• 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    “Taste of Sunrise” Take-Aways from Cast Members (Part 2)

    by Haley Flanders As promised, here is the second and final installment of the take-aways from the cast. The previous blog post featured six of the cast members, and this post will feature another six! During the final post-show discussion, an audience member asked the cast to share the things they have learned and felt by creating and performing this piece of theatre together. Since only a few could share, luckily we have this blog to give you more insight int the individual experiences of various cast members. Enjoy! Katie Hyatt plays the role of Emma Flynn. “I would like to be a drama therapist using plays, such as The Taste…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    “Taste of Sunrise” Take-aways from Cast Members (Part 1)

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Welcome! The performance and attendance for The Taste of Sunrise has been wonderful! I hope you have had a chance to see it! If not, there are still a few more shows left. The last performance is this Saturday, March 26. As we wrap up this unique and inspiring play, I invite you now to read what some of the cast members have to say regarding their experience being in the production. This is the first of two blogs containing these interviews. The next blog will have other members of the cast answering the same questions, so stay tuned! First, let me introduce you to the remarkable…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Mother Courage and Her Children

    In March A Tree We Planted. Part 2.

    By: Eric Stroud, dramaturg Last time we discussed Director David Morgan’s usage of a tree in his concept for this show. A representation of “human kind,” the tree is an omen of what might befall those who hold a soft spot for war mongering. However, David’s concept (“any war we have today, is simply evidence that human kind has not learned from its mistakes.”) is not clearly accomplished with just a tree that is center stage. Circles are also an important part in this production of Mother Courage. While the tree may represent “human kind” for David, the circle represents the monotony of human kind’s choices. In this play, killing shows up…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Mother Courage and Her Children

    In March A Tree We Planted. Part 1.

    By: Eric Stroud, dramaturg (NOTE: Mother Courage and Her Children opened on Friday to a major success. Tickets are still available for other showings, but they are going fast. You can buy them online by visiting this link.) THE SONG OF SHELTER   IN MARCH A TREE WE PLANTED TO MAKE THE GARDEN GAY. IN JUNE WE WERE ENCHANTED: A LOVELY ROSE WAS BLOOMING THE BALMY AIR PERFUMING! BLEST OF THE GODS ARE THEY WHO HAVE A GARDEN GAY! IN JUNE WE WERE ENCHANTED.   WHEN SNOW FALLS HELTER-SKELTER AND LOUDLY BLOWS THE STORM OUR FARMHOUSE GIVES US SHELTER. THE WINTER’S IN A HURRY BUT WE’VE NO CAUSE TO WORRY.…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    Local Members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Share Their Stories and Inspiring Messages in the Lobby Display

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Hello! Our show is up and running in the Margetts Black Box Theater on the first floor of the Harris Fine Arts Center on campus. Tickets are going fast! We will be having a post-show discussion on Thursday, March 24 around 9:50 pm in the theater, so even if you are not attending that performance, we encourage you to come and stay for that unique opportunity to ask questions to the cast and production team about the creation and performance of this fabulous show. EXTRA! EXTRA! Did you know that BYU’s production of “The Taste of Sunrise” was in the local news? Click here to read an article…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    Welcome to Ware, Illinois! Learning about the Lobby Display

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg We are excited for you to come and see The Taste of Sunrise in the Margetts Black Box Theatre in the BYU Harris Fine Arts Center! The show opens TONIGHT (Friday March 11) and we are selling out, so get yours tickets as soon as possible! This show is amazing! When you come to see the play, I invite you to visit the lobby display in front of the theatre entrance. As the dramaturg, I create a display that welcomes you to the show and envelopes you in the world of the play, even before entering the performance space. Creating and assembling the lobby display is one of…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Mother Courage and Her Children

    Barta Heiner: Talk With A Three-Time Mother Courage

    by Eric Stoud, dramaturg Not many actresses can say that they have played the role of Mother Courage three times. However, Barta Heiner is not just any actress. A member of the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, Heiner has performed more than 100 roles and directed more than 40 productions. Some of her favorite theatrical roles include Lettice in Lettice and Lovage, Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir, the title role in King Lear, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Mary Whitmer in The Fourth Witness. Her recent roles in film have been Verlene Bennion in Cokeville Miracle and Sergent Major Nedra Rockwell in Once I was a Beehive. Barta Heiner…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Mother Courage and Her Children

    Epic Theatre: Honoring Brechtian Alienation with Masks

    by Eric Stroud, dramaturg RECAP: In my last post, I talked about what the definition of Brechtian Theatre actually is. We discussed that it is an altered version of Epic Theatre. Brecht wanted his audience to “engage” with the theatre on a political level. For Brecht, “engaged” meant that his audience was able to think critically about what they were seeing. According to Brecht, a production succeeded when the audience felt “alienated” from the performance. Brecht called his alienation process Verfremdungseffekt (in America we often refer to it as the V-Effect). Brecht used the V-Effect to jolt the audience from becoming too emotionally involved the production. I made the statement that the…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    Signing Away in Film and Plays: ASL In Other Performances

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Welcome! Our play opens in less than 2 weeks! Thursday, March 10 is the final dress rehearsal, and patrons are invited to purchase tickets for this performance. Then we officially open on Friday, March 11! We look forward to seeing you there. As preparation for attending this performance, this blog post includes a list of American Sign Language (ASL) featured in other examples of theatre and film. This will give you some history of ASL in performance and provides many resources if you become interested in learning more about ASL after experiencing The Taste of Sunrise at BYU. The bulk of this text came from the Educator’s Resource Packet for…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    Trying Our Hands at American Sign Language

    by Haley Flanders dramaturg (Psst! Throughout this blog, see if you can learn the signs to these key words mentioned in the play. Now you will recognize them when you come and watch the show!) Hello! The Taste of Sunrise cast members have been challenged and encouraged to do research and take part in some American Sign Language (ASL) activities by immersing themselves more in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing culture. Director Julia Ashworth and Ben Featherstone, the actor playing the main character of Tuc, emphasized to the cast that to tell this story right, the cast needs to have a better understanding of the culture they are representing.…