Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2020

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Production

Committee Chair

Emily Rollie

Second Committee Member

Christina Barrigan

Third Committee Member

Mac Haniuk


Direction and Technical Supervision of:

By the Water

A play by Sharyn Rothstein

A Project Presented to

The Graduate Faculty of

Central Washington University

In Partial Fulfillment

Of the Requirements for the Degree

Master of Arts

Theatre Production


Brian McManimon

August 21, 2020


Graduate Studies

Final Examination of

Brian F. McManimon

Bachelor of Arts: Theatrical Design & Production

Pace University, 2013

for the Degree of

Master of Arts - Theatre Production

Committee in Charge

Emily Rollie, Associate Professor

Christina Barrigan, Department Chair

Marc Haniuk, Associate Professor


July 31, 2020

Project Report

By the Water

A Play by Sharyn Rothstein

Performances held at Wellesley High School on January 24-26, 2019

Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481

Direction & Technical Supervision by Brian McManimon

Production personnel including all actors, designers, stage managers, technicians and dramaturgs were enrolled students at Wellesley High School during the

2018-2019 academic school year.

This project documents the conceptualization, research, implementation and reflection of the production process of By the Water at Wellesley High School from October 2018 through January 2019 by Brian McManimon and the students involved in By the Water. The document includes character and visual production research, historical context and significance, and the evaluation of the play as a vehicle for speaking to larger social issues beyond the local community, as well as documentation of the production period and post-production evaluation.