Identifier

etd-04072017-203823

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Theatre

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This thesis documents the process of devising, writing, rehearsing, and performing a solo show named A Man Without. The play depicts the posthumous trial of a multi-religious man named Neelkanth Khan. To be freed from limbo, Neelkanth must defend his life before Jesus, Krishna and Allah. Unfortunately, Neelkanth loses his case; yet another failure for a man whose life was a series of failures due to his circumstances and his character flaws. On the thematic level, this story implies that mankind’s failure to understand religion and the Gods leads to religious fanaticism. The backbone of this project is the training I received during the M.F.A. Acting Program at Louisiana State University. This paper details the important hurdles and breakthroughs in the process of writing, rehearsing, and performing this play. It also includes a rehearsal draft and the full performance script for A Man Without.

Date

2017

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Erickson, Nick

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