• 2017-2018 Season,  Anne of Green Gables

    The Author Behind Anne

    by Richelle Sutton, dramaturg Lucy Maude Montgomery is the author of the Anne of Green Gables series, as well as hundreds of other short stories, essays, and poems. Although her life was not always happy or filled with limitless imaginings, she is still one of the most popularly read authors today. Anne has been loved by audiences worldwide, across years and generations. But to really appreciate the depth of this book, you must look at Montgomery’s own life.

  • 2017-2018 Season,  Anne of Green Gables,  Uncategorized

    “A Land of Ruby and Emerald and Sapphire”

    “Oh, my Island is matchless-matchless. I feel that I did some violence to my spirit by leaving it. I belong here. It is mine – I am its own. It is in my blood. There is a part of me that only lives here… this colorful little land of ruby and emerald and sapphire.” – L. M. Montgomery Many Anne of Green Gables fans will know that the timeless book written by L. M. Montgomery was based in a similarly timeless place – her childhood home of Cavendish, on Prince Edward Island. As dramaturg, I had a unique opportunity to travel to Prince Edward Island and do a little research into this…

  • 2017-2018 Season,  Mary Stuart,  Uncategorized

    Elizabeth I Regina

    by Greta Gebhard, dramaturg Elizabeth I of England. It seems that throughout history and the hundreds of portrayals of this queen, no one can really seem to agree on who she really is. Even the portrayal of Elizabeth in BYU’s production of Mary Stuart will be different than one done 20 years ago or 20 years in the future. This post is going to break down some different points in Elizabeth’s life, and hopefully, come out with a better understanding of this queen that history remembers. Queen Elizabeth I’s story begins long before she was actually born on September 7, 1533 in Greenwich England. See, her father, King Henry VIII…

  • Romeo y Julieta

    I Hate Romeo and Juliet (Happy Valentine’s Day)

    by Hannah Gunson-McComb, dramaturg I believe it was my sophomore year of high school when my ability to “even,” as it were, officially tapped out; after three consecutive years studying this play in school, I couldn’t read or appreciate Romeo and Juliet anymore. I was surrounded by classmates who accepted, without question, that theirs was a story of love, fate, and star-crossed-ness. And as I looked around the room, all I could think of was, “This is why all of your relationships last two class periods.”   Not much has changed in the way of cynicism from then to now, as pertaining to Romeo and Juliet. I still bear a rather…

  • 2017-2018 Season,  Mary Stuart

    A Day in the World of Friedrich Schiller

    Stepping out of the train station, I see a parking lot of cars contrasts the classic architecture that forms each building around the open square. I have been on this adventure as part of my assignment as the dramaturg for BYU’s production of Mary Stuart. Now, I’m in Weimar, the place where Friedrich Schiller lived during the most prolific writing section of his lifetime. It feels quaint in this small town, now known for its profound influence on German culture and politics. This was the birthplace of German classicism and romanticism, and place where culture transformed into a world of free thinking and free expression. It was here in 1918…

  • 2017-2018 Season,  Romeo y Julieta

    Romeo and Juliet: Deluxe

    by Hannah Gunson-McComb, dramaturg          Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl die less than three days later. Why does such a simple story spawn endless adaptations and parodies? How could such a story keep us entertained for so long? Lest you think this is a Shakespearean novelty, the story of “star-crossed lovers [who] take their life” has been one of humanity’s favorites. And it certainly wasn’t exclusive to Europe, either. Beyond the stage and song, artifacts and relics have been discovered that suggest Romeo and Juliet, as written by William Shakespeare, is but a distillation of true events and multi-cultural myths.…

  • 2017-2018 Season,  Romeo y Julieta,  Uncategorized

    “Dare to Suck”– A Weekend With Jose Cruz Gonzalez

    by Hannah Gunson McComb, dramaturg    Over a year ago, our director Julia Ashworth had thought about inviting Jose Cruz Gonzalez, a noted children’s theatre and bi-lingual playwright, to see Romeo y Julieta. Initially, the hope was that he would respond to it in its completion. As luck would have it, when Julia reached out to him in September of 2017, he was able to do much more than see it. At the end of last semester, he was able to come, meet, and workshop with us for an entire weekend.  

  • 2017-2018 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival (2017),  Uncategorized

    Microburst: Post-Show Discussion

    by Andrew Justvig, dramaturg Part of the process of new play development is providing the playwrights an opportunity to receive feedback from fresh eyes. For Microburst Theatre Festival, we held a post-show discussion with the cast, audience, and playwrights. We try to engage the audience in discussions about the production and the playwright’s process as well. This is the post-show discussion on November 30, 2017, illustrating the type of discussion we wanted to engage in to help the playwrights in developing their plays.  

  • 2017-2018 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival (2017)

    Microburst: Interview with a Playwright

    Brittni Henretty, playwright of A Night In, and the KTACTF awarding winning play, Game Four. by Andrew Justvig, dramaturg Microburst Theatre Festival highlights many playwriting students at Brigham Young University. This year, Microburst is featuring two plays from Brittni Henretty. Henretty is a graduate of the BFA acting program at BYU and is a regional winner at KTACTF for her 10-minute play Game Four. She was so kind to be interviewed on her journey as a playwright. What’s your first experience with playwriting? What drew you to it? I’ve always enjoyed reading, writing and coming up with stories in my head, but my first serious experience with playwriting was taking…

  • 2017-2018 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival (2017)

    Microburst: The Playwright’s Imagination

    by Andrew Justvig, dramaturg Theatre is a place of discovery. Some call it an escape. Others may call it a sanctuary from the world. Whatever you call it, the credit for the escape from reality into fiction belongs to the artists that make a stage into a portal to the imagination. Actors, directors, and designers are often the face of theatrical presentations. (They do deserve credit!) However, they too are subject to the imagination of another; they wouldn’t be able to express their talents without the divine creators of plays, musicals, and operas. Who are these “gods” of creation in the theatrical world? They are none other than the playwrights!