• 2018-2019 Season,  Radium Girls

    Discover Elements of the Radium Girls in Your Life

    Elements by Pollyanna Eyler, BYU Radium Girls dramaturg   Last year, when I began reading about and researching the plight of the Radium Girls this scripture came to mind, “And now behold, I … do not desire to harrow up the souls of men in casting before them such an awful scene of blood and carnage as was laid before mine eyes … ” (Mormon 5:8). I wondered what a dramaturg could do to counteract such circumstances? The rest of the verse answered my question, “… but I, knowing that these things must surely be made known, and that all things which are hid must be revealed upon the house-tops—” (Mormon 5:8). So, I’m shouting what I learned about U.S.…

  • 2018-2019 Season,  Radium Girls

    Discover Solutions to Radium Girls Study Guide

    Answers by Pollyanna Eyler, BYU Radium Girls dramaturg Page 10 – Radium Shopping List The discovery of Radium in 1898 soon led to scientific advances in medicine. Radium was proven to reduce cancerous tumors and therefore considered not only safe, but healthy! Industry ingeniously jumped on the bandwagon promoting products across the spectrum, such as “Radium Hand Cleaner – takes off everything but the skin.” If you guessed that all of the products on the Radium Shopping List could be found with added radium, you’re correct! Products with added radium.  Bottled Water, “Radithor” Radium Brand Creamy Butter Schokolade, Radium German Chocolate Degnen’s Radio-Active Heating Pad Doramad Radioactive Toothpaste Crème Activa Face Cream…

  • Romeo y Julieta

    I Hate Romeo and Juliet (Happy Valentine’s Day)

    by Hannah Gunson-McComb, dramaturg I believe it was my sophomore year of high school when my ability to “even,” as it were, officially tapped out; after three consecutive years studying this play in school, I couldn’t read or appreciate Romeo and Juliet anymore. I was surrounded by classmates who accepted, without question, that theirs was a story of love, fate, and star-crossed-ness. And as I looked around the room, all I could think of was, “This is why all of your relationships last two class periods.”   Not much has changed in the way of cynicism from then to now, as pertaining to Romeo and Juliet. I still bear a rather…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Chariots of Fire

    Social Class in the 1920s

    By Shelley Graham, Dramaturg Chariots of Fire takes place in Britain from roughly 1920 to 1924, a time period in which established social mores were changing rapidly. Throughout the play we see the various social classes represented. As Britain emerged from the ravages of World War I (or The Great War, as it was termed then,) there was a major rift in those social classes. Throughout the twenties, the working class would see poverty growing at an alarming rate, while the middle and upper classes fought for cultural prominence. Early in the play we see wealthy young men arriving for their first day of school at Cambridge University. They are…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    Audience Dramaturgy: Your Turn to Ask Questions about PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

    By Anne Flinders One of the traditions at BYU theatre productions is the weekly Thursday night post-show discussion. The post-show discussion is always a great way to get a behind-the-scenes peak at how a play is put together. Any audience members who choose to do so are invited to remain after a play to visit with the cast members and designers and ask them questions about their work. Last week the first post-show discussion was held for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and there was a great turnout. The event was moderated by the production dramaturg, Anne Flinders. Members of the audience asked the cast questions about things like acting choices, their…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice,  Uncategorized

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Meeting Members of the Cast & Crew, Part 4

    By Anne Flinders “It’s a distinct pleasure to make your acquaintance.” Brigham Young University’s world premiere production of Melissa Leilani Larson’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice opens this week. Coinciding with opening weekend, we want to introduce you to some of the people behind the scenes and on the stage of this exciting new play. Following is the fourth and final part in a series of interviews with cast members and designers whose work you will see when you see the show. TED BUSHMAN, MR. DARCY, BYU STUDENT “Mr. Darcy is a man of whom very little wrong can be said.”  Ted is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he grew up with one brother…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Meeting Members of the Cast & Crew, Part 3

    By Anne Flinders “It’s a distinct pleasure to make your acquaintance.” Brigham Young University’s world premiere production of Melissa Leilani Larson’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice opens this week. Coinciding with opening weekend, we want to introduce you to some of the people behind the scenes and on the stage of this exciting new play. Following is the third part in a series of interviews with cast members and designers whose work you will see when you see the show. REBEKAH SILVER JACKSON, ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER, BYU STUDENT “Oh, Miss Bennet. That is such a lovely color on you.” Rebekah is from Mapleton, Utah where she spent much of her…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Meeting Members of the Cast & Crew, Part 2

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg “It’s a distinct pleasure to make your acquaintance.” Brigham Young University’s world premiere production of Melissa Leilani Larson’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice opens this week. Coinciding with opening weekend, we want to introduce you to some of the people behind the scenes and on the stage of this exciting new play. Following is the second part in a series of interviews with cast members and designers whose work you will see when you see the show. SHANNON HENSLEY, HAIR AND MAKEUP DESIGNER, BYU STUDENT “You are and always will be the loveliest woman in the room.” Shannon is from Spring, Texas; a town just north…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    Who Was Jane Austen?

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg Who was Jane Austen? Where and how did she live? With whom did she associate? How did she become a writer? And what is her legacy? Biographical information concerning Jane Austen is “famously scarce”, but we’ll try to answer at least a few of these questions. Where did Jane Austen’s begin her life? “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” – Jane Austen Jane Austen was born on the 16th of December, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. She was the second daughter of a clergyman and his wife, George and Cassandra Austen, and the fifth of seven children. Jane and her sister Cassandra…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    Melissa Leilani Larson: Getting to Know the Playwright, Part II

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg Melissa Leilani Larson is the playwright of BYU’s 2014 production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This is the second part of a two-part interview with Mel. We’ll learn about what goes into writing a new play, about the process by which this new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice came from the pen of the playwright. For you, what has the journey of this play entailed so far? First thing, I went back to the novel. It had been a while since I had read Pride and Prejudice. So the first thing was to re-read the novel, and just read it. I didn’t take notes, I…