Daisies in the Ruins Play
My thesis was writing and producing my own production of my original play, Daisies in the Ruins. My piece is about Gwyneth, the princess of Zarynia, who just turned 18 at the start of the show. Her whole world gets flipped upside down, when she meets the princes of some neighboring kingdom that are vying for her hand in marriage. Gwyneth couldn’t care less about the romance of the matches, that is until she meets someone that can derail all her plans, a knight. Not just any knight, but a female knight. Daisies in the Ruins follows Gwyneth as she tries to help her people by finding a husband whose army can help defeat the rebels once and for all. However, she was not prepared for the one thing that could derail her plans: love. On top of that, her father, Zadkiel, grows more paranoid and crazed as this story progresses. Tensions arise as Gwyneth gives over to the impulses of her heart, and Zadkiel catches them in the act. Faced with the execution of the love of her life Gwyneth must choose between the safety of the world she has always known or risk it all for a chance at something better. This story tackles themes and ideas such as classism, sexism, and homophobia. In today’s society, these concepts hold so much weight and are things that we still struggle with today. All of these things I have personally dealt with myself, which is why I needed to include them in my play. I wrote this play because of the situations in my life that have shaped me into the person I am today.
theatre arts, play, full length, creative, LGBT+, Honors College
Edwards, M. (2022). Daisies in the ruins play (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.