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 Keywords
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Date of Defense 2009-04-13 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis 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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