• 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    With Two Girls: Soaring Unsoured

    A critical analysis of With Two Wings by Samm Madsen, dramaturg At the end of Brigham Young University’s first-ever sensory-friendly performance, as the character Lyf finally gets to fly to the ocean, a little boy with autism in the audience yelled, “FLY! FLY!!” Which I feel perfectly sums up my experience as the dramaturg of With Two Wings. That soaring feeling, so beautifully expressed by that little boy in the sensory-friendly night, has been with me since I first read the script in January 2019. Although the little boy probably was just referring to the physical act of the character flying away, almost every person who came to see the show…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    With Two Wings, Original Score Sheet Music

    All good things come to those who wait, right? Well, we hope so, because here is the sheet music at last for the six major themes of With Two Wings. Please feel free to download them and learn them to your heart’s content (just don’t sell them on the black market). The themes for Lyf, Mom and Dad are geared towards beginning pianists and the other three songs are geared towards more experienced pianists. We hope that the beautiful story of With Two Wings is still impacting your home like it is ours. Cheers! CJ and Samm Madsen Composer and Dramaturg Duo Suite from With Two Wings, I. Mom’s Theme, Piano Solo Suite…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    Music Contest Winners!

    We’re delighted to announce the winners of the music contest! We had so many people submit their information that we couldn’t choose only one…or three…or even five!   So below are the eight winners of the Musical Theme contest. Click on any of the links below to see our composer CJ Madsen create and perform these original musical themes on the spot! Luke https://youtu.be/vt_RgnZI0fc Ryan and Emily https://youtu.be/NREy7BLpJEk Zoe https://youtu.be/emscPjUckho Sarah https://youtu.be/9_a5CXoSdEE Kayla https://youtu.be/X6xTnlcxbOg Laura https://youtu.be/RjcTbS3eE1Y Elinor https://youtu.be/Es7V14BppQs Shelley https://youtu.be/R8KKKkBU7xY

  • 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    My Story: Growing up with a Disabled Mom

    by Samm Madsen, dramaturg When I was three, my mom dropped a soup can on her foot. That would have been a big deal for anyone, but my mom had another factor going for her: she has M.S. (Multiple Sclerosis), a disease that makes her white blood cells attack her nerves, causing them to misfire and a whole heap of troubling symptoms. When the soup fell on her foot, her nerves misfired and it hurt so badly that she fell to the floor and sat there, unable to speak or move. Although I can’t remember this, she describes what happened next in the following way, “As I sat there, paralyzed,…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    Tips for Leaders to make group activities more accessible

    Theatre is a great place for diverse bodies and minds- it’s all about different stories and differences are interesting! For those of us who want to assemble a diverse cast and crew, it can be intimidating to welcome everyone in- mainly because we don’t want to accidentally offend someone by using the wrong words, or by not providing the correct accommodations. It has never been easier to be inclusive, though, and after sitting down with Talleri McRae, I have never been more motivated to create an inclusive theatre environment, both on and off the stage. For those who want just a quick peek into her wisdom, I assembled five of…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    Interview with Talleri McRae

    Interview by Samm Madsen   Samm Madsen I really I loved your presentation yesterday. I was laughing so hard at what you said about your husband being your cane, I don’t know if you remember, but my mom has M.S, and she always told people that the whole reason she gave birth is she wanted to expand her cane collection.     Talleri McRae My spouse always says I don’t care why you married me as long as you did. He’s so sweet about it, he’s like “I don’t care”.    Samm Madsen That’s so wonderful. So I know in your presentation you were talking about terminology and I feel like…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    Smidgeon Writing Contest Details

    SMIDGEON TO THE RESCUE!  Full Contest Details Welcome to the Smidgeon Writing Contest! I know that some of the world’s best playwrights are still to be discovered, so I’m glad you are here. Below are the full contest rules and some examples to help you out. Good luck, and happy writing!   Requirements: Have your parents/guardian submit your script to dramaturgy@byu.edu by Monday, October 28th, 2019. *If your script is selected, we will need to communicate with you via the email you send your script from, so make sure your parents use an email they check.* This story must be a SCRIPT. (We have two examples for you below!) The…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    Bonus Online Game with Meta

    Meta here! Lyf and I have become such great friends that we made up our own secret code.   To put you to the test, I used our code to write a famous quote by e.e. cummings below that really sums up something Lyf and I learned in the play.   After you solve this puzzle, try writing some secret notes to your friends. Happy writing, dudes!                              

  • 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    Interview with Anne Negri, Playwright

    by Samm Madsen, dramaturg This interview has been edited for clarity and length with permission from the author. What was your path to being a playwright like? I grew up loving theatre because my parents were avid theatre attendees.  I was attending plays around the age of 2…basically as soon as I could sit up and sit quietly!  I also always loved writing and reading. I read voraciously as a child! I relished creative writing projects in school, particularly during my elementary and middle school years.  However, during my high school years I was much more focused on academic writing and sadly any creative writing projects subsided. It wasn’t until…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    With Two Wings Music Contest Rules

      MY OWN MUSICAL THEME CONTEST To be considered to receive your very own musical theme, please submit the following things to dramaturgy@byu.edu by Saturday, October 26th, 2019.  Your first name.  Your email address (or your parent’s email address)  Three adjectives that describe you.  (Optional) A picture of something you love  (Optional) Musical styles/genres that you love.   Winners will be selected and notified via email by November 2nd. Shortly after, a video of our composer, CJ, improvising your musical theme will be uploaded to 4thWallDramaturgy, and an mp3 file of the music will be sent to the email that you provide.    When you submit an entry you agree…