By Jenna Tensor Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King by Sophocles, 429 BC: Follows the story of Oedipus, the king of Thebes, who receives confusing advice from an oracle that leads to him accidentally killing his father, and unknowingly sleeping with his mother. As far as father-son dramas go, this one ends badly. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, or Hamlet by William Shakespeare, … Continue reading Other Celebrated Father-Son Dramas
In Robert Askins’ Hand to God, a hand puppet named Tyrone takes possession of shy teenager Jason’s arm, putting Jason’s relationships with the town pastor, his high school crush, and his own mother in jeopardy. In the play, Harrison Bryan plays Jason and Tyrone in a tour de force performance that requires extraordinary focus, skill, and comedic timing. We met with Harrison to talk about his love of … Continue reading For the Love of Tyrone
While celebrity puppets like Elmo, Pinocchio, Kermit, Lamb Chop, Topo Gigio, Howdy Doody, and more have captured the innocent hearts and imaginations of children for generations, the puppet is no longer a mouthpiece exclusively for young audiences. Like Hand to God, here are a few other shows starring puppets that were created for adult eyes and ears only: Avenue Q Winner of the TONY “Triple … Continue reading Roll Over Pinocchio, Puppets Aren’t Just for Kids
The very first Tyrone puppet built for Hand to God was constructed by Steven Boyer, the first actor to have a hand at playing troubled protagonist, Jason. Playwright Robert Askins was born in Cypress, TX, the setting for the play. In 2016, Hand to God became the most produced new play in America. The Boston Globe described playwright Askins as a writer who “wraps his … Continue reading Did You Know?
By Jenna Tensor and Becca Jennings Socks, felt, buttons, and yarn. These simple items are anything but sinister, right? But add in some teenage angst and a dash of “the devil made me do it,” and you might have a nightmare on your hands. Specifically, a nefarious, obscenity-slinging, flesh-hungry sock puppet named Tyrone. Being a teenager is hard. And for shy, inquisitive Jason, who recently … Continue reading Salvation Out of Hand
By TJ Lewis “I would have found it difficult writing this a year ago,” The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time author Mark Haddon shared with The Guardian in 2013. Haddon said that he talked about Curious Incident so much that he almost forgot what his reasoning behind the story was. Time after time, when he would explain it to someone, he felt like his … Continue reading Reasoning Rediscovered
By TJ Lewis The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is set in England, and there are a few words and phrases that might sound new to you. Here’s a sampling of some you might hear in the play: A-levels – A public exam taken in England and Wales by students between the ages of 17 and 18. Airfix Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 model – … Continue reading “Curious” Vocab
By Becca Jennings Who doesn’t like a good murder mystery? From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, the classic whodunnit has proven both irresistible and timeless. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a play by Simon Stephens based on a novel of the same name by Mark Haddon, too, has proven to be an irresistible British detective … Continue reading Who Killed Wellington?
By Melanie Slusar Every year, FST presents one outstanding intern with the annual Daniel R. Mandelker and Marlene N. Harris Scholarship Award. The scholarship honor is given in recognition of the intern’s talent, drive, and achievement. The person is chosen because they embody the core values and mission of FST, and act as a model for others through their natural leadership. This year, the award … Continue reading FST Presents the Annual Daniel R. Mandelker and Marlene N. Harris Scholarship Award
By Meg Gilbert and Michael Nichols FST’s challenging Stage III series returns with a sizzling season of edgy new plays that push the boundaries of theatrical content and form. This year’s lineup tackles the pressing, timely issues of morality, hate, and celebrity, and oddly enough both begins and ends in the setting of a basement. Buckle your seatbelts as we venture into a seemingly innocent … Continue reading Screaming Secrets: Stage III Returns