Author: Jenna Anderson

Sing along with SONGS OF UN-CREATION

SALT LAKE CITY — American mythologist, lecturer, and writer, Joseph Campbell writes in his seminal work The Power of Myth, “We need myths that will identify the individual not with his local group but with the planet.” This idea of myth connecting us is at the heart of Songs of Un-Creation, written and performed by Algernon D’Ammassa and Randy Granger of Theater Dojo (from New Mexico) and performing at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival. Songs of Un-Creation hails back to the earliest form of theater: storytelling. The show consists only of two performers on stage, telling stories and creating music...

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A Fresh Take on a Horror Class: Interview with Johnny Hebda about the Utah premier of Carrie.

Johnny Hebda is a familiar name in the Utah theatre community.  He is an actor, director, producer and one of the founders of Utah Repertory Theater Company.  In the last three years Utah Rep has made a name for itself as a company to follow for edgy contemporary theater in Utah.   His most recent directorial project, the musical Carrie, makes it’s Utah debut just in time for Halloween.  Hebda talked to us about starting his own production company, and why the story of Carrie endures.  UTBA: How did you first get involved in theater? HEBDA:  I have been involved...

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BURIED CHILD is worth finding

SALT LAKE CITY — Referring to the work of Franz Kafka, author David Foster Wallace once said, “For me, a signal frustration in trying to read Kafka with college students is that it is next to impossible to get them to see that Kafka is funny. . . . Nor to appreciate the way funniness is bound up with the extraordinary power of his stories.” The same sentiment applies to Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning Buried Child. In Silver Summit Theater Company’s production, director Lane Richins underlines the funniness. Thank goodness he does. Buried Child is a dark and weird play. If it...

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Cynthia Fleming, SLAC Executive Producer and Director of SATURDAY’S VOYEUR

SATURDAY’S VOYEUR is back at SLAC for it’s 37th year. Director, choreographer and Executive Producer, Cynthia Fleming is no stranger to the intimidating task of staging an original musical, every year, for the community. This is her fourth year directing the production and her 15th year choreographing. Fleming discusses the unique beast that is VOYEUR, why it’s such a mainstay in the Utah theatre community, and what the future holds in store for Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC). What first got you interested in the theatre? Fleming: Well, to begin the story of how I came to love theatre begins...

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EPIC doesn’t live up to its name

SALT LAKE CITY — Epic, produced by Next Stage productions and directed by Marinda Maxfield, is set up as a choose-your-own-adventure-style, audience participation event. It feels like a live action version of a vintage Legend of Zelda game. The audience participates by voting on their cell phones, either through a downloaded app, or by text message. The story begins with seven characters, each filling a fantasy archetype. There is a white night, a squire, a princess, a wizard, a scientist, a warrior, and a criminal. They are a mismatched band on a quest to rid the land of a curse...

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