"Here to There," a new theatre work that shares the stories of Utah Valley residents and transportation — how it affects or restricts them and what about it they would change or keep the same — will be performed in several locations this week.
Sponsored by the Brigham Young University Theatre and Media Arts Department at BYU and funded by the Mary Lou Fulton Chair in Theatre and Media Arts, the work will be seen Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Farrer Elementary School (100 North 600 East, Provo); Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nelke Theatre at BYU’s Harris Fine Arts Center; and Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Bullock Room at the Provo City Library at Academy Square (550 N. University Avenue, Provo).
On Saturday, a parade will follow from the Provo City Library performance to Gallery One Ten (110 S. 300 West, Provo) and its Transportation Show, which will be open from Jan. 24-Feb. 12. For more information about the exhibit, see www.galleryoneten.org.
Admission is free, but donations of any size will be accepted, which will go toward UTA Paratransit services.
“Transportation is how we get from here to there, but that's not the end of the story,” said director Amy E. Jensen. “It affects which jobs we take, where we live, what food we buy, the exercise we get, even the air we breathe. We meet different people along the way depending on our travel habits, whether just around the corner or halfway around the world.”
“The Theatre and Community Stories Initiative at BYU celebrates story telling. We tell stories in the plays we perform and the films we make. We tell stories in our families and in our community,” said Jensen, a graduate student at Stony Brook University.
“We invite the community to join us as we reach into our communities and search for and tell the stories that define, characterize, and motivate us, and help us learn about each other,” she said.
The initiative is designed to expand the definition of performance in ways that allow participants to examine who they are and also the relationships within the multiple communities in which they live, as families, neighbors, cultural and religious groups and citizens.
For more information, contact Amy E. Jensen at (801) 374-2295.
Writer: Amy E. Jensen