The Process of Producing a Peculiar Production
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This thesis analyses the collaborative process of directing and producing 'The Bald Soprano,' an absurdist play, from start to finish. From casting to the final showing, I document experience the full process of guiding a group toward the ultimate goal of a successful show. This play poses the specific challenge of being written intentionally as an 'anti-play', supposedly devoid of meaning or understanding. The Bald Soprano follows two very English couples in a very English home, and things go amiss when the doorbell rings and a Fire Chief enters to stir up trouble. The whole affair is hard to wrap your head around, and to make this puzzle of a play entertaining for the audience is a feat within itself. In this thesis, I write about my own experiences, and break down the motivations and ideas behind each step in the process. I seek to discover what it means to create an entertaining production, and to find meaning where there is none to be found.