Title page for ETD etd-04272009-152637

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Shen, Yu-Li Alice
Author's Email Address shenya@vt.edu
URN etd-04272009-152637
Title The Conversation About the Keys: Original Plays Part I: Tim Without Thalia Part II: Thalia With Someone Else
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Falco, Edward Committee Chair
D'Aguiar, Frederick M. Committee Member
Roy, Lucinda Committee Member
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre
Date of Defense 2009-04-14
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“First Love teaches you how to love. Great Love perfects that love. Last Love...well, we never really figured out what Last Love did.”

“Tim Without Thalia” and “Thalia With Someone Else” sprung from a place of being tired, but not yet sleepy. The “quarter-life crisis” if you will: When everyone else seems to be getting married, having kids, starting their own basket-weaving businesses, except you. When relationships between college friends break and relationships between “real life” friends…break. When love is dictated as much by actual romance, as it is by power. Yet you still feel oddly euphoric about it all.

In these two companion plays, Tim, Thalia, and their clueless but well-meaning friends wax idiotic on the rules of modern romance: the chase, the connection, and, of course, the end.

Produced April 30 – May 2, 2009 in Virginia Tech’s Performing Arts Building under the direction of Dr. Patricia Raun, Theatre Arts Department Head.

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