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Cyrano Debergerac, Matthew M. Moore, Robert Clements, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps 2016 Director

Cyrano Debergerac, Matthew M. Moore, Robert Clements, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps

Robert Clements, M.Ed.

A perfect choice as we head into Valentine’s Day, this romantic tale of a 17th-century French poet and swordsman will warm your heart. Cyrano has a soul as big as his outsized nose, but can his unabashed gallantry overcome his quirky appearance to win Roxanne—his heart’s true love? Between the swashbuckling and the love poetry there’s something for everyone in this epic retelling of one of theatre’s great classics!


Cyrano Debergerac, Matthew M. Moore, Robert Clements, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps 2016 Director

Cyrano Debergerac, Matthew M. Moore, Robert Clements, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps

Diane C. Merchant, Ph.D.

A perfect choice as we head into Valentine’s Day, this romantic tale of a 17th-century French poet and swordsman will warm your heart. Cyrano has a soul as big as his outsized nose, but can his unabashed gallantry overcome his quirky appearance to win Roxanne—his heart’s true love? Between the swashbuckling and the love poetry there’s something for everyone in this epic retelling of one of theatre’s great classics!


Wit, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps 2016 Director and Dramaturgy Coordinator

Wit, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps

Diane C. Merchant, Ph.D.

A brilliant and respected university professor, known for her teaching of the difficult and metaphysical poems of John Donne, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Throughout the course of her experimental treatments, she comes to an understanding of her work, and her life, with profound humor. Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Times called WIT a “brutally human and beautifully layered new play…you feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted.” Presented in an intimate staging atmosphere, WIT is sure to move you.


Cyrano Debergerac, Matthew M. Moore, Robert Clements, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps 2016 Director

Cyrano Debergerac, Matthew M. Moore, Robert Clements, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps

Matthew M. Moore, M.F.A.

A perfect choice as we head into Valentine’s Day, this romantic tale of a 17th-century French poet and swordsman will warm your heart. Cyrano has a soul as big as his outsized nose, but can his unabashed gallantry overcome his quirky appearance to win Roxanne—his heart’s true love? Between the swashbuckling and the love poetry there’s something for everyone in this epic retelling of one of theatre’s great classics!


Love On - The Life Of A Suicide Survivor: A Performance Autoethnographic Study, Patricia R. Wheeler 2016 East Tennessee State Universtiy

Love On - The Life Of A Suicide Survivor: A Performance Autoethnographic Study, Patricia R. Wheeler

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Suicide touches the lives of millions of people each year in this country alone, yet conversations about suicide loss and survival after a loss remain taboo and often do not happen. The story I performed for this performance autoethnographic study centers on my life as a survivor of suicide. It provides a starting point for dialog regarding trauma, grief, and suicide loss. The narrative was constructed directly following the sudden death of my father, which had a direct effect on my ability to produce artistic work. The development, staging and performance of the story were altered to account for the ...


Choral Theatre, Albert Joseph Wolfe Jr. 2016 University of Southern Mississippi

Choral Theatre, Albert Joseph Wolfe Jr.

Dissertations

Jamaica gained its independence from Great Britain in 1962, after some 300 years of colonization. Prior to Independence, the standard arts education curriculum was decidedly British and Western European. That which was labeled Caribbean or Jamaican “folk” by the British was deemed inferior and was not taught, demonstrated, or performed in formal settings. Thus, generations of Jamaicans never observed or imagined a Caribbean aesthetic in the visual and performing arts. Instead, pre-Independence Jamaicans were taught British and Western European music and performed it the “British” way.

Today, Jamaicans boast a number of artistic developments that are instantly recognized across the ...


A Tank Full Of Wishful Thinking: Crystallizing The Rhythms Of The Road, Leanna K. Smithberger 2016 James Madison University

A Tank Full Of Wishful Thinking: Crystallizing The Rhythms Of The Road, Leanna K. Smithberger

Graduate Showcase of Scholarship and Creative Activities

This presentation is a personal exploration of American car culture — the roads that enable it, the everyday actions that sustain it, and the values that justify it. I use a constellation of mobilities, autoethnography, and rhythmanalysis in order to tap into the political, personal, and aesthetic ways our road-centered culture shapes and constrains our lives in mundane and extraordinary ways. I argue that our road system of mobility is largely taken for granted, and is stubbornly persistent due to deeply held cultural values. I use a variety of artistic, evocative methods, including narrative, poetry, and music, because I argue that ...


Exploring Femme Fatale Through Lady Macbeth, Tori Hidalgo 2016 Otterbein University

Exploring Femme Fatale Through Lady Macbeth, Tori Hidalgo

Honors Thesis Projects

I performed the role of Lady Macbeth at a common hour presented to Otterbein University’s Department of Theatre and Dance students. The concept involved presenting a cut of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that highlighted the development of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship. In scripting and performing this adaptation, I sought to fully incorporate my body into my acting style and to expand and apply my knowledge of the femme fatale archetype to a well known literary character: Lady Macbeth. Another goal of this project was to determine how and if the femme fatale fits into feminist ideologies.


Wit, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps 2016 Director and Dramaturgy Coordinator

Wit, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps

Theatre Productions

A brilliant and respected university professor, known for her teaching of the difficult and metaphysical poems of John Donne, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Throughout the course of her experimental treatments, she comes to an understanding of her work, and her life, with profound humor. Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Times called WIT a “brutally human and beautifully layered new play…you feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted.” Presented in an intimate staging atmosphere, WIT is sure to move you.


Lara Salmon, Thesis Statement, Lara Salmon 2016 Claremont Graduate University

Lara Salmon, Thesis Statement, Lara Salmon

CGU MFA Theses

My art brings together materials and ideas inspired by personal experience that do not usually exist side by side. My body is the primary mechanism with which I make work, incidentally making me the subject matter of the work. I use my physical self as an instrument to coalesce and transform other materiality. Through live performance and photographic installations I create tension and balance between crude biology and bright, polished formalism. This body of work focuses on Millennial Feminism and the Middle East.


Tarian Perdamaian: Enacting Alternative Hindu/Christian Identity Discourses Through "Secular" Balinese Performing Arts, Dustin D. Wiebe 2016 Wesleyan University

Tarian Perdamaian: Enacting Alternative Hindu/Christian Identity Discourses Through "Secular" Balinese Performing Arts, Dustin D. Wiebe

Yale Journal of Music & Religion

This article examines the nature of interreligious relations between Protestants of the Bali Church and Hindus as enacted through dramatic forms of Balinese music and dance. Particular attention is paid to the influence of mass tourism as a contributing factor in this process. Since the early twentieth century these arts have formed a central component of a pan-Balinese identity discourse known as" kebalian." The first Balinese converted to Christianity during the 1930s and were subsequently excommunicated from their ancestral villages for refusing to participate in local customary practices (including the ritualistic use of gamelan music). For this reason, Balinese Christians ...


On The Shore Dimly Seen: Review, Götz Naleppa 2016 University of Wollongong

On The Shore Dimly Seen: Review, Götz Naleppa

RadioDoc Review

A new wave of understanding and agreement with all sorts of secret service methods which pretend to protect us against terrorism makes Whitehead’s radio performance, On The Shore Dimly Seen, even more precious and important than at the time of its production. Because it is the voice of a radical believer in democracy and human rights: today a lonely voice in the chorus of fear. We hear Gregory Whitehead’s voice chanting the interrogation log of Guantanamo Bay detainee 063 (prisoners in Guantanamo do not have names, they are only numbers), interwoven with the voices of vocalist Gelsey Bell ...


Porch, Dominique Rider 2016 Stephen F. Austin State University

Porch, Dominique Rider

SFA School of Theatre

No abstract provided.


A Flea In Her Ear, 2016 Chapman University

A Flea In Her Ear

Theatre Programs

A new version of Georges Feydeau's farce by David Ives
Directed by Tamiko Washington

Ives’ reimagining of the George Feydeau comedy is a farcical romp set in France at the turn of the 20th century. Raymonde Chandebise suspects her husband Victor is having an affair after he suddenly seems blasé about sex (though it’s actually due to a nervous condition). This sets off a whirlwind of comic mishaps, wild misunderstandings, and hilarious exchanges at the Frisky Puss Hotel!

Waltmar Theater
7:30 p.m. - February 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27
2 p.m. - February 27

To view ...


The Actor Behind The Camera, Zechariah H. Pierce 2016 Virginia Commonwealth University

The Actor Behind The Camera, Zechariah H. Pierce

Theses and Dissertations

Through an accidental discovery of an interest in the film making process, I decided to explore the opportunities that would come through self-education in the field. Along the way, I found that the process of working behind the camera can, in fact, help the actor’s career in front of the camera and provide a chance to train in a nontraditional way. After directing two projects (one simple and one more complicated), I decided to propose a class in which students would be required to self- produce their own video projects online. The class was vastly popular, and the students ...


The Choreopolitics Of Liberation And Decolonization, Harrison M. Goodall III 2016 Pomona College

The Choreopolitics Of Liberation And Decolonization, Harrison M. Goodall Iii

Pomona Senior Theses

This thesis examines dance as a means of social and political revolt in the AIDS epidemic. The course of the AIDS epidemic within the United States was inexorably shaped by the way dancers and choreographers used their art form to rebel against concepts of masculinity, sexuality and disease transmission. Through confronting their audiences with the reality of their loss and humanizing themselves and their loved ones that passed away, dancers were able to change the image of the epidemic and push for necessary political and social reform. This paper also analyzes the ways that norms of masculinity and the stigma ...


Cyrano Debergerac, Matthew M. Moore, Robert Clements, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps 2016 Director

Cyrano Debergerac, Matthew M. Moore, Robert Clements, Diane C. Merchant, Tim Phipps

Theatre Productions

A perfect choice as we head into Valentine’s Day, this romantic tale of a 17th-century French poet and swordsman will warm your heart. Cyrano has a soul as big as his outsized nose, but can his unabashed gallantry overcome his quirky appearance to win Roxanne—his heart’s true love? Between the swashbuckling and the love poetry there’s something for everyone in this epic retelling of one of theatre’s great classics!


Devising Performance & Queer Futurity, Brendan F. Leonard 2016 Brendan Leonard

Devising Performance & Queer Futurity, Brendan F. Leonard

Honors Theses

This project argues that devising performance is an inherently queer and utopian form. In response to recent political movements, such as Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, which seek to stage dissatisfaction with the systems of late capitalism, I turn to devising performance as a site. Informed by the queer and performance theories of Jose Esteban Munoz, Lee Edelman, and Jill Dolan, I argue that devised theater allows us to process disillusionment, rehearse collectivity, and stage futurity. In conversation with Munoz, I define futurity as an imaginative site that considers what will follow what some scholars suggest will be ...


An Actor's Method To Building The Character Of Hamlet In The Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark, Samuel C. Malone III 2015 MFA Graduate Student

An Actor's Method To Building The Character Of Hamlet In The Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark, Samuel C. Malone Iii

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

This thesis will set out to examine the process needed in order to deliver the character of Hamlet as a fully dimensional, complex human being who transcends time periods and class distinctions to connect with any audience of any background. This text will include biographical information about the author, William Shakespeare, as well as historical information about the circumstances and atmosphere surrounding the birth of this play. It will also include information about other performances, which will serve as references for comparison in terms of character development. Included in the scored actor’s script are the Sanford Meisner Techniques of ...


Frailty Thy Name Is Woman: Sarah Bernhardt And Eva Le Gallienne As Hamlet, Madeleine Ruby Faigel 2015 University of Puget Sound

Frailty Thy Name Is Woman: Sarah Bernhardt And Eva Le Gallienne As Hamlet, Madeleine Ruby Faigel

History Theses

In this paper I examine the issues of gender in the performances of Hamlet by Sarah Bernhardt and Eva Le Gallienne. I analyze the cultural contexts for their performances as it relates to their homosexuality both on and off stage. I place these women and their time periods in conversation with each other and then reflect this conversation onto the University of Puget Sound’s 2015 mainstage production of Hamlet starring Cassie Jo Fastabend as the titular princess.


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