Jay Perry narrates PETER AND THE WOLF for THE ROSE EXPOSED on September 1

Jay Perry has appeared in Plan-B’s TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, FACING EAST, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!, SHE WAS MY BROTHER and LADY MACBETH; as well as several SLAMs, the Script-In-Hand Series readings of THE NORMAL HEART, A DOLL HOUSE and 8, and every RADIO HOUR.  He will narrate PETER AND THE WOLF, directed by Christy Summerhays and featuring Kary Billings from the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation at 9am, 10am and noon on Saturday, September 1 as part of THE ROSE EXPOSED.  The event is free and appropriate for children of all ages. Before I was born, my mother used to play classical music in our living room and she would often feel me moving to the music or sometimes being soothed by it.  I have always been moved by music’s power to take me on a journey and there’s something about musical storytelling that has a deeper resonance in my childhood memories than any other kind.  I heard countless nursery rhymes, saw hours and hours of Saturday morning cartoons, read volumes of children’s books and had as many read to me, but their words and images have mostly faded in my memory as have many of my associations with where I was when I encountered them. When I was a year old, mom took me to my first movie theatre to see Disney’s FANTASIA and though I don’t remember seeing it, she later told me I was quiet as a mouse for the entire film, my eyes never leaving the screen.  I was too young then to remember that experience now, but I do recall the first time I saw Disney’s animated portrayal of PETER AND THE WOLF very clearly. I was in the first grade.  I can remember the shades...

Matthew Greene on #MormonInChief, receiving a staged reading at THE ROSE EXPOSED September 1

#MormonInChief by Matthew Greene receives a free staged reading – featuring Topher Rasmussen, Latoya Rhodes and Sarah Young, directed by Jerry Rapier – at THE ROSE EXPOSED in the Black Box at 1pm on September 1, 2012.  His play ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA receives its world premiere as part of Plan-B’s 2012/13 season.In Matthew Greene’s #MormonInChief, a Mormon presidential candidate shares his less-than-PC views in a church meeting.  An avid supporter shares them on Twitter and finds himself the center of a national media frenzy. [just a note about Twitter-speak: the title of the play is spoken as MormonInChief, not hashtag-MormonInChief and, for the luddites, not pound-sign-MormonInChief].  The play’s world premiere opened August 11, 2012 as part of the NYC International Fringe Festival (produced by Michael Holt) and we asked the playwright to share his opening night experience with us: “After the opening of #MormonInChief, we adjourned to a nearby bar for the opening night party.  About halfway through the party, a woman introduced herself to me and asked what I thought about the play.  Since it was clear she didn’t know I was the author, I quickly turned the question back on her.  She responded enthusiastically that she’d really liked the show (sigh of relief) and added, “I didn’t expect it to make me think so much.”  I wasn’t quite sure how to take this, but she went on to explain that she thought she had her mind made up about politics and religion (Mormonism in particular), that there was little this play could show her that she hadn’t already considered. “But your experience was different than you expected?” I asked. “Definitely,” she nodded....

Exposing yourself to Plan-B Theatre Company at THE ROSE EXPOSED on September 1

Plan-B Theatre Company develops and produces unique and socially conscious theatre with a particular focus on new plays by Utah playwrights.  We anchor the most intimate space in the building – the 75-seat Studio Theatre.  We have staged work in the 194-seat Black Box Theatre in the past and several times each season stage work in the 500-seat Jeanne Wagner Theatre. The Rose is now our home and it has made it possible for us to survive and even flourish during tough economic times.  The impact the building has on small arts groups in Salt Lake City cannot be underestimated. So much of what we do as a company involves community partnerships. We thrive on it. But what we haven’t done, and what THE ROSE EXPOSED gives us the opportunity to do, is collaborate artistically with our neighbors at the Rose. It surprises me how frequently people refer to the Rose as ‘that building across the street from Squatters’ or simply don’t know what it is. We need to change that!  Thus, THE ROSE EXPOSED. Season after season, we’ve worked side-by-side with Gina Bachauer Intenational Piano Foundation, Pygmalion Theatre Company, Repertory Dance Theatre , Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and SB Dance.  We at Plan-B are all tingly to partner with these amazing artists to share what we do with the community at THE ROSE EXPOSED on September 1 (details below): Daytime Events (free but tickets required):  Sergei Prokofiev’s PETER AND THE WOLF: A MUSICAL TALE FOR CHILDREN in partnership with Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation  |  An interactive journey through the classic story of the hungry wolf, the ill-fated duck,...

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