Theatre and Film, Johnny Carson School of


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Spring 4-16-2013


Skinner, Bethany D. "Costume design for Paragon Springs." MFA thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree Master of Fine Arts, Major: Theatre Arts, Under the Supervision of Professor Janice Stauffer. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Bethany D. Skinner


This thesis describes the research and costume design and production processes for the play, Paragon Springs by Steven Dietz (1958- ), performed in the Studio Theatre on November 8-9, 11, 14-16, 18, 2012, at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska. Paragon Springs was directed by Carrie Lee Patterson. Bethany Skinner was costume designer; David Tousley was scenic designer; Michael Fortcamp was lighting designer; Alma Cerretta served as props master, and Christine Donaghy provided technical direction. Dietz’s play, which premiered in April of 2000, is based on the play An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), written in 1882. Dietz’s adaptation is set in the American Midwest in the 1920s. The subject of the play proves to be timeless as the play adapts well to the change in time and place and remains relevant to present day audiences.

Advisor: Janice Stauffer