Date of Graduation

5-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Drama (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Theatre

Advisor

D. Andrew Gibbs

Committee Member

Michael J. Riha

Second Committee Member

Les Wade

Abstract

In partial fulfillment of a Master of Fine Arts degree, this thesis will document the lighting design process for Moises Kaufman's 33 Variations, performed at the University of Arkansas in October, 2012. The paper will illustrate the collaborative approach taken by the design team in developing this production. Also this paper will discuss the close work and collaboration between the light and sound designs, and specifically, the choices made in the technical rehearsals.

This paper will attempt to answer the question: How do you bridge the gap between time and space making one cohesive world, provide various locations, and support the emotional arc of the characters with the use of light? I will begin with a brief analysis of the play, provide an account of the design development, and end with a self evaluation of the process and the final product.

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