Former board chair Mark Barr on Plan-B's LGBTQ Work

Mark Barr was Plan-B’s board chair from 2005-2007 and is currently a New York-based (soon to be Alabama-based) realtor/broker.  He shares his thoughts on Plan-B’s LGBTQ work as part of Give OUT Day. Plan-B has a long history and tradition of presenting impactful and thought-provoking, LGBT-themed productions designed to foster counter-cultural conversation and dialogue in the heart of conservative Utah. In addition to challenging Utah cultural “norms,” exposing Utahns to the lives of their LGBT neighbors, and holding a cultural mirror up to audiences, these productions also allow Utah’s relatively small but strong and vibrant LGBT community to see themselves and their stories portrayed and reflected on stage in popular culture, creating a sense of inclusion. During my tenure as Plan-B’s board chair, we continued this important aspect of Plan-B’s mission, with productions such as the revival of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, FACING EAST and THE ALIENATION EFFEKT. In particular, FACING EAST by Carol Lynn Pearson, was an important production of which I am particularly proud. This powerful play laid bare the conflict and pain of many Mormon families with gay children and the all-too-common devastating loss of young gay men who are driven to take their own lives. Plan-B’s company went on to perform Facing East in a successful limited run Off-Broadway....

Actor/Director Jason Bowcutt on creating LGBTQ work with Plan-B

Jason Bowcutt has appeared in Plan-B’s THE END OF THE HORIZON and the Script-In-Hand Series readings of 8 and GHOSTS. He also directed ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMTPY SEA and will direct MARRY CHRISTMAS as part of the 2014/15 Season.  He shares his thoughts on Plan-B’s LGBTQ work as part of Give OUT Day. When I moved back to Salt Lake City from New York I had some big concerns. I knew it was the right move at the right time but…where would I find a good slice at any time? How could I leave the comfort of this super liberal society? Who would engage in conversation with me and say things like “Yes! Absolutely! Everyone has the right to healthcare! Homos should marry!?” How would I develop new friendships? How would I break into the theatre scene? And where would I find some good gay art!? As luck would have it one of the first people to randomly reach out to me was Jerry Rapier and, except for the pizza, he quickly got me on the path to resolve all of my Utah fears. From our first conversation I knew Jerry and Plan-B were something special in Utah and in theatre. I had been spending most of my time in the grubby, wonderful world of Off-Off-Broadway where innovation flourished. OOB was the birthplace of theatre that explored LGBTQ issues; I understood well the political and societal impact that this genre had in helping to shape the world in which this gay boy lived. Theatre that displayed my experience, which gave voice to my joys and fears —personal...

Teresa Sanderson's Most Memorable Plan-B Role

Teresa Sanderson has appeared in Plan-B’s Script-In-Hand Series, a slew of SLAMs, all but one RADIO HOUR, STAGE DIRECTIONS, ANIMAL FARM, TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT, EXPOSED, DI ESPERIENZA and MESA VERDE. Pick my most memorable Plan-B role? I’m not sure how to do that. Each one has been a rich and rewarding experience. It is sort of like picking a favorite child. My history with Plan-B is long. I have made life long friends, and feel lucky to be part of the Plan-B family. There’s ANIMAL FARM (my kids’ favorite) and TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY (my husband’s favorite). I guess if I have to pick, I am going to have to say Mary Dickson’s EXPOSED, about the impact of nuclear testing on our state and our nation. To be part of telling Mary’s personal story, thousands of people’s story, as it turns out, was a great honor. It is a huge responsibility to play real people on stage. In EXPOSED I was excited and intimidated all at the same time. I knew that all of the characters that I played were going to see the show at one point or another. Now I can really relate to the fact the we were an easy target. Patriotic people who are used to following what our leaders said. I am a very patriotic person, brought up to respect authority. Both of my parents were public servants. My father an authority figure. I did what he said and never ask why. Our government told us we would be safe, and we believed them. I can imagine myself on test days sitting...

Teri Cowan (2006+)

My first experience with Plan-B was walking in blindfolded…literally. I knew OF them, sort of knew Jerry through theatre circles but had never seen a Plan-B production. They were producing a new Aden Ross piece which really interested me as I had had the privilege of doing readings of a couple of her other plays and I was a big fan. AMERIKA turned out to be a remarkable experience. I learned how completely devoted the creative team was to producing good theatre. We worked on a set that was a box some 6 feet off of the ground. It was a thought-provoking piece concerning capitalism, religion and philosophy that we talked to death amongst the cast, director and playwright. Aden was open to any and all ideas. And once we opened, the audience had plenty to say as well. That summer we were incredibly lucky to take AMERIKA to Toronto for the Fringe Festival. Yes, it was great representing SLC theatre in Canada but it was also just a flat out fabulous time. If Jerry ever tires of theatre he has a promising career as a travel agent. Next up: Tobin Atkinson’s THE ALIENATION EFFEKT. I had worked with Tobin at SLAC as an actor but now I was in HIS play with HIM directing. I’m not sure how I missed the fact that we would be in white face make-up but the entire show was a Brechtian, political, Stephen Foster music-filled, socially relevant spectacle where I played eight different roles…only one of which was female. I was fairly certain we would never pull it off, but in 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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