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Master of Fine Arts


Theatre Pedagogy

First Advisor

Dr. Noreen C Barnes

Second Advisor

Shaun M McCracken

Third Advisor

Wesley Broulik


Really, Really, by Paul Downs Colaizzo, is loosely based on the 2006 Duke University sexual assault scandal resulting from what proved to be a false accusation of rape made against three members of the men’s lacrosse team. After individually reading the play, Jorge Burmudez and I both arrived at differing opinions of who was the true victim, in turn inspiring this thesis, which is an exploration of two separate productions of the play demonstrating contrasting perspectives/outlooks regarding sex crimes within sports organizations in the university setting. It will describe our process from conceptualization to a post-mortem talking about particular challenges we faced along with feedback from both casts and audience members who saw the shows. Included will also be my experience with pre-production, auditions/casting, rehearsal journals and post-production documentation of my individual directorial processes. In the end, we are researching where the blame lies in the crime detailed in this play.


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