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Through A Glass Darkly: Defining Love In A Nation Of Tolerance, Jonathan T. Hogue 2015 Liberty University

Through A Glass Darkly: Defining Love In A Nation Of Tolerance, Jonathan T. Hogue

Senior Honors Theses

This paper features an original one-act drama Through a Glass Darkly and analyzes its constructs and themes. The play, written in the contemporary style, depicts the tension between homosexuals and Christians in American culture through emphasizing the contrasting interpretations of love between both communities. It tells the story of Ben, a young gay man struggling to find fulfillment, whose new-found friendship with a Christian named Adam causes him to reevaluate his understanding of love. The play explores the variations of love in an attempt to not only answer what love truly means, but rather what form of love carries the ...


The Tortoise And The Hare: One Turtle's Journey To Discover The True Nature Of Art And Life, Colin Colford 2015 Salem State University

The Tortoise And The Hare: One Turtle's Journey To Discover The True Nature Of Art And Life, Colin Colford

Honors Theses

Human connection is something we all need in order to live fully, yet we often find ourselves hiding away behind a protective shell. Especially in this day and age, we are usually expected to have it all “figured out” and to present ourselves confidently. This can make it difficult, if not impossible, to reach out. One way we connect is through art, and more specifically, stories. Stories help us to empathize and put ourselves in another’s shoes. The Tortoise and the Hare: One Turtle's Journey to Discover the True Nature of Art and Life is the story of ...


Epic Nonsense: The Genesis Of Me Prometheus, Emerson F. Sieverts 2015 College of William and Mary

Epic Nonsense: The Genesis Of Me Prometheus, Emerson F. Sieverts

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Me Prometheus is a musical comedy about the intersection of creativity and progress. It explores how humans react to crises, seen through the prism of the hunter-gatherer Gurg tribe. The show contains commentary on: the society of the spectacle, through the narcissistic antagonist Birns; religion, through the tribe’s drug-addled shaman; technology, through the prehistoric culture of innovation; and climate change, with the ominous advance of the glaciers. The hero’s ultimate choice of whether to save the tribe or spite them drives home the themes of the importance of community and forgiveness, two crucial elements of human society. This ...


Fragmenting Kill/Shot, Rachel Washington 2015 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Fragmenting Kill/Shot, Rachel Washington

Theses and Dissertations

In "Fragmenting Kill/Shot", I will explore how my play Kill/Shot changed over the course of the rehearsal and production process. I will explain and defend stylistic choices I made for this play, including how the others on the production team interpreted those stylistic choices. Finally, I will explore how changes to the script can help protect the play from being misinterpreted in the future.


"V Is For Violin" - An Original Playscript, Brittany Taylor 2015 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

"V Is For Violin" - An Original Playscript, Brittany Taylor

Theses and Dissertations

As and MFA playwrighting candidate, I was given the opportunity to witness a fully realized production of my work. For this academic opportunity I chose the "V is for Violin." I will discuss the genesis of the idea, the evolution of the play, research conducted, and what I learned in the production process of the show.


I Love A Piano, 2015 Taylor University

I Love A Piano

Taylor Theatre Playbills

Taylor University Theatre presents its spring musical, "I Love A Piano", a celebration of the iconic compositions and lyrics of Irving Berlin.


The Word's The Thing Massart's 3rd Annual Festival Of New Plays, Rebecca Saunders 2015 University of Massachusetts Boston

The Word's The Thing Massart's 3rd Annual Festival Of New Plays, Rebecca Saunders

Rebecca Saunders

Sponsored by the MassArt Liberal Arts Department, the Festival will present five plays developed by the MassArt Playwriting Workshop and two student plays chosen by Workshop judges. The plays range in length from five minutes to twenty-five minutes and include comedy, tragedy, psychodrama, performance pieces, and more.


Fingerpaint: A Drama In Two Acts, Audrey A. Moore 2015 Liberty University

Fingerpaint: A Drama In Two Acts, Audrey A. Moore

Senior Honors Theses

This thesis is a creative original work taking the form on a two-act drama entitled Fingerpaint. It follows the story of a twenty-two year old artist named Sandy and her older brother, John, who want to paint a city mural as a memorial for their uncle. The primary theme revolves around the idea of finding beauty in tension. This theme is developed as Sandy, an idealist, is forced to deal with difficult situations that will ultimately change the way she approaches life and art.


Existing On Earth And Stage: Exploring Human Relationships With Ecosystems Through Performance, Julia Stephanie Levine 2015 Butler University

Existing On Earth And Stage: Exploring Human Relationships With Ecosystems Through Performance, Julia Stephanie Levine

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection

"You're on Earth. There's no cure for that," says the character Hamm, in Samuel Beckett's Endgame. The stage offers a unique lens through which to explore the reality of human existence on Earth, sharing the behaviors of characters in imagined circumstances with audiences. My honors thesis production, GAIA: an eco-theatre project explores human relationships with the environment and comes out of research conducted during the 2014 Butler Summer Institute. My thesis project began by raising the following questions: How do we impact the environment, and how do we react to changes in our ecosystems? What do our ...


L’Anar I Venir Dels Dramaturgs Catalans: Un Nou Cosmopolitisme, Sharon G. Feldman 2015 University of Richmond

L’Anar I Venir Dels Dramaturgs Catalans: Un Nou Cosmopolitisme, Sharon G. Feldman

Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Faculty Publications

La conjunció entre viatges i traducció ha estat un baròmetre habitual de la vitalitat del panorama teatral català. A Catalunya la mobilitat acostuma a ser sinònim de prestigi, i l'èxit en teatre sovint es mesura en funció de l'abast i el reconeixement internacionals. A més a més, en el cas dels dramaturgs que escriuen en català, sempre conscients de la precària situació de la seva llengua i la seva identiat cultural, la posició paradoxal tant de distància com de proximitat política que mantenen amb Espanya n'ha accentuat, potser, l'anhel de pertànyer a una efera global més ...


Performativity Of Abject Identity: Jonathon Hsu’S Coming Out Asian American, Jonathon I. Hsu 2015 College of William and Mary

Performativity Of Abject Identity: Jonathon Hsu’S Coming Out Asian American, Jonathon I. Hsu

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In my one-person performance Coming Out Asian American, the racialized body is placed in deracinated space and time where identity is fluidly navigated as history moves and is exchanged. I contend that Asian American identity is ambiguous, schizophrenic, and complex, and the medium of staged performance allows for the exploration of the affective body as a site for cultural/historical memory, exchange, and re-imagination. In the play, Coming Out Asian American, theater and performance are used to create a counter-monument that challenges the dominant Western mainstream discourse. At the same time, I utilize performance to find agency and liberation in ...


Browning, Mary Carmel, 1896-1980 (Sc 2895), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2015 Western Kentucky University

Browning, Mary Carmel, 1896-1980 (Sc 2895), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2895. “Abe of the Ages,” a play about Abraham Lincoln by Sister Mary Carmel Browning, Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union (O.S.U.), Brescia College, Owensboro, Kentucky.


A Piece Of My Heart, 2015 Taylor University

A Piece Of My Heart

Taylor Theatre Playbills

Taylor University Theatre presents Shirley Lauro's "A Piece of My Heart". This powerful play explores the true stories of six women in the Vietnam War: five nurses and a country western singer booked to entertain the troops.


Encountering "Agaat": Toward A Dramaturgical Method Of Adaptation, Paul Adolphsen 2015 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Encountering "Agaat": Toward A Dramaturgical Method Of Adaptation, Paul Adolphsen

Masters Theses

This M.F.A. thesis in dramaturgy presents the first-ever stage adaptation of South African writer Marlene van Niekerk’s 2004 novel Agaat. Van Niekerk is an internationally acclaimed novelist, short story writer, poet, and dramatist particularly known for her lengthy novelistic excavations of Afriakner identity, in which sexuality, race, and gender collide in compelling but fraught ways. Covering nearly fifty-years of South African history—from the establishment of apartheid in 1948 through the nation’s transition to democracy in 1994—Agaat investigates everyday cycles of abuse and intimacy through the story of white farmer Milla de Wet and her ...


Like The Moon, Camille Weisgant 2015 Bard College

Like The Moon, Camille Weisgant

Senior Projects Spring 2015

An adaptation of the traditional Japanese Noh play "Ama," "Like the Moon" explores what it means to die in the 21st century, when death, just like life, is mediated by technology.


My Heart Is In The East: Exploring Theater As A Vehicle For Change, Inspired By The Poetic Performances Of Ancient Andalucía, Jessica Litwak 2015 Antioch University - PhD Program in Leadership and Change

My Heart Is In The East: Exploring Theater As A Vehicle For Change, Inspired By The Poetic Performances Of Ancient Andalucía, Jessica Litwak

Dissertations & Theses

This study addresses the research question “How Do I Inspire Personal and Social Change Through My Theater Practice?” I implement the theory and practice of H.E.A.T., a fusion theater system, combining use of theater arts as healing practice, educational asset, activist tool, and an art form.I research different ways that theater can affect change, focusing specifically on the use of history in performance.I dramatically interpret a period of history where performance and poetry contributed to change.I utilize qualitative methods including performance ethnography, auto ethnography, arts-based research, and historical research.I describe the fieldwork in ...


Without Prospero: A Staged Reading And Continuation On Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', Samuel T. Robotham 2015 Bard College

Without Prospero: A Staged Reading And Continuation On Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', Samuel T. Robotham

Senior Projects Spring 2015

Without Prospero is a play I wrote over the course of my senior year. It culminated in a stylized staged reading in the Luma Theater at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts from March 27th to March 29th 2015. It featured Antonio Irizarry ’16, Max Green ’17, and Charlie Mai ’18. The play is a continuation on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, focusing on the character of Ariel just after the events of the play have concluded. Without Prospero explores power, loss, abandonment, and how we look at a servant/master relationship through the lens of traditional Shakespearean ...


"Debate: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance" Devised, Documentary And Immersive Theatre: The Story Of Everymillennial, Sean R. Byrne 2015 James Madison University

"Debate: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance" Devised, Documentary And Immersive Theatre: The Story Of Everymillennial, Sean R. Byrne

Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

This thesis aims to discover how communitas can be created through theatrical performances by blurring the line between audience and performer as well as performer and character. The topic of the Millennial generation is used as a thematic element in performance to emphasize the creation of community. A theatrical form will be introduced, called the “Living Biography:” a method of devising based on devising, documentary, and immersive theatre. This form will be shown as one possible option in creating communitas in a performance. While other forms of audience inclusion are frequently used, it will be argued that the “Living Biography ...


Back To Black: An Exploration Of Amy Winehouse’S Music And Addiction, Courtney AD Jamison 2015 James Madison University

Back To Black: An Exploration Of Amy Winehouse’S Music And Addiction, Courtney Ad Jamison

Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Amy Winehouse tragically died on July 23, 2011 as a result of years of alcoholism and drug abuse. Her beautiful jazz infused poetic music and her struggle with addiction created a juxtaposition of extremes that led to the foundational question of this creative project: “How can Winehouse’s music serve as the catalyst for a musical theatre piece that explores the impact of addiction on the human experience?” Extensive research was conducted on the themes of drug abuse, alcoholism, attachment in adult life, and domestic violence. The project culminated with a staged reading of a jukebox musical consisting of Winehouse ...


“The Autism Adventures Of Watson & Holmes”: Puppet Theatre To Improve Elementary Students’ Knowledge Of And Attitudes Toward Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sarah N. Simon 2015 Hamline University

“The Autism Adventures Of Watson & Holmes”: Puppet Theatre To Improve Elementary Students’ Knowledge Of And Attitudes Toward Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sarah N. Simon

Departmental Honors Projects

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a growing concern in schools across the nation. More students with high functioning autism are being mainstreamed, and students on and off the spectrum are being exposed to a wider variety of behaviors and new opportunities for friendship in school. Many students who fall on the autism spectrum suffer from the stigmatizing attitudes of their peers, and this stigmatization often stems from a lack of early education about mental health. Puppetry has been proven to captivate young audiences while teaching important messages in an entertaining and relatable way. The purpose of this ...


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