Fighting myopia: from writer/performer to writer/director in Free Range and Palms Down Like a Rainbow

Date created: 
2008
Keywords: 
Playwriting
Theater -- Production and direction
Creation (literary, artistic, etc.)
Drama -- technique
Solo Theatre
Playwriting
Directing
Theatre Collaboration
Performance Creation.
Abstract: 

This document examines the processes used in the creation of my first year project Free Range – a solo theatre piece I wrote and performed – and my thesis project Palms Down Like a Rainbow: A Folktale Eulogy – a multi-character piece I wrote and directed. The discussion of Free Range investigates strategies for writing as a performer, engaging in improvisations with a director and a musician. The discussion on Palms Down Like a Rainbow focuses on writing with a director's sensibility, using creation sessions with an ensemble of performers improvising around a source. The challenges of shifting from writer/performer to writer/director invite questions about the playwright's authority, and the line between an open and closed text. This exploration of collaboration, decision-making, values and praxis, leads to a personal understanding of the relationship between process and product.

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Language: 
English
Document type: 
Thesis
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Copyright remains with the author
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Senior supervisor: 
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Department: 
School for the Contemporary Arts - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Project (M.F.A.)
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