• 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons

    Final Thoughts from ‘A Man for All Seasons’

    by Adam White, dramaturg Well, the show is closed, the stage is packed up, and our production crew and actors are off to their next projects; A Man for All Seasons has officially concluded. It has been a pleasure being the dramaturg for this production. I’ve learned quite a bit about dramaturgy, the life and times of Sir Thomas More, and, well, I couldn’t quite get a way without learning some life lessons too. I learned that simple truly is best and that you have to ‘meet people where they are at,’ to teach and communicate ideas effectively. Overall, it’s been an educational and challenging experience for me, and I feel…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons,  Uncategorized

    A Compilation of Interviews about BYU’s ‘A Man for All Seasons’

    by Adam White, dramaturg A Man for All Seasons fares well with audiences and critics alike! The show is sold out, and those of us who’ve worked on this production feel very proud of that. If you haven’t seen the show, didn’t get a ticket in time, or just missed the lobby display while at the performance, check out this eight minute clip of interviews that we are featuring in the lobby display! A huge thanks to our interviewees (Brandie Siegfried and Rick Duerden from the English Department and Joseph Skousen and Mallory Gee, two members of our cast), as well as Bobbie Lee, our editor and filmmaker. Enjoy!

  • 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons

    Understanding Thomas More Through His Texts

    by Adam White, dramaturg The written word is so ubiquitous in our media-drenched culture today that I, personally, do not stop to consider the gravity of texts of the past nearly as often as I think I should. How can one be so contemplative on the historical function of writing if the pressure is on to keep up with what is being written right now as to stay relevant? Perhaps this is why I am drawn to the dramaturg’s role; the dramaturg is often called upon to look back and dig deep, and it’s in the looking and the digging that I gain insight into the world of whatever project…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons

    On Doing Cool Things Just to Be Cool

    By Adam White, dramaturg I want to step aside from the history of A Man for All Seasons this week to more closely examine a very important part of the dramaturg’s tool kit: the lobby display. The dramaturg’s lobby display — at least from what I’ve heard from my most recent collaborators — has a pretty bad rap. Specifically, I’ve heard that the dramaturg’s lobby display far too often strays into being, well, a little too high-school-book-report. Too many poster boards, too much rubber cement, and way too many crafts. Not to say that the dramaturg can’t make a lobby display using the materials found at the local Hobby Lobby,…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons

    Flipping the Definition of Conscience: ‘Capital-I’ vs. Community

    by Adam White, dramaturg It is fascinating how a history can morph over time! Depending on the information available and who’s telling the story, history’s facts can be rearranged, modified or even disappear. There are many sites where this phenomena may be examined, but the one most pertinent to those of us working on this production of A Man for All Seasons is the difference between that way that Bolt’s Thomas More feels ‘conscience’ and how Thomas More the man understood the term. The way Bolt’s Thomas More performs conscience is best encapsulated in his passionate declaration: “…what matter is to me is not whether it is true or not, but…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons

    The Acts of King Henry VIII

    By Adam White, dramaturg   What were the acts of legislation King Henry VIII championed that Thomas More opposed? What were the laws Thomas More stood up against, the laws that ultimate led to his execution? While A Man for All Seasons mostly references the Act of Supremacy of 1534, there were actually two more acts that were passed in England that play an important role in the story of Thomas More and King Henry VIII: the Submission of the Clergy Act of 1533 and the Act of Succession of 1534 (also known as ‘The First Act of Succession’). Understanding all three acts clarifies what King Henry VIII was changing in England…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons

    Robert Bolt, Master of Historical Drama

    by Adam White, dramaturg Screenwriter and dramatist Robert Oxton Bolt was born near Manchester, England in 1924. He received his education first at Manchester Grammar School and next at Victoria University of Manchester. After serving in the Royal Air Force in World War II, Bolt finished his schooling at Exeter University. Bolt developed a deep love for the subjects of English and History during his education and decided to utilize his passions by teaching in country schools. Although school children can find both subjects to be rather tedious, Bolt had a superior talent in making curriculum vivacious and enjoyable. During his time as a schoolteacher, he also wrote radio plays and stage…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons

    Sampling the Legacy of Sir Thomas More

    by Adam White, dramaturg What do Vladmir Lenin, Pope Pius XI and Bill Clinton all have in common? Well, they’ve all had a run in with Sir Thomas More, in one way or another. Let’s take a look at three sites where the legacy of Thomas More intersected with the worlds of these men. Site #1: Vladmir Lenin and the Obelisk of Alexandrovsky Gardens  The year is 1918. We are in Alexandrovsky Gardens, Moscow. This place is known as the first park built in the Soviet Union’s capital, and is a place of monuments and memory. In 1914, an obelisk is erected in Alexandrovsky Gardens as a celebratory monument to…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons

    Half-Lies and Half-Truths: An Introduction to BYU’s A Man For All Seasons

    by Adam White, dramaturg “The man who tells lies hides the truth, but the man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it.” – Robert Bolt, author of A Man For All Seasons It’s a thought-provoking quote isn’t it? Interestingly, Bolt in his witticism makes no claim as to who’s bad or who’s good in his observation of liars. The word ‘forgotten,’ actually, may imply a certain absent-mindedness about the man who tells half-lies. Generally, there is no ill will in one who is absent-minded… That’s something one simply is, for better or for worse. It wouldn’t be much of a jump, then, to say a half-liar may be a well-intentioned person;…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons,  Cymbeline,  Light in the Piazza,  Pride and Prejudice,  The Nightingale,  The Selfish Giant

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Season!

    Welcome back to the 4th WALL for BYU’s 2013-2014 theatre season.  The 4th WALL will be your one stop shop for all sorts of insider information about our upcoming productions, which include: Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale, adapted for the stage by Timothy Mason The Light in the Piazza, by Craig Lucas (book) and Adam Guettel (music and lyrics) Cymbeline by William Shakespeare A Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a NEW adaptation for the stage by Melissa Leilani Larson and Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant, adapted for the stage by Teresa Dayley Love Take a moment to meet our dramaturgs, and then check back regularly as they…