Binary Theatre Company’s Production of _A Roof Overhead_

Last month Arizona State University’s Binary Theater (which is a student run theater which ASU oversees) produced my play A Roof Overhead, a Mormon drama that explores the private culture war that arises when an atheist Sam Forrest moves into the basement of the Fieldings, a family of Mormons.

I am putting up the recording on You Tube for a limited time. It is a recording of a play, which are infamous for being somewhat awkward things. Yet despite some sound and picture issues that are inherent with that setup, I was so pleased with this production and cast (with whom I bonded with incredibly) that I wanted to share it. It will be up for only a limited time.

A Roof Overhead was produced once before in Utah last April with my Zion Theatre Company at the Little Brown Theatre in Springville, UT. There have been some major changes in the script since the Utah version, including some significant alterations to the ending (and an additional comedic family food “fight”). The Utah cast was chiefly Mormon, but the tables were turned this time with only me, one cast member and the scenic designer being Mormons this time around (and the actress playing the atheist character Sam actually is an atheist, which I was super pleased about). It led to some beautiful experiences which I’m sure I’ll write more about at some point.

One note: Some scenes got cut off because of battery issues with the camera. The vast majority of it is there and it’s easy enough to follow. You may want to enlarge it to full screen and crank up the volume for a fuller viewing experience.

Here’s the recording of the play, for those interested:

Author: Mahonri Stewart

Mahonri Stewart is a national award winning playwright and screenwriter who resides in La Mesa, CA, with his wife Anne and their two children, where he teaches English and Humanities at High Tech High International. Mahonri recently received his MFA from Arizona State University's Dramatic Writing program and received his Bachelor's in Theatre Arts from Utah Valley University. He currently teaches Written Communications and Humanities at Provo College, and Playwriting/Dramatic Literature at Pioneer High School for the Arts. Mahonri has had over a about 20 of his plays produced by theatre venues and organizations such as Utah Valley University, Zion Theatre Company, BYU Experimental Theatre Company, Art City Playhouse, the Little Brown Theatre, Arizona State University's Binary Theatre, and the Off Broadway Theatre in Salt Lake City. In addition to the Arts, Theatre/Film, and Literature, Mahonri also loves superheroes, board games, lasagna (with cottage cheese, not ricotta!), and considers himself an amateur Mormon History buff.