Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre & Dance

First Advisor

Bud Coleman

Second Advisor

Mary Beth Osnes

Third Advisor

Amanda Giguere


Sarah Kane and Sarah Ruhl have both written bodies of work which are ripe for theoretical interpretation. When reading the works of these playwrights alongside one another, a clear pattern emerges. That pattern reflects the post-modernist, queer identity by showcasing a phenomenon long familiar to queer persons, and recently given the name of ‘queer temporality’ by preeminent queer theorist Jack Halberstam. Using Halberstam’s delineations surrounding queer temporality, I have sought to exhibit these moments in the works of Kane and Ruhl, and to begin a conversation about how and why these moments are being included in contemporary plays in this way.