Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Joe Stollenwerk

Second Advisor

Raimondo Genna

Third Advisor

Dallas Doane


Play, Gun Violence, PTSD, Mental Health, Therapy

Subject Categories



What comes next and how do you move on from something that seems all-encompassing? These are just a couple of the questions author Carter Hoffer asks within his original play, Chimeric Ideals. Inspired by a nation rife with gun violence and no plan to reign it in, Chimeric Ideals follows the story of Percy, Adam, Jed, and Henry immediately after the most traumatic experience of their young lives, exploring the difficulty of healing in a world where mental health is a taboo subject, and its' sufferers sometimes refuse to admit to even having a problem. Originally conceived as a short play in 2017, and sadly still relevant today, the author urges audiences everywhere to ask themselves what they can do to be part of the solution.

"But young? Youth? That is long ago. We are old folk." -All Quiet on the Western Front

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Playwriting Commons



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