• 2016-2017 Season,  Cyrano

    Letters of Love

    By Robert Fuller, dramaturg The main way Cyrano manages to give voice to his feelings and beliefs is through his letters. With them, he is able to find the courage to express his feelings to Roxanne like never before. Letters are sincere and personal ways to express you’re love and appreciation for others. For the lobby display for Cyrano, I made a station for the audience to write letters to loved ones, as well as to place on a poster to show appreciation to the Cast and Crew. I was overjoyed with the response by the audience. The following are quotes from some of our favorite letters received: “It was…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Cyrano

    Clothes Make the Man: Part 1

    by Robert Fuller, Dramaturg One of the things which helped to define the characters and themes of this performance was the costuming. This is thanks to costume co-designers Cortnie Beatty and Lizzie Mickelson. The idea behind the costuming was to give it a modern feel, while still having a historical reference. This helped the designers do three main things: They costumes referenced the way that the world changes. The colors helped define the characters and the stereotypes they tend to fill They also showed their characters’ boldness and courage. Check out these renderings and explanations from designer Lizzi Mickelson to learn a little bit more about each character: Roxanne: “As the…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Cyrano

    The Letter is the Play

    by Robert Fuller, dramaturg One of the surreal aspects of this performance of Cyrano is the set. To learn more about its creation, I talked with scenic designer, Rachel Bowerbank. Here’s a peak into her unique design. First off, as this play is one of our traveling shows (and has a small performance space) a compact, easily mobile set is required. With those restrictions in mind, Rachel began with an exploration of scenic design in past performances of Cyrano. In one of the plays most iconic scenes, Roxanne is on a balcony, as Cyrano woos her while impersonating Christian. Many times, this scene includes a curtain, or drapes in the scenery. Director…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Cyrano

    Cyrano: The Rehearsal Process

    By Robert Fuller, dramaturg Kris Jennings, the director of Cyrano, used several unique techniques during the rehearsal process, which helped the cast with memorization, movement, and characterization. Under readers: Each member of the cast is assigned a fellow cast member to stand behind with a script and read their lines for them. This aids in memorization, and allows the actors in the scenes to have their hands free to focus on characterization. This also helps every member of the cast to stay busy, at all times, during the long parts of the rehearsal when their characters aren’t onstage. Applying a single word to each scene: Before each scene, the cast…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Cyrano

    Edmond Rostand: The Man Behind the Play

    By Robert Fuller, Dramaturg An important part of understanding a play – and the message behind it – is understanding the playwright. As you read this brief biography of Edmond Rostand, and prepare to watch Cyrano De Bergerac, try and guess which events in Edmond Rostand’s life had an impact on him while writing his masterpiece. Edmond Eugene Alexis Rostand was born April 1, 1868 in Marseille, France. His father was a skilled and wealthy journalist. Edmond received a law degree in Paris, but his true passion was playwriting. His plays were known for being cheerful and inspiring, despite most of them ending in tragedy. They were also greatly inspired by…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Cyrano

    The Real Cyrano: The Man Behind the Legend

    Robert Fuller, Dramaturg One of the most surprising things I discovered while researching this play is that Cyrano, and most of the people featured in the original play, were based off of real people living during the 16th century. This offered new depth to these characters and a new appreciation for the play by Edmond Rostand. Hector Savinien de Cyrano was born on March 6, 1619, in Paris France. He grew up with his cousin, Madeleine Robineau, who would inspire Roxanne, the woman Cyrano is in love with in the play. At the age of six, he would meet his lifelong friend, Henry Le Bret. These two would have a large impact on…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Cyrano

    Falling in Love with Cyrano

    By Robert Fuller, Dramaturg Hello! My name is Robert Fuller, and I am overjoyed and excited to be the dramaturg on BYU’s Young Company production of Cyrano De Bergerac. Since it was first performed in 1897, Cyrano De Bergerac has become one of the most popular plays of all time, and has been given multiple film adaptations, including Roxanne in 1987, starring Steve Martin, and the Disney Channel original movie, Let it Shine. Audiences will quickly fall in love with Cyrano’s talent for sword fighting, unnoticed devotion to his beloved Roxanne, sharp nose, and even sharper wit. BYU takes this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s masterpiece, and demonstrates the timeless nature of…