I'm new to the use of both LaTeX and dramatist, so I suppose I'm doing some very crude error here.

I tried to get some example of dramatist code and copy paste, but I nevertheless have the problem. So here is my code, coming from another example on this website where I dumped some data from a Tchejov Play. My problem is that I don't have the expected result for \act and \DramPer (no act title, nor Dramatispersonae list appearing).

With this code, I get a blank document with only "author/title/date". If I put the \DramPer and \act lines as commentary (%\DramPer), I get my text.

What am I missing?

LaTeX code

% !TEX TS-program = pdflatex
% !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode

% This is a simple template for a LaTeX document using the "article" class.
% See "book", "report", "letter" for other types of document.

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{memoir} % use larger type; default would be 10pt

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} % set input encoding (not needed with XeLaTeX)

%%% Examples of Article customizations
% These packages are optional, depending whether you want the features they provide.
% See the LaTeX Companion or other references for full information.

% \usepackage{geometry} % to change the page dimensions
% \geometry{a4paper} % or letterpaper (US) or a5paper or....
% \geometry{margin=2in} % for example, change the margins to 2 inches all round
% \geometry{landscape} % set up the page for landscape
%   read geometry.pdf for detailed page layout information




%%% ToC (table of contents) APPEARANCE

%%% END Article customizations

%%% The "real" document content comes below...

\title{Brief Article}
\author{The Author}
%\date{} % Activate to display a given date or no date (if empty),
         % otherwise the current date is printed 


\Character[RANEVSKAÏA, LIOUBOV ANDREEVNA.]{Lioubov}{Liouba}
\Character[ANIA, sa fille.]{ANIA}{Ania}
\Character[ANIA, sa fille, dix-sept ans.]{ANIA}{Ania}
\Character[VARIA, sa fille adoptive, vingt-cinq ans.]{VARIA}{Varia}
\Character[GAEV, LEONID ANDREEVITCH, frère de Ranevskaïa.]{GAEV}{Gaev}
\Character[CHARLOTTA IVANOVNA, Gouvernante.]{CHARLOTTA}{Char}
\Character[DOUNICHA, La bonne.]{DOUNIACHA}{Doun}
\Character[FIRS, Laquais, vieillard de quatre-ving-sept ans.]{FIRS}{Firs}
\Character[IACHA, Jeune laquais.]{IACHA}{Iacha}
\Character[Un passant.]{UN PASSANT}{Passant}
\Character[Le chef de gare.]{Le Chef de gare}{Lechefdegare}
\Character[Le receveur des postes.]{receveur}{Postes}
\Character[Des invités, des domestiques.]{invités}{invdom}




    \begin{flushleft} Une chambre qu'on appelle toujours la chambre des enfants. L'une des portes donne sur la chambre d'Ania. Le point du jour, juste avant le lever du soleil. On est déjà en mai, les cerisiers sont en fleurs mais il fait froid, le brouillard du matin couvre la cerisaie. Les fenêtres de la chambre sont fermées.
    \begin{flushleft}Entrent Douniacha, tenant une bougie à la main, et Lopakhine, un livre à la main.


\Lopspeaks --But are you really well, father?
You look so pale.



Compilation results

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.15 (TeX Live 2014/W32TeX) (preloaded format=pdflatex)
 restricted \write18 enabled.
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2014/05/01>
Babel <3.9l> and hyphenation patterns for 9 languages loaded.
Document Class: memoir 2015/03/05 v3.7c configurable book, report, article document class

Package dramatist Warning: 

* No Configuration file found, using default settings. *

) (./sansnom-2.aux) [1{d:/TEXLIVE/texmf-var/fonts/map/pdftex/updmap/pdftex.map}
] [2] [3] [4] [5] (./sansnom-2.aux) )<d:/TEXLIVE/texmf-dist/fonts/type1/public/
Output written on sansnom-2.pdf (5 pages, 69154 bytes).
SyncTeX written on sansnom-2.synctex.gz.
Transcript written on sansnom-2.log.
  • This compiles normally for me, using both pdfLaTeX or LuaLaTeX. Why are you using pdfTeX instead of pdfLaTeX?
    – Fato39
    Apr 14, 2015 at 11:20
  • @Fato39: The OP does not use pdftex, that's only the general backend for 'all' TeX executables. The format is clearly pdflatex, as can been seen from preloaded fmt=pdflatex
    – user31729
    Apr 14, 2015 at 12:23
  • @ChristianHupfer I see, thank you for clarification. I'm afraid then I don't have any ideas as to why the example would not compile properly.
    – Fato39
    Apr 14, 2015 at 12:52
  • @Tchaf: Did you see page 3 and page 5? Apr 14, 2015 at 13:26
  • There's only one page I think. I've just put the characters list and the first act/scene stage directions and one sentence of dialogue.
    – Tchaf
    Apr 14, 2015 at 15:49

1 Answer 1


OK, so @Akira Kakuto got it in one: the \DramPer and \act commands add a blank page whereas \scene or \section does not. I simply didn't notice... sorry all, and thanks for your answers.

The layout without these commands fit in just one page.

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