Regardless of which day you happen to see BUPKIS: A PLAY ABOUT NOTHING (May 8, 9, 15 & 16 @ 8pm, also with matinees May 9 & 16 @ 2pm), make sure you check out our CLOSING NIGHT BASH @ Lumpys Downtown, May 16th, after the closing night performance. Knock one back with Yancy Freeman of THE NADA FOUNDATION, hobnob with the Director, Cast & Crew ~ Come have fun with us! http://hivetheatre.com/
Friday, April 24, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Rehearsals for BUPKIS: A PLAY ABOUT NOTHING are in full swing and it’s turning out to be a fantastic production. Take a gander at our shiny new online playbill and see some of the outstanding artists responsible for making ‘nothing’ come to life: http://hivetheatre.com/online-playbill/ . Seats are filling up fast, get your tickets today!
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Check out our new promo video for BUPKIS: A PLAY ABOUT NOTHING. Opening May 8-16 @ Sugar Space Sugar House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYUTgoeTs84&feature=youtu.be
Monday, April 13, 2015
Spotlight on The Hive: From the Desk of Jared Greathouse
It was early December 2013 and The Hive had just wrapped up an exhausting little production called STEADMAN & WALKER (ZOMBIE LLC). I decided that it might be a good idea to take a “timeout” from writing for a while and get back to acting…it didn’t happen. Sure enough, like a junkie needs a fix, I was back behind the keyboard again, plugging away at a brand new full-length script, THE SECRET LIVES OF CLOWNS, which (I’m very happy to say) will make its world premiere debut at The Hive October 2015. Because, let’s face it, there’s a fine line between actor and clown. And I say that as both an actor and self-proclaimed clown.
My research continued and I happened to come across an online article focusing on SLC-based experimental theatre company, New Works Theatre Machine. Needless to say, I was inspired. It was as if something had clicked in my head. The Hive had several amazing productions under its belt by that time, but at that very moment, I realized what kind of theatre I really wanted to be making…the fearless kind. Within the article itself was a quote that seemed to stick out in my mind for weeks to come.
“Theatre without the obligation of offering an idea.”
- - David Fetzer
To some, it must’ve seemed like a preposterous notion. To me, it was a beautiful sentiment. I mean, imagine it, a play that lets you think for yourself and draw your own conclusion, a play without any sort of personal pretense or political agenda, an opportunity to connect with an audience on a very human and emotional level; theatre in its purest form.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “It’s been done, right?” WRONG! BUPKIS: A PLAY ABOUT NOTHING is a beast of its very own. Sure, Seinfeld and Larry David took a whack at it. Hell, the Coen brothers perfected the art of “nothing”. BUPKIS, on the other hand, is unlike anything to ever grace the stage; a true original. And yet, to call it a play about “nothing” might be a bit of a stretch. To call it a play about “something”, a bit absurd. BUPKIS is a play about anything and everything all at once, and nothing at the same time. So buckle up, kids, because it’s going to be one helluva ride.
Neither BUPKIS nor The Hive Theatre is affiliated with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists, which exists to support emerging playwrights and filmmakers. You can find out more about The Davey Foundation at www.thedaveyfoundation.org.
Spotlight on The Hive: Into the Void with Elise Hanson
Nothing. It is a word that conjures flashes of a popular sitcom written by a New York comic and his pal. The Hive Theatre Company's latest project--Bupkis: A Play About Nothing--is really something. I now appreciate the challenge of creating work that has no discernible point beyond entertainment. And to write for esteemed friends and peers, well--that's just icing.
It was something I had never considered before, as a writer. Ever a fan of absurdist works, there were times when my writing would dance along the edge of fecklessness, but it never completely dove in, submerging in absolute void. The suggestion that performance art or literature could exist entirely and wholly "just because" tickled me, and so I sat down to write up a piece that bore no symbolism, metaphor, growth, or depth. I must say, I enjoyed it. As both a performer and a patron of theater, the idea of sitting down to watch a piece created for the sole purpose of having no purpose at all seems far too anomalous to pass up. And, incidentally, that is precisely what it is like to work with this theater company in general.
What can be said of my time with The Hive? It would be easy for me to go on about pushing boundaries, stepping out of one's comfort zone, creating and participating in art that is as gelastic as it is poignant, but I think the ultimate experience one gets from spending time with this deft little company is an overwhelming sense of fun, and the notion that what you're part of and what you're witnessing is simply interminably cool.
With Bupkis, an audience member can expect to find respite from the usual fare, an intermission from the maudlin, and a break from significance. That, and it's just damn funny.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Spotlight on The Hive: Behind the Scenes with Spencer Belnap
“They want to attract people that never go to the theatre. They want to smack us out of our Netflix binges and comfort zones, and remind us that this city is teeming with new and exciting performance art.”
– Spencer Belnap
Local stage/film actor (and Hive favorite) Spencer Belnap sounds off on The Hive, BUPKIS: A PLAY ABOUT NOTHING, and more! Check it out: http://hivetheatre.com/blog/
Monday, March 9, 2015
Tickets are now on sale for BUPKIS: A PLAY ABOUT NOTHING; an experimental new work from the creators of WHO ARE YOU? and STEADMAN & WALKER (ZOMBIE LLC). We start rehearsals this week. Get your tickets before they’re gone! http://hivetheatre.com/buy-tickets