Date of Award

January 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Emily J. Cherry


This thesis explores an actor's process of creating a character for a musical

production, specifically, the role of Sam Byck in Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. The production occurred in November of 2011 at the University of North Dakota. The first two chapters of the thesis contain, historical research regarding the character, world events, and the musical, as well as a text analysis of the musical, and given circumstances for the character. The third chapter is a reflection about the production at the production's completion.