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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Searching for Goodness: The Journey of a Character and an Actress in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
by Ahern, Audrey, M.F.A., West Virginia University, 2012, 39; 1520663
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis will describe my creation of the role of Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible. I will present my background research about the historical Elizabeth Proctor, the facts of the Salem Witchcraft trials, and Puritan religion and mores. I will expound upon my collaboration with the director, including how his vision of the play helped shape my understanding of the role. I will explore my process in creating the role, tracing my journey from the initial reading to the final days of performance. I will reflect on the physical and vocal demands of the show, and I will share how my understanding of Elizabeth grew and how I saw her relationships with the other characters of the play. I will discuss the process of text analysis and free associative writing, through which I came to find a core of truth running between the character and myself. Finally, I will reflect on the performances themselves. I will explore my reactions to performing the role before an audience, and I will attempt to give an honest evaluation of my work as a whole, including both my successes and what I feel could have been better.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McGonigle, Jerry
School: West Virginia University
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater
Publication Number: 1520663
ISBN: 978-1-267-69003-6
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