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Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Keith Byron Kirk

Second Advisor

Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates

Third Advisor

Shaun McCracken


The Trumpery is a play script inspired by Euripides’ The Bacchae, and is an exploration of contemporary American society in the wake of the presidential election of Donald J. Trump. The performance text features the iconic Ancient Greek blind prophet Tiresias as well as Dionysus, the Greek god of theatre, and how they might navigate 2016 America. The script includes contemporary characters living in New York City as well as in rural Kentucky, and features choral interludes that reflect twenty-first century aesthetic qualities and popular entertainment. The themes that the script attempts to examine are those of division and humanity. This document details the author’s writing process, the research and dramaturgical material to support it, an analysis of the script, and the performance text itself.


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