Like a short story or novel, a drama tells a story. It includes characters, a setting, and a plot. However, a drama is written so that people can put on a play. It begins with a cast of characters that lists the characters who appear in the play. It includes a description of the setting. This description tells the director, set designers, and actor what the stage should look like. A drama includes stage directions and dialogue. The stage directions are written in italic print. They tell the actors what to do. Dialogue is the words the actors speak. A scene is a part of a drama in which the characters act.