Prometheus Unbound

Prometheus Unbound, is an original play by Mahonri Stewart, directed by Penny Pendleton.

This world premiere was produced through the BYU Experimental Theatre Company in coordination with the BYU Theatre and Media Arts Department.  The show played July 31, August 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, 2008 in the Nelke Theatre of the Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU Campus.  Running time was 2 hours and 20 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.  Tickets were sold to the public for $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

My role: Producer – This project was thrown into my lap a bit late into the production process.  Both BYU and UVU students made up the cast and crew.  It was my job to act as liaison between the show and the BYU Theatre and Media Arts Department as well as the BYU Division of Design and Production.  I negotiated rental of the theatre space as well as ticket sales through the Harris Fine Arts Center Box Office.  I also acted as liaison with BYU Public Relations.

Things learned: I consider this project a personal success for two reasons.  First, this was the first time the BYU Experimental Theatre Company has ticketed an event through the Harris Fine Arts Ticket Office.  I was able to meet with Box Office Manager Jeff Martin to negotiate fees and establish what steps need to be taken in the future to ticket through that office.  The second thing I learned was the importance of a dramaturg in the early stages of play development.  While the final production did in fact turn out to be an enjoyable experience, I feel the show could have been tightened and made more effective had we been involved earlier on in the development process.  This show has guided how I and the ETC will approach the development of new plays in the future.


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