Episode 86

Treasure Digging, Polygamy, and The Hill Cumorah Pageant with Playwright Rob Lauer

Did you know that a groundbreaking play about Joseph Smith's treasure digging and folk magic was produced at BYU in the 80s, well before Michael Quinn's book was published?

Playwright and post Mormon Rob Lauer discusses his time at BYU during the era of intellectual revolution, his groundbreaking play "Digger," working with sci fi writer Orson Scott Card, his years as The Hill Cumorah Pageant director, his innovative new play about post manifesto polygamy, and more!

We couldn't get enough of Rob's stories and experiences, this episode could have gone to Mormon Stories length if we let it! We know you'll love getting to know Rob better just like we did.

Links to plays Rob discussed on the podcast:

Link to DIGGER (Winner of BYU's 1982 Mayhew Award for Drama) available through Zion Theatricals.  https://leicesterbaytheatricals.com/?p=8938

To Watch the 1989 production of THE BEEHIVE STATE online, go to YOUTUBE and type in the search words The Beehive State 1989 production, or use the links below:

Link to THE BEEHIVE STATE (ACT 1) VIDEO 1989 Productionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxPRDEXJxl4

Link to THE BEEHIVE STATE (ACT 2) VIDEO 1989 Productionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h8k6kp8MPQ

Link to ROB LAUER'S Author Page on AMAZON


Link to ROB LAUER'S plays available from PREMIERE THEATRICAL LICENSING: https://leicesterbaytheatricals.com/?p=728

Links to ROB LAUER'S plays available from Stage Rights:

TOM & PENNY'S YARD PARTY (Best Play of 1990--Deep South Writer's Conference)https://www.stagerights.com/allshows/tom-and-pennys-yard-party/

MY JO (Musical inspired by "Little Women")


Link to ROB LAUER'S writing on REFORM MORMONISM:http://www.reformmormonism.org

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Rebecca Bibliotheca

Rebecca Bibliotheca is a mother or three boys, co-founder of "The Good Book Club," a virtual reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, cohost of "Mormon Media Reviews," and leader of the "Mormon Stories Book Club." She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from BYU and worked for many years at the BYU Library. She and her husband, Tom, also founded a youth theater program that is in its 19th year. Rebecca loves the theater, reading, film, spending times outdoors, church watching and iced coffee!
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Landon Brophy

Landon Brophy is the proud father of four children, two grandchildren, three ATVs and a boat. He's a former military officer, the co-founder of The Good Book Club, a reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, ann international manager for a global defense contractor, and a worldwide traveler. He and his wife founded "Utah Wanderers," an online travel guide to exploring Utah. Landon loves the outdoors, ATVing, boating, flying, reading, observing the "ongoing restoration" and second Saturdays!