Jerry Rapier on selecting The Season of Eric.

Jerry Rapier has been Producing Director of Plan-B Theatre Company since 2000.  Plan-B, his son Oscar and his husband Kirt are the joys of his life. I have had two of the most rewarding experiences of my creative life directing Eric Samuelsen’s AMERIGO (2010) and BORDERLANDS (2011) for Plan-B.  Eric writes with an enviable ease about Big Ideas – he can be Truthful with a Capital T and Intellectual with a Capital I, yet still guide his audience to a soulful place, a place of passion, a place where a true marriage of truth and intellect is possible – a place where you have no choice but to take pause, reexamine and choose how best to move forward. He has an uncanny ability to identify the gaps in the recorded history of historical figures and address the “What if?” without resorting to straightforward biography. Simply put, he makes the historical personal. So when it came time to select the 2013/14 season, I did what I had been considering for quite some time – I invited Eric to be a resident playwright. And then I did something else I had been considering for quite some time – I asked if Plan-B could stage an entire season of his work. I wanted to celebrate his range as a playwright and let some of that been-under-a-bushel-far-too-long work see the light of day. From there, I asked him what mattered most to him of the dozen or so plays/ideas he had in various stages of completion. Together, we settled on (click on each title for details): NOTHING PERSONAL, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 8: FAIRYANA,...

Nothing Personal

Nothing PersonalBios NOTHING PERSONAL A world premiere by Eric Samuelsen October 24-November 3, 2013 Th & Fri @ 8  |  Sat @ 4 & 8  |  Sun @ 2 Studio Theatre @ Rose Wagner 138 W 300 S, SLC No late seating Running time 80 minutes, no intermission Click here for 2013/14 Mini Season Subscriptions and/or Single Tickets Beginning with the persecution and imprisonment of Susan McDougal, jailed for contempt of court for her principled refusal to lie before Kenneth Starr’s grand jury, NOTHING PERSONAL explores the loss of civil liberties and the violations of human rights that have since disfigured our culture and politics. Fanaticism and principle, false ideals and genuine integrity, prison, torture and the tug of freedom … it’s nothing personal. Featuring Kirt Bateman, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin and April Fossen.  Directed by Jerry Rapier. ​#SeasonOfEric REVIEWS City Weekly  |  Salt Lake Magazine  |  Selective Echo  |  SLcene  |  SLC Feminist  |  SLUG Magazine  |  The Salt Lake Tribune  |  UtahTheatreBloggers PRESS Blog Entries  |  Cast & Creative Bios & Playwrights’ Statement  |  City Weekly  |  Gavin’s Underground  |  KRCL’s Radio Active (podcast)  |  KUER’s RadioWest  |  Selective Echo  |  The Salt Lake Tribune  |  SLUG Magazine’s Soundwaves from the Underground (podcast)  |  UtahTheatreBloggers #SeasonOfEric PRESS Caldera Culture Review  |  QSaltLake  |  Religion News Service  |  Salt Lake Magazine  |  The Salt Lake Tribune  |  Selective Echo  |  The Let’s Go Eat Show (podcast) Who’s Who  |  Playright’s Statement PLAYWRIGHT ERIC SAMUELSEN has written for Plan-B since 2004, where his plays MIASMA, AMERIGO and BORDERLANDS received their world premieres.  He has had twenty-four plays produced across the country (most of them in Utah, but also in New York,...

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