Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Varns, Mark


MICHAEL P. FROHLING, for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater, presented on 29 March 2010, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: VISUAL STORYTELLING: THE LIGHTING DESIGN OF A RAISIN IN THE SUN MAJOR PROFESSOR: Mark Varns Visual Storytelling: The Lighting Design of A Raisin in the Sun is a culmination of the lighting design for the play Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry. This production by Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Department of Theater was produced in February 2009. This thesis chronicles the design process in all aspects from beginning to end. The document begins with a textual analysis of the script along with accompanying research. The second chapter focuses on design meetings and the process of coming to decisions about "Raisin". These decisions were arrived at through careful considerations of metaphoric analysis and through imagistic research using internet search engines and volumes of different artists. It also describes the implementation of those decisions. Chapter three focuses on the goals and evaluations of the production. A series of appendices contains image research, light plot, applicable paperwork, and production photos.




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