Playwright Elaine Jarvik on creating RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN., this year’s Free Elementary School Tour

Elaine Jarvik’s plays BASED ON A TRUE STORY and MARRY CHRISTMAS premiered at Plan-B. Her other plays include DEAD RIGHT (Humana Festival of New Plays) TWO STORIES and [a man enters], Salt Lake Acting Company; THE COMING ICE AGE, PYGmalion Theatre Company; and NOT QUITE RIGHT, Teatro Paraguas. Elaine’s latest play, RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN., created specifically for K-3, will tour as our fifth annual Free Elementary School Tour this fall. Click here for details on bringing RSCM to your school and for details on the October 14 performance as part of RDT’s Ring Around the Rose Series, as well as free performances at six Salt Lake City Library branches as well as three libraries in Davis County: Centerville, Davis County Central and Roy (presented by Davis Arts Council).   Five-year-old JJ (who has lots of questions) and eight-year-old Izzy (a know-it-all who doesn’t know it all) are siblings who have recently lost their grandmother. They embark on a funny and touching hero’s journey to try to make sense of loss, grief, death and life. Featuring Ashley Maria Ramos and Benjamin Young. Designed by Aaron Swenson. Directed by Cheryl Cluff. I volunteer at The Sharing Place, a support group for children who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Perhaps that makes it sound like I’m the kind of person who can walk into a funeral home and not get weak in the knees. But, in fact, I am still at some level a grown-up version of the child who could barely walk past the Funk and Wagnall’s encyclopedias on our hallway bookshelf because one of the “B” entries was “blood.” I grew up...

Thank you Jesse Portillo!

NOT ONE DROP (2017) NOT ONE DROP (2017) VIRTUE (2017) ONE BIG UNION (2016) KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2016) BASED ON A TRUE STORY (2016) BOOKSMART (2015) THE KREUTZER SONATA (2015) PILOT PROGRAM (2015) A/VERSION OF EVENTS (2015) MAMA (2015) CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS (2014) 3 (2014) CLEARING BOMBS (2014) NOTHING PERSONAL (2013) SUFFRAGE (2013) ERIC(A) (2013) ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA (2013) HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH revival (2012) THE THIRD CROSSING (2012) THE SCARLET LETTER (2012) LADY MACBETH (2011) BORDERLANDS (2011) MESA VERDE (2011) SHE WAS MY BROTHER (2010) AMERIGO (2010) DI ESPERIENZA (2009) BLOCK 8 (2009) EXPOSED (2007) Jesse Portillo has been designing lighting for Plan-B since in 2007. He became our resident lighting designer in 2010, having designed all but one Plan-B production since. He’s heading east to join the faculty of the College of Charleston in South Carolina, but we’ll see him back at least once next season. Above are images from most of Jesse’s Plan-B designs. Below are thoughts from his collaborators about him and his work. Break a leg in South Carolina – we love you and will miss you; we’ll miss your eye and especially the catty things you say from the top of the genie! Read more about Jesse on Howlround. We have worked together a helluva lot over the past decade. I should have realized that all those letters of recommendation would result in you actually moving on. Here’s the most recent one – the last paragraph says it all. Shit. I will miss you tremendously. Jerry Rapier, Artistic Director (and director of many a Plan-B show lit by...

Why (in)divisible?

All performances of (in)divisible through June 18 (presented as part of our Script-In-Hand Series) are technically at capacity, but you can still see the show. Free + summer = a certain number of no-shows! Click here for details, waitlist and walk-up info. Below each of the 17 actors share their thoughts on what drew them to participate in (in)divisible. Everything in (in)divisible is rooted in real-life experience and the parameters are pretty strict: no mentioning of Trump or Clinton, or even allusions to them – when those names surface in conversation, listening seems to cease. And listening is the goal. The lack of respect for those with whom we differ is at the root of the quagmire we find ourselves in as a country. Identifying people by labels creates polarity. And the more polarized we become, the less chance there is for real communication and real change. We’re not asking people to agree; we’re asking people to listen to those whom they may normally write off as “the other.” The greatest challenge of (in)divisible has been for each playwright to write their own point of view. The opposite point of view was much easier: it could be looked at objectively as a piece of theatre, as a character to treat as truthfully as possible. But when faced with representing their own point of view, each playwright felt immense pressure to avoid being preachy or didactic. The result is pretty magical: each playwright examined their own biases and fears and is boldly and frankly sharing what they found. Grasping for a wisp of magic, in a thundercloud … – Joe Debevc While growing up Japanese American in Utah,...

A gathering of theatre artists of color in SLC

  If this is you, please join us on Monday, June 12 at 6pm in the Studio Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center for what hope will be the first of many gatherings of Theatre Artists of Color in Salt Lake City. How to RSVP: join the Facebook event or email Jerry Rapier, Artistic Director. The first goal is to get to know each other and create a stronger network. The second goal is to provide a space to discuss the challenges of working as theatre artists of color in and around Salt Lake City. The third and ultimate goal is to dig deep to see what stories we are able to authentically explore onstage in future seasons and how we can diversify who writes them, who tells them onstage and who designs them. Please help us spread the word. See you at the...

(in)divisible is coming June 8-18 and it’s free!

(in)divisible is our response to the response to the election. But it’s not about Trump. Or Clinton. Or Sanders. Or Obama. Or any other political figure. As the project took shape, we followed two ground rules: (1) none of the above could be mentioned or even alluded to because when they are mentioned, listening ceases; and (2) everything had to be rooted in real-life experience. (in)divisible is about our country. (in)divisible is about its citizens. (in)divisible is about us. Twelve local playwrights have each created two five-minute pieces: one liberal and one conservative. Scroll down to see who they are and their thoughts on the pieces they’ve created – stories from some people you’ll agree with, some people you’ll disagree with, all who just happen to be just like you. (in(divisible is a reminder of what it means to listen. Click here to reserve your free tickets and see who’s in the cast. We ask that in lieu of a ticket purchase you make a contribution to The Children’s Center at the theatre.   Click here to reserve your free tickets...

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