This paper will follow director Shelley Whitehead's process of bringing The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? by Edward Albee to production at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Within the paper the director discusses her initial concepts and ideas; a historical look at the playwright and play; journals regarding the rehearsal and performance process; a dissection of that process to ascertain success or failure of the ideas set forth in the first chapter; and a final look at how her years at Minnesota State Mankato shaped her as a director. Included in the paper is an Appendix to supplement the paper's findings. Within this document the director looks at the Greek influence that Albee infused within the script and how it could be best used to create an intellectual catharsis for the audience. This catharsis is sought to challenge those watching to seriously think about the issues that stood out to them in the play.
Paul J. Hustoles
Date of Degree
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Arts and Humanities
Whitehead, S. (2013). The Process of Directing Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/194/
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