12-year-old Lizzy Liggera on the impact of ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA

12-year-old Elizabeth Liggera attended a staged reading of Matthew Greene’s ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA at the First Annual LGBTQ Youth Summit on July 27, 2012, hosted by OUTReach at Weber State University. I walked into the auditorium not really knowing what to expect. I had never been to a script reading before, and I honestly wondered how you can make a play emotional without costumes, movement, and sets. All I saw were two teenage boys in front of microphones looking around nervously. The audience first learned that the two actors had only practiced together for less than two days. They were playing best friends in the play, and I wanted to see how they would pull it off. The script started as the two boys being children. I couldn’t help sitting up in my chair, as I heard the vibrancy in their voices. Them arguing about who won the race, the way the actors – no, Adam and Steve – rolled their eyes and bantered playfully. The story progressed through high school, and rumors appeared to be flying throughout the school. Uh-oh. I began to feel second-hand embarrassment at how the two began to confront each other, and I looked away sheepishly. Everything seemed to be scraped down, as a persona was ripped apart. Right now I can think precisely to the tone, the posture, the strained voice echoing around the room. “I’m gay.” After that scene, there was a noticeable tension – awkwardness – between the two characters. As the two began to grow up, they seemed to be growing apart. I felt scared for...

Audience reactions to THE THIRD CROSSING

THE THIRD CROSSING is sold out.  Click here for information on Jenifer Nii’s adaptation of THE SCARLET LETTER, running April 12-22, 2012.   The collaboration between directing and writing in Plan-B’s THE THIRD CROSSING is insatiable. Playwright Debora Threedy brilliantly paints a poignant picture of how racial assimilation bleeds into our cultural and sociological psyche.  This is a significant piece that should be handled with care in the most humble sense.  Director Jerry Rapier’s pacing and exquisite sense of casting provides the audience with an exceptional night of theater that should not be taken for granted! Michelle Patrick, Artistic Director, People Productions   Storytelling at its best. Bonnie Walsh   THE THIRD CROSSING was at once funny, angering, confounding, inspirational and frightening.  Thank you. Janice Gully   I was angry, inspired, moved and educated. In other words: a great play. Alex Grey   Debora Threedy’s THE THIRD CROSSING is a thought-provoking work that probes the nature of human relations against the backdrop of the inhumanity of the institution of slavery.  It employs the enigmatic life and legacy of Sally Hemings, a slave woman owned by President Thomas Jefferson, as an invitation to the viewer to interrogate relationships, race, color and racism. Threedy captures the complexity of crossing the color line and intermixing where the condition of unfreedom constrains choices, yet opens possibilities for Sally and her mixed-race descendants – the children she bore for Jefferson. As the play alternates between the past and various points of forward progress for race relations and mixed-race relationships, it introduces other interconnections and lays bare the harm bias inflicts on humanity and the...

Audience Comments: LADY MACBETH

A smattering of comments from patrons attending LADY MACBETH this past week. Just a handful of tickets remain – snatch them up while you can here! What a wonderful show. I really enjoyed myself. Shakespeare meets John Stewart. My friends and I laughed ourselves silly. The actors were all perfect in their roles. Great play, great experience. – Danene Peterson I can’t think of the last time I laughed as much as I did while watching LADY MACBETH! – Diane Carter What a delight! LADY MACBETH was simply amazing. The action and dialogue moved along so quickly, I feel like I need to come and see it again just to try and catch it all. One hour and a half flew by. The acting was superb. The wagon, changing into a stand/bench was amazing. Well done Plan-B! I especially enjoyed the pre-show and interval music. Love anything by Aden Ross. – Alicia Odell LADY MACBETH was our first Plan-B production, I’m sorry to say. The script was lively and engaging. The acting amazing! The atmosphere? We felt we were in the off-Broadway portion of a much bigger city! What a great night out. Make sure you spend an evening (or afternoon) with LADY MACBETH! – Janet Frasier What a fantastic production! Kudos to Aden Ross for creating a brilliant conflagration of Shakespearean frolic and jest. The acting and directing were superb! The spiffy, spoofy characters were captivating and the continuity and cohesiveness either had the audience laughing or held the audience on the edge of laughter the entire time – very impressive. Never a moment of lag – excellent! – Tami Marquardt...

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...

Audience Comments #3: BORDERLANDS

As we enter the extension week of BORDERLANDS (the only tickets available are some turnbacks (as of 11:38am on 4/12/11: 1 on Friday, April 15 at 8pm and 2 on Saturday, April 16 at 8pm – call 801.355.ARTS or click here to purchase), we thought you might enjoy another of the letters we have received: BORDERLANDS is the best production I have ever seen at any theatre in Utah, and one of my top ten ever in my life anywhere. I was so impressed with everything about the play. It always starts with the script, and that was just incredible. And the acting…my God it was great. The layers and layers and nuances of each character, line by line, even syllable by syllable was just unbelievable. And the intimacy. I was so moved by the whole thing that tears were just streaming down my face at the end. God I loved it. Oh, and then, of course there’s the directing – it was just meticulous. I really, truly enjoyed seeing such a great piece of theatre. Thank you for enriching my life by giving me the opportunity to watch real people with real problems and real emotions onstage. Just an incredible evening…it was one of those few times in theatre when all the stars were aligned and all the elements needed to create true art came together in perfect harmony. Garry Morris...

Audience Comments #1: BORDERLANDS

Below are comments from a few people who sat in on dress rehearsals of BORDERLANDS this past weekend: MELISSA RASMUSSEN I just came from watching a dress rehearsal of Plan-B Theatre’s BORDERLANDS. What a treat. The very clever set and sound design and smooth scene changes create an unexpected Zen-like atmosphere (considering where the play takes place – a used car lot) which makes the sometimes difficult issues discussed on-stage easier to process and internalize. The play itself is well written and topically a subject close to home. As a cultural, but no longer actual Mormon (by personal choice) who lives in the Salt Lake area, I am a local in the borderlands, It was helpful and heartening to see others struggle with and work through their troubles here. The direction and performances made it easy for me to empathize with the characters’ situations. I found myself completely invested in each of their problems. The pace of the play was consistent and regularly infused with life. Its multi-faceted, refreshing exploration of honesty was richly provocative and rang true as many of the lines spoken by the actors were as if they had plucked the very thoughts from my own mind – the ones about the motives of friendship in particular. The play’s conclusion was exquisitely tender. I found the play touching and surprisingly spiritual, in ways that anyone could appreciate, despite their level of belief or disbelief. In fact that is its beauty. I went home feeling like perhaps we all have something to offer and that, perhaps, that is the true meaning of spirituality, maybe even religion, at...

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