Off the pedestal: Creating a heroine as prophet and person in The Prophet Darla, a new play



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This is a review and analysis of my work constructing the character of Darla Delaney, the heroine of my thesis project play The Prophet Darla. As I will show, the success of the project hinged on balancing Darla's thematic significance as a modern-day analog to the biblical prophets with the mimetic and structural qualities that make her a compelling central character. My analysis will consider the influence of other plays on my process and aesthetics, chronicle the development of my play text and the subsequent production, survey responses to the final text and performance, and attempt to consider the play within the context of the contemporary theatre as it intersects with matters of Christian spirituality and religion.



Theatre, Playwriting, Character construction, The Prophet Darla, New play development, Christianity, Religion, Faith, Spirituality, Script, Prophets, Heroine, Protagonist, Drama