Date of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (MFA)
Second Committee Member
Design, Scenic, Technical, Theatre, Thematic Layers, Visual Layers, Topdog, Underdog
The 2019 production of Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks at the University of Arkansas was produced with a guest director who, throughout the process of the production, experimented with the typical perception of the Pulitzer Prize winning play and added conceptual spins to help open the eyes of the mostly small town and rural based audience. This thesis will explore the various elements of this particular production and which of these elements contributed to exploring the depths of Topdog/Underdog.
This document will analyze the design process of the University of Arkansas’s production of Topdog/Underdog, and will analyze specific design choices which were chosen to engender a specific audience response based upon observed audience commentary.
Aschbrenner, A. (2020). Scenic Design for “Topdog Underdog”. Graduate Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/3761