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Metamorphoses Feb 2019

Metamorphoses

Taylor Theatre Playbills

The playbill for Taylor University’s performance of Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman.

Performed February 22-24 and March 1-3, 2018 at the Mitchell Theatre.

Called by Time the “theater event of the year,” Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses brings Ovid’s tales to stunning visual life. Set in and around a large pool of water, Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change. Nominated for three 2002 Tony Awards, including “Best Play,” Metamorphoses earned Zimmerman a Tony for “Best Direction of a Play.”


Giau Minh Truong Interview, Gin To Jan 2019

Giau Minh Truong Interview, Gin To

Asian American Art Oral History Project

Bio: Giau Minh Truong is a company member of A-Squared Theatre Workshop and an at- large artist for various performing arts companies in the Chicago area. For A-Squared, he directed Ching Chong Chinaman, The Other Shore, and short plays for My Asian Mom, acted in Trial By Water, and designed lights for The Wind Cries Mary. Giau’s other directorial credits include Downward Facing, Lights Out, Everybody, and Theatre of Women for Dream Theatre Company. He directed Sister Outlaw, Mr. and Mrs. LaQuesta Go Dancing, My Name is Flor Contemplacion, and I Dream Electric for CIRCA-Pintig, Chicago’s long-running Filipino ...


The Future Of Theatre Is Trans An Exploration Of Transgender Identities In Diasporic Communities Through Performance Writing, Ayla Lecochran, Ayla Xuan Chi Le Sullivan Jan 2019

The Future Of Theatre Is Trans An Exploration Of Transgender Identities In Diasporic Communities Through Performance Writing, Ayla Lecochran, Ayla Xuan Chi Le Sullivan

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The purpose of this thesis is to explore how performance writing about transgender identities in theatre expands upon histories within the Vietnamese and Black American communities, with regards to cultural practises and assimilation into the United States. With a synthesis of autobiographical experiences and queer theory, I will self produce an original play exploring the nature of intersectional identities across race, gender, and citizenship.

Last Stop is an original full length play that will highlight a cast of only people of colour and especially, a cast of majority Asian Americans. As a transgender Vietnamese and Black American undergraduate, I seek ...


Defending Eulalie, Mimi Ayers Dec 2018

Defending Eulalie, Mimi Ayers

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Did Hollywood Take Theatre "By Hook Or By Crook?", Catherine S. Wright Dec 2018

Did Hollywood Take Theatre "By Hook Or By Crook?", Catherine S. Wright

MSU Graduate Theses

Hollywood and Theatre have been partners in producing entertainment for over 100 years. The relationship was fruitful for both parties, but Hollywood moguls and playwrights battled over ownership of the work and crafting of its creative nucleus, story and character. Theatre was the dominant entertainment right before the rise of motion pictures. Once Hollywood’s talkies closed the curtain on silent films, playwrights had a high creative worth to movie makers. In the cinema, story and dialogue were essential for its survival and growth. Playwrights were courted by the Hollywood studio heads but were not offered equal partnership as they ...


Dialogues On Voluntary Action And New Commons, Roger A. Lohmann Nov 2018

Dialogues On Voluntary Action And New Commons, Roger A. Lohmann

Faculty Scholarship

This volume contains a suite of seven one-act plays originating in political and civic themes, voluntary action and new commons, and associated with the 2012 President election.


The Hidden History Of 'Oklahoma!', Daniel Pollack-Pelzner Nov 2018

The Hidden History Of 'Oklahoma!', Daniel Pollack-Pelzner

Faculty Publications

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner explains that contemporary reinterpretations of the classic American musical Oklahoma! may be getting back to its root: it's based on a play by a gay Cherokee man.


Nuevaz Voces: Northeastern's 10-Minute Playwriting Festival, Sarah J. Fabian, Jim Blair, Becca Peterson Nov 2018

Nuevaz Voces: Northeastern's 10-Minute Playwriting Festival, Sarah J. Fabian, Jim Blair, Becca Peterson

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium

No abstract provided.


Into The Woods Nov 2018

Into The Woods

Taylor Theatre Playbills

The playbill for Taylor University’s performance of Into the Woods. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by James Lapine.

Performed November 9-11, 16-18, 2018 at the Mitchell Theatre.

Into the Woods is a combined narrative of the stories and plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales.


Theatre And The Overwhelming Question: Why Make Theatre In These Times?, Mónica Valeria Sánchez Oct 2018

Theatre And The Overwhelming Question: Why Make Theatre In These Times?, Mónica Valeria Sánchez

Theatre & Dance ETDs

The following essay communicates my journey as a longtime theatre artist as I have navigated my way through the discipline, and towards the craft of playwriting. My intention to study in the program was soon escalated by an existential turning point subsequent to the neoliberal agenda that gained momentum pre, post, and during the election of 2016. This thesis is in response to the question, "Why make theatre now?" I approach this query through the themes and the characters in my plays; through a socio-cultural-historic lens, and via an examination of the creative process as it relates to the metaphysics ...


The Amish Project Sep 2018

The Amish Project

Taylor Theatre Playbills

The playbill for Taylor University’s performance of The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey.

Performed September 13-16, 2018 at the Mitchell Theatre.

In October of 2006, a gunman walked into an Amish schoolhouse…in this stunning tour-de-force, a single actress plays a host of characters in an Amish community devastated by that terrible tragedy. Jessica Dickey’s fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines Schoolhouse Shooting is a tale of redemption that forges a path of forgiveness and compassion in the aftermath of inexplicable violence. Featuring alum Morgan Morton(Turner ’16) and designed by all theatre alumni, this production is a ...


Should Theatre Disappear Like Soap Bubbles?, Erin Lee Jul 2018

Should Theatre Disappear Like Soap Bubbles?, Erin Lee

Proceedings from the Document Academy

I recently read an excerpt from a 2004 interview with Peter Hall where he claims that he was happy for his materials to disappear "like soap bubbles" (Reason, 2006). One of the fundamentally difficult things about archiving theatre, aside from its ephemeral nature, is the approach that creatives take to their work. Not only do we need to battle the format of live performance but we also need to convince many creatives, not all I must add, that their work can and should remain in the Archive for use in the future. There are glimmers of potential in the area ...


The Lab Report, Volume 12, Issue 02, Todd Ristau Jul 2018

The Lab Report, Volume 12, Issue 02, Todd Ristau

Lab Reports

Vol. 12, No. 02 (July, 2018)

  • Summer 2018 Comes to a Close
  • Student Spotlight: Ally Thomas
  • Guest Profile: Erin Quinn Purcell and Jay Reiss
  • Overnight Sensations
  • Emma in Complexland
  • Sean Abley Plays Open in Two Different Festivals
  • Decision Height at New River Stage
  • Jonathan G Galvez play in Planet Connections Fetivity
  • Cabaret Workshop with Ruth Margraff
  • Susie Young in Spring Awakening at MMT
  • Dramaturgy Research Luncheon
  • Song of Bernadette Jones at Fresh Fruit Festival
  • Kevin D. Ferguson Wins Grant
  • Neeley Gossett Recognition
  • Kate Lowry Teaching in Texas
  • Showcases for Advanced Performance, Directing, and Advanced Scene Study
  • Playwright’s Festival
  • Guest ...


Bringing Life To Theatre: A Scenic Designer's Role In Creating "The Wild Party", Matthew Carlin Jul 2018

Bringing Life To Theatre: A Scenic Designer's Role In Creating "The Wild Party", Matthew Carlin

Honors College Theses

The purpose of this paper is to examine the research that goes into designing the scenic elements of a musical. I was the scenic designer for Pace School of Performing Arts’ production of Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe’s The Wild Party in the fall of 2017. Directed by Roger Ellis, our version of the vaudeville-style musical was done in an immersive, in-the-round style. As the scenic designer for this production I was strongly focused on the research aspect of the design process. We consulted several art movements and architectural styles, as well as mythology, film and literature ...


Swimming With Shoes On, Juliet Mueller Jul 2018

Swimming With Shoes On, Juliet Mueller

Honors College Theses

Swimming With Shoes On is a creative writing thesis containing four short stories all revolving around one central character, Lottie. Each story enters the reader into a different chapter of Lottie's life, and we watch as people move in and out of her life, as she learns more about herself and her friends, as she develops certain understandings about the construction of the world she's living in.


The Director's Role In The Development Of A New Play, Andrew Mullins Jul 2018

The Director's Role In The Development Of A New Play, Andrew Mullins

Honors College Theses

Over the course of May 2017 - February 2018, I examined the role of a theatre director in the development of a new play. The play that I directed was written by Brandon Adam, and is titled Nice Jewish X. We developed the play using three different forms of performances as guideposts and opportunities for feedback. The three forms of performance were a closed cold reading, a rehearsed open reading, and a fully staged and produced production. Over the course of this process, I worked closely with the playwright and helped facilitate his creative process, as well as explored what I ...


Mia Park Interview, Justin Fernandez Jun 2018

Mia Park Interview, Justin Fernandez

Asian American Art Oral History Project

Bio: Mia Park is a multidisciplinary artist acting, writing, playing music, producing events, teaching yoga, and volunteering in Chicago, IL. She shares her passion for discovery and self-inquiry with hope and optimism. Mia began professionally acting in 1997 hosting the cult favorite cable access dance show Chic-A-Go-Go. Her acting career has brought her on stage, in film, on television and on the radio. Mia currently plays the recurring character Nurse Beth Cole on NBC's Chicago Med. She has advocated for Asian American representation in acting since 2006 when she co-founded A-Squared Theatre and hosted educational theater workshops for the ...


The Lab Report, Volume 12, Issue 01, Todd Ristau Jun 2018

The Lab Report, Volume 12, Issue 01, Todd Ristau

Lab Reports

Vol. 12, No. 01 (June, 2018)

  • Focus on the Faculty: Art Borreca
  • Student Spotlight: Bev Parsons
  • Guest Profile: Annalisa Dias
  • Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive
  • Gender Equity in the American Theatre
  • Gut by Megan Wheelock at CenterPieces
  • Students of Hollins Playwright Publish Plays
  • No Shame Theatre Returns
  • Ben Jolivet, Dramaturg
  • Lauren Ellis Leads Audition Workshop
  • Unified Local Auditions
  • From the Director: Welcome First year Students!


Lüge Und Wahrheit, Amalie Von Sachsen May 2018

Lüge Und Wahrheit, Amalie Von Sachsen

Drama and Film

No abstract provided.


Creating A Happy Ending For Socially Relevant Television, John Thomas Cunha May 2018

Creating A Happy Ending For Socially Relevant Television, John Thomas Cunha

Senior Honors Projects

Television is accessible to millions from the comfort of their own homes and shapes the way we view the world. It has the power to bring people together, but often presents diversity with a strong emphasis on labels. Characters are defined by the one trait that, to the majority of viewers, is unrelatable. This maintains the separation of “us” and “them,” isolating those in the minority. Representation is essential for progress, but it’s more than just including diversity. Instead of dwelling on differences and indulging in stereotypes, characters should all treat each other equally.

The focal TV show of ...


The Creation And Development Of Rise, Paul Randall Mcinnis May 2018

The Creation And Development Of Rise, Paul Randall Mcinnis

Theses and Dissertations

In “The Creation and Development of Rise”, I will explain how my play evolved from the initial writing process until the actual production of the show. The Department of Theatre allows students to experience the development of new work through the functions of the classroom. The goal is to simulate how a process would occur in the professional world. The purpose of this thesis is to explore the journey of creation within Rise. Rise tells the story of the community of St. Marie, Louisiana during Mardi Gras, 1972. The play highlights the city’s triumphs and downfalls, and it is ...


So, “In Your Eyes, I Am Complete.” A Play In One Act, K. Michelle Sellers May 2018

So, “In Your Eyes, I Am Complete.” A Play In One Act, K. Michelle Sellers

Graduate Master's Theses, Capstones, and Culminating Projects

So, “In Your Eyes, I am Complete” is a one-act play and a one-woman show. I will be playing various characters such as mom, dad and sister where I will address many layers: such as cross-cultural differences, mental health and alcoholism, to name a few.


Disney And Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical Apr 2018

Disney And Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical

Taylor Theatre Playbills

The playbill for Taylor University’s performance of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Marry Poppins: The Broadway Musical.

Performed April 27-29 and May 4-6, 2018 at the Mitchell Theatre.

Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or ...


Planeta Solitario: Dramatizing Autobiography, Diego Miguel Gomez Apr 2018

Planeta Solitario: Dramatizing Autobiography, Diego Miguel Gomez

Theatre & Dance ETDs

Hola. Me llamo Diego Miguel Gomez. I am a Chicano from Santa Fe, New Mexico, a screenwriter, an athlete, and now a playwright. Through this dissertation, I guide you through my personal and artistic journey leading up to this point. In the abstract, I reflect the process of production for my thesis play, Planeta Solitario, along with my aspirations beyond the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing program at the University of New Mexico. Throughout this essay I switch languages and employ slang from different cultures and sub-cultures because I don’t speak in one language or tongue, I ...


Waiting, Jennifer Nesbitt Apr 2018

Waiting, Jennifer Nesbitt

Theatre Student Works

The play Waiting, looks at two couples who are presently waiting for a next big thing, so much that they are taking for granted what is happening in the present and this causes conflict; evermoreso, when the one you’re waiting for is not aware that you’re waiting.


Insomniacs, Kira Mason Apr 2018

Insomniacs, Kira Mason

Senior Theses and Projects

When a high-achieving college student commits suicide, four other high-achieving students must confront their own repressive tendencies and mental health issues. But as they do, their "inner demons" quite literally come to the surface for one haunting and transformative night.


Thoroughly Modern Millie, Otterbein University Theatre And Dance Department Apr 2018

Thoroughly Modern Millie, Otterbein University Theatre And Dance Department

2017-2018 Season

The year was 1922 and to live in Manhattan meant, for many, an era of wild optimism, carefree abandonment of antiquated social constraints and for women, unprecedented advancement in how they were perceived by those around them. Everything was lovely and in this age of liberated sensibilities, our heroine, Millie Dillmount enters with just such a need to rewrite her personal narrative. Thoroughly Modern Millie is, to me, a valentine to optimism and a love letter to love itself.

Thom C. Warren, Director


Visualizing The Narrative: A Modernization And Extension Of Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants"., Koryn N. Naylor Mar 2018

Visualizing The Narrative: A Modernization And Extension Of Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants"., Koryn N. Naylor

Honors Thesis Projects

For this project, I completed a screenplay for a short film. For my preliminary research into screenplay writing and form, I studied key concepts in narrative cinema, including theories of visual and narrative content. I wanted to enhance my understanding of the relationship between the writing of film and the way it translates to the screen. In particular I studied the relation between the narrative (plot and story) and visual (cinematography and mise-en-scène) in film theory, and the dichotomy of classical Hollywood vs. Avant-garde cinema. My research enhanced my understanding of how visual narrative can offer elements to a story ...


From London With Love Mar 2018

From London With Love

DePaul Magazine

No abstract provided.


Why We Must Die So Young: The Story Of The White Rose Martyrs Feb 2018

Why We Must Die So Young: The Story Of The White Rose Martyrs

Taylor Theatre Playbills

The playbill for Taylor University’s performance of Why We Must Die So Young: The Story of the White Rose Martyrs by William Gebby.

Performed February 23-25, 2018 at the Mitchell Theatre.

During the darkest days of WWII, a handful of German college students distributed thousands of anti-Nazi leaflets and worked toward unifying resistance across Germany. They called themselves the White Rose, and their faith drew them to engage in a fight that would cost them their lives. William Gebby’s brand new play celebrates the lives of these brave young people who would not and will not be silent ...