatagory: Italian Literature