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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Galick, Alexander Stephen
Author's Email Address agalick@gmail.com
URN etd-04152011-172158
Title Torture and Fear as Tools for Maintaining Power in THE GERMOPHOBE: A Thesis on Creating a One-Man Show From the Author-Actor Himself
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Theatre
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Battles, Joanna Committee Member
Erickson, Nick Committee Member
Judy, George Committee Member
  • tyrannical dictator
  • one man performance
  • convert prose to verse
  • prose into verse
  • abuse of power
  • anthropomorphized household objects
  • Triptocles and entropy
  • script
  • contemporary iambic pentameter
  • creative process
  • Slavoj Zizek
  • germaphobe
  • anthropomorphise
  • verse
  • fantasy
  • George Judy
  • traverse the fantasy
  • You are nothing like the milk before you
  • sonnets on stage
  • reality verses fantasy
  • recorded performance
  • recorded improvisation
Date of Defense 2011-04-13
Availability unrestricted
The project was to create a 20-45 minute one-man show and stage it. This thesis describes the process of creation and documents the projectís multiple permutations from the search for a topic and setting parameters, to research, initial improvisation experiments, to a growing and reorganizing text, to the conversion into verse to the final script, the performance, and planned future development. The resulting show is about a man whose irrational fear of germs has ballooned out into an irrational fear of the outside world, fear of being infected, and affected by foreign things and ideas. This fear drives him to maintain strict control over his imagined world populated by household items whom he interacts with as if they were living, breathing, speaking human beings. He resorts to torture in order to extract information from unruly subjects, but this time he makes a mistake (in torturing a tin can), and tortures the wrong subject to death. This begins a rift, between him and his trusted advisor (a bottle of hand sanitizer called Phil) that threatens to destroy his entire fantasy world. The full title is

The Germophobe


The fantastical journey of Edward G. Braithwaight III

As leader of human kindís last hope for victory over

The subversive tactics of botulism

(and their microscopic allies)

to overturn the world order

and deny us all the rights

of Life, liberty and the pursuit of cheese

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