Date of Graduation
College of Creative Arts
Acting and Directing
Jessica Morgan Bishop
Through our production of Seminar, unique challenges were uncovered for an actor performing the role of Leonard. My goal is to examine some of the most difficult and interesting challenges that arose from an unrealistic casting of a realistic play. Issues discussed will be the age gap between Leonard and the students, and what contextually needs to be researched from the script. This examination also addresses the balance of comedy versus drama in regards to Leonard's character relationships with the students, and Leonard's place as a stock character in contemporary theater.
Ryan, Nicholas, "An Ideal Role, Twenty Years Too Soon: A Young Actor's Journey Through the Role of Leonard in "Seminar"" (2015). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 6546.