• 2015-2016 Season,  Misalliance

    Can’t Get Enough of Misalliance?

    by Kelsee Jackson, dramaturg It’s easy to fall in love with the Edwardian time period. It has fascinated scholars, authors, playwrights, and screenwriters for years. The clothes, the mannerisms, the parties, and the people are intriguing and fashionable. It makes the perfect backdrop for dramatic and comedic stories alike. But if Misalliance closes tomorrow, how will you get your Edwardian fix? If you, like many others, simply can’t get enough of the Edwardian lifestyle, here are some stories you might fancy. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Published in 1902, this novel follows the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his trusty companion Dr. Watson as they try to solve…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Misalliance

    A Day in Hindhead: Thoughts

    by Kelsee Jackson, dramaturg If you travel to England, should you make a stop in Hindhead? Of course, it is up to you. If you are needing a bit of fresh air and a break from the city, it might interest you to know that Hindhead has a nickname, “Little Switzerland.” George Bernard Shaw wasn’t the only famous person to enjoy the fresh air and scenery of “Little Switzerland,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was another notable resident. Some even claim that he wrote The Hounds of Baskerville after walking the Devil’s Punchbowl. What else makes this town notable? The people, or at least all of the ones we talked to, were genuinely kind…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Misalliance

    A Day in Hindhead: Scenery

    by Kelsee Jackson, dramaturg Hindhead is well-known for it’s beautiful scenery. This beautiful scenery is often referenced in Misalliance, with lines like, “Shall we stroll over to the Gibbet?” or “…take a walk through the heather and admire the scenery of Hindhead.” While visiting Hindhead this past spring, a friend and I decided to try one of the more basic hikes to admire the scenery and get a glimpse of the beauty of Hindhead. Hindhead is home to a large, natural amphitheater called the Devil’s Punch Bowl. The Devil’s Punch Bowl is an area protected by England’s National Trust. This beautiful location is next to Hindhead and has many well-traveled…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Misalliance

    A Day in Hindhead: Introduction

    by Kelsee Jackson, dramaturg I had a chance to go to England this past spring and one thing I was determined to do was visit Hindhead. After all, what a better way to dramaturg Misalliance than to visit the town where it takes place? Not only that, but Shaw himself spent a fair amount of time there too. So one lovely afternoon this past June, a friend and I dedicated a whole day to finding Hindhead and exploring it. I was determined to do everything using only public transportation. To get to Hindhead from London, one must take a train to Haslemere, a small town in southern Surrey. Haslemere (pronounced hazel-meer)…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Misalliance

    Dance the Night Away: Edwardian Balls and Music

    By Kelsee Jackson, dramaturg The Edwardians were dedicated to creating their own sense of ‘self.’ Smashed between the time of Queen Victoria and the roaring 20s, society began moving away from Victorian ideals one day at a time. This was especially true in music and dance. Edwardians still had balls which required good music, a nice place to dance, fancy dresses and suits, and good company. Men asked women to dance and there was enough food and drink to go around. It was possible to meet your future spouse at one of these events, making it an important social get-together for both the young and the old. For families like…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Misalliance

    What do Edwardians do for fun?

    by Kelsee Jackson, dramaturg When the Victorian era ended in 1901, the Edwardian era began. It was short lived, lasting just until the beginning of WWI. Misalliance takes place in 1909, right at the height of the Edwardian era. Not only did this era mark a period of peace before war broke out, it was well known as a period of change. This is evident in the activities they participated in in their free time. Here is just a glimpse into some of the fun things Edwardians would do when they had a spare moment! Edwardians enjoyed a traditional past time for many English people: reading. As you’ll notice in our…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Misalliance

    A Lesson in Edwardian Etiquette: Part 2

    by Kelsee Jackson, dramaturg Now that you have a starting grasp on what to do to conform with standards of Edwardian etiquette, you must learn what not to do before you step out into good society. If you know what not to do, can impress your superiors and you won’t make a silly mistake out of ignorance. “Don’t, when presented to the King, offer to shake hands with him, but bow low.” “Don’t talk of your pedigree, save in the bosom of your own family, and then only indulge yourself about once in a lifetime.” “Don’t, in walking, take the wrong side of the path and elbow out those who are but keeping their…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Misalliance

    A Lesson in Edwardian Etiquette

    by Kelsee Jackson, dramaturg One way to better understand the Edwardian era is to study the etiquette and manners of the time. For BYU’s production of Misalliance, learning the etiquette of the time period has been very important. Proper Edwardian etiquette is one of the main things that helps both the actors and the audience go back to 1909, England. For those of you who are looking to improve your early 20th century manners, here is a very brief lesson on Edwardian Etiquette from Etiquette for Women: A Book of Modern Modes and Manners by “One of the Aristocracy”: Introductions “It is necessary, before introducing two persons, to find out if…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Misalliance

    Spotting Shaw in Misalliance

    by Kelsee Jackson, dramaturg Irish-born playwright George Bernard Shaw had strong opinions and experiences that changed his life. Many of these opinions and experiences show up in his various writings. Here’s a brief look at how Shaw’s personal views influenced Misalliance. Education George Bernard Shaw (who much preferred the name Bernard to George) completed his irregular schooling in his hometown of Dublin. While possessing an eager mind, he passionately despised organized training, which lead to his deep dislike for school. In Misalliance, Shaw’s disdain for formal education shows through in Hypatia, the young daughter of the largely successful John Tarleton. When Hypatia cannot even be bothered with talk of her education, responding…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Misalliance

    An Ever-Changing New World

    by Kelsee Jackson, dramaturg Think of it. England. Spring of 1909. There was talk of a new world, a changing world. Fashions were evolving, transportation was faster, and people were more educated. It was a booming time for business, a somewhat peaceful time for soldiers, and a happy time for families. It would have been nearly impossible to predict all the heartache that would ensue starting five years from when this story of Misalliance began. We see through 21st century eyes. It is very difficult (and some would say impossible) for us to perceive the world without the lenses of the stock market crash, World War I and II, the…