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...

Matthew Ivan Bennett, Stephanie Howell, David Holmes, Jerry Rapier, Lori Rees & Aaron Swenson on the meaning of "home" in preparation for ROSE EXPOSED this Saturday

This Saturday, August 23, is the third annual Rose Exposed. We’ve changed it up this year: the six resident companies at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center will be creating work that day about “home” – we gotta figure it out by 8pm when the show begins! – and 100% of ticket sales benefit The Road Home. The folks creating Plan-B’s piece are Matthew Ivan Bennett, Stephanie Howell, David Holmes, Jerry Rapier, Lori Rees and Aaron Swenson. Below are their thoughts on “home.” Join us Saturday night to see how these thoughts translate to the stage!  And if you listened to “Little Boxes” by Pete Seeger, “Happiness” from You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, “Neverland” from Peter Pan, “One Way Ticket” by The Mamas and The Papas and “Come Home” by OneRepublic, it couldn’t hurt. Click here or call 801.355.ARTS or visit the Rose Wagner box office to purchase tickets. Matthew Ivan Bennett (Playwright):  To my childhood self, home isn’t so much the house I came up in, but the little wild places around our neighborhood that are mostly gone now—the two huge thrumming cottonwoods in the Smith’s alfalfa that’s now a subdivision; the box-elder-bound junkyard where my best friend Brent and I fought off a mad stray dog with a piece of rebar; the ditches and grasses hiding silver-eyed garter snakes that are now buried by a Mormon church parking lot. These dangerous green places were sanctuaries where I could pretend magic was real, and each time one was paved over, or made into a strip mall, I mourned and felt less like a kid. My adult self still finds home...

Rose Exposed – 2013

GET UP AGAIN as part of the VARIETY SHOW Jeanne Wagner Theatre Friday, August 30  |  7pm Click here for tickets ($15) Our contribution to this year’s Variety Show is GET UP AGAIN, a comic monologue about bullies and what happens when a weakling stands up.  It will tour elementary schools in Salt Lake and Davis Counties as part of DIFFERENT=AMAZING in the spring of 2014.  Featuring Matthew Ivan Bennett (also the playwright) and Stephanie Howell, directed by Kirt Bateman. PETER AND THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev In partnership with Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation Jeanne Wagner Theatre Saturday, August 31, noon Click here for tickets (free but required – only one free ticket needed for all free events) PETER AND THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev is an interactive journey through the classic story of the hungry wolf, the ill-fated duck, the fortunate cat, the fearless little bird, and the brave and cunning Peter.  PETER AND THE WOLF originated at THE ROSE EXPOSED last year and has since toured to 29 elementary schools and more than 12,000 students in Salt Lake and Davis Counties.  The 45-minute program also features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s SONATA IN C MAJOR (featuring a special appearance by Stephen Brown, Jenny Larsen & Nathan Shaw of SB DANCE) and Aaron Copland’s “Hoe-Down” from his ballet RODEO. Narrated by Jay Perry with Kary Billings on piano, directed by Christy Summerhays. MIASMA by Eric Samuelsen Script-In-Hand Series reading Black Box Theatre Saturday, August 31, 1pm Click here for tickets (free but required – only one free ticket needed for all free events) MIASMA is the smell of fear, the smell of a fractured and unhealthy family, the...

Rose Exposed – 2012

Click here for details on all the free events staged by Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Plan-B Theatre Company, Pygmalion Theatre Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and SB Dance at THE ROSE EXPOSED from 9am-5pm on Saturday, September 1.  And don’t miss the VARIETY SHOW at 7pm and 9pm for only $10, featuring a sneak-peak at each of our 2012/13 seasons!  And plan now to purchase your 6 PACK! PRESS Gavin’s Underground  |  The Salt Lake...

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