• 2014-2015 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival

    An Actor’s Perspective, Part 2

    By Abram Yarbro and Holly Mancuso Microburst Theatre Festival opened last week, and it has been great to have an audience. As Lee Hall explained in an interview, “Whether you are a writer, or an actor, or a stage manager, you are trying to express the complications of life through a shared enterprise. That’s what theatre was, always. And live performance shares that with an audience in a specific compact: the play is unfinished unless it has an audience, and they are as important as everyone else.” This week we’re fortunate to hear from actors Clayton and Madison about performing and producing this show. “It’s week two of the run, and we could not…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival

    An Actor’s Perspective

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg Betty Davis said, “Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.” We are fortunate to have a very talented cast for Microburst Theatre Festival. Usually an actor plays one role in a show but in Microburst, each actor plays multiple roles which requires them to quickly jump from one character to another. These actors have worked hard to discover the “wonder and insight” in each play. This week we asked two of the actors, Emily and Cooper, to share their thoughts on the show and the production process. Emily Lyons plays Jade in Playing Around, Stephanie in A Death in the Family, Maggie…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival

    Trading Spaces and Staging Plays

    By Holly Mancuso, dramaturg When most people think of a theatre, they imagine something like this: There is a stage with a curtain and a specific place for the action to occur. The audience sits in fixed permanent chairs, often on a lower level than the stage. It features a proscenium arch, or the arch framing the space between the auditorium and the stage. However, many theatres and performance spaces are set up differently. For example, the famous Globe Theatre in London, where many of Shakespeare’s plays where originally performed, had an almost full circle of seats and included a space for audience members to stand as well as sit.…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival

    7 Plays, 1 Show. What is Microburst?

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg I always buy my movies with the “extra features” disc. On there you find interviews with the cast, behind-the-scene photos and videos, bloopers, and all sorts of neat material. In theatre we can’t give you an extra features DVD but we have this blog, the 4th Wall, where we give you the backstage scoop on BYU’s newest show, Microburst Theatre Festival! Check here often for interviews with the creative team, glimpses into rehearsals, and the most up-to-date information about this exciting show. What is Microburst Theatre Festival? Microburst Theatre Festival is one show made up of seven ten minute plays written by BYU students. The plays…