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BYU Microburst Theatre Festival to feature seven short original plays Oct. 23-26

Brigham Young University’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts will present its Microburst Theatre Festival Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 23-26, at 7:30 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 26, in the Nelke Theatre of the Harris Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or at byuarts.com/tickets. The Oct. 24 performance will feature ASL interpreters.

Directed by George Nelson, the Microburst Theatre Festival features seven short plays penned by BYU students. From a fateful bicycle collision to dueling lemonade stands on a street corner to kidnapping Russell Crowe, these plays tackle the topic of love — laborious, unpredictable and sometimes quite the opposite of romantic — in a funny and fresh way.

Forget what you think you know about relationships. Microburst Theatre is designed to give you short, intense bursts of insight into exactly what love can be.

Plays and playwrights featured include “Twenty” by Taryn Politis, “A Modest Proposal” by Amy McGreevy, “Rules” by Katie Jarvis, “Stealing Crowe” by Amberly Lourde, “Man vs. Mace” by Amanda Welch, “The Shoelace” by Chelsea Hickman and “Mississippi Izzie’s” by Chauntel Lopez.

“I am so proud of the writers and their willingness to hone their craft as they collaborate with these talented actors and the rest of the production staff. I’m equally proud of the actors who have leapt at the chance to breathe the first breaths of life into these very compelling characters,” said Nelson.

The cast includes Jasmine Fullmer as Allisha and Annie; Emma Widtfeldt as Kirstey, Kara and Izzie; Jacob Swain as David, Paul, Mitch and Jackson; Michael Comp as Gertrude, Meredith and Emily; and Gabriel Spencer as Peter, Tyler, Sam and Joel.

The design and technical crew includes Amy Castro, production stage manager; Joshua Fawcett, scenic, sound and lighting designer; Christina Phillips, costume designer; Kelsey Johansen, makeup designer; and Ashlyn Anderson and Monica Sprayberry, assistant stage managers.

For more information, contact George Nelson at (801) 422-4269.


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Seven new plays by seven playwrights. This is a photo of five of the playwrights — two (Katie Jarvis and Amy McGreevy) are now serving LDS missions. Left to right: Chelsea Hickman, Chauntel Lopez (on floor), Amanda Welch (standing), Amberly Plourde, Taryn Politis.

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From "Twenty": Alisha (Jasmine Fullmer), David (Jacob Swain), and Kirstey (Emma Widtfeldt).

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From "Shoelace": Mitch (Jacob Swain) and Emily (Michael Comp).

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From "Stealing Crowe": Meredith (Michael Comp), Paul (Jacob Swain), Sam (Gabriel Spencer).

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From "Man Vs. Mace": Joel (Gabriel Spencer) and Annie (Jasmine Fullmer).

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From "Modest Proposal": Peter (Gabriel Spencer) and Gertrude (Michael Comp).

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From "Mississippi Izzi's": Jackson (Jacob Swain) and Izzie (Emma Widtfeldt).
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