Date of Award

2014

First Advisor

Aimee Michel

Second Advisor

Bernard Rodgers

Abstract

This written component of my senior thesis represents the academic aspect of a very interactive process: staging an original play. In the pages which you are about to read, I will describe the process of writing, producing, and directing an original play called DUSK. I consider that live production, which took place in November of 2013, as the focal point around which my thesis is centered. The following pages contain a firsthand academic account of my experiences as a playwright and burgeoning director. Moreover, in my pre-production and post-production research, I was able to develop a new style of theater called the Theater of Intimacy. The thesis process has allowed me to establish this technique and write a manifesto for this original theatrical style. The Theater of Intimacy encapsulates the philosophy behind DUSK: its political and theatrical goals, its intentions in connecting with the live audience, and how the Theater of Intimacy can be used as a technique for just about any theater piece.

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