5 Mormon women (and one guy) weigh in on 3

The world premiere of Eric Samuelsen’s 3, the final installment in the #SeasonOfEric devoted to his work, run through Sunday, April 6.  Limited tickets available here. This play is about all the Mormon women I know and love, beautifully written, brilliantly acted. It was a painful, insightful pleasure to watch. – Lisa Butterworth I loved the multilayered character development of every one of the main characters in each of the three plays of 3. Their friendships and marriage relationships were explored at increasingly deeper levels as each character faced a personal or relationship crisis. I have very little in common with the life circumstances of the protagonists, but had no trouble understanding and empathizing with their struggles. For me, the plays were extremely cathartic, and perfectly balanced the potentially painful exposure of deep flaws in LDS social/religious structures with acknowledgement of those structures’ positive aspects and the complexity of each woman’s ties to the faith & culture. It’s a must-see for anyone with an LDS background! – Emily Peterson I’ve felt marginalized, objectified, and unwanted in my 20 years as a member of the LDS Church, and the women in 3 gave voice to the things I’ve been struggling to explain since I decided to walk away. The play left me in tears, not only for the characters themselves, but for me. Stephanie, Teresa and Christy were pitch-perfect. Their performances were versatile and nuanced. I would see it again in a heartbeat. – Grace Miller I loved 3. The writing, acting, and production were incredible. It presented authentic LDS women’s stories, and the questions those stories raise, in a...

What people are saying about CLEARING BOMBS

Plan-B Theatre’s world premiere of Eric Samuelsen’s CLEARING BOMBS continues tomorrow through Sunday, March 2, 2014, featuring Kirt Bateman, Mark Fossen and Jay Perry, directed by Eric Samuelsen.  Click here for tickets and more info.  #SeasonOfEric #MustSeePlanB Mike Thompson I saw CLEARING BOMBS this afternoon and I think it was brilliant!  Please let Eric Samuelsen and the cast know how much I enjoyed the performance and issues raised. This play should be on Broadway! Caren Frost For me, this was pure joy with terrific performances thrown in. John Hatch The most dramatic introduction to economic theory I’ve encountered. Stephen Carter Great date night seeing CLEARING BOMBS at Plan-B Theatre. Amazing, smart dialogue. Quick and intense. I learned a thousand new things!  See it! Keri Jones [Actors] Jay Perry, Mark Fossen and Kirt Bateman are amazing! Riveting play from Eric Samuelsen! Beth Bruner GREAT play! I LOVED imagining an encounter between John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek and an average bloke waiting for German bombs to drop on King’s College Cambridge.  I think it speaks well to today’s ongoing debates on economic policy as well as the factor of fear in the dismal science of economics. Erika George A play about opposing economic theories? Yes! It’s educational and entertaining at the same time. Hayek vs. Keynes. No matter where you fall on the economic theory spectrum, government stimulus vs. laissez faire, this play will make you think. Brian Doughty CLEARING BOMBS is captivating, well written, and well performed. We were on the front row and thoroughly enjoyed it. David Allred Brilliantly accessible, thought-provoking and poignant. Miriam Carter The play was amazing. Wonderful surprise. Go...

Plan-B is/means…

Thoughts about Plan-B from artists, patrons and donors.  Feel free to share your thoughts on our Facebook page or in the comments section below.  Please make your #GivingTuesday contribution to Plan-B – even $10! – here. Plan-B is home. Kirt Bateman Plan-B is a place where artists live, where ideas can thrive. Bill Allred Plan-B is a voice that’s relevant to where I live, when I’m living, and who I’m living with. Stephen Brown Plan-B means a home for Utah writers, a stage for Utah stories. Julie Jensen Plan-B means a life buoy thrown to a drowning man. Eric Samuelsen Plan-B is a spiritual home to me. Matthew Ivan Bennett Plan-B means theatre that never disappoints. Carol Lynn Pearson Plan-B is the embrace of risk and the support of unique voices which means opportunity. Susan Miller Plan-B is family. Mark Fossen Plan-B is home. April Fossen Plan-B is home. Stephanie Howell Plan-B is essential to the community, pushing boundaries, has changed my life for the better, encouraged and nurtured me artistically . . . and they’re just a bunch of super sweet and generous people. Camden Chamberlain Plan-B is the opportunity to explore and challenge yourself. David Spencer Plan-B means making what was hope a reality. Jenifer Nii Plan-B means there’s always another way to see things. Dave Mortensen Plan-B means community. Jay Perry Plan-B means togetherness. Daisy Blake Perry Plan-B is a bold, daring and supportive home for SLC actors and playwrights. Scott Smith Plan-B means a place for challenging, engaging, and imaginative theatre. It’s a gem! Bob Nelson Plan-B is the best theatre company in Utah providing...

Audience Comments: NOTHING PERSONAL

Audience comments on the world premiere of Eric Samuelsen’s NOTHING PERSONAL: NOTHING PERSONAL is the best thing I have ever seen, anywhere. Everyone must see this play. – MaryBeth Jarvis Clark  Whoa, Eric Samuelsen, whoa. Thanks Kirt Bateman, and April Fossen (and Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin) for making tears pour from my eyes and my face contort into what I’m going to call “WTF” face. I got home and said, “What the hell did I just see?” to my empty house. People: GO see NOTHING PERSONAL. – Sarah Danielle Young  Listen to me and hear me now. I had the good fortune to catch NOTHING PERSONAL in dress rehearsal. I was FLOORED by what an amazing piece of work this is on EVERY level. I have never, NEVER had such a completely engaging, provocative, visceral, PRESENT experience watching a live performance as I did watching this one. So well done, and such residual fodder for thought. It was hard not to stand up and talk to the characters, try to help, yell at some of them. It was hard not to get involved. It was difficult to simply to stay seated in my chair like an audience member is supposed to. Amazing work by everyone. Thank you to Eric Samuelsen, Jerry Rapier, Kirt Bateman, April Fossen, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, and to everyone else who took part in the creation and funding of this play. It feels to me like NOTHING PERSONAL is an evolution of the art form. – Melissa Rasmussen We were really challenged by the play because it was a “play” and not completely factual – that’s not a complaint,...

Local troublemaking women respond to SUFFRAGE, a play about historical troublemaking women

Anna Brower from the ACLU of Utah, Jenn Gonnelly from the League of Women Voters of Utah and Mary Ellen Robertson from Sunstone attend last night’s preview of SUFFRAGE.  Below are their thoughts.  I was very moved by the excellent writing and acting in SUFFRAGE – but mainly by the poignancy of the issues raised so eloquently in the play. The struggles of the women felt so contemporary and their conversations recalled the current debates over same-sex marriage, the ordination of women in the LDS Church and the nature of women’s empowerment more generally.  Well worth 75 minutes of anyone’s time!  Extremely thought-provoking and compelling. Anna Brower, ACLU of Utah I was struck after seeing SUFFRAGE just how painfully current the struggle of these characters, from a hundred years ago, is to my life now. As women we struggle to be everything, brilliant mothers and partners, all the while striving to stand out as individuals. These issues are current. Are we as women represented fully within our government bodies?  Do these ruling government bodies have a right to decide how we construct a loving family?  Is this continued struggle for equality a distraction from the fulfillment of our joy in having the family we want?  While the playwright does not answer these questions, she leaves the whole audience with a powerful need to examine this struggle and ask themselves, “How much progress have we made?” Jenn Gonnelly, League of Women Voters of Utah Many of the struggles in Jenifer Nii’s phenomenal play, SUFFRAGE, are familiar to Mormon women: being pulled in different directions by work and family responsibilities, feeling...

Comments from folks invited to sit in on rehearsal for ERIC(A)

Performing a solo play is a crazy adventure, one that Teresa Sanderson is currently enmeshed in with ERIC(A).  We’re at the point where we need at least one person in the audience each rehearsal for her to play to – below are thoughts from those who assisted us in this capacity over the weekend. When Jerry offered to let me watch a rehearsal of ERIC(A) because I will be out of town for the run of the show I assumed that was what I’d see . . . a rehearsal.  A little less than wo weeks out from opening I expected glimpses of what would develop in the next 12 days surrounded by the growing pains of a show. Now mind you, I know full well the incredible talents of Jerry Rapier, Matt Bennett and Teresa Sanderson, but still . . . this would be a rehearsal and they are a full two weeks out. What I was privileged to see was so much more. It was a thought provoking, fully realized and extremely moving piece. Teresa’s Eric is not only someone I was delighted to meet, but a person I want to invite to dinner. Someone I want to know better. I definitely wanted more time with him than the just over one hour allotted to me by the length of the show. I read Matt’s statement that he “couldn’t stop thinking about Eric.” I can’t either and for that I say a huge “Thank you” to Matt, Jerry, Teresa and Plan-B. Kay Shean February 16, 2013   I went to a rehearsal for ERIC(A) today. It’s a...

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