Document Type


Date of Award

Summer 6-2000

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Production

First Advisor

Wesley Van Tassel

Second Advisor

Arlin James (Jim) Hawkins

Third Advisor

Brenda Hubbard


A full-length production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream was rehearsed and performed at Sunset High School in Portland, Oregon. The production was set in New Orleans during Mardi Gras in 1926. Research was conducted on Shakespeare's life, appropriate acting methods, and the play's historical and cultural context including lighting properties, setting, music, and costumes. Design concept statements were developed, the play was produced, and the experience was considered critically, both as an artistic production and as a learning experience.