What We’re Doing This Summer (aka Three Press Releases, One Blog Post)

Jenifer Nii’s RUFF! receives its world premiere with six free public performances as part of the inaugural Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival August 6-8, 2015 Noon and 1:30pm (no performances August 9) Running time: 35 minutes Admission: Free tickets available at the door beginning at 11am on performance days Location: Sprague Branch, City Library, 2131 S. Highland Drive (downstairs) RUFF!, created specifically for grades K-3 (but accessible to children of all ages!), is a metaphorical “tail” of two shelter dogs. Axel (a shelter regular played by Tyson Baker) and Buddy (a shelter novice played by Latoya Rhodes). Together they discover what’s possible when dogs and their people learn to see past stereotypes and summon the courage to be the best they can be. Directed by Jerry Rapier. Intermountain Therapy Animals will have therapy dogs present at each performance. The use of therapy dogs, trained to interact with all humans calmly and equally, is to ensure that each human-canine interaction is a positive one. Read more from playwright Jenifer Nii in the July issue of Catalyst Magazine. RUFF! will then tour as Plan-B’s Free Elementary School Tour to more than 10,000 elementary students from Weber to Juab County, funded in part by Community Foundation of Utah, Salt Lake City Arts Council and an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mary Dickson’s EXPOSED receives a Script-In-Hand Series reading in partnership with Utah Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (UCAN) Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 6pm Running time: 90 minutes Admission: Free, click here for tickets Location: Jeanne Wagner Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W 300 S EXPOSED places a...

A/VERSION OF EVENTS

A world premiere by Matthew Ivan Bennett March 5-15, 2015 Th, F @ 8  |  Sat @ 4 & 8  | Sun @ 2 Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner 138 W 300 S, SLC No late seating  |  Running time 90 minutes Click here for mini-season and single tickets Cooper is suspicious of his wife. Hannah simply wants to move on. A/VERSION OF EVENTS is a claustrophobic road trip about healing at different speeds, getting trapped in the wrong memories and whether we can outrun ourselves. Inspired by the short life of the playwright’s brother, born with Trisomy 18, it’s about how we manage to live, and be in love with, a person that interprets life and death differently than we do. Featuring Carleton Bluford and Latoya Rhodes. Directed by Christy Summerhays. PRESS Bios  |  Blog  |  From the Playwright  |...

And the Banned Played On – 2014

May 3, 2014  |  8pm Jeanne Wagner Theatre @ Rose Wagner 138 W 300 S, SLC Running time 90 minutes Click here for Tickets or call 801.355.ARTS Our celebration of the First Amendment returns after a six-year hiatus.  Hosted by Kerry, Bill & (not) Gina from X96’s Radio From Hell Show and featuring these fine folks reading from banned children’s books: – Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker: THE GIVING TREE – Utah State Representative Joel Briscoe: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ – Utah State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck: CHARLOTTE’S WEB – Plan-B Co-Founder Cheryl Ann Cluff: BRIDGE TO TERABITIA (replacing Utah State Representative Jennifer Seelig) – Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH – Actor Anne Cullimore Decker: GREEN EGGS & HAM – Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill: ANNE FRANK: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL – Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – Utah State Representative Carol Spackman Moss: HARRIET THE SPY – Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Also featuring Bill Allred reading from ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, Kerry Jackson reading from BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? and them both reading from WINNIE THE POOH. Plus a surprise performance!  (Added May 4, 2014:  Tyson Baker and Latoya Rhodes performed “That’s Not My Name” from Matthew Ivan Bennett’s DIFFERENT=AMAZING.) Script compiled by Michael Scott Johnson and Jerry Rapier. PRESS City Weekly  |  Gavin’s Underground  |  SLCene  |  Standard-Examiner  |  The Salt Lake Tribune  |  The Utah Review (preview) and (review)  |  Utah Theatre...

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3Bios 3  |  a world premiere by Eric Samuelsen March 27-April 6, 2014 Th & Fri @ 8 | Sat @ 4 & 8 | Sun @ 2 Studio Theatre @ Rose Wagner 138 W 300 S, SLC No late seating Running time 90 minutes, no intermission #SeasonOfEric Click here for tickets or call 801.355.ARTS *All performances are sold out.  A wait list will form 30 minutes before show time in the box office.* Three short plays about Mormon women confronting their own culture. In Bar and Kell, two women confront their own motives as they help a young mother. In Community Standard, a woman serving on the jury of an indecency trial is forced to confront issues in her own marriage. And in Duets, a woman confronts the choice she made to marry a gay man. Featuring Stephanie Howell, Teresa Sanderson and Christy Summerhays.  Directed by Cheryl Ann Cluff. REVIEWS 15Bytes  |  City Weekly  |  Feminist Mormon Housewives  |  Salt Lake Magazine  |  SLCene  |  SLC Feminist  |  The Salt Lake Tribune  |  The Utah Review  | Utah Theatre Bloggers |  Young Mormon Feminists PRESS Blog Postings  |  Cast & Creative Bios & Playwright’s Statement  |  City Weekly  |  Gavin’s Underground  |  KUER’s RadioWest  |  Standard-Examiner  |  The Salt Lake Tribune  |  The Utah Review/Selective Echo  |  UtahTheatreBloggers RELATED LINKS Sunstone Article/KSL TV Transcript – Mormon Women and Depression: Are Latter-Day Saint Women Becoming Casualties of Depression? (KSL broadcast 1979, Sunstone publication 1985)  | The New York Times (March 6, 2014)  |  The New York Times (March 1, 2014) Who’s Who  |  Playwright’s Statement PLAYWRIGHT ERIC SAMUELSEN has written for Plan-B since 2004,...

Pilot Program

A world premiere by Melissa Leilani Larson April 9-19, 2015 Th & F @ 8  |  Sat @ 4 & 8  |  Sun @ 2 Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner 138 W 300 S, SLC No late seating  |  Running time 80 minutes SOLD OUT! ***PRE-PAID WAIT LIST: One (1) hour before each performance a pre-paid wait list will form in the Rose Wagner box office. At show time those who can be seated will be. If you are not seated you will be issued a full refund, You must be in the box office, in person, to be added to the wait list.*** What if you were called to serve in the restoration of polygamy? You could blog about it. An intimate look at first love, second wives and last chances. Featuring April Fossen, Mark Fossen and Susanna Florence Risser.  Directed by Jerry Rapier. Bios  |  Blog  |  Feminist Mormon Housewives Year of Polygamy Podcast  |...

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