Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 5-20-2015

School

School of Communication

Major

Theatre Arts; Theatre: Musical Theatre; Theatre: Acting; Theatre: Drama Ministry

Keywords

Theatre; Drama; Culture; Homosexuality; Christianity; Love; Acceptance; Church; Acting; Ethics; Biblical Studies; Bible; Cultural Studies; Conservative; Liberal

Disciplines

Acting | Biblical Studies | Christianity | Civic and Community Engagement | Creative Writing | Critical and Cultural Studies | Developmental Psychology | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | Ethics in Religion | Fiction | Gender and Sexuality | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | New Religious Movements | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Performance Studies | Playwriting | Practical Theology | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social Psychology and Interaction | Theatre History | Theory and Philosophy

Abstract

This paper features an original one-act drama Through a Glass Darkly and analyzes its constructs and themes. The play, written in the contemporary style, depicts the tension between homosexuals and Christians in American culture through emphasizing the contrasting interpretations of love between both communities. It tells the story of Ben, a young gay man struggling to find fulfillment, whose new-found friendship with a Christian named Adam causes him to reevaluate his understanding of love. The play explores the variations of love in an attempt to not only answer what love truly means, but rather what form of love carries the most meaning. Deriving inspiration from 1 Corinthians 13:12, Through a Glass Darkly is based on the concept that the purpose of difficult situations in one’s life may not be made clear until Christ’s return, but until then, the most important command is to love.