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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Balmer, Leigh-Erin
URN etd-04142009-110232
Title The Role of Fabiana Aziza Cunningham in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: A Production Thesis in Acting
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Theatre
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Michael Tick Committee Chair
George E Judy Committee Member
Nicholas W Erickson Committee Member
  • religion
  • Chakras
  • devil representation
  • theatre
Date of Defense 2009-04-13
Availability unrestricted
This thesis will follow the experience of Leigh-Erin Balmer in creating the role of

Fabiana Aziza Cunningham, a character written by Stephen Adly Guirgis in his play, The Last

Days of Judas Iscariot. The role of Cunningham is the topic of this production thesis in acting,

which will be submitted to the Graduate School of Louisiana State University in partial

fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with the Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre.

The thesis contains an introduction; textual analysis and research (regarding author and original

production history as well as other text materials); a character study, including a discussion of

physical preparation for the role, as well as an investigation of the character relationship between

Cunningham and Satan; Balmer’s rehearsal journal which demonstrates growth in implementing

research in rehearsal and exhibits performance preparation with detailed scene breakdowns;

performance analysis, including written critical feedback; and a conclusion. It will detail

Balmer’s approach to the role of Cunningham and decisions regarding Cunningham’s identity,

appearance, and character purpose. Finally, the thesis will present a critique of Balmer’s

successes in the utilization of different acting methods.

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