Kirt Bateman's most memorable Plan-B role

Kirt Bateman has appeared in Plan-B’s Script-In-Hand Series (including DEAR GEORGE: LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT, THE NORMAL HEART and THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER), A PERFECT GANESH, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, ANIMAL FARM, AMERIKA (also Toronto’s Fringe Festival), EXPOSED, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! (twice), DI ESPERIENZA, AMERIGO and BORDERLANDS; directed TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY and participated in several BANNEDs and every SLAM. I’ve been putting off writing this blog entry for weeks, actually months. Not because I haven’t wanted to write it, but because I’ve had the hardest time deciding which of my Plan-B Theatre roles has meant the most to me. For the last decade, Plan-B has been home. Every experience has become an important thread in the oddly-shaped, color-incomplete, frayed fabric that is my life (I love a good fabric analogy, don’t you?). But the one that has meant the most to me personally was one of the very first, THE LARAMIE PROJECT. It’s hard to describe why it was so meaningful. Do I think it was my BEST acting work? No. Was it the most FUN? Not compared to, say, GUTENBERG! THE MUSCAL! Was it the most challenging role I’ve had? No, that would be ANIMAL FARM. Was it the hottest…literally? Yes! Did I sweat the most in that one? Mmmm…probably not (again, that goes to GUTENBERG). Let me ‘splain. Even just a decade ago, life for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens of this country was a lot different (I speak in general terms and really from my experience and point-of-view). LARAMIE ran in July/August of 2001, right before 9/11,...

The Pollock Family Loves GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!

WE LOVE GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! and were so excited when we heard it was coming back to Plan-B Theatre Company. Jay and Kirt are insanely funny in this production! We can’t remember the last time we laughed so hard. Well actually we can, that would be the last time we saw the show in 2007. This time around, we took our 9-year old son, Stone, who giggled through the entire show. He loved the funny songs, and even got some of the show’s running jokes. On the drive home that night he asked us to put the song, “Biscuits,” on his iPod. Needless to say we’ve been doing a whole lot of “charm song” singing (and dirty dancing) around our house this week. This show is just SO FUNNY…did we mention how FUNNY this show is? Kirt and Jay were born to play these parts. The way they so effortlessly play off of one another and flow in and out of the different characters with the simple switch of a hat is amazing…and, well FUNNY. This play just makes us happy…I know, it sounds lame, but it’s true. We’ve already bought tickets to another performance and are excited to take our friends. After all, they’ve heard us quoting it, singing it – oh yeah…and dancing it…so perhaps they need to see the “real” talent perform it. Thank you, thank you, thank you for reviving GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!...

Random rehearsal quotes from GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! – and audience comments from the X96 preview!

Musical director Sean Sekino recorded these random quotes during rehearsals for GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!, running thru June 19: I don’t remember if I cradle Dead Baby. Jay Perry Commit to wiping. If you’re gonna wipe, just wipe…just wipe. Jerry Rapier Ooh, look. I have my colored MECHANICAL pencils! Jennifer Freed I smell bread rising / in my yeast. Kirt Bateman Okay everyone, Go To Hell. Sean Sekino Below are quotes from some folks who attended the X96 preview of GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! This was an awesomely quirky show. I had a blast and so did my friend. I don’t remember when I have laughed so much! Christina Lang The show was great. Very funny and quite clever and of course I loved seeing it in the historic Egyptian Theatre! Sherry Weaver We had an absolutely fabulous time at GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! I was psyched you guys came up to Park City because my husband and I live in Heber. I laughed so hard throughout the whole thing. I was really impressed by the juggling of all of the hats. Holy cow… Ginger Hoggat Neither my wife nor I will ever look at words the same again. We’ll be sure to recommend GTM to our friends! Trent...

Mini-Reviews of GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! from Kinny Blandford (age 8) and Gavin Lewis (age 7 1/2)

Two of our biggest fans from the 2007 run of GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! offer their reviews on the new production running through June 19. KINNY BLANDFORD: AGE 8 Bias alert: Kinny is Jay Perry’s (Bud) soon-to-be nephew GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! is a fabulous play, with two main characters called Bud and Doug. Bud (Jay Perry) is my very best character of the play. One character that he plays is Monk, who tells Helvetica to destroy the printing press. And Doug (Kirt Bateman) plays Helvetica in that scene. My best scene of the musical is ‘Rats and Feces’ [the song is actually titled “Go To Hell”] in a big prison tower that the Monk owns. With Helvetica captured by Monk, with Rats and Feces, imagining to fly over her hometown. I liked that scene a lot because it’s ridiculously funny! I was amazed that they could keep remembering where the hats go. When I was four I saw this play four times, I think. Then I didn’t understand a lot of the obscene jokes, now I do! GAVIN LEWIS: AGE 7 1/2 Bias alert: his mother Colleen choreographed the show and Jerry (director) and Kirt (Doug) are his godparents! I really like the play GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! Uncle Kirt and Jay were really funny and I couldn’t stop laughing. My favorite part was when Uncle Kirt said when I die I want to turn into a statue of a guy riding a dragon, nursing a baby. I also really like the part where Jay shakes his shoulders. I saw this play once before when I was four and I didn’t...

Jay Perry's Christmas comes early in the form of GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!

With Plan-B Theatre Company’s revival of GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! set to open as part of MUSICALS ON MAIN at Park City’s Egyptian Theatre on June 3, we wanted to share Jay Perry’s infectious excitement with you. By the end of this run Jay will have played the role of Bud more than anyone else in the world outside of the original off-Broadway cast). When Jerry told me about plans to remount GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! I thought Christmas had come early. I don’t think I’ve had more fun on stage than in G!TM! with Kirt Bateman. Most of the time an actor gets to inhabit a character for a short while and then one day the play ends and you sort of say goodbye to that character and move on. But my dear friend Kirt and I still refer to each other as Bud and Doug; two musical theatre geeks (ahem…enthusiasts), best friends, who dare to dream an impossible dream that one day the show they’ve written will make it all the way to Broadway. Bud is great to play because of his intensely joyous enthusiasm for that dream. And because going after it with Kirt Bateman is just so damn fun! GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! is a two-man show with many characters. It’s pretty fast-paced and it’s very physical. So it takes a combination of ice-cold delicious, life-saving water, lozenges, more water, a few Hail Mary’s and a solid dose of adrenaline to get through it. Honestly it goes by so fast and at such a pace that before you know it the show’s over and you’re standing in a...

Kirt Bateman gets giggly for GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!

With Plan-B Theatre Company’s revival of GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! set to open as part of MUSICALS ON MAIN at Park City’s Egyptian Theatre on June 3, we wanted to share Kirt Bateman’s infectious excitement with you. By the end of this run Kirt will have played the role of Doug more than anyone else in the world outside of the original off-Broadway cast). I feel like a little schoolgirl at a Justin Bieber concert! I feel like an octogenarian at a Debbie Reynolds concert! I feel like a queen at a concert featuring Cher, Bette, Barbara, Liza, and Bernadette all singing ALL the hits of Broadway! Truthfully, I am terrifically excited and a bit giggly to be playing Doug Simon again in GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! FIRST of all Jay Perry is BRILLIANT! He is not only hilarious on stage but he has me laughing non-stop backstage! He is also so unselfish, he will make you look so much better and so much funnier that you really are. He and I are like brothers and I’m excited to be on/offstage with him in this show (again). Secondly, our director, Jerry Rapier (in addition to being my husband of 15 years and the real love-of-my-life) is brilliantly hilarious…he loves this show completely. Thirdly, this show is 90 minutes of pure silly-but-not-stupid, good-natured, root-for-the-good-guy FUN! It’s fun to watch how people excited to get to see Bud and Doug again. I NEVER tire of playing Doug because, in truth, he and I are really the same person (except he’s a little more innocent, naive, good-humored, jolly, and possesses an uncanny ability to...

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