Event Title

Writing a Script for a Play about Emperor Nero

Poster Number

106

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Department of Theatre and Dance

Honors Thesis Committee

Lance Beilstein, M.F.A.; Daniel Gordon, M.F.A.; and Sarah Provencal, M.F.A.

Location

Richardson Ballroom (DIGS)

Start Date

20-4-2018 2:15 PM

End Date

20-4-2018 4:15 PM

Description

The goal of this project is to create a biographical play about the Roman Emperor Nero with the intention of immersing myself in the process of script writing. Nero was selected as the protagonist for this play because of his legacy of persecuting Christians, his notoriety for killing his mother and first wife, his theatrical personality, and his popularity among Rome’s lower classes. My goal as the playwright is to balance Nero’s negative and positive qualities by showing his humanity, but also to shock the audience with his heinous behavior. After the play is complete, actors will be cast to read the script during a workshop.

Previously Presented/Performed?

Script Reading, Winthrop University, April 2018

Course Assignment

THRT 315H – Beilstein

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Writing a Script for a Play about Emperor Nero

Richardson Ballroom (DIGS)

The goal of this project is to create a biographical play about the Roman Emperor Nero with the intention of immersing myself in the process of script writing. Nero was selected as the protagonist for this play because of his legacy of persecuting Christians, his notoriety for killing his mother and first wife, his theatrical personality, and his popularity among Rome’s lower classes. My goal as the playwright is to balance Nero’s negative and positive qualities by showing his humanity, but also to shock the audience with his heinous behavior. After the play is complete, actors will be cast to read the script during a workshop.