Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Noreen Barnes

Second Advisor

Janet Rodgers

Third Advisor

Tawyna Pettiford-Wates


Like the Tribute in Light that grew phoenix-like from the ashes of the broken hearts of the artists who created it, Return to the Upright Position is a beautiful on-line collaboration amongst fourteen artists in the six months following 9/11. Conceived and edited by Caridad Svich, the play is moving and delicate and instantly brings us back to those moments when American history and sentiment were forever changed. Demoralized, terrorized, afraid, and alone, our country dragged its shocked and weary carcass from the ash, and pulled itself back up again. That is after all the American way, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, continuing to believe in a better, brighter future, in hope and possibility; returning to the upright position.


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VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

April 2009