Since 1991, Plan-B has developed and produced unique and socially conscious theatre with a focus on new plays by Utah playwrights.
We share stories with a local point-of-view as well as global stories from a local perspective. We strive to create and nourish a pool of local playwrights to rival that found in any other city in the country.
We believe the best way to serve our community is to reflect it onstage – to create conversation, to provide an opportunity for patrons to think a little differently, to consider a point-of-view that may have been previously foreign, to listen in a way they may not have before.
We are honored to be the 2015 recipient of Utah’s Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award and Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artist Award for Service to the Arts by an Organization.
We have produced 83 world premieres, including Utah’s first by an African American playwright (MAMA by Carleton Bluford) and first by an Asian American playwright (WALLACE, co-written by Jenifer Nii & Debora Threedy). Nationally, five of these plays have been nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York (EXPOSED by Mary Dickson, MESA VERDE by Matthew Ivan Bennett, THE SCARLET LETTER and SUFFRAGE by Jenifer Nii and NOTHING PERSONAL by Eric Samuelsen) and three have enjoyed extended lives in New York (FACING EAST by Carol Lynn Pearson – off-Broadway, ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA by Matthew Greene – FringeNYC and ERIC(A) by Matthew Ivan Bennett – United Solo Theatre Festival).
As noted by the Dramatists Guild of America, Plan-B is the only professional theatre company in the United States producing full seasons of new work by local playwrights and the only one to devote an entire season to the work of a living, local playwright (Matthew Ivan Bennett, 2008/09 and Eric Samuelsen, 2013/14, aka the #SeasonOfEric). We are also the only theatre company in Utah history to have toured coast-to-coast, to have toured internationally and to have transferred a production off-Broadway. We are also the only Utah theatre company committed to producing at least one play of LGBTQ interest each season.
The Free Elementary School Tour (FEST) launched in 2013, offers free, in-school performances due to the increased difficulty public schools face in attending professional, off-site arts events.
The Published Anthologies of Our Work, launched in 2008, is the only such publication initiative in Utah history.
The Lab, launched in 2008, is an innovative artist community, an incubator where our cadre of ten participating playwrights receive both support and guidance from their peers on current and future projects. The Lab allows us to build relationships with playwrights rather than plays.
The Script-In-Hand Series, launched in 2004, features almost always free, fully staged readings of plays we are either unable to afford to fully produce or cannot find a place for on the regular season. Each Script-In-Hand Series reading is produced in partnership with a local non-profit with a clear connection to the subject matter of that specific script.
We are honored to partner with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists to produce one play each season by a Utah playwright age 35 or younger, in memory of our dear friend Davey, who created roles in three Plan-B productions between 2008-2012.
Plan-B is the proud recipient of many awards, including:
- Utah Governor’s Organization Leadership in the Arts Award (2015)
- Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artist Award for Service to the Arts by an Organization (2015)
- Best Drama, United Solo Theatre Festival, New York (ERIC(A) by Matthew Ivan Bennett, 2013)
- Transgender Education Advocates of Utah’s Organization of the Year (2013)
- Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Award – Organization (2011)
- Transgender Education Advocates of Utah’s Organization of the Year (2010)
- Equality Utah’s Allies for Equality Award – Organization (2007)
- 20 QSaltLake Fabby Awards (2005-present), including ‘Best Local Theatre Company’ all 11 years the award has existed
- 50 City Weekly Slammy/Arty Awards (2000-present), including ‘Best Local Theatre Production’ 13 of the past 14 seasons
Performances and mailing address at the Rose Wagner
138 W 300 S | SLC, UT 84101
Jerry Rapier, Artistic Director
Cheryl Ann Cluff, Managing Director
Jennifer Freed, Stage Manager
Phil Lowe, Costume Designer
Jesse Portillo, Lighting Designer
Matthew Ivan Bennett, Resident Playwright
Eric Samuelsen, Resident Playwright
Board of Trustees
Jesse Nix, President
Tami Marquardt, Vice President
Kay Shean, Secretary
Brian Doughty, Treasurer
Benjamin Brown | Rebecca Chavez-Houck | Rick Pollock
Plan-B Benefit Performances Program
has raised funds for 50+ non-profit organizations since its inception in 2000.
Plan-B is the resident theatre company
of Salt Lake County Center for the Arts venues in downtown Salt Lake City.
The Lab Playwrights
Matthew Ivan Bennett | Carleton Bluford | Elaine Jarvik | Julie Jensen | Jenny Kokai | Melissa Leilani Larson | Jenifer Nii | Eric Samuelsen | Rob Tennant | Debora Threedy
Plan-B is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network and operates under a Letter of Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association and an Independent Producers Agreement with the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.