The author uncovers historical approaches and contexts of Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning to justify recommendations for future productions. She argues that this play can be successful through non-realist dramaturgy, as the rise of absurdism and kitchen-sink dramas in England in the years following the play's debut prioritized realism and image over language. Language is the key to The Lady's Not for Burning and only through using image, collective ownership of the text, and unified aesthetics will an audience today be able to enjoy The Lady's Not for Burning. The author posits these recommendations and justifications in context with an April 2019 production for which she was dramaturg and an actor.

First Advisor

Geoff Proehl

Second Advisor

Sara Freeman

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2019


Theatre Arts