Understanding the Director's Role as Communicator Through the Direction of Sexual Perversity in Chicago

Date of Graduation

Spring 1999


Master of Arts


Theatre and Dance

Committee Chair

Jack Parkhurst


The purpose of this study is to document the directorial process used to create a production of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago. To achieve this goal, this study wll entail: an investigation of the author and his body of work; a collaborative analysis of the playscript drawn from Frances Hodge's text, Play Directing: Analysis, Communication, and Style, and George Black's Contemporary Stage Directing: a discussion of the directorial vision that was created as a result of interpreting the information obtained from the textual analysis; and a evaluation of the success of the communication process that was used to employ the directorial vision in the production of the play. This study wlll demonstrate that the communication of a comprehensive textual analysis to everyone involved in the production process leads to the creation of an artistically unified production of the play.

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies


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