At this play, theatergoers are actually encouraged to leave their cellphones on.

Danor Gerald, a cast member for "Rings of the Tree" and one of its producers, said he welcomes an audience distracted by bright LED screens and wi-fi.

"I want audiences to actually come with their smartphone or their PDA, bring a headphone splitter and their date, and watch parts of the show online," Gerald said. "We'll say, 'If you want to see that scene again, here's the QR code.' "

This sort of technological connection between the audience and the world of theater is a novel idea, according to Gerald, the play's multimedia mastermind.

"I've been in the industry for 20 years doing professional theater, and I have never seen anything interactive like this," Gerald said.

The online videos, plus portions of the story filmed beforehand and projected on seven screens -- not to mention the actual live stage performance -- all make this production of "Rings of the Tree" one of a kind.

"It was a much bigger undertaking than I really imagined in my head, because we're essentially filming a movie while we're rehearsing and preparing a play, plus the online element," Gerald said.

In addition to the extra scenes available online, Gerald will use these bonus features to give a behind-the-scenes look.

"It's like a DVD extras kind of thing, where you can find out about the process," Gerald said. "People think movies are all glamorous, it's not. It's a lot of hard work. It's a lot of sleepless nights. I had two just this week."

Besides keeping the production crew busy, playwright Mahonri Stewart said the various media also give a new dimension to his story.

"I'm very focused on language, and I love language," Stewart said. "But lately I've been trying to incorporate a lot of visual elements, where there's this sensory element to it. There's so many things we learn which we don't ever put into words.

"Rings of the Tree" is the tale of Diana Applesong (played by Jaclyn Hales, who will soon appear in the movie "Unicorn City"), a lady of the Victorian era, whose life has become so full of grief and mourning she hides from the outside world. But the outside world finds her anyway, and teaches her to love again.

"It's very much a story of heart, a story about emotion," Stewart said. "You've got a really strong emotional chord to it that's really romantic."

Stewart already has seen his script brought to life, when he was a student at Utah Valley University and he produced the play as his senior project. He then adapted the story for the screen, which went on to win first place at last year's LDS Film Festival. It is now waiting in the wings to be made into a film by Imminent Catharsis Media.

Instead of lingering in limbo, Imminent Catharsis Media supported Stewart, Gerald, director Jyllian Petrie and others while they created a "Rings of the Tree" theater/film combination.

"It's hoping to bridge between the two," Stewart said. "It went from a traditional play to a multimedia hybrid where we actually had a film shoot to do. ... There's some really interesting cinematic magic packed into it."

The 21st century technology seems at odds with the play's centuries-old setting. But Gerald hints that the two may not be so contradictory.

"There are a lot of twists and turns in the story, so you don't really know what time you're in," Gerald said.

Stewart won't give any further clues. "The play is not what it seems to be," he said.

To find out more, audiences will simply have to come to the theater. And plug in.