• 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time Trailer

    by Patrick Hayes, dramaturg BYU’s marketing office has just released the first trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, offering a sneak peek at the soon to open show. Check it out here. In the coming days I will post articles written by our wonderful cast and crew–its a chance for the readers to get to know the cast and their experiences with the show. Make sure you check back soon.

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time – Photos from Rehearsal

    by Patrick Hayes, dramaturg  With a little over two weeks till opening night, members of the company gather at rehearsal to work scenes and try on costumes. The following photos were taken over two days comprising an in-costume run of the show and a normal rehearsal of Act 1. From these photos you can really see how the production is coming together. The following three photos are from the costume run.  (Photos by Adam White.) Jenna Hawkins – The Man with Red Eyes Members of the Company – The Beasts Allyson Thaxton Dressed as Aunt Beast These three photos were taken during a rehearsal of Act 1. Director Rodger Sorensen gives advise on reworking…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    Tesseract and Time Travel

    by Patrick Hayes, dramaturg  In A Wrinkle In Time, the children use a process called tessing to teleport to different worlds and dimensions  Below you will find a little more information on how modern science explains what a Tesseract is and how wormholes function. Tesseract concept In mathematics, a tesseract is a four-dimensional shape (hypercube) that, when represented in three dimensions, looks, e.g., like a cube inside of a cube with spokes connecting the corners of the two cubes together. In the novel, the tesseract functions more or less like what in modern science-fiction is called a space warp or a wormhole, a portal from one area of space to another which is possible through…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    Wrinkle’s Time Travel and The Setting within the Books

    by Patrick Hayes, dramaturg The world of L’Engle’s characters is filled with fictional place names, often taken from mythological figures that relate symbolically to locales in the book. For example, the planet Ixchel in A Wrinkle in Time, where Meg is cared for by a motherly creature, who’s name is Ixchel, a Mayan moon goddess. Other, more mundane locations are often fictionalized versions of places L’Engle has lived or visited in the real world, such as L’Engle’s Connecticut home, which strongly resembles that of the Murry family. Overall, the series takes place in a roughly contemporary setting, usually understood to be in the near future with respect to the publication dates of…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    Wrinkle’s Journey Through Time

    by Patrick Hayes, Dramaturg Like most of Madeleine L’Engle’s works, A Wrinkle in Time depicts time travel and dimension hopping. In particular, Wrinkle covers a time period between the years 1950 – 1969. Most of the important historical events during this time period had direct correlation in her writing, represented by events in the narrative and the fictional science used within the book series. Listed below are some of the major events occurring during that twenty-year period. 1950 First Organ Transplant First “Peanuts” Cartoon Strip Korean War Begins Senator Joseph McCarthy Begins Communist Witch Hunt   1951 Color TV Introduced Truman Signs Peace Treaty With Japan, Officially Ending WWII Winston…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    Information on Rehearsals and Devising Pt. 2

    By Patrick Hayes, Dramaturg  In my last blog post I talked about A Wrinkle in Times’s use of performance theories. For this post I wanted to dive a little deeper into the theories and practices of devised theatre, giving you an inside scoop on the two theories that we are incorporating into our show. Many performances are rooted in the theories and practicum of two individuals. Some would say that these two people are the two most influential theatre directors and theorists in the twentieth century. Here’s a brief look at both the men and the basic ideas behind their theories. Jerzy Grotowski (11 August 1933 – 14 January 1999)…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    Information on Rehearsals and Devising Pt. 1

    By Patrick Hayes, Dramaturg Creating a performance from scratch can be a daunting task. Luckily A Wrinkle in Time has a formula for success. AWIT focuses on devised theatre practices to workshop and create the final performance. Unlike stage directions in a script or a director coaching the actors, devised theatre centers on an acting style or technique to help create the final performance. AWIT rehearsals are centered on a model of work shop and rehearsing scenes until the feel, emotion, or context for a given scene is reach. Doing this process insures the integrity of the message the company wants to convey. Here, in this scene, the actors prepare…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Henry 5

    A Special Orem Public Library Performance of HENRY 5–FREE!

    by Anne Flinders, dramaturg BYU’s Young Company cast and crew is bringing a free performance of Henry 5 to the Orem Public Library (58 N State St, Orem). This special performance is a tradition that Young Company has shared with the library for several years, bringing excellent children’s theatre to the Orem community. The performance will be on Monday, April 15th at 7:00 pm in the storytelling wing of the library; the performance lasts about 50 minutes. It is open to the public and free of charge. The company will present the same production they have taken on the road over the past semester as part of their tour to elementary…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    Religion, L’Engle, and “A Wrinkle in Time”

    by Patrick Hayes, dramaturg Scholar Jean Fulton wrote, “L’Engle’s fiction for young readers is considered important partly because she was among the first to focus directly on the deep, delicate issues that young people must face, such as death, social conformity, and truth. L’Engle’s work always is uplifting because she is able to look at the surface values of life from a perspective of wholeness, both joy and pain, transcending each to uncover the absolute nature of human experience that they share.” – “A Wrinkle in Time”. Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Today’s blog topic looks at the religious symbolism and spiritual connection woven into A Wrinkle in Time and examines some…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Uncategorized

    Synergy – alla Commedia

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg I love it when you are working on a show and you discover a great moment of synergy.  As our production of The Servant of Two Masters starts its closing week, BYU’s department of Spanish and Portuguese is having its own celebration of commedia dell’arte with a Master Class provided by the actors of the Compania de Teatro Espanola “Reymala.” The class is tomorrow (Tuesday, April 2) from 1-2:30 on campus in B-092 JFSB. To see what our own actors went through in order to learn the basics of commedia, check out our Commedia Bootcamp.