• 2013-2014 Season,  Light in the Piazza

    Fabulous Piazza Fashion

    by Kristen Leinbach, Dramaturg Until the 17th century, Italy was the world leader in fashion.  Then, for several centuries, they lost that title to other European nations.  However, in 1951 they made a comeback when the first multi-designer Italian fashion show was held in Florence. “The fashion press responded with enthusiasm, using phrases like “seductive elegance” and “aristocratic ease.”  “Throughout the 1950s, competing fashion shows in Florence and Rome solidified Italy’s reputation for Capri pants, “palazzo pyjamas,” and other youthful, elegant sportswear.” [1] Not only did the Italians lead the world in “elegant sportswear” but they were also producing evening wear and every day designs – influencing what would become…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Light in the Piazza

    Meet the Musical Composer and Lyricist-Adam Guettel

    by Kristen Leinbach, Dramaturg “This is wanting something, This is reaching for it, This is wishing that a moment would arrive, This is taking chances…This is praying for it, This is holding breath and keeping fingers crossed, This is counting blessings, This is wondering when.”[1] – Clara Johnson Clara Johnson begins her journey in Italy feeling out of place in a world that seems to make sense.  She states “I don’t understand a word they’re saying.  I’m as diff’rent here as diff’rent can be, but the beauty is I still meet people like me.”[2]  Although lost in an Italian culture with expectations she isn’t sure that she can meet, Clara…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Light in the Piazza

    Meet the Playwright – Craig Lucas

    by Kristen Leinbach, Dramaturg As we move from discussing the original novella of The Light in the Piazza, to discussing the musical, Craig Lucas will be our first stop as the award winning playwright.  Throughout his career he has received honors that range from a 1989 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, to a Tony Award for Best Play.  Most recently, in 2005, he received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for non-other than The Light in the Piazza.[1] While Piazza was in production at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage, Lucas stated that, “having lived with and within the worst excesses of reactionary America, [he]…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Light in the Piazza

    Meet the Author – Elizabeth Spencer

    By Kristen Leinbach, Dramaturg “The light. . . .  The light in the piazza.  Tiny sweet. And then it grows, and then it fills the air. . . . It’s rushing up. It’s pouring out. It’s flying through the air. . . It’s everything and everywhere!” (Guettel, pg. 50) The musical The Light in the Piazza opened on Broadway on April 18th, 2005.  But before we discuss the accomplishments of the playwrights Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas, we first have the opportunity to learn about the author whose novella, or short story, inspired the musical.  The musical itself is based on a novella titled The Light in the Piazza written by Elizabeth Spencer in…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Light in the Piazza

    Welcome to “The Light in the Piazza”

    By Kristen Leinbach, Dramaturg Piazza is defined as a small open square usually located in an Italian town.  So what exactly is the Light in the piazza as referred to in the title of the upcoming production of The Light in the Piazza at BYU in Fall 2013?            Hello!  Welcome to 4th Wall Dramaturgy!  My name is Kristen Leinbach and I am the Dramaturg for BYU’s production of The Light in the Piazza.  It is my pleasure to take you on a tour of the backstage processes of creating our production of The Light in the Piazza, directed by Scott Eckern.  Having already held a plethora of production meetings,…

  • 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…