Thesis Title

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

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies


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.


© Timothy Scott Casto