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Date of Award
Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Trueblood, Kathryn R., 1960-
Guess, Carol, 1968-
Anderson, Katherine J.
I wanted to tell the story of my life, an intersection of mental illness, Palestinian heritage, and ex-evangelicalism. More than tell the story, I wanted to give Middle Eastern audiences a text they could participate with, so I chose to write a play rather than prose. To prepare, I read ex-evangelical memoirs, Palestinian auto-fiction, Middle Eastern/North African/Arab theory, Middle Eastern memoirs, and several plays from different genres to find this story’s niche. The plays I chose to read utilized different scene structures, sets, and cast sizes, and this genre of writing on my reading list was both the most helpful and the most diverse. Though texts like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Stephen Simons and Mark Haddon, Educated by Tara Westover, and A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum all seemingly have nothing in common, these texts helped me understand myself, my goals as a writer, and the unique space this play needs in order to thrive. Ultimately, this play is many subjects and experiences in one, all encapsulated in two acts and one extended conversation between two main characters.
Palestine, ex-evangelical, mental illness, therapy
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Palestine--Drama; Evangelicalism --Drama; Mental illness--Drama; Psychotherapy--Drama
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Abdallah, Katherine, "The Perfectionist" (2023). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1189.
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