Date of Graduation

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Drama (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Theatre

Advisor

Shawn D. Irish

Committee Member

Les Wade

Second Committee Member

Weston R. Wilkerson

Abstract

This thesis will describe the historical context, analysis, design, and implementation of the lighting design for the University of Arkansas’s production of Eugene Ionesco’s "The Chairs". Special time will be taken to explain the unique challenges faced by this production both in early design meetings as well as during the implementation of the design. This document will tackle the question: How does the idea of triboluminescence help inform the design of shattered, crystal shafts of light that illuminate and highlight cyclical world of "The Chairs"?

Included in this thesis are all essential lighting design documents including: the light plot, paper work, magic sheet, and research images. Production shots will be included and referenced during the scene-by-scene break down.

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