November 23, 2011
November 23: Thespis Wins Best Actor Award, 534 BC
Thespis was apparently a real person, the first Greek to introduce the art of acting. Before Thespis, Greek dramatic presentations were choral recitations called dithyrambs, in which the performers spoke in their own personas, not taking on the identity of a character.
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Pictured: Greek mask from about the first century AD. Photograph by Jastrow, entered into the public domain on Wikimedia Commons.