Title

STANDARD PROCEDURE: A historical drama on the rise and fall of lobotomy.

Presenter Information

Kelley Pierre

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom D

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

STANDARD PROCEDURE is a play I first conceptualized almost two years ago. The play revolves around the life's work of Walter J. Freeman, inventor of the ice-pick lobotomy and how his hunger for medical greatness effected, saved, but most often destroyed the lives of thousands of American citizens. My purpose in writing this script is the same purpose with which anything in the arts is made, to hopefully affect those who see it, give them something new, and most of all to impact audience members in a way that will stay with them beyond their time spent sitting in the theatre. My hope is that the proper audience for this piece is anyone who may be watching it and as far as my method is concerned for creating this script, the only thing I can say is research. Lots and lots of research. Not only to capture the facts but to get a sense of who these people were over fifty decades ago and how I could be able to represent them as real three-dimensional people. My personal reasons for writing this show are a culmination of a love of play writing, psychology, and theatrical performance. All in all, I believe that this topic is one that not only delves into the fascinating history of medicine but also contains personal stories that we can learn from and connect to in a way that all human connection hopes to be meaningful.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Elise Forier-Edie

Additional Mentoring Department

Theatre

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STANDARD PROCEDURE: A historical drama on the rise and fall of lobotomy.

SURC Ballroom D

STANDARD PROCEDURE is a play I first conceptualized almost two years ago. The play revolves around the life's work of Walter J. Freeman, inventor of the ice-pick lobotomy and how his hunger for medical greatness effected, saved, but most often destroyed the lives of thousands of American citizens. My purpose in writing this script is the same purpose with which anything in the arts is made, to hopefully affect those who see it, give them something new, and most of all to impact audience members in a way that will stay with them beyond their time spent sitting in the theatre. My hope is that the proper audience for this piece is anyone who may be watching it and as far as my method is concerned for creating this script, the only thing I can say is research. Lots and lots of research. Not only to capture the facts but to get a sense of who these people were over fifty decades ago and how I could be able to represent them as real three-dimensional people. My personal reasons for writing this show are a culmination of a love of play writing, psychology, and theatrical performance. All in all, I believe that this topic is one that not only delves into the fascinating history of medicine but also contains personal stories that we can learn from and connect to in a way that all human connection hopes to be meaningful.