Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of English

Content Description

1 online resource (iii, 45 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Carolyn Yalkut

Committee Members

Langdon Brown


Drama, Feminist theory

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies


Stuck, a one-act play, takes place in a Metro North train that stalls somewhere in upstate New York. The only passengers in the car are Alice, the main character; Max, an old college classmate; and Owen, whose misogynistic and indifferent attitude toward women provoke Alice and Max, who are encountering each other for the first time since Alice's traumatic graduation speech. While the three are trapped in the stalled car, Alice's feelings of being stuck in issues of feminist theory, intellectuality, and aging are magnified. She realizes her college education has caused her to over-analyze everyday life, and has alienated her from her family and even her own impulses and desires. By using fantasy, a mixture of realist and expressionistic methods, and a symbolic setting, Stuck explores the in-between emotions faced by twenty-somethings, particularly women.