Actor Kirt Bateman on creating LGBTQ work with Plan-B

Kirt Bateman has appeared in Plan-B’s A PERFECT GANESH, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, ANIMAL FARM, EXPOSED, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!, DI ESPERIENZA, AMERIGO, BORDERLANDS, LADY MACBETH, NOTHING PERSONAL and CLEARING BOMBS; as well as the Script-In-Hand Series readings of THE NORMAL HEART and 8. He also acted in or directed for every SLAM,  directed TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY and is married to Producing Director Jerry Rapier, with whom he has a son, Oscar.  He shares his thoughts on Plan-B’s LGBTQ work as part of Give OUT Day. Chances are if you are a Gen-X baby, as I am, that just happens to be a member of the LGBTQ community, you rarely saw anything in film or television – or certainly on stage in Utah – to give you an idea of what being gay meant or could mean, or (maybe just as importantly) didn’t mean. I was born in the mid-70s.  My formative years were in the 80s during the plague that wiped out a generation of light (I use that word on purpose).  I was in high school and college in the early 90s when, fortunately, we started to see ourselves portrayed, but in cities that might as well have been Siberia to a little farm boy from West Jordan. What must it be like to be a millennial or a kid today with gay people as part of your every-day-boring-routine world?  Gay affection without dudes screaming.  And lead characters on stage and TV and in film, living normal, successful, difficult, promising, disappointing, exciting, boring lives.  Just living.  Life.  I envy young LGBTQ people today in many ways....

WHY I SUPPORT PLAN-B – Mike Thompson

Since 2001, Plan-B has produced plays that place LGBT issues center stage. Plays such as: A PERFECT GANESH – 2001 THE LARAMIE PROJECT – 2001 MY LEFT BREAST – 2002 HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH – 2003, 2005 BASH: LATTERDAY PLAYS – 2003 A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK – 2004 PATIENT A – 2005 MIASMA – 2006 FACING EAST – 2006, 2007 THE ALIENATION EFFEKT – 2007 THE TRICKY PART – 2008 DI ESPERIENZA – 2009 To recognize Plan-B’s exceptional commitment to these important issues, Equality Utah honored Plan-B with our 2007 Allies for Equality award. I am honored to personally support Plan-B’s unique and socially conscious...

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