Date of Graduation
College of Creative Arts
Acting and Directing
This document is an examination of an actor's journey playing serial killer William Reach in Lee Blessing's 1989 play "Down the Road" at West Virginia University in the fall of 2011. It covers everything the actor has gone through in order to find some semblance of success with the role, from script analysis, to research, and preparation. This thesis attempts to take the reader on the same mental path that this actor followed in order to step into the shoes of one of America's most disturbed, fictitious serial killers.
Chowen, Branden, "A Blithe Killing: Through The Mind of a Monster in Lee Blessing's "Down the Road"" (2012). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 3350.