• 2016-2017 Season,  Argonautika

    The Reviews are In! Argonautika is a Wonder Worth Witnessing

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Welcome to the final Argonautika blog post! We cannot thank you enough for your support of our production, and taking the time to read more about it. The show closes this Saturday, June 17 and it has been one wild ride. We hope that if you were able to attend the performance, that you learned much more about Greek mythology, and enjoyed the messages, the spectacle, the humor, and the chance to experience truly extraordinary live theatre. To end our blog, here is a collection of reflections from various sources: from the online media, from BYU theatre professors who saw the show, and from cast members:…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Argonautika

    The Lobby Display: Books, Puppets, Costumes, and Constellations!

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Our show opened Friday, June 2 and the audience and actors are enjoying every minute of this incredible production. To read an article about the show from BYU’s newspaper, The Daily Universe, entitled, “BYU’s Argonautika Displays a Creative, Collaborative Effort” click here. To read a critique by Russell Warne of the Utah Theatre Bloggers Association (UTBA), entitled, “An Adventurous Argonautika at BYU” click here. Our show runs from now until June 17. Be sure to get your tickets and venture with us to Greece to help Jason and his loyal Argonauts seize the Golden Fleece! On your way in and out of the Pardoe Theater, be sure to…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Argonautika

    Loyal, Brave, and Strong: Argonautika Workshop at Provo City Library

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg We are about to set sail, and we hope that you can join us! Argonautika opens at the end of the week, Friday, June 2 at 7:30 pm. We perform in the Pardoe Theater in the Harris Fine Arts Center on Campus. See you there! For tickets, visit:  http://arts.byu.edu/event/argonautika/2017-06-16/ To advertise and promote the production to the community, the cast of Argonautika presented a workshop to in the ballroom at the Provo City Library on Monday, May 15 from 7:00 – 7:45 pm. Professor and artistic director Megan Sanborn Jones helped facilitate, and students Kindi Nybo and Taylor Stroupe were the workshop presenters. These two will also…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Argonautika

    “It’s Greek to Me!”: Greek History, Culture, Language, and Mythology

    by Haley Flanders and Katie Jarvis, dramaturgs Χαίρετε (Chaírete)! That’s “Hello” in Greek. This blog post provides more insight into our play’s setting of Greece and the wonderful world of Greek mythology. Since our story is based on a very popular myth about Jason and the Argonauts, perhaps these tidbits of Greek history, literature, and language will make Argonautika that more enjoyable for you. You’ll feel right at home on the Argo, especially since we have the Greeks to thank for a lot of our ways of thinking and the world in which we live. Greece is at the center of western civilization origins. Our culture is strongly influenced by the…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Argonautika

    Meet the Cast of Argonautika (Part 2 of 2)

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Welcome back to our tribute to the amazing actors of Argonautika. If you haven’t had a chance to see our previous blog post, “Meet the Cast of Argonautika (Part 1 of 2)” it featured the following eight actors: Christine Detweiler Tommy Kindall Olivia Ockey Jordan Peterson Samm Madsen Ezra Chia Molly Howard Ian Buckley This blog post features the remaining eight actors in the show. This post is also unique because it features the cast members (1/4 of the cast, in fact) from Utah Valley University (UVU)! This is a joint-university production, mainly because our director Janine Sobeck Knighton is a professor at UVU and worked for…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Argonautika

    Meet the Cast of Argonautika (Part 1 of 2)

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Welcome to part 1 of 2 blog posts dedicated to cast introductions. The biographies in the program will teach you a little about these talented and dedicated performers…in fifty words or less! That is just simply not enough, don’t you agree? Luckily, this remarkable cast has provided behind-the-scences information about their backgrounds, majors, things they love about the show, and their goals in theatre after Argonautika. Here are 8 cast introductions. Tune in soon for part 2, with information on 8 MORE actors, equally as wonderful and gifted as the ones you see here. And don’t forget to buy your tickets. The show opens June 2…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Argonautika

    Argonauts, Gods, and Monsters, Oh My! Argonautika Character and Cast List

    by dramaturg, Haley Flanders Welcome back, future voyagers! To prepare to attend the show June 2-17 in the Pardoe Theater, here is a list of the show’s characters, placed in the following categories: Argonauts Gods, Goddesses, and Creatures Other Characters Brief descriptions have been provided. A character map will also be featured in the program. This will help you see how everyone fits together. Plus, the costume renderings below (provided by co-costume designers Hannah Cutler and Juliette Lewis) will help you recognize the characters on stage. Lastly, many actors in our 16-member cast play multiple characters in the show, so a cast list is provided at the bottom of the…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Argonautika

    Meet the Director: Janine Sobeck Knighton

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Argonautika opens June 2 and runs through June 17 in the Pardoe Theater in the Harris Fine Arts Center. This blog post contains 2 EXCLUSIVE interviews with our show Would you like to learn more about the director of BYU’s production of Argonautika? It is none other than UVU dramaturgy and new play works professor, Janine Sobeck Knighton! Janine has worked for BYU as the head of the dramaturgy program and is excited to be working as a director on this fabulous production, which is very close to her heart. This blog contains two EXCLUSIVE interviews with Janine. One by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Argonautika

    Meet “Argonautika” Playwright, Mary Zimmerman

    by  Haley Flanders, dramaturg, Hello and welcome to week 2 of the Argonautika behind-the-scenes blogs! As you prepare for your voyage to see our play June 2 through June 17 in the Pardoe Theater, we would like to give you more insight into the playwright and original director of Argonautika, the one and only…Mary Zimmerman! Mary Zimmerman is a very prestigious and unique playwright in the world of professional and collegiate theatre. BYU Young Company performed her award-winning play, Metamorphoses as a Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA) production in 2006. They then performed her play, Arabian Nights as the spring show in 2012. Mary Zimmerman was born on August 23, 1960…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Argonautika

    Welcome Aboard the Mighty Argo!

    by Haley Flanders and Katie Jarvis, dramaturgs “Sing in us, Muse, the story of Jason and his   Argonauts, how he was sent away on the first voyage of the world to bring back the Golden Fleece.” (Act 1, Scene 1) Hello! Welcome to the 4th wall dramaturgy page dedicated to the spring 2017 mainstage BYU play, Argonautika by Mary Zimmerman. This production is set to perform June 2 through June 17, 2017 in the Pardoe Theatre in the Harris Fine Arts Center (HFAC) on campus. We are thrilled to be giving you a backstage pass into the creation of this epic play, which will feature Greek warriors, gods and…