Publication Date

April 2019

Advisor(s)

Tira Palmquist

Major

American Studies (AMST), Theater

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This is a playwriting thesis completed in two parts. First is my play, Co-Dependent: After their initial connection, Pat and Henry want to love and be loved; but their gendered conditioning keeps them in the Friends-with-Benefits Zone. Despite their chemistry and attraction, their warped senses of self-worth make them afraid of vulnerability. Throughout the course of the play, they're challenged to show up for themselves and each other–to feel their fear and choose love anyway. Second is my paper, Undoing: Learning to Love Beyond American Gendered Conditioning. The paper examines Co-Dependent's themes and functions while analyzing the three main sources of research that informed my creative writing process: bell hooks' All About Love: New Visions, Susan Jeffers' Feel The Fear... And Do It Anyway, and Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life.

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