Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Communication and Journalism

First Advisor

J.D. Ackman


This study is a Burkeian analysis of the playscript The Laramie Project written by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project. The study focuses on three characters (Baptist minister, Reverend Fred Phelps, and Father Roger Schmit) and uses Burke's dramatistic pentad as a framework for analysis of their views on gay male and lesbian sexual orientation contained in the playscript. From the analysis of the characters, three distinct levels of consubstantiality relating to their views are discovered, and the pentadic scene appears to dominate. The analysis suggests in a larger sense that the playscript may identify with its audiences by asking them to reconsider views on gay male and lesbian sexual orientation. Suggestions for future research are provided.


South Dakota State University



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