Guns and Death: A Stage Play

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Peterson, William

Second Advisor

Perry, Margaret

Third Advisor

Brown, James


This project is an examination in playwriting with the end product being a two act play entitled Guns and Death. It includes a study of dialogue and its relationship with body language. The setting for the play presented an additional challenge to overcome and learn from; i.e., the dreaded confined space, generally avoided in theatre because it limits animation and action, and tends to bore the audience for want of more visual variety. This element presented the perfect platform to experiment with word phrases and body language. After doing the research I decided to accomplish my goal of creating visual imagery through words, by using the premise of Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty which postulates that, "The viewer's senses should be bombarded." This is taken to mean that the senses should be bombarded with reality, or a possible reality in the case of this play, should the death penalty continue to progress along its present course, and the gun control argument continues to stagnate. The dialogue is harsh to strengthen the body language and visual imagery and written to produce particular body movements that will validate the words spoken.


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