Last Words, a Play and a Critical and Creative Reflection

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Arts and Culture

First Advisor

Jennifer Zukowski Boughn


Creative, Existentialism, Frankl, Last words, Playwrights, Theatre


Last Words is a play about three characters who search for purpose in their lives as they face imminent death in a political prison. Inspired by Viktor Frankl's account of finding meaning in life while imprisoned in a concentration camp, Last Words provokes audience members to examine their own lives in order to find their own personal meaning of existence. The play also contains existential themes, such as the crisis of the modern world, free will, and the absurd. Playwrights Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Samuel Beckett explore similar existential themes in their plays, using characterization, language, and narrative structure to great effect. Life and death are humanity's universal mysteries; Last Words explores the absurd with hope, faith, and love.

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