Date of Graduation

5-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Drama (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Theatre

Advisor

Michael J. Riha

Committee Member

Patricia J. Martin

Second Committee Member

Les Wade

Abstract

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.

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