‘My own garden is my own garden,’ said the Giant; ‘any one can understand that, and I will allow nobody to play in it but myself.’

Oscar Wilde’s children’s story The Selfish Giant, is a tale of friendship, faith and transformation. Many have attempted to capture the heart of Wilde’s story, but never quite like BYU’s upcoming production of the play adaptation, which opens this weekend at the Pardoe Theatre.

Director Nat Reed, who has designed for both Mattel Inc, and the Jim Henson Creature Shop, is perfectly suited to lead out on this unique storytelling approach. The show incorporates puppets or various sizes, lives actors, and even stilt walkers; all brought together to present a timeless allegory.

Below is a short documentary on the process that has led up to what promises to be a singular theatre-going experience:


The Selfish Giant

  • Story by Oscar Wilde
  • Adapted for the Stage by Teresa Dayley Love
  • Directed by Jennifer and Nat Reed

Performance Schedule

  • May 30-31, June 5-7, 11-13, 7 pm
  • May 31, June 5, 7, 13, 14, 2 pm
  • ASL interpreted performance: June 5, at 7 pm
  • Post-show discussion with the cast following the evening performances on June 5 and 12

Playing With Performance Workshops


  • Tickets are available online
  • $12 ($4 off weeknights/$3 off weekends with BYU or student ID, $2 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni)
  • $6 matinees
  • Age 2+: free, with paid admission