So I have been a little busy. And I did set one of those New Year’s resolutions to blog more often, which is totally in the plan (ssh—don’t tell anyone it’s already February). Part of the reason I’ve been so crazy busy is that I’ve been doing a ton of teaching—I am fuller than full time this semester, teaching 2 advanced writing classes at BYU and 3 theatre classes at UVU. Crazy town. The other reason is that I can’t seem to quit writing or producing. Huh. Shocker!
I have several new plays in the works, including a full draft of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. But there’s nothing wrong with picking up a play and dusting it off. I think of characters as friends, and the play I have opening next week features a very dear friend—so dear that some have claimed the play has to be autobiographical. It is not, though I don’t deny that Claire and I have a lot in common.
The play is Little Happy Secrets, and it’s never had a full run in Provo. So, since it’s been 4 years since the first production at Provo Theatre Company, and 2 years since Southern Utah University produced the show down in their black box in Cedar City, I thought—why not? Why not revisit Claire and her story?
We have a really fantastic cast and production team working to bring the show to light. Jaron Hermansen and his production company, Flying Hat Productions, made us a lovely trailer which you can see below. We open in a week! Wow. (Deep breath.)
Some people have called this play controversial. I don’t think it is. I think it’s honest. I think it’s true. I know it’s true, because I’ve had audience members come up to me and tell me so. I do think it’s important. And it’s relatable, even if you don’t think you have anyone in your life affected by the issues the play explores. It’s not offensive. Hey, people have complained that it has no agenda. But it has characters—real people you probably know. If nothing else, just come see some great people tell a good story.
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