Date of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts in Drama (MFA)
Michael J. Riha
Patricia J. Martin
Second Committee Member
Communication and the arts; Beethoven; Moises kaufman; Scenic design; Theatre
In partial fulfillment of a Master of Fine Arts degree, this thesis paper will document the scenic design process of Moises Kaufman's 33 Variations, performed at the University of Arkansas in September of 2012. This paper will map the collaborative journey taken by the design team, highlighting the dialogue between the scenic designer and director. It will also touch upon the construction and rehearsal process and how both contributed to the final design.
This thesis will attempt to answer the question: How do you create a fluid and evocative space for two separate, yet coexisting time periods joined through the rhythm of Beethoven's music? I will begin with a condensed analysis of the play, followed by the design process and ending with a self-evaluation of the process and final design product.
Harman, Ashley De Lys, "An Exploration of Moises Kaufman's 33 Variations through Scenic Design" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 797.