A director's approach to Donald Margulies's Shipwrecked! an entertainment--the amazing adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by himself).
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Sefel, John Michael.
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Donald Margulies's meta-theatrical script presents an imagined performance by the real-life 19th-century figure Louis de Rougemont, a man made famous by his memoir detailing his adventures at sea and while shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Australia, only to be later disgraced when his tales were determined to be lies built on plagiarized passages from adventure novels. This thesis examines the process undertaken in bringing Margulies's play to its November, 2013 performance run at Baylor University, with explorations of playwright and playscript histories, of directorial analysis and production concepts, and the creative collaborations established between director, designers, and actors.