Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Brian Hulse

Committee Members

Jamie Bartlett

Robert Ruffin

Thomas Payne


Me Prometheus is a musical comedy about the intersection of creativity and progress. It explores how humans react to crises, seen through the prism of the hunter-gatherer Gurg tribe. The show contains commentary on: the society of the spectacle, through the narcissistic antagonist Birns; religion, through the tribe’s drug-addled shaman; technology, through the prehistoric culture of innovation; and climate change, with the ominous advance of the glaciers. The hero’s ultimate choice of whether to save the tribe or spite them drives home the themes of the importance of community and forgiveness, two crucial elements of human society. This thesis outlines the genesis of Me Prometheus, and delves into the specific musical inspirations for the work.

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