Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Theodore Stark

Second Advisor

Angela Thieman Dino

Third Advisor

Markas Henry


In order to understand how the working relationships between the collaborators at King’s College, London – Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins, Ray Gosling, and Don Caspar – and the collaborators at Cambridge University – James Watson and Francis Crick – failed or succeeded in Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51, I investigated the characters’ interpersonal interactions through a model of relationship integration and disintegration, their individual conflict management styles, the characters’ use of supportive and defensive communication, and the characters’ use of confirming and disconfirming behaviors. I utilized stage pictures, lighting and scenic design, and a combination of projections and costuming to display the nature of these interpersonal interactions onstage. I used the same relationship theories to inform my directing and facilitate an effective and positive production process.

Appendix F - Link to Production Video of Photograph 51.docx (11 kB)
The production of Photograph 51 that I directed is the main focus of this thesis. This is a link to a film of that production.

Appendix H - Photograph 51 Projections.pptx (18013 kB)
This PowerPoint contains all of the projections and animations used in the production.

Appendix I - Stage Pictures Analysis and Design Photos.docx (83217 kB)
This appendix contains production photos and analysis of those images as they relate to the thesis.