Spotlight on The Hive: “Bupkis & Clowns” From the Desk of Jared Greathouse

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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.