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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Noreen C. Barnes


My thesis covers the details of the development of play Carry Me! and the opportunity I had to explore Anne Bogart's Viewpoints as an approach to devising theatre. I express the challenges, the choices, the process and the presentation of my experience in the project. The subject matter of the script is based on a professional production that failed on Broadway in February of 1968. Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights by Robert Alan Aurthur was Sidney Poitier's directorial debut and starred Louis Gossett, Jr. and Cicely Tyson. The basic plot is a satire about race and role reversal but the overall message to the audience is to promote a better societal understanding of civil rights and cultural differences. My thesis script began with borrowing the premise of the original script but my desire was to make my own artistic choices in developing a new script about race and culture. Through Anne Bogart's Viewpoints process, thirty-seven years of historical distance from the Civil Rights Movement, a clearer understanding of American race relationships and my interest in the style of satire, I wrote and directed Carry Me! as my thesis project.


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Date of Submission

June 2008