Date of Award

8-1-2014

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Theater

First Advisor

Naversen, Ronald

Abstract

I designed the set for Fool For Love by Sam Shepard in the McLeod Theater, Fall Semester 2013 for my thesis production. Fool For Love Is a short and intense hyper-realistic play about two lovers with a dark past. The entire play takes place in one extended scene in a motel room on the edge of the desert. Eddie tries to win May back, while she tries to free herself from her need to go back to him. The Old Man is a figure outside of reality that intrudes on the play, the father they share and the source of the shame in their relationship. A suitor, Martin, appears to set this combustible mixture off. I designed a cramped and derelict space which pushed the auditory surrealism of the play and made the experience as intimate and intense as I could for the audience. Chapter 1 contains me research and initial response to both the script and the thesis process. Chapter 2 walks through the process of designing and building the show. Chapter 3 reflects on my performance overall. Chapter 4 is a deeper look into design communication, a weakness this process revealed in my work.

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