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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Noreen C. Barnes


As a theatre professional and a practicing Christian, I have found it very difficult to bring my two worlds together. Theatre is a tool for education, discussion, and understanding. In my work on this project, I have explored the ways in which theatre can and cannot help us understand each other on the volatile subjects that divide our contemporary culture: homosexuality and religion. Twenty-nine people with various backgrounds and worldviews were interviewed for this project. The words from these interviews were used to create the beginnings of a script for a play that explores the issues of homosexuality, religion, and the so-called "culture wars" from various points of view. While struggling to remain unbiased, this play also introduces new voices in theatre that are not commonly heard.


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Date of Submission

June 2008