Definition of downstage in English:

downstage

adverb & adjective

  • At or towards the front of a stage.

    as adverb ‘all four run for their lives downstage’
    as adjective ‘the downstage area’
    • ‘Candles are ritually placed on a downstage log.’
    • ‘The figure in the front chair downstage left fell face downward.’
    • ‘Fine when you were jumping downstage, but not so good when jumping upstage!’
    • ‘Whenever the action moved downstage, close to the audience, the production sang.’
    • ‘The major characters interact further downstage, perhaps even on the small forestage, with the party serving as a background to them.’
    • ‘As Kulick would have it, Leontes collapses prone downstage left, and an attendant nonsensically tosses a bearskin over him.’
    • ‘Ghostly singing and piano riffs are heard from time to time; scenes end with Hedda downstage center staring at the audience, sometimes followed by her hideous cackle.’
    • ‘His Restoration stage, complete with downstage doors, proscenium and revolving flats is effective and simply adorned with a few choice pieces of furniture along with blue and white accents.’
    • ‘But what one remembers is the the mournful downstage revelry, while upstage a fleshy, ageing chanteuse is mimetically seduced by the MC.’
    • ‘Dancers popped and rocked downstage; two in-line skaters rocketed back and forth on the ramp, creating a dynamic backdrop.’
    • ‘Clever staging meant that we were backstage - the curtain and footlights downstage - watching the dancers warm up and interact before a show.’
    • ‘Let the lead performers stay downstage facing the audience, tell the chorus to stand still, don't try anything clever and just get on with the singing.’
    • ‘His upstage entry, like that of both the other principals downstage, is so weak as to have been planned.’
    • ‘A downstage screen, dropped at intervals during the evening, is almost an extra performer, a ‘choral’ auxiliary, helping to glue the parts together.’
    • ‘A blue scrim downstage tears open dramatically as the first piece begins, and stark black beams divide the stage like some urban forest.’
    • ‘The downstage scene is depicted as a common ground where the actors interact and live out there lives outside of the privacy of their own homes.’
    • ‘We get two major flashbacks while he freezes on a small platform downstage left.’
    • ‘Everything seemed to need to be further downstage, the peasants and friends needed to surround the principals more, but this clearly felt odd to the dancers.’
    • ‘Opening as described, the lights came up to reveal los chicos in all their flamenco regalia, backed by singers and guitarists downstage.’
    • ‘I balled up my clothes, dropped them in the corner, and walked downstage.’

Pronunciation

downstage

/ˈdaʊnsteɪdʒ//daʊnˈsteɪdʒ/