Teri Cowan's Most Memorable Plan-B Role

Teri Cowan has appeared in Plan-B’s AMERIKA, EXPOSED, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT, quite a few SLAMs and BORDERLANDS. I’ve had the good fortune to play several amazing roles for Plan-B that were incredibly important to me, yet I keep coming back to Rita in AMERIKA by Aden Ross. Maybe it was because the role itself was very frightening to me. I wasn’t sure that Plan-B audiences would be sympathetic to such a character. Think Sarah Palin trying to win over an ACLU convention. Maybe it was because my husband was serving as a U.S. Coast Guard Reservist at Guantanamo Bay in support of a very unpopular war…the very war and it’s Commander-In-Chief that Aden had in mind while she wrote this play as an expression of her displeasure; the only thing that, as a writer, she felt she could do before her head exploded. Maybe because several of the themes in the play were tender to me and highlighted my own conservative nature while I really don’t consider myself under that label. Ultimately, it became a production about human beings on and off the stage. Even with vastly different views politically, religiously and philosophically, we [Kirt Bateman and Christy Summerhays] found that when we opened up and really listened to each other as just people and not some hardened form of specific dogma, we had more in common than we originally thought. And when we played the honesty of Aden’s words on stage, we didn’t have to win the audience over…they just naturally saw a part of themselves in each of the three characters, whether they wanted to or not....

Teri Cowan (2006+)

My first experience with Plan-B was walking in blindfolded…literally. I knew OF them, sort of knew Jerry through theatre circles but had never seen a Plan-B production. They were producing a new Aden Ross piece which really interested me as I had had the privilege of doing readings of a couple of her other plays and I was a big fan. AMERIKA turned out to be a remarkable experience. I learned how completely devoted the creative team was to producing good theatre. We worked on a set that was a box some 6 feet off of the ground. It was a thought-provoking piece concerning capitalism, religion and philosophy that we talked to death amongst the cast, director and playwright. Aden was open to any and all ideas. And once we opened, the audience had plenty to say as well. That summer we were incredibly lucky to take AMERIKA to Toronto for the Fringe Festival. Yes, it was great representing SLC theatre in Canada but it was also just a flat out fabulous time. If Jerry ever tires of theatre he has a promising career as a travel agent. Next up: Tobin Atkinson’s THE ALIENATION EFFEKT. I had worked with Tobin at SLAC as an actor but now I was in HIS play with HIM directing. I’m not sure how I missed the fact that we would be in white face make-up but the entire show was a Brechtian, political, Stephen Foster music-filled, socially relevant spectacle where I played eight different roles…only one of which was female. I was fairly certain we would never pull it off, but in the...

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