Morag Shepherd on her play NOT ONE DROP

Playwright Morag Shepherd makes her Plan-B debut with NOT ONE DROP, receiving its world premiere March 23-April 2. Originally from Scotland, she is the resident playwright at Sackerson, where her plays THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE (co-written with Matthew Ivan Bennett and Shawn Francis Saunders), BEFORE THE BEEP, BURN and POPPY’S IN THE SAND have premiered, the latter playing Great Salt Lake and San Diego International Fringe Festivals. I moved around a fair amount as a child. I was born in Scotland, lived in a few different places in England, Scotland again, England again, the east coast of the States, and now here in Salt Lake City. I’m a citizen of the United Kingdom, but now feel more American. Moving around so much as a child, it was hard for me to keep an identity straight. I felt more like I was a mix and melded into the places and people I were around, to the point that I would adopt the accent of whoever I was talking to. Something I still do, because I’m cool like that. I was a member of the LDS faith, believed in god, went on a mission – the whole shebang – and now I’m not sure what I believe. And my point in saying all of that? If there is one thing that I kind of know, that I maybe believe in, it is that people change, places change, ideas and spaces alter, and it all weaves together like a spider web. Consequently, lines and boundaries that are liquid, elusive, and adoptive, are some of the foremost issues I play with in...

Ten things that helped Morag Shepherd write NOT ONE DROP, opening March 23

Playwright Morag Shepherd, originally from Scotland, makes her Plan-B debut with NOT ONE DROP, the current winner of the Plan-B Theatre grant from The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. She is the resident playwright at Sackerson, where her plays THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE (performed in a box by one actor for an audience of one at a time, co-written with Matthew Ivan Bennett and Shawn Francis Saunders), BEFORE THE BEEP (performed in weekly installments via voicemail), BURN and POPPY’S IN THE SAND have premiered, the latter also playing Great Salt Lake Fringe and San Diego International Fringe Festivals. If playwrights Caryl Churchill and Sarah Kane had a baby, NOT ONE DROP would be that weird, wacky baby. Morag shared with us the ten things that helped her write the play – enjoy! 1. Björk’s Hyperballad 2. Deconstruction art by toylikeboylike 3. Jacques Derrida’s essay Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences (1966) 4. Björk’s Pagan Poetry 5. Deconstruction art of Todd Mclellan 6. Oscar Bateman-Rapier’s book Jumping Spiders. 7. Roland Barthes essay The Death of the Author (1968) 8. “The theatre, which is in no thing, but makes use of everything – gestures, sounds, words, screams, light, darkness – rediscovers itself at precisely the point where the mind requires language to express its manifestations . . .” – Antonin Artaud 9. The documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present 10. Vodka, wine, Diet Coke,...

Announcing the 2016/17 Season

The 2016/17 season explores what it means to speak the truth, featuring world premieres by four Utah playwrights. Subscriptions are $53 and include ONE BIG UNION by Debora Threedy, VIRTUE by Tim Slover and NOT ONE DROP by Morag Shepherd. THE EDIBLE COMPLEX by Melissa Leilani Larson is available as an add-on for $6. Click here to subscribe. ONE BIG UNION | a world premiere by Debora Threedy |  November 10-20, 2016 Joe Hill was executed in 1915 by the state of Utah for a murder he may or may not have committed. Considered a martyr by organized labor, Joe Hill’s songs envisioned gender and racial equality and criticized the gross income disparities of his time. Joe Hill remains an enigmatic folk hero but beyond the mythology lies a larger story of protest through music, more relevant than ever a century after his death. From the author of THE END OF THE HORIZON, WALLACE and THE THIRD CROSSING. A play with music featuring Daniel Beecher, Carleton Bluford, Roger Dunbar, April Fossen, Tracie Merrill and Jay Perry. Musically directed by David Evanoff, choreographed by Stephanie Howell, directed by Jason Bowcutt.   VIRTUE | a world premiere by Tim Slover | February 16-26, 2017 Poet, composer, writer, herbologist, midwife and Christian mystic, Abbess Hildegard would have been a revolutionary now as well as in the Twelfth Century when she lived. Her vigorous, otherworldly life raises profound questions: In a battle between spiritual conviction and institutional rules, which should win? What counts for more: theology or experience? And especially, who may we love? A play with music featuring Jay Perry, Shane Rogers, Emilie Eileen Starr and...

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