Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Document Type



This thesis details the writing process and performance of the author’s one man show, PRISONER IN THE DARKNESS. Adapted with special permission from Naghmeh Abedini, PRISONER IN THE DARKNESS is based on the letters, correspondences, and reports of Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, imprisoned in Iran. Pastor Saeed went back to his homeland to work on humanitarian efforts; however, he was wrongfully arrested and sent to Evin Prison in September 2012. In January 2013, Saeed was sentenced to eight years in prison for conspiring to undermine the Iranian government. His crime? His Christian faith. This thesis will explain the different aspects of creating the script, creating the world of the play, and creating the character of Saeed Abedini. The author shares the joys and difficulties of the rehearsal period, reflects on the final performances, and entertains possible script adjustments towards the future development of the play. A written copy of the script is included.



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Committee Chair

Cabaj, Stacey