Date of Graduation

12-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Drama (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Theatre

Advisor

Clinnesha D. Sibley

Committee Member

Robert Ford

Second Committee Member

Les Wade

Keywords

Communication and the arts; Playwriting; Process; Production; Screenwriting; Theatre

Abstract

The Birth of a Playwright through the Evolution of the One-act Play Stripped, Bear; the film Stripped, Bear; and the Full-Length Play American Bear follows the inception, birth, and evolution of a ten-minute, one-act, film, and full-length play: three major iterations of the same source material. Through this exploration, the reader will not only see how the work was changed through outside forces such as form and function but internal struggles within a young playwright as he struggles to find a final form for his first major work while attempting to establish himself as a playwright both within the field and in his own mind. .

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