The writing and directing of a full-length play entitled The Party began as a novel about a woman throwing a party, and it morphed into an abstract piece of literature that comments on and highlights the effects of depression. It was adapted for the stage, and through the adaptation, it explored the symbolic and aesthetic elements of depression that the novel was physically unable to explore. In addition, it examined the desperation and daunting nature of depression through the use of character, depicting its effects in an unsettling way.
Through the directing of this play, the words became tangible. Multiple directing techniques were experimented with, and knowledgable insight was gained about the effectivity of each. The process of translating a vision from mind, to paper, to person was attained, and invaluable communication skills were developed.
Schrader, Derrek, "The Party: A Play in One Act" (2017). Honors College. 456.