A Month In the Life of Plan-B

Jerry Rapier

Artistic Director Jerry Rapier in one of his more glamorous moments.

Artistic Director Jerry Rapier walks you through the past month in the life of Plan-B.

Who created this season’s crazy schedule?

Oh wait. That would be me.

As we prepare for rehearsal to begin tomorrow for BOOKSMART by Rob Tennant, I thought you might enjoy a month-in-the-life of Plan-B.

RUFF! by Jenifer Nii

Latoya Rhodes & Tyson Baker in RUFF!

October 9, one month ago today, we closed our Free Elementary School Tour (FEST) of RUFF! by Jenifer Nii closed in the best possible way at the Safe Harbor domestic violence shelter. That night, a portion of next year’s FEST show, THE EDIBLE COMPLEX by Melissa Leilani Larson, was read at the Mormon Arts Foundation annual retreat.

October 12 brought the announcement of the five finalists of our call for entries for new plays from playwrights age 35 and younger in partnership with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. The winner will be announced the first week of December in conjunction with the world premiere of BOOKSMART, the current winner.

CARAVAN by Carol Lynn Pearson at the Parliament of the World's Religions

Susanna Florence Risser, Anne Louise Brings, Tyson Baker, Tito Smeath-Livas, Jay Perry, Michael Johnson, Bijan Hosseini, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, JJ Neward & Christy Summerhays, the company of CARAVAN

October 16 brought the inspired and inspiring Script-In-Hand Series staged reading of Carol Lynn Pearson’s CARAVAN: A HAPPY JOURNEY THROUGH THE WISDOM TALES OF JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Stay tuned for more on this play.

October 18 brought the opening of THE KREUTZER SONATA by Eric Samuelsen, our exhilarating co-production with NOVA Chamber Music Series. This has been one of the true joys of my artistic life: a sublime script and collaborators, the type of project we all dream of.

RADIO HOUR EPISODE 10: OTHERWHERE by Matthew Ivan Bennett

Doug Fabrizio, Michael Johnson & Jay Perry in RADIO HOUR EPISODE 10: OTHERHWERE

October 24 saw the latest table reading in The Lab of a play in progress: WHAT WE HAD TO by Matthew Ivan Bennett.

October 30 brought RADIO HOUR EPISODE 10: OTHERWHERE, also by Matthew Ivan Bennett, to the airwaves. Our hope was to create a modern-day scare a la THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. And we did—one listener threatened a class-action lawsuit; another called to be sure there was a doctor nearby to treat Doug Fabrizio. The Utah Review live-blogged from KUER’s RadioWest studio as the show unfolded on air as though it were real, adding to the Halloween fun.

THE KREUTZER SONATA by Eric Samuelsen at United Solo

Robert Scott Smith & Jerry Rapier at United Solo

November 4 saw us back at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York, this time with THE KREUTZER SONATA.

November 5 brought a workshop of Debora Threedy’s ONE BIG UNION, a new play with music about Joe Hill that will premiere next season.

BOOKSMARTNovember 9 – tonight – we close the sold-out run of THE KREUTZER SONATA. Tomorrow we begin to bring BOOKSMART to life. I can’t wait for you all to experience first-time playwright Rob Tennant’s wit, some 30-is-the-new-20 perspective, a glimpse inside the wackiness that is working retail at the holidays…and a particular serendipity that the final installment of the HUNGER GAMES will be in theatres during the run of our show December 3-13. See you at the theatre!

Visit planbtheatre.org for more info on the world premiere of BOOKSMART by Rob Tennant, receiving its world premiere December 3-13, followed by the world premiere of BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Elaine Jarvik (February 25-March 6) and KINGDOM OF HEAVEN by Jenifer Nii & Dave Evanoff (March 31-April 10).

Actor Anne Louise Brings on living and performing BOOKSMART
Interns Allison Nicole Smith & Shianne Gray reflect on their time with Plan-B

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