Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Varns, Mark


In December of 2016, the Theater Department at Southern Illinois University (SIU) presented a production of Beyond the Horizon by Eugene O’Neill. This play, the first full-length published by O’Neill, is the journey of the Mayo family as they deal with love, loss, and the persistent need to continue reaching for a dream. This thesis document will outline my struggles to create an idealistic horizon while keeping the main characters physically rooted to their farm. Chapter 1 details my analysis of the source material and includes reviews on symbols and connections between characters. Chapter 2 is a narrative on my experience during the design process, and Chapter 3 is a review of my work and a personal critique.




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