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Collaborating amongst shrapnel: dramaturgically collecting the fragments of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind

This project report serves to document and evaluate my work as the dramaturg for the production of Sam Shepard's family play <italic>A Lie of the Mind </italic> presented at California State University, Los Angeles' Intimate Theatre at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex in fall 2012. With a focus on exploring the collaborative nature of dramaturgy, this report illuminates how this project came to be, my choices in approaching the dramaturgical tasks, the processes used to research and assemble the research binder, study guide, program notes, and lobby installation, and my involvement as a collaborative member of the production team. Additionally this report shares the steps I took to submit my dramaturgical work to the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas/ Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Student Dramaturgy Award, and will conclude with a reflection and evaluation of my endeavors as a beginning student dramaturg.

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