“It had been seven years since Stuart and Andrew Maxfield collaborated musically. Stuart, known for his work in the local band Fictionist, and his brother Andrew, who had focused on more classically oriented compositions, were living in different parts of the country. They’ve finally teamed up again, though, on “The Bridge,” a unique stage production coming to Brigham Young University on Feb. 10.
“Based on “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” the famous and narratively progressive 1890 short story by Ambrose Bierce, “The Bridge” fuses different live performance elements into something all its own. The production features Stuart as a sort of vocalist/narrator, augmented by a jazz ensemble, vocal ensemble, string quartet and two actors/dancers. The songs don’t contain the narrative. Instead, they explore various themes within the existing story. When Stuart sings them in the show, it’s similar to the chorus in Greek drama, which mostly served as an omniscient, reflective commentary.”
Photo: Grant Hindsley