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An Examination of the actor's approach to playwriting: Are playwrights able to write about what is unfamiliar to them?

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2013
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Playwrights write about what is familiar to them. Their inspiration comes from their childhood, past relationships, and their personal view of the world. But could a playwright write about something to which they have no personal connection?Using the book Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, I will write a one act play about mental illness. I have no personal experience or personal connection to mental illness, but I will approach the process the same way as an actor does a character. I will go into the writing process as an actor, completing character analyses for the characters and using the information found within the book.I will direct a reading of my play with the goals of educating the audience about mental illness, evoking empathy for the characters within the piece, and proving that a playwright can write about something that is foreign to them, much like an actor can portray a character that is remarkably different from themselves.
Title: An Examination of the actor's approach to playwriting: Are playwrights able to write about what is unfamiliar to them?.
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Name(s): Zaniboni, Kayla, Author
Perry, Charles, Committee Chair
Ingram, Katherine, Committee Member
McDonald, Holly, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Playwrights write about what is familiar to them. Their inspiration comes from their childhood, past relationships, and their personal view of the world. But could a playwright write about something to which they have no personal connection?Using the book Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, I will write a one act play about mental illness. I have no personal experience or personal connection to mental illness, but I will approach the process the same way as an actor does a character. I will go into the writing process as an actor, completing character analyses for the characters and using the information found within the book.I will direct a reading of my play with the goals of educating the audience about mental illness, evoking empathy for the characters within the piece, and proving that a playwright can write about something that is foreign to them, much like an actor can portray a character that is remarkably different from themselves.
Identifier: CFE0004776 (IID), ucf:49787 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-05-01
M.F.A.
Arts and Humanities, Theatre
Masters
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Subject(s): Theatre -- Playwriting -- Mental Disorders
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004776
Restrictions on Access: campus 2016-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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