Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2016

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Art Borreca

Abstract

In 1881 an assassin's bullet changes the course of American history. Could it be that Julia Sand was the only one to foresee the destiny of the country? Familiar with now President Arthur's exclusionary politics, Julia writes and urges the President to reform his ways and unite the Republican Party. Great Emergencies is a stage play about the lavish dangers of The Gilded Age, but ultimately a cautionary tale about those of us whose voices are doomed to be forgotten because of the ephemeral and apathetic nature of human history.

Public Abstract

In 1881 an assassin’s bullet changes the course of American history. Could it be that Julia Sand was the only one to foresee the destiny of the country? Familiar with now President Arthur’s exclusionary politics, Julia writes and urges the President to reform his ways and unite the Republican Party. Great Emergencies is a stage play about the lavish dangers of The Gilded Age, but ultimately a cautionary tale about those of us whose voices are doomed to be forgotten because of the ephemeral and apathetic nature of human history.

Keywords

publicabstract, Chester Arthur, Gilded Age, James Garfield, Julia Sand, Play

Pages

xiv, 104

Copyright

Copyright 2016 Sean David DeMers

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