Ric Estrada: Grounded in reality



I love the form; I’ve always have a, always had a love/hate relationship with comics: I love the form, but some of the content are not to my liking.

Yeah, I’ve read you’re not a big superhero fan.

No, I’m not. I’ve done a lot of superheroes, but basically I’d rather have more uh, less fantastic stories.

I read — I read also that you, um, prefer war stories over other types because of the Cuban Revolution? Would you agree with that?

Well, not really, what I said is I prefer war stories because having been raised in the 1930s in Cuba and having seen a lot of fighting, a lot of terrorism around me. The first memory of my life was my house being surrounded by a mob —

Oh dear.

— and shot to pieces by a mob.


When I think of war stories, of the children, I think of the grownups going through all that horror and it is very real to me; and superheroes flying in the air are not very real to me, frankly.

I can understand that.

Yes. So, you know, and, uh, also, during my teens, that was the time of World War Two, and the movies and the newsreels and the air just sizzled with the idea of winning the war against the Nazis.


And so so that’s very much in my consciousness. And the two kinds of stories that I like are either war stories where you see an ordinary person become a hero —


— or stories of uh human relations.

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Theater Review: Scott Bronson’s _Every Day a Little Death_.

bronson1 Scott Bronson has been a strong presence in Mormon Drama for a few decades nows, the pinnacle of his work being his drama _Stones_ (which tells two intimate stories about Abraham and Isacc, and then Christ and his mother Mary). He has tirelessly advocated the cause of Mormon Drama. With Thom Duncan, he started the glorious (but now dead and gone) Nauvoo Theatrical Society, whose one impressive, but short lived season was centered solely around Mormon plays. And now as the Artistic Manager for the Brinton Black Box Theater at the Covey Center in Provo, Utah, he has been slipping in work by Mormon playwrights amidst the other plays performed there. Thankfully, he hasn’t been too shy to include his own, including great performances of  Stones, Dial Tones and now Every Day a Little Death , which closes Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Covey Center. 

Although not as strong as its predecessors Stones or Dial Tones, yet Every Day a Little Death , still shows why Bronson is still a vibrant and powerful voice in the Mormon Theatrical Community. Intimate vignettes from the lives of a couple who we follow throughout the play (labeled simply “Him” and “Her”), the play is a thoughtful, philosophical meditation on the little… and big… ways we confront death in our day to day lives.  Continue reading “Theater Review: Scott Bronson’s _Every Day a Little Death_.”

My new comedy, “Uneaten Cantaloupe,” closes this weekend

My new comedy Uneaten Cantaloupe, which started last Friday, ends this weekend at Provo Theater Company through the New Play Project (the same place and group which put on my play Swallow The Sun, for those of you who were able to attend that). For those who have seen my plays before, you should know that in this one…
There is no polygamy.
There are no mythological archetypes.
There is no tragic ending.
There are no pining immortals.
There are no theological discussions between famous literary characters. 
There are no headless horsemen on the rampage.
There are no sad farewells to an eden-like past.
It’s not even a drama.
In short, it’s unlike any of my other plays.
It’s just fun, frothy weirdness on the rampage. A wacky, reality bending comedy appropriate for the whole family (although, fair warning, there is a lot of kissing!). Go in there expecting something more along the lines of a Warner Brothers cartoon rather than my usual melodrama or spiritual morality tales and you’ll be prepared. 
We have two places where you can see a trailer which was made for the play:
or for those of you on Facebook:

Show Dates

  • November 14th, 2008 @ 7:30pm
  • November 15th, 2008 @ 2:30pm
  • November 15th, 2008 @ 7:30pm


Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students/seniors. You may purchase tickets online at http://newplayproject.org/tickets/ or at New Play Project’s box office (starting 1 hour before showtime). You may also call (801) 369-7242 to reserve a ticket.
Hope you can come and have fun with us!

Laughing at the Sacred, Part 1: The Problem of Reverence.

I’m a non-discriminatory laugher. By that I mean that I’ll laugh at anything I think is funny. I don’t have any ideological limitations on my sense of humor. For example, I don’t need to “agree” with the point of a joke to think it’s funny. I mean, I laughed all the way through Fahrenheit 9/11 and I thought it was all a bunch of rubbish. I’ll also laugh at things that offend me and I’ll even laugh at things I think are mean. Continue reading “Laughing at the Sacred, Part 1: The Problem of Reverence.”

Mormon Lit: Heaven Knows Why

Jackson Whitetop, a no-account loafer, lives alone in the home that his grandfather Moroni built. Moroni is no longer with us, but he has a good job in the Compiling Office of the Accounting Section of the Current History Division of the Records Department. After several requests, Moroni gets clearance to pay Jackson a visit to deliver a message from beyond: Continue reading “Mormon Lit: Heaven Knows Why”