Finally received thesis feedback from my advisor, and it is GREAT. Direct quotes:
"You're on to a winner."
"I'm not certain that I've adequately outlined...how impressed I am by the range of research and clarity of writing....Great work."
Now I just have to do some massive restructuring, write a little new material, and send off a second draft in the middle of October. For the moment, though, I'm free to turn part of my attentions to preparing my monologue for the audition for the third year of my program, which takes place on October 3rd. Bonus points to you if you can identify the character and/or play from that line!