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"Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women" at BYU April 30 and May 1

Presentation of music, song and verse

The Brigham Young University Department of Theatre and Media Arts and the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History present "Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women" in the Nelke Experimental Theatre Friday, April 30, at 5 p.m., and Saturday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets at $6 are available through the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 378-4322 or at

The performance is a presentation of poetry and song based on the new publication of the same title compiled and edited by Susan Elizabeth Howe and Sheree Maxwell Bench.

"Discoveries," directed by Char Nelson, highlights poems from the works of more than two dozen Latter-day Saint women performed onstage and accompanied by an original score composed by Harriet Petherick Bushman.

Nelson calls the performance a journey through life.

"These are women's experiences," she said. "It deals on this incredible, deep and complex level that's open to women interpreting in their own way, and we've had a tremendous response with past performances. It begins with the pre-existence, goes through childhood, discusses the stresses on women, and ends with relinquishing. It's very circular in shape."

Actresses include Shelley Tuckfield Graham, Elizabeth J. Smith, Diane Lynn Rane and Jane H. Wise. Singers are Elizabeth Funk, Dianna Errico Graham and Melinda Lockwood. Robin Hancock will be the pianist.

For more information about "Discoveries," contact Char Nelson, (801) 377-2707.

Writer: Rachel M. Sego

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