• 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Two Weddings and an Engagement

    by Bianca Morrison Dillard, dramaturg Working on this romantic comedy has proven to be quite romantic for our cast and crew. Through the course of rehearsal and production we have had two marriages and an engagement. Here at BYU, we don’t waste any time–no need to wait until your plate is less full or there is a break between semesters; one long weekend, or a couple of days away from rehearsal is all you need. Here’s a little more about the good news: Taylor Warburton (now Fonbuena) was the first to get hitched. She and her husband Ricky Fonbuena were married October 13th. She and Ricky have been friends since the age of…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Fireworks, New Year’s Tradition, and Artistic Decision

    by Bianca Morrison Dillard, dramaturg Fireworks have been a New Year’s tradition in this country since I’ve been alive; we see them particularly on New Year’s and the 4th of July. They connote celebration, excitement, awe, the new year, love of country, and that excited feeling you get during a really great kiss! As a visual symbol, they are pretty packed when it comes to meaning. Holiday is a play that rings in the new year on stage. Our director, Barta Heiner, was toying with the idea of “fireworks” being seen through a window on stage as the play clocks in the new year, so she asked me if the…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Charity for the Rich? (Dramaturg’s Note Continuted)

    by Bianca Dillard, dramaturg Holiday was produced in 1928, just 9 months before the stock market crash. In a play that explores the effect of money on families and individuals, this detail seems particularly important. What could have happened to Edward Seton, big bank capitalist, after the stock market crash of 1929?  (For more info on this question as it relates to the characters of Edward as well as Johnny check out my dramaturg’s note page 11.) “Any charity work I do from now on is going to be for the rich, they need it more.” – Linda Seton, Holiday. While Linda’s comment may have been in jest, there was a…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Transitions from Rehearsal to Stage

    by Bianca Dillard, dramaturg Our rehearsal process for Holiday has officially come to a close–last night was our last dress rehearsal and tonight will be our first preview. Now comes the part where we step out of the vacuum of rehearsal and on to the stage of performance where the interaction with the audience become real, and live, and tangible. I would like to share a few last behind the scene photos to celebrate our rehearsal process and share a few production photos to whet your appetite for the performance itself.   In the coming days please stay tuned as I will be posting some material that will supplement the information provided in the Study Guide.…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    “Offstage”: The Real World of Rehearsal

    by, Bianca Morrison Dillard – Dramaturg At one of our first rehearsals for Holiday, Becca Ingram (Linda Seton) came to make her first entrance. As she entered, she puzzled as to where to put her coat in the scene. She pointed to a chair next to the “door” and said, “What is this, is this a coat rack?” to which the rest of us replied, “No, it’s a chair.” The funny thing is, it was a chair. Not funny? Let me see if I can explain. This story isn’t  funny because Becca doesn’t know what a chair is, it’s funny because in rehearsal things are not always what they seem.…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Design Insights-Holiday Costume Concept

    by Mallory Mckey, Co-Costume Designer In the early stages of my design work as I was finding images and researching—I was trying to think of some way each character was connected. I was also trying to find my color palette. I’m a visual person and I love seeing color and texture.  I was thinking about gold and silver a lot for some of the characters, and then I realized that was the connecting piece. Gold, silver, and money!  Once I hit on that idea, there was no stopping me.  I immediately started looking up pictures of money and specific bills and coins.  The more I looked, the more I could visualize…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Design Insights – Holiday Set Design

    by Carter Thompson, Set Designer In one of our first production meetings for Holiday, the director, Barta Heiner brought in an antique quilt that was somewhere around 100 years old. The fabric pieces which were made from wool and cotton fibers were remarkably well preserved, but all the pieces made from silk were brittle or shredded. Silk was sold to wholesalers by weight and in the 1800s silks were often treated with metallic salts (most commonly iron, lead, and tin) to increase their weight, thereby increasing their value. This treatment also improved the drape of the fabric. Over time, however, the metallic salts have eroded and destroyed the silk. Something which…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Obscure Cultural References–Everyone a Dramaturg!

    by Bianca Morrison Dillard, dramaturg Every play is a product of a specific time and place and has references specific to that cultural milieu. As a dramaturg, these “little” references can prove especially difficult if the lingo from the time your play was set has not been carried down, or if it’s not something that was commonly enough referenced for the explanation to be written down. And, unfortunately, so far, nobody’s put together The Complete and Annotated Works of Philip Barry (I guess he’s not as famous or important as Shakespeare), so all we have is the text itself, which means we have to look elsewhere to decode cultural references…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Rehearsal Discovery: Social Registers

    by Bianca Morrison Dillard, dramaturg It’s always a little bit surprising and a little bit exciting when you come to a rehearsal for the first time and though you’ve read the script dozens of times, and you think your research has been exhaustive, there are always new questions that arise–things you never thought to question before. As a dramaturg I have the opportunity to help answer some of those questions, or at least offer some solid options or observations. One such questions arose last week. The script mentions a “social register.” In fact the line is, “father if you reach for a social register I’ll cry out with pain.” We…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Holiday?

    by Bianca Morrison Dillard, dramaturg When people ask me what project I’m working on, I’ve gotten used to saying,  “Holiday—it’s by the same guy who wrote The Philadelphia Story.”  This statement is quickly followed by signs of recognition—usually an “Oh!” combined with a smile and nod of the head. Then I talk about how, like The Philadelphia Story, Holiday is a witty romantic sort of comedy, about the American upper-class. I mention how it too has some sweet-hearted and thought-provoking twists along the way. Next, I usually remind them that Holiday is a Hollywood classic in its own right and that they may have seen the 1938 version starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Like these classic movies,…