Date of Graduation

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Theatre

Advisor

John Walch

Committee Member

Les Wade

Second Committee Member

Constance Bailey

Keywords

Black Power, Blaxploitation, Jackson State, Orishas

Abstract

In “The Creation and Development of Rise”, I will explain how my play evolved from the initial writing process until the actual production of the show. The Department of Theatre allows students to experience the development of new work through the functions of the classroom. The goal is to simulate how a process would occur in the professional world. The purpose of this thesis is to explore the journey of creation within Rise. Rise tells the story of the community of St. Marie, Louisiana during Mardi Gras, 1972. The play highlights the city’s triumphs and downfalls, and it is set to the sound of horns—signaling celebration and ceremony.

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