Stan Penfold (2001+)

I can still remember the day I heard about Matthew Shepard on the news. I was sitting in my office, and like the rest of the country, I was stunned. I remember crying at my desk. My relationship with Plan-B Theatre Company began in 2001 with their production of THE LARAMIE PROJECT. Jerry Rapier approached the Utah AIDS Foundation, where I am the Executive Director, and asked if we would be interested in a partnership on the production. I was not familiar with the play at the time, however, I did know the story of Matthew. Of course we would partner with Plan-B. We had to. The story was too important. That was a powerful production. I found myself sitting in the audience and crying all over again. As part of a panel discussion after one performance, I was moved by the audience reaction to the play. I have always believed in the power of art to stimulate dialog and create social change. At Plan-B you can see that power in action. Plan-B has always understood the role of theater as a catalyst for change. I will always remember that day in my office when I heard about Matthew, and I will always remember the emotion and power of THE LARAMIE PROJECT. Over the years the Utah AIDS Foundation has continued our Plan-B partnership on productions of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, PATIENT A, FACING EAST, THE TRICKY PART and now the reading of THE NORMAL HEART to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Plan-B and the 25th anniversary of UAF. I am honored to partner with Plan-B, changing the...

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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