• 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,  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,  A Wrinkle in Time

    Who is Madeleine L’Engle?

    by Patrick Hayes, dramaturg To start our journey with A Wrinkle in Time, I wanted to take a look at the author of the original novel.  Just who is Madeleine L’Engle? About the Author The Early Years: Madeleine L’Engle was born in New York City on November 29, 1918, and named after her great-grandmother, Madeleine L’Engle. Her mother, a classically trained pianist, was also named Madeleine. Her father, Charles Wadsworth Camp, was a writer, a critic, and a foreign correspondent during World War I. With the influence of her loving parents, L’Engle wrote her first story at age four and began keeping a journal at age eight. Her early literary attempts did…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle In Time: An Introduction

    by Patrick Hayes, dramaturg Hello 4th Wall Readers! My name is Patrick Hayes and I am the Dramaturg for BYU’s upcoming production of A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Rodger Sorensen. I am very excited for the upcoming production. We have a fabulous cast of actors and an excellent production crew that will be onboard to assure that this production’s version of AWIT is one of the best ever produced. As this is my first venture into social media production blogging I will attempt, with each posting, to leave little snippets of ideas, actor interviews, script excerpts, photos, or other material that will help you, the reader, in gaining an…