Date Thesis Awarded

5-2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

Music

Advisor

Brian Hulse

Committee Member

Jamie Bartlett

Committee Member

Robert Ruffin

Committee Member

Thomas Payne

Abstract

Me Prometheus is a musical comedy about the intersection of creativity and progress. It explores how humans react to crises, seen through the prism of the hunter-gatherer Gurg tribe. The show contains commentary on: the society of the spectacle, through the narcissistic antagonist Birns; religion, through the tribe’s drug-addled shaman; technology, through the prehistoric culture of innovation; and climate change, with the ominous advance of the glaciers. The hero’s ultimate choice of whether to save the tribe or spite them drives home the themes of the importance of community and forgiveness, two crucial elements of human society. This thesis outlines the genesis of Me Prometheus, and delves into the specific musical inspirations for the work.

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