• 2014-2015 Season,  A Winter's Tale

    The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal Part 2

    by Rick Curtiss, dramaturg The fighting continues…(to read more about what is “The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal”, check out Part 1 of this post here). Perdita played by: Mckenzie Steele Foster Intro: Desperate to find the origins of her past, Perdita enters the tournament knowing the odds are stacked against her. Ending: Saved by a mysterious stranger, Perdita defeats Darkpocolypse , but did she find love in the process? Style: Even at 15, Perdita has mastered the Bohemian Mystic arts, and her speed allows her to close the gap on unsuspecting foes. Regal Blast – A shot that can be charged to it’s full potential. It is said that only Royal…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival

    An Actor’s Perspective, Part 2

    By Abram Yarbro and Holly Mancuso Microburst Theatre Festival opened last week, and it has been great to have an audience. As Lee Hall explained in an interview, “Whether you are a writer, or an actor, or a stage manager, you are trying to express the complications of life through a shared enterprise. That’s what theatre was, always. And live performance shares that with an audience in a specific compact: the play is unfinished unless it has an audience, and they are as important as everyone else.” This week we’re fortunate to hear from actors Clayton and Madison about performing and producing this show. “It’s week two of the run, and we could not…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival

    An Actor’s Perspective

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg Betty Davis said, “Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.” We are fortunate to have a very talented cast for Microburst Theatre Festival. Usually an actor plays one role in a show but in Microburst, each actor plays multiple roles which requires them to quickly jump from one character to another. These actors have worked hard to discover the “wonder and insight” in each play. This week we asked two of the actors, Emily and Cooper, to share their thoughts on the show and the production process. Emily Lyons plays Jade in Playing Around, Stephanie in A Death in the Family, Maggie…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Winter's Tale

    The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal Part 1

    By Rick Curtiss, dramaturg (Warning: The following blog post contains extreme video game references. Viewer discretion is advised.) The Winter’s Tale is a divided piece. One half is a court room drama. One half is a really good episode of Saved by the Bell. This duality can make The Winter’s Tale hard to approach. Lucky for us, Shakespeare provided some clues that help tie the two sides together. He calls these clues– —The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal! The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal is a collection of small character based stories that happen between acts. Unlike a traditional narratives The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal consists of “what if” scenarios set during a contrived fighting tournament. The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal is often overlooked because of its difficulty to…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival

    Trading Spaces and Staging Plays

    By Holly Mancuso, dramaturg When most people think of a theatre, they imagine something like this: There is a stage with a curtain and a specific place for the action to occur. The audience sits in fixed permanent chairs, often on a lower level than the stage. It features a proscenium arch, or the arch framing the space between the auditorium and the stage. However, many theatres and performance spaces are set up differently. For example, the famous Globe Theatre in London, where many of Shakespeare’s plays where originally performed, had an almost full circle of seats and included a space for audience members to stand as well as sit.…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival

    7 Plays, 1 Show. What is Microburst?

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg I always buy my movies with the “extra features” disc. On there you find interviews with the cast, behind-the-scene photos and videos, bloopers, and all sorts of neat material. In theatre we can’t give you an extra features DVD but we have this blog, the 4th Wall, where we give you the backstage scoop on BYU’s newest show, Microburst Theatre Festival! Check here often for interviews with the creative team, glimpses into rehearsals, and the most up-to-date information about this exciting show. What is Microburst Theatre Festival? Microburst Theatre Festival is one show made up of seven ten minute plays written by BYU students. The plays…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The Puppet Behind the Face: Part 2

    by Eric Stroud, dramaturg Hello, hello! Let us continue on our journey to discover more about the puppet stars of this show. This is Snout the Tinkerer. He is kind and well, kind. I wasn’t sure if he was sad because of the interview or just sad. Eric: What is your name? Snout: …….Snout…the tinkerer. Eric: What do you like most about yourself? Snout: ………I like to make stuff out of wood. I’m kind of quiet. People say that I’m a downer, but I think I’m just more practical. I like to also think of myself as a good actor, because I have a bold stage persona. I guess that’s…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  The Count of Monte Cristo

    Lessons Learned: A Look Back on Monte Cristo

    By Holly Mancuso, Dramaturg The Count of Monte Cristo has closed after a very successful run. It has been a pleasure to work with so many talented artists and experience the power of this lovely story. I wanted to take a few moments to talk about the themes and main ideas that come out in the show. First, love. The romantic love between Edmond and Mercedes is inspiring and touching, epitomized by the romantic duets they share. Their commitment to one another and the love they share drives them onward, even when the future looks bleak. Other relationships of love are explored, including between parents and their children, workers and employers, and friends. A notable connection…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The Puppet Behind the Face: Part 1

    by Eric Stroud, dramaturg Welcome Back! I hope you enjoyed last week’s look inside of the puppeteers for this show. Now, to dig a little deeper as I promised. Meet the all male stars of this show. Each with his own face and personality. This is Peter Quince. As leader of the mechanical’s acting troupe, he has a rather bossy-bossiness to him. From the pronunciation of Ninus’ Tomb to the lover’s kiss, he would have everything perfect for the play he is putting on… He’s a bit prideful… Eric: What is your name? Peter Quince: Peter Quince Eric: What do you like most about yourself? Peter Quince: The fact that I am…