Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Steve Feffer


The High School Play is a creative work, a full-length play in three acts. Set in suburban Richard M. Nixon High School, the play explores the notion o f adolescent identity while satirizing the American educational system’s artificial construction o f these identities. The play is especially concerned with theatrically representing the way students view each other through flawed frameworks based on preconceived notions o f race, gender, sexuality, and intelligence, as well as how this behavior shapes adolescents’ construction o f their own self-conceptions. The High School Play also deals with the difficulty schools experience in addressing the increasingly common controversial issues students experience as everyday social realities.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access