Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2015

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Borreca, Art

First Committee Member

Clubb, Dare

Second Committee Member

Schlesinger, Lisa

Public Abstract

Adapted from the conspiracies and events surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which presumably disappeared over the Southern Indian Ocean, this play examines the emotional, mythological, and political ramifications of loss. By exploring the bottom of the ocean, the characters gather clues and memories in order to find their loved ones, only to discover that there is no complete return to life after a disaster. The only solace is the memory of those loved ones tethering those who must go on living.

The play is, in a sense, a drama of saudade. It is a Portuguese word roughly defined as the feeling of losing something or someone one loves, has lost, and can never return. The play is not only a tragic love story; it is also an attempt to translate this word for American audiences through theatre.


publicabstract, Below, Pacific


vi, 61 pages


Copyright 2015 Ryan Oliveira