Actor Nell Gywnn on BASED ON A TRUE STORY

Nell Gywnn returns to Plan-B in Elaine Jarvik’s BASED ON A TRUE STORY after appearing in MARRY CHRISTMAS, also by Elaine Jarvik, last season. Working on any world premiere is exciting, but Elaine Jarvik’s BASED ON A TRUE STORY is special because the world is so completely new and entirely up to this team to create. I love the world Elaine has written and we are all interested in giving these people full lives in the hour and twenty minute world of the time traveling near future. In this play, like life on the Past-Future highway, there are wormholes everywhere, and one of the tricky parts of working on this project is choosing which ones to dive into. Rehearsal has been an exciting and sometimes exhausting journey through the world of the play, and I think we have found our balance. The show is a heartfelt and delightful ride and I’m anticipating that taking the audience with us each night is going to be lots of fun. I can’t wait to see what happens in this last week of rehearsal! In keeping with the vibe of the play and today’s holiday, Nell created a Valentine from her character, Meghan, to her husband (Megan’s not Nell’s). Elaine Jarvik’s BASED ON A TRUE STORY receives its world premiere February 25-March 6 featuring Colleen Baum, Jason Bowcutt, Mark Fossen & Nell Gwynn, directed by Cheryl Cluff. The original run sold out before rehearsal began – limited tickets are available for the added performances on Wednesday, March 2 at 8pm and Sunday, March 6 at 5:30pm. Click here for more information and...

Playwright Elaine Jarvik on creating BASED ON A TRUE STORY for the 2015/16 Season

BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Elaine Jarvik receives its world premiere February 25-March 6, 2016 featuring Colleen Baum, Jason Bowcutt, Mark Fossen and Nell Gwynn, directed by Cheryl Cluff.  The tiny seed for this play was a photo that my friend Andra Harbold sent me several years ago of a woman wearing aviator goggles. Write a play, she said. And so I began to think about the woman. Where was she going? And why? And the more I thought about her, the more I wondered why she wasconsumed by so many doubts. And I wondered what she looked to for comfort. By then, of course, I was talking about myself. I wondered what would happen if a worried person could travel to the future to see how her life turned out. I wondered why I can sit every Sunday in the church I attend and never be convinced of the big story everyone else believes. So this play is a journey about time and faith, a play where I’m trying to work those questions out. I’ve been fascinated with the notion of time travel ever since reading Robert Silverberg’s “Up the Line” several decades ago. His journeys were to the past, as most time travel fiction is. But I preferred thinking about what would happen if you ended up in the future, caught in a time that wasn’t your own, a refugee of sorts. Of course we’re all trapped in the time we live in, and I wanted to explore that too. I’m excited to see this play come to life under the imaginative direction of Cheryl Cluff. And I’m...

Our 25th Anniversary Season

This blog post might read like a press release because, well, it’s a press release.  But don’t hold that against us! PLAN-B THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES FIVE EXCITING WORLD PREMIERES FOR ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY, 2015/2016 SEASON Award-winning theatre celebrates a quarter century of success with a rich lineup of world premieres celebrating music, diversity and human relationships. (Salt Lake City, UT) – Continuing our unique legacy of producing new plays by Utah playwrights, Plan-B Theatre Company announces its 25th season with a slate of world premieres. The season offers a peek into the mind of a madman and the music that created it, a haunting radio play, a humorous look at the dreariness of holiday retail, a journey through relationships past and future, and Plan-B’s first-ever new musical that features a housewife who dreams of something more. “Plan-B is committed to telling stories from a local point of view. Our 25th season takes that a step further, exploring how comfortable we feel inside our own narratives,“ says Jerry Rapier, Plan-B’s producing director. The season begins October 18, 2015, and runs through April 10, 2016. Season tickets, only $70 (a 20% savings) are available now at Plan-B’s website. THE KREUTZER SONATA by Eric Samuelsen October 18–November 9, 2015 (Also November 4, 2015, at New York’s United Solo Theatre Festival) The season opens with a harrowing exploration of the mind of a murderer, of a man driven mad by Beethoven’s music. “Music, like marriage, is but a violence and a falsehood,” says the madman (Robert Scott Smith) and both torment him to the point of no return. This cautionary tale is interwoven with a...

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