Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type

USM Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Ronald Currie Jr.

Second Advisor

Thomas Coash

Third Advisor

Justin Tussing


short fiction, prose, stage plays, personal experience, life challenges


"Five Things to Do When You're Running Out of Gas, and Other Journeys" is a collection of short fiction, both prose and stage plays, that explores themes of change, travel, family, friendship, and personal growth. The characters portrayed are facing major life changes on their career paths as well as in their personal lives. This collection also explores the ways change differs for people of different social classes, and how that could be portrayed on the contemporary stage. "Journeys" looks at the ways family members—particularly sisters—can offer a hand on a journey, as well as the impact death can have on our personal paths and ability to grow.


This thesis is restricted to USM access only.