• 2020-2021 Season,  An Ideal Husband

    Closing the Social Distance

    by Charisse Baxter, dramaturg For Oscar Wilde’s Victorians, ‘social distancing’ was a very different idea from the one we’re dealing with today. It wasn’t physical – theaters and other entertainment venues were packed, people lived on top of each other in tenements, boarding houses, and even servants’ quarters – but it was (as with us) very much a feature of how they saw the world. Their view was that, while the social classes might rely on one another, they should only interact as little as possible, and should never mingle. There was an entire subset of people known as “social climbers”: merchants and businessmen with lots of money, gentry and…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  An Ideal Husband

    Photo Tutorials from Mabel

    by Charisse Baxter, dramaturg Put the FUN in InFlUeNcer! Give your pics a little @DarlingMabel flair! Start with the basics, and get to know your angles, framing, and story.   5 Awesome Photography Tips for Social Media Success  Take things to the next level – everyone needs a little ‘touching up’ now and then!   Pop some popcorn, take a few minutes out of your busy Twitter schedule, and relax with some new photo skills: Social Media Photoshop Tutorial And you may (or may not) be a mommy blogger, but these tips for getting great photos with squirmy subjects work for everyone! You can thank me later! 8 Tips for…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  An Ideal Husband

    Oscar Wilde – A Timeline

    by Charisse Baxter, dramaturg Though most often remembered as a playwright, Wilde was a popular author of essays, poems, and short stories as well. His one novel is a classic, and his lectures and memorable aphorisms attracted followers and fans years before his plays became successful. His private life drew even more attention, but his writings and scripts have withstood the test of time. 1854 – Born Oct 16 in Dublin, Ireland 1871 – Attended Trinity College, Dublin 1874 – Attended Magdalen College in Oxford, England and was a distinguished scholar; became a leader in the Aesthetics movement and was noted for eccentric fashion and behavior 1882 – Toured the…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  An Ideal Husband

    Fan-atical Victorian Conversation

    by Charisse Baxter, dramaturg Smoke signals. Pictographs. Hieroglyphics. Morse Code. Computer programming. Lemon juice. Emojis… and so much more! The quest to communicate has been constant throughout the history of humanity, and along the way, all kinds of methods of exchanging information have either lost their meaning for a while, or were always intended to be secret and used only by those ‘in the know.’ During the Victorian era, when Oscar Wilde was writing his society-skewering plays, there were several communication methods employed by those who were in on the underground code-speak. One such method was the ‘language of flowers’, with which messages and feelings could be expressed by particular…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  An Ideal Husband

    The Ideal Social Media Fast

    by Charisse Baxter, dramaturg For many, social media platforms dictate time, energy, relationships, business and marketing, education, family communications, and ways to interact with the world around them. Technology is constantly evolving, on the one hand making it hard to ‘keep up’ and feel like you’re in the know, and on the other providing ever more efficient, exciting tools to explore the world. Connections are being made through time and space, families past and distanced being brought together online. During a BYU Education Week devotional Elder David A. Bednar said “Social media channels are global tools that can personally and positively impact large numbers of individuals and families. And I…