Title page for ETD etd-04122015-124431

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Adams, Ashley Nicole
Author's Email Address adamsashley@rocketmail.com
URN etd-04122015-124431
Title Missing. . . A Story of Ambiguous Loss
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Theatre
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cabaj, Stacey Committee Chair
Erickson, Nick Committee Member
Judy, George Committee Member
  • one-woman show
  • ambiguous loss
  • missing person
Date of Defense 2015-03-03
Availability unrestricted
There are two forms of ambiguous loss. Type one occurs when there is a physical absence, but a psychological presence, such as the loss one feels towards the grandparent that passed away before their birth. Type two occurs when there is a psychological absence, but a physical presence, such as the loss one feels towards a spouse with Alzheimer’s or dementia (Morris). The opportunity to create, direct, and star in my own one-woman show inspired me to explore the form of ambiguous loss my family and I endure each and every day due to the disappearance of my aunt, Sharon “Shebby” Wills. In Chapter one, I will be discussing the research process of developing the script. In Chapter two, I will speak on the creation of the script, the rehearsal process, and the final performance. Chapter three is a reflection on my experience and what it taught me about myself as a theatre artist. I will conclude with what I hope for the future of my piece and what it taught me about writing, directing, and acting.
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