• 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

    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…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    PRIDE and PREJUDICE: Asking Questions, Seeking Answers

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg Where are we? What year is it? What time is it? What season is it? Who’s in charge? Who’s in need? Who cares? Who am I? Those are a lot of questions. And they need some answers. Let’s start with the last one. Who am I? I’m Anne Flinders. I’m a dramaturg. I ask a lot of questions. And my job?  Well, it’s to find the answers. Dramaturgs view the world in terms of puzzles and possibilities. We wonder a lot. We look for ways to enable a blossoming play to live, to thrive, and to do so with truth. We try to help others organize…