Congratulations to the Playwrights, Directors, Actors, and Technical crew—all collaborated to make an evening of new plays possible.
The new BJU Theatre Arts Podcast launched this year. The second episode explores the M.A. program's thesis project, new play development, and unexpected challenges. Check it out on iTunes or Soundcloud.
For the first half of the Masters in theatre Thesis project, Ashley Gwillim and Amy Murray produced a staged reading of two new plays. Ashley Gwillim wrote the plays while Amy Murray played the central role in each.
The talk-backs were lively! Look for the production of Antigone that's coming next semester from Ashley and Amy. This production will complete their Thesis work.
Looking back, we so enjoyed hosting the annual High School Festival fine arts competition. A highlight was the Bake-Off, a festival of new plays written by contestants and fully produced in in 24 hours!
Under the direction of David Schwingle, the M.A. students in Theatre created a derived play. Using acting exercises, research, and historical photographs, the group created a 70 minute original play in the spirit of Grotowski and Commedia. The group researched a number of historical places and time periods, including rural America in the 1900s, the roots and early days of World War I, treason and imprisonment facts during World War I, and so on. The scenes and dialogue included historical details of place and time.
Ensemble members include: John Cox, Kaitlyn Chisholm, Rebekah Nason, Bethany Woodfin (dramaturge), Ashley Gwillim, and Amy Murray.
The bare-bones performance was given during the final week of classes. The group hopes to continue work on the script.
The second year M.A. students in Theatre continued the new play development process with a formal staged reading.