Title: Starting from scratch : originating the character Kyle Walker in the new play American Western (abstract)
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Title: Starting from scratch : originating the character Kyle Walker in the new play American Western (abstract)
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Language: English
Creator: Schmitz, Stephen L.
Publisher: University of Florida
Publication Date: 2007
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Summary of Performance Option in Lieu of Thesis
Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida
in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the
Degree of Master of Fine Arts

STARTING FROM SCRATCH: ORIGINATING THE CHARACTER KYLE WALKER IN
THE NEW PLAY AMERICAN WESTERN

By

Stephen L. Schmitz

December 2007

Chair: Kevin Marshall
Major: Theatre

American Western, a new play by University of Florida alum Neal Utterback, premiered

in the Constans Theatre on February 2nd, 2007. Set in present-day Indiana concurrent with an

unspecified foreign war, the play investigates a wide array of current themes, ranging from

homosexuality in the military to explorations of self-identity, as well as the issue of land-rights

versus the concept of "home." Although the scope of the play was extremely large and audience

response to the effort was mixed, each of Utterback's characters was three-dimensional and rich,

providing a terrific vehicle for advanced actor training.

The thesis role investigated in this report was that of Kyle Walker, a married Indiana

schoolteacher struggling to cope with his sexuality, his fears of becoming a father, and his

confusion discerning longing from lust. The character was unique to the script in that he alone

made a distinguishable change through the course of the play: growing from childlike and

irresponsible to the one character who can, and does, take action. Evolving both physically and

vocally, this character development gave the actor a strong platform to utilize his skill set, and to

breathe life into a play for its first time.




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