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English Language and Literature


Hynes, Nancy, OSB


My original intentions when I began this project were to write and present a full-length play of my own design, examining the farm crisis through the medium of theater. The reason I chose not to use the title of my play for the title of my project is because the vast majority of my time was spent discovering the world outside of my script. Through my struggles to bring my characters to life, to develop an effective plot while avoiding a didactic analysis of the issue, and with the genre itself, I began to discover what the creative process is really about. After this, I was able to write Inherit the Earth, a full-length play about the evolution of a family's relationships over sixty years on a small farm.