• 2020-2021 Season,  Illusionary Tales

    Illusionary Tales – Program Study Guide

    Opening night for Illusionary Tales was a great success! Feeling connected to so many other people, watching something theatrical together at the same time, if not in the same space, is something many of us have missed in the recent days of quarantine and pandemic. We hope many more will join us for the final performances! And please take a moment to read through the program and study guide to learn more about this unique production.

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Illusionary Tales

    Interviews with the Playwrights

    by Emily Trejo, dramaturg All three plays were commissioned by the TMA department specifically for this fall virtual season. It has been a different experience getting these shows together. To get more insight on how these plays came to be, we took some of our burning questions to the playwrights. Melissa Leilani Larson: Balete Drive James Goldberg: Such a Time as This Andrew Justvig: A Tell-Tale Heart   How did you get involved in working on this show? M.L.L– I’m a BYU alum and I’ve had several plays produced here, including a commission to adapt Pride and Prejudice. When the TMA department called me and asked if I’d be interested…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Illusionary Tales

    Edgar Allan Poe: A Brief Biography

    by Makenna Johnston, dramaturg   Edgar Allan Poe was the second of three children born to traveling stage actors, David and Elizabeth (Eliza) Poe. When Edgar was almost two years old, his father abandoned the family leaving Eliza to fend for herself and their three small children. Eliza died of tuberculosis soon after. Edgar, who was not quite three years old, was charitably taken in by the wealthy, childless family of John and Frances Allan.   Under the Allans’ care, Edgar received a refined education and the undivided attention of his foster mother Frances. Though he was never officially adopted, Edgar was given the Allan name and was thenceforth known…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Illusionary Tales

    Faith Community Connections

    by Cameron Cox, dramaturg In the second of BYU’s Illusionary Tales, Such A Time As This written by James Goldberg, the audience is introduced to Hadassah Loew, a woman born and raised in a community of faith who has since left it. Hadassah’s Hassidic faith community has striking parallels to aspects of our faith community here at Brigham Young University. Hadassah’s relationship to her faith community will undoubtedly sound familiar to some in our audience and her journey in Such A Time As This may seem familiar as well. As a Mormon with strong Sikh and Jewish family roots, I feel strongly about the ways the stories we choose to…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Illusionary Tales

    Real Life Experiences with La Llorona

    by Emily Trejo, dramaturg In Mexican culture, it is not uncommon to hear of people’s experiences with many of the creatures in their folklore. One may say these stories are made up, used to frighten children. And though I would mostly agree with you, there is one legend I do believe in, La Llorona. I have never personally had an experience with her, but my grandma has. My grandma is not a superstitious woman so I believe every word she says. To listen to her story click on the video below. An English translation has also been provided if you do not understand Spanish.   As my abuelita says, after…