Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Ojewuyi, Olusegun


AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF NICHOLAS B. RADCLIFFE, for the Master of Fine Arts degree in THEATER, presented on December 14, 2015, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: THE HOPELESS HOPE OR THE POET’S PASSION IN THE FARMER’S PRAGMATIC WORLD: DIRECTING EUGENE O’NEILL’S BEYOND THE HORIZON MAJOR PROFESSOR: Olusegun Ojewuyi The Hopeless Hope… documents the process of directing Beyond the Horizon, presented December 11-13, 2015 in the McLeod Theater at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The document specifically details the development of the director’s vision for the production, from the initial readings and research through rehearsal, performance and post-production evaluations. The document is organized chronologically, beginning in Chapter 1 with a discussion of the director’s research and how that research influenced the analysis of the play, progressing to the development of the vision and concept. Chapter 2 details the production process from design and casting, through rehearsal and into performance. Chapter 3 is a personal evaluation of the overall process and production, including the discovery of opportunities for future growth and experimentation in the art of directing. Chapter 4 examines collaboration as a tool for the director, specifically exploring the commonalities between successful and failed collaborations, aiming to arrive at possible strategies for preventing breakdowns in collaborative partnerships.




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