Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Cecilia J Pang

Second Advisor

Theodore Stark

Third Advisor

Marcelo Schincariol


This past February, I was able to produce and direct a production of José Rivera’s References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot. References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot tells the story of a woman living between realms of waking and sleeping through a Dalí-esque lens. Salvador Dalí was a painter associated with the surrealist movement. I wanted to explore the relationship of the play and Salvador Dalí with Freud’s theory of the uncanny. The uncanny discusses what is both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. It uses mirrors, doubles, repetition, eyes, and souls as models of what is uncanny. In reading References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, I found that using the uncanny as my concept would be a perfect match to the script. In this paper, I will explore why Freud’s The ‘Uncanny,’ Salvador Dalí, and References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot are compatible as well as my process of directing and producing a show.

Adjudication.m4a (13771 kB)
Adjudication with Nick Taylor

ProductionLink.docx (11 kB)
Link to Production