Date of Graduation

12-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Drama (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Theatre

Advisor

Michael Landman

Committee Member

Kate Frank

Second Committee Member

Michael Riha

Keywords

Communication and the arts; Directing; Elmer Rice; The Adding Machine

Abstract

The following thesis is a compilation and analysis of my experiences during the process of directing The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice, from its conception in the director's imagination, to the collaboration with the design team and the actors. It begins with research and the director's approach to the play. Then a description of the process follows, starting with the design meetings and auditions, and going through rehearsals, performances, and evaluations of the show by faculty and peers. This description is accompanied by a journal that contains the director's thoughts and reactions to discoveries and challenges that came up during the process.

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