Religion part of morality play
Bielzy and Gottfried: A Modern Morality Play, was performed in the Snow Black Box Theatre Oct. 24 through Nov. 3.
“Most in our culture would not think of a play dealing with religion, morality and our archetypal sacred stories would be a comedy. But it is the juxtaposition of the profane and the spiritual that actually defines our moral lives,” according to the author’s notes written by J. Omar Hansen, playwright and faculty in the Theatre Department.
The play was a series of five morality plays with songs sung throughout the play.
“I hope that laughing at our own foibles and then feeing the pathos in our deepest stories will not answer the problem of morality, but perhaps in some small way give us understanding of it,” according to the author’s notes.
Jenny Hadlock, a freshman studying elementary education, said the play made her think in ways she didn’t expect.
“To be honest, the whole time I didn’t really know what to be feeling,” Hadlock said. “The whole play was talking about our free will and our choice and our thoughts … I didn’t know how to think about what was happening: whether it was something good or whether it was something bad.”
Hadlock said the play made her question whether or not what she believed about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true.
“I wasn’t even planning on experiencing that tonight, but I guess in life things are going to come up when you are least expect them …” Hadlock said. “I think questions are always going to happen; we are human, but I guess whether your belief or your testimony grows in the end or whether you go against it. I think it was a good thing: it strengthens people. I think that is what good art or a good play is if it can make you stronger in the end: make you see things better.”
Krysta Jenkins, a sophomore studying theatre and speech education, said she learned that there is always a choice.
“We need to make our choice whether it be good or bad and we need to accept the consequences,” Jenkins said. “I also learned that even if you are good, bad things can happen and it is only to make you stronger, to make you better.”
She also said that the makeup and costumes helped portray the themes of the play.
“There where a lot of characters that the same people were playing those characters, but the way they dressed them and did the makeup for them made them look different. So it gave the illusion that they were different characters which really emphasized the different personalities,” Jenkins said.
Janice Munk, a junior studying theatre, said that some of the scenes were confusing because this is the first time the play has been produced.
“I enjoyed it. I thought that the acting was pretty good. Some of the scenes were a tad confusing because of the dialogue, but this is the first time the show has been put on so it makes sense, but I think it is a really good work in progress and with some work on the script it can be super good,” Munk said.
Munk said that the play was enjoyable despite the confusing dialogue and said she liked the last scene the best.
“There was true emotion. I could relate to them and I really felt they were their true characters. They interacted well and that produced a good scene,” Munk said.