Letters found: an exercise in playwriting
The core of this thesis is an original work, Letters Found, inspired by a contemporary news article. The broader thesis discusses the playwriting process through Aristotelian approaches, George Pierce Baker's playwrighting mechanics, and the perspectives of modern playwrights Lauren Gunderson, Octavio Solis, and Sarah Ruhl, along with their influence on the creation of Letters Found. I also discuss the influence of Linda Hutcheon's work on play adaptation. The thesis concludes with a discussion of the playwright's thoughts on the performance of the piece, the influences of the director and lighting designer, and how they supported or altered the playwright's intentions.