Defense Date


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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Noreen Barnes


This is an outline of the journey of James Campese’s La Vita Nuova. It began as a raw script entitled Sunsets in Nantucket, which I originally encountered during the spring of 2006. After edits, research and meetings it became a successful work which was presented as a staged reading on March 1st, 2009. This thesis describes how I worked with James to transform the script into its final product, managing both the delicacy of the script and the writer. Included is research on New Play Dramaturgy that helped me find the most effective way to work with the script, then taking the final version and preparing it for a reading, inserting actors into the world James and I had created and exposing that world to an audience. The results were positive as we had a very receptive audience who enjoyed the play.


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Date of Submission

August 2009