First Advisor

Karin Magaldi

Date of Award

Spring 6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theater Arts and University Honors


Music & Theater




Theater -- Production and direction, Art and mental illness, Mental illness in art, Epileptic artists




This paper is my reflection on the process of directing and producing the 1981 play 'Night, Mother by Marsha Norman. Overall, the mission of this piece is to catalog the journey from pre-production to the final product. I decided on this script in particular because of my own experiences with Epilepsy and mental illness, and the ways the play raises awareness of these often taboo topics. The cast was composed of two actors of a similar age, and due to time constraints, blocking was reduced to only what was essential. With help from my advisers and team, the end product incorporated lighting design, sound, props, set, and costumes. We then had a performance for one night, May 27th, at no cost to the public. Additionally, dispersed throughout this written work, are my reflections and notes about the evolution of this production. As well as a reflection on the ways in which the play could be seen as perpetuating the view that disability hinders a good quality of life.


In Copyright. URI: This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Persistent Identifier