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Kindling

Illustrating the maxim that the more things change the more they stay the same, my thesis, Kindling, focuses on two outsiders, a Swiss vagabond and a traumatized Slavic peasant woman, who seek refuge in an abandoned German church from the chaotic world around them. As their relationship develops, the two are caught up in the Great Peasant Rebellion of 1525, an incendiary eruption of class warfare that is fueled by the 16th century equivalency of the Occupy and Tea Party movements. The play draws a comparison between the Reformation era and today by employing humor, satire, incongruity, tragedy, pathos, a hearty dose of anachronism, and an overall sense of absurdity.

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