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...

Shauna Brock on Building Families

Shauna Brock shared her story of building a family through an LGBTQIA (and allies) lens in a 4-week writing workshop led by Eric Samuelsen at Art Access. She and her fellow writers were then mentored by a playwright from The Lab at Plan-B. Eric then wove their stories together into an evening of theatre, which will be performed as INTERSECTIONS II: FORGING FAMILY FROM MORE THAN DNA on April 28-29 as part of Plan-B’s Script-In-Hand Series at Art Access. Click here for details and tickets ($10 general admission, $5 students). It’s funny when you think about it, and when you overthink it, that the theme of intersections and found family can be applied as much to a writing workshop as to the families we find and create – especially for the queer community. Strangers come together in a room and over time they work together, they bond. Stories, the histories that bind us together, are shared. It’s scary to enter a workshop, to know that you are putting your experiences out there and know they will be judged by everyone at the table. How they are received, how they are welcomed and discussed sets the entire tone and either creates trust or destroys inspiration. Again, how similar to our family structures. Going into this INTERSECTIONS workshop, I had no idea what story I wanted to tell. Surrounded by Mormons expressing the passion of coming out stories and tales of family ties in homeless bonds, I sat there thinking of my own family, my own bonds – because my biological ones are as tight as those I have chosen to create as family. How do I...

Job Posting: Half-Time Education Coordinator

Plan-B Theatre Company seeks a half-time Education Coordinator to begin work as close to May 1, 2017 as possible. The Education Coordinator is a Theatre Specialist that reports to the Artistic Director and is responsible for leading and advancing the Free Elementary School Tour within, but not limited to, the “Education at Plan-B” statement below, as well as some Fundraising. The Education Coordinator will be Plan-B’s liaison with all K-6 schools and FEST producing partners. The Education Coordinator is also responsible for developing and maintaining a proactive working relationship with the Utah State Office of Education’s (USOE) Professional Outreach Program in the Schools (POPS). The Education Coordinator is fully responsible for the annual Free Elementary School Tour which alternates between grades K-3 and 4-6. Duties include (but are not limited to): – creating and maintaining annual touring schedule. – assisting in the development of each year’s production. – creating and circulating study guide. – acting as company manager/stage manager on tour, which may include overnight travel. – acting as liaison with all schools in Utah. – traveling to schools in Utah separate from the tour as needed. – coordinating as needed with producing partners. Fundraising – Assist Artistic Director with education-specific grant research and writing – Assist Managing Director with education-specific grant reporting and management – Assist Artistic Director with Love Utah Give Utah and #GivingTuesday Other duties as assigned. Qualifications Candidates must have: – a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre (or equivalent experience). – practical experience with Theatre for Young Audiences. – practical experience in theatre education, preferably K-6 classroom experience. – the ability to work in a self-directed...

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