Personal Essay: Theatrical Directing

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I wish to pursue theatrical directing, both at a higher level of education and as a career, because it is the passion from which I derive the most joy and create the most work of which I am proud. I never feel more inspired, invigorated, or fulfilled than when I am working on a show, no matter whether I am acting, designing, directing, or producing. The feeling of helping to create a story on a stage is one I crave and pursue with diligence.
But it is in directing that I am able to combine all of these different theatrical interests into one cohesive piece of art. From working with actors to conceptualizing a show to designing costumes or scenery, directing is the culmination of all theatre and thus the perfect way to express my voice, beliefs,
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I love the play because I find myself in it. Wallace’s mother kills herself when he is very young and he carries this pain and guilt though his life. My mother passed away from natural causes a few months after I was born and I never knew her, but I still carry similar emotions of guilt and confusion as Wallace. When preparing a piece for this audition, this monologue stood out to me because it resonated so deeply with my history. The writing paints the outline of a picture which I then fill my personal experience, and being able to visualize and interact with Wallace and his memories, I feel as though I can create the most real emotional connection to the character and…show more content…
Notably, Wallace is the only male character in the play, hence the title, and this choice shows Wallace’s infatuation and obsession with women. The play weaves in explicit references to Freud and the Oedipus complex, including one witty scene where the actors perform the Oedipal myth. Clearly, Sherman wants to draw the connection, but he also subverses the story. In Wallace’s mind, he killed his mother. When she kills herself, she leaves a note which says: “cremate the parasite”. In a later monologue, he assumes that she was talking about herself, but I believe subtextually he knows he is the parasite. A child, particularly one in the womb, can be considered a parasite only taking and never giving. Wallace constantly goes back and asks himself whether he could do anything to stop his mother’s death, it is not until the end that he realizes that he could

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