Date of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Theatre and Dance

First Advisor

Michael Preston

Second Advisor

Mitchell Polin


Exploration of the thematic and performative elements in the plays of Eugene Ionesco. 20th century absurdist playwright, Eugene Ionesco, explores the idea of what it means to be human in his plays. I will explore elements of that theme and analyze of these themes in eight of his plays: Victims of Duty, The Lesson, Hunger and Thirst, Exit the King, The Chairs, Amedee, A Stroll in the Air, and The Killer. In addition, I will discuss important performative aspects of his plays as they relate to his theme of humanness.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Dance.