Friday, October 22nd @ 8:00 PMSOLD OUT
- Saturday, October 23rd @ 8:00 PM
- Monday, October 25th @ 8:00 PM
- Friday, October 29th @ 8:00 PM
- Saturday, October 30th @ 10:00 PM
- Saturday, October 30th @ MIDNIGHT
Christopher Clark - Director/Actor
Bio: Christopher Clark is originally from Provo, and graduated with an MFA in directing from the University of Exeter. He is currently a PhD student in theater education at BYU. He has performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and has trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Steppenwolf Theatre, and Second City Chicago. Chris played the lead role in the feature film “Stalking Santa,” and was also featured in “Brigham City” and “Saints and Soldiers.” Locally he has directed at the Hale Center Theatre, SCERA, The Provo Theatre Company, BYU, ARTE, and UVU, where he is a full time professor of acting.
David Morgan - Founding Member/Director/Actor
Bio: David Morgan received his BA from Brigham Young University, in 1985; and an MFA, from The National Theatre Conservatory, in 1990. He has been on the full-time faculty with the BYU Theater and Media Arts Department for 19 years. He has taught all levels of acting courses, speech and diction, vocal production and improvisational acting. He is also an expert in dance, yoga, and stage combat. He has directed many productions in Utah, Colorado, and Alaska, such as Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Of Mice and Men, Into the Woods, A Man for all Seasons, Caucasian Chalk Circle, and he has been seen on stages in Utah, Minnesota, California and Colorado, including Sundance, the National Theatre Conservatory, and Walt Disney. His acting credits include the Denver Center Theatre Company, The Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, Common Weal Theatre Company, Santa Barbara Shakespeare Festival, and the Actors Repertory Theatre Ensemble.
During the reading, one thing that hit me was just how very specific to the 1930s mentality the adaptation’s language is, being very theatrical, and yes, melodramatic in tone. I realized this production provides me with an opportunity to re-explore how fully I can commit to choices and remaining available to the present moment, for without this it could be very easy for the script to come across as obtuse and even histrionic. I’m excited to continue in this process of re-discovery and immediacy.
The piece seems rich with potential as a very fun time for cast, crew, and audience. We have a tremendous group of actors, what seems to be a supportive and focused producing organization, Chris’ tireless enthusiasm and leadership, and of course an amazing space. What a treat!
Last night’s reading was awesome, and if it’s any indication of the show we’re going to have I’m twice as excited as I was to start with. Here are some highlights:
1. An undead David Morgan cursing at the top of his lungs.
2. Jake Suazo gasping “My friends, there are such things as vampires.”
3. Anne Shakespeare furiously sketching.
4. SFX provided old school style: by beatboxing
5. Jennifer Reed’s brownies: so delicious they’re scary.
We’re pleased to announce our fantastic group of actors that will help us bring DRACULA to life this Halloween. If haven’t heard much about the production, basically we’ve taken Orson Welles’ 60-minute radio adaptation of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA and are putting a Mortal Fools’ spin on the whole thing thanks to our directors Christopher Clark and Jennifer Reed.
Okay, now that you know that you’ll understand why our actors are playing so many roles below. Without further adieu…our cast!
VOICE 1 - David Morgan
- Hand 1
- Telegraph Voice 1
VOICE 2 - Christopher Kendrick
- News Vendor
- Czarina Catrina Captain
VOICE 3 - Jake Suazo
- Van Helsing
- Hand 2
VOICE 4 - Barrett Ogden
- Dracula’s Driver
- Old Man
VOICE 5 - Annadee Morgan
- Newspaper Voice
- Female Passenger
VOICE 6 - Alexis Wardle
- Dracula echo
ARTWORK is a pretty big deal when it comes to marketing a show. With all the posters that line the streets of Downtown Provo, and the bulletin boards at the universities, how do you make sure that your show stands out?
We’re still working on the final DRACULA poster, but thought it would be good to post an introductory poster soon. Last year we sold a little over 700 tickets to FRANKENSTEIN so since we’re only selling about 600 tickets this time round we figured it would be a good idea to get the word out early.
Here you see an example of what we’ll be posting around town in the next couple weeks to start to get the words out a little more. What do you think?
Does it contain all the info you need?
Does it catch your eye?
Does it make you want to attend?
Again, we’re working on another poster for October (which will likely have a few dates crossed out because they’ve sold out by then). So audience feedback is certainly appreciated.
AN EMPTY SPACE - There they are! The first photos of our performing space before anything happens. Isn’t it exciting? What could be more perfect for a Halloween performance of DRACULA by the Mortal Fools?
What is this space?
Well, up above the State Hospital, at the top of Center Street in Provo, nestled up against the mountains is an outdoor amphitheatre (and yes, that is redundant) called The Castle. Lots of history in that space and we’ll get into that later, but what’s important is that at half way up the amphitheatre lies this space. The hospital calls it the kitchen. Really, it’s just an large empty room with stone walls and a fireplace.
It’s a gorgeous space to produce a Halloween piece of theatre and we’re grateful to the State Hospital for negotiating with us to let us use it for DRACULA. When we first discussed this project, the kitchen at the Castle was one of the first venues to top our list.
Now, the kitchen doesn’t sound like all that great of a venue. We’re brainstorming names and welcome your input. Right now we’re calling it The Upstairs Theatre but we’re open to better and more creative suggestions.
It’s always an exciting time, these first few weeks where the production starts rolling. Tomorrow afternoon we’re checking out the venue, snapping photos, taking measurements and planning out how the magic will happen!
This week we launched a new website design and we’re grateful it represents us a bit better than previous versions. I especially like seeing all the faces of individuals who have helped to make Mortal Fools what it is growing to be.
Last week, during our producers meeting, we talked a bit about our mission. What is it that defines a Mortal Fools’ production?
Still having that thought.
What do you think?