Developing a Directorial Vision For a Production of Jim Leonard, Jr.'s, the Diviners

Date of Graduation

Spring 1997


Master of Arts


Theatre and Dance

Committee Chair

Robert Bradley


The purpose of this study is to create a meaningful directorial vision for a production of Jim Leonard, Jr.'s play, The Diviners, by using Louis E. Catron's system for play analysis as outlined in his book, The Director's Vision: Play Direction from Analysis to Production. To achieve this goal, this study will entail : an analysis of the playscript from Catron's application of the Aristotelian theories of plot, character, thought, music, and spectacle; a discussion of the directorial vision that was created as a result of interpreting the information obtained from the textual analysis; and an evaluation of the successes and failures that were experienced as a result of the employment of the vision in a production of the play. In the end, this study will demonstrate that the use of a comprehensive system of textual analysis results in the creation of a meaningful directorial vision that leads to an artistically unified production of the play.

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies


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