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...

Betsy Ross remembers her son David Fetzer

Please click here to read Betsy Ross’ cover article in the December 11, 2013 edition of Salt Lake City Weekly about her son David Fetzer. Please join us at the Kick-Off Event for the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists (aka The Davey Foundation) on December 17 at the Tower Theatre – click here for more information and to purchase tickets (only $10!) to that event as well as information on Plan-B’s open call for scripts for playwrights ages 35 and younger (deadline January 31,...

Stephanie Howell remembers working with David Fetzer

Stephanie Howell appeared with our dear, departed friend David Fetzer in Plan-B’s world premiere of Debora Threedy’s THE END OF THE HORIZON in 2008. That laugh. That perfect laugh. Working with David was knowing that at any moment you might be lucky enough to hear it. That utterly incongruous and completely contagious giggle. Sometimes, even when you didn’t hear it, you knew it was there . . . bubbling just underneath the surface, and you’d see it, or feel it. In the way he grabbed your hand as you were about to make an entrance. In the glint in his eye when a moment on stage didn’t go quite as planned — partners in crime. David was the kind of actor that made each of us a better actor — and really, when it came down to it a better person — just by being his beautiful, joyful, sincere, in-the-moment self. Please join us at the Kick-Off Event for the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists (aka The Davey Foundation) on December 17 at the Tower Theatre – click here for more information and to purchase tickets (only $10!) to that event as well as information on Plan-B’s open call for scripts for playwrights ages 35 and younger (deadline January 31,...

Directors Cheryl Ann Cluff and Kay Shean reflect on working with actor David Fetzer

David Fetzer created the role of Everett Ruess in Debora Threedy’s THE END OF THE HORIZON in 2008, directed by Kay Shean and the role of Arthur Dimmesdale in Jenifer Nii’s adaption of THE SCARLET LETTER in 2012, his final stage role, directed by Cheryl Ann Cluff.  David passed away in December of 2012.  His family has established the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists, aka The Davey Foundation, to ensure that David’s love of music, film and theatre lives on. Kay Shean, Director, THE END OF THE HORIZON:  David Fetzer was the kind of actor every director dreams of finding. He was special. He was unique and amazingly talented. Genuine to the core, it showed in every move he made and every word he spoke both on and off the stage. Before we started rehearsals for “The End of the Horizon,” some of the cast members, the playwright, Debora Threedy and I took a road trip to the red rock area of Southern Utah to experience places Everett Ruess loved and where he disappeared. I held my breath as David leapt from ledge to ledge, scampered up close to sheer cliffs and stood statue-still, soaking in the reality of the place, letting it fuse into the Everett he was going to create. In rehearsal, he brought all of that and much more. In performance, he was magic. At one point during rehearsals, a cast member told me when you were in a scene with David, he was so there, it pulled everything to another level. I watched this happen time and time again. That was David. His...

Playwright Debora Threedy reflects on working with actor David Fetzer

David Fetzer created the role of Everett Reuss in Debora Threedy’s play THE END OF THE HORIZON in 2008 (for which he won a special Arty Award from Salt Lake City Weekly) and a string of roles in her play THE THIRD CROSSING in 2012.  David passed away in December of 2012.  His family has established the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists, aka The Davey Foundation, to ensure that David’s love of music, film and theatre lives on.  Side note: by day, Debora Threedy is a law professor at the University of Utah, where she taught David’s mother Betsy who would, on occasion, bring little Davey to class with her. David wasn’t the first actor cast as Everett in my play THE END OF THE HORIZON, based on the mysterious disappearance of Everett Ruess in southern Utah in 1934. Kay Shean, the director, had initially cast another actor, who then had to bow out several months before rehearsals started. Jerry Rapier came to me and said he’d found out that David Fetzer was back in town and what did I think about him as Everett? Needless to say, I thought it was a good idea. Looking back now, I can’t imagine anyone else playing the part. David embodied perfectly the essence of Everett’s fierce determination to live the life he wanted, regardless of what anyone else thought. Moreover, David – who was himself talented in so many creative fields – also brought to life Everett’s artistic side. Literally. As a closing night gift, he gave each of us a woodcut based on Dorothea Lange’s iconic photographs of...

A Weekend In Escalante Before THE END OF THE HORIZON Rehearsals Begin

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2008 – HEADING SOUTH JASON BOWCUTT, ACTOR: Road Trip! I love road trips and was especially looking forward to this one, as it has been far too long since I was in Southern Utah. Picked up David and his home-brew beer and headed to Debora’s to meet up with her and Kay. Met two fluffy, happy puppies of Debora’s who came on the journey with us. Dogs, wine, car snacks and the desert…oh yeah. David and I played dueling DJ’s on the way down. His iPod versus my Zune. I immediately can tell that David is perfect for the role of Everett. Open and cool and great taste in music, but mostly a centered demeanor that makes sense to me for the role. We drove into Torrey around dusk and the world opened up. The red rock mountains and the light play on them took my breath away. We got to Debora’s “cabin,” which was this beautiful home that she had built from the ground up. Magnificent, Western-facing windows that looked out on this great formation called the Coxcomb. We opened the ine and had pasta and chatted, sitting at the table that Debora says she sat at and created the very first version of the script, which she pumped out in a 48-hour period. We watched the film “Into the Wild” which I really loved. It was shot so well and there was some great acting. It definitely had a feel that is reminiscent of Everett and the world we will be playing in. KAY SHEAN, DIRECTOR: Left Debora’s around 2:00 and headed for Torrey...

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