a world premiere by Austin Archer
April 5-15, 2018
How will you die?
Will you see it coming?
What if you’re given a second chance?
JUMP explores the impact of survival on those we love.
Featuring Teri Cowan, Nicki Nixon, Matthew Sincell and Darryl Stamp.
Designed by La Beene (costumes), Cheryl Cluff (sound), Pilar Davis (lighting), Cara Pomeroy (set) assisted by Iris Salazar, Arika Schockmel (props). Stage managed by Jennifer Freed. Co-directed by Alexandra Harbold and Robert Scott Smith.
A co-production with Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory in partnership with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists.
Austin Archer (Playwright) is an actor, choreographer, director and writer. Although JUMP is his first play to receive a full professional production, his writing was featured in (IN)DIVISIBLE (Plan-B) and LOVE (Flying Bobcat). His play THICK METAL BALL was produced at Weber State University. As an actor he was seen most recently in NEWSIES (PTC), HIR (SLAC), MINDHUNTER (Netflix) and BLOOD & OIL (ABC). He would like to express his enormous gratitude to The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists and Plan B Theatre Company for their commitment to new works by emerging artists.
La Beene (Costume Design) is assistant professor of costume design and head of theatrical design at UVU. She has taught at BYU, U of U and UNC Charlotte. La holds an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from BYU, works regionally and nationally with United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), freelances with theatres across the United States and has designed for Land’s End. Locally, her work can be seen at UVU, Sundance Summer Theatre and Center Stage Youth Performers, where she is resident costume designer.
Cheryl Cluff (Sound Design) co-founded Plan-B in 1991 and has been Managing Director since 1995. She has directed every episode of RADIO HOUR, MESA VERDE, THE SCARLET LETTER, SUFFRAGE, 3, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, BASED ON A TRUE STORY and the last two Free Elementary School Tours of RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN. and THE EDIBLE COMPLEX. Cheryl has designed sound for nearly every production since 2001, most recently NOT ONE DROP, THE ICE FRONT and THE WEIRD PLAY.
Teri Cowan* (Abigail) is happy to return to Plan-B, where she has appeared in BORDERLANDS, EXPOSED, ALIENATION EFFEKT, AMERIKA and several SLAMs. She was most recently seen in STAG’S LEAP (SLAC). Other credits include productions for PYGmalion, Park City’s Egyptian Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre and The Grand Theatre. Teri has enjoyed a varied career on stage, film and television and as a popular voice-over talent. She also works as the Director of Marketing & Development for the Davis Arts Council.
Jennifer Freed* (Stage Manager) is “excited to wrap up my 20th year with Plan-B! Time just flies by when doing something you love. Here’s to 20 more years!”
Alexandra Harbold (Co-Director) is Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory; a freelance director, actor and dramaturg; and Adjunct Assistant Professor for the U of U’s Department of Theatre. She has previously directed several SLAMs for Plan-B. Recent projects: directing YOU NEVER CAN TELL (U of U), CLIMBING WITH TIGERS (Flying Bobcat/SLAC), HOW LONG CAN YOU STAND ON THE TRAIN TRACKS: A GAME FOR TWO SISTERS (Flying Bobcat/Sackerson); acting in HAND TO GOD (SLAC) and dramaturging THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (PTC).
Pilar I. (Lighting Design) is s excited to return to Plan-B, having previously designed PATIENT A over a decade ago. Currently production Stage Manager and Technical Director for Repertory Dance Theatre, Pilar graduated from the U of U in 2003 and has worked across the Wasatch Front in virtually every venue and arts organization. Journeyman Member IATSE-Local 99.
Nicki Nixon (Michelle) was last seen in (IN)DIVISIBLE at Plan-B and is happy to return. Other recent credits include HOW LONG CAN YOU STAND ON THE TRAIN TRACKS: A GAME FOR TWO SISTERS (Sackerson/Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory), COMEDY OF ERRORS (Grand), TOO MUCH MEMORY and several New Play Sounding Series readings (SLAC), BOEING BOEING and STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Pinnacle) and THE RIGHTEOUS AND VERY REAL HOUSEWIVES OF UTAH COUNTY (Alligator Press). Nicki holds a BS in Theatre Arts from Weber State University.
Cara Pomeroy (Scenic Design) makes her Plan-B debut. She earned a BA in Theatre Studies with a focus on Scenic Design from the U of U. Her recent designs include BULL SHARK ATTACK and HIR (SLAC), PERDIDA (Grand) and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and THE OTHER PLACE (Utah Rep). Cara works as a carpenter and scenic painter for Pioneer Theatre Company.
Iris Salazar (Assistant Scenic Design) makes her Plan-B debut and is excited to be assisting and to be part of the team. She earned a BFA in Performing Arts Design from the University of Utah, where she designed the sets for ’TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE and THE WILD PARTY.
Arika Schockmel (Props) has designed props for Plan-B’s THE WEIRD PLAY, THE ICE FRONT, VIRTUE, BASED ON A TRUE STORY and CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS. She is the resident Prop Master for U of U’s Department of Theatre. Other projects include costume crafts for film and Pioneer Theatre Company, and the occasional acting gig. She and her husband Christopher Glade are parents to Charlotte, age 7, who is universally considered their best collaborative work to date.
Matthew Sincell* (Erick) has previously been seen in several Script-In-Hand Series readings and (IN)DIVISIBLE at Plan-B; he is grateful to be a part of the world premiere of JUMP. Regional credits include TRIBES, STREETLIGHT WOODPECKER and HARBUR GATE (SLAC), HAMLET (guest artists WVU) and three seasons with American Shakespeare Center. NYC credits: BEYOND GLORY (with Stephen Lang), BURY THE DEAD (Transport Group), BOXES (Robert Askins) and former company member of Blessed Unrest. London: SHAKESPEARE’S R&J (West End) and Artist in Residence at The Globe Theatre. Many thanks to Plan-B and always, my wife Corinne!
Robert Scott Smith (Co-Director) is Co-Founder.Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory. Directing credits include Plan-B’s Script-in-Hand Series reading of QUARTER HORSE, SLAC’s NPSS reading of REYKJAVIK and an all-female HAMLET (Flying Bobcat/U of U). Acting credits include THE ICE FRONT, THE KREUTZER SONATA, MARRY CHRISTMAS, BASH (Plan-B), TWO HENRYS, THE CRUCIBLE (PTC); CLIMBING WITH TIGERS (Flying Bobcat/SLAC), RAPTURE BLISTER BURN, GOOD PEOPLE CHARM, BATBOY: THE MUSICAL, GROSS INDECENCY (SLAC); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Grand). Robert Scott is Assistant Professor for the U of U’s Department of Theatre.
Darryl Stamp (Phil) is extremely grateful to take part in the collaborative experience of performing Austin’s work. He returns to Plan-B after appearing in THE SKY IS FALLING for ROSE EXPOSED and (IN)DIVISIBLE, both this past summer. Other local appearance include SLAC, Wasatch Theatre Company, People Productions and Holladay Arts. Darryl thanks Alexandra, Robert, the cast and crew, his wife Mindy and his daughter Sophia for their support.
Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory is dedicated to collaboratively exploring the possibilities of storytelling in performance through language, movement, technology and design. The company is Alexandra Harbold and Robert Scott Smith. World premiere collaborations include HOW LONG CAN YOU STAND ON THE TRAIN TRACKS: A GAME FOR TWO SISTERS (with Sackerson), CLIMBING WITH TIGERS (with SLAC), FEAST (with NOW-ID), LOST IN THE WOODS (with Salt Lake Men’s Choir), HOME FOR AN HOUR (with Phillip’s Gallery Art Van/Martin Paul Moser Project) and the devised works that comprised the POPUP@LEO series (with The Leonardo).
The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists was created in memory of actor, director, producer, musician, and community activist David Fetzer, who passed away at 30 from an accidental prescription painkiller overdose. David, who created roles in three Plan-B productions (THE END OF THE HORIZON, THE SCARLET LETTER, THE THIRD CROSSING) believed that art could be engaging and life-changing, and lived his conviction.
JUMP initially unveiled itself to me as a narrative surrounding four characters. I had to figure out what that narrative was outside of the central incident of the failed skydive. And I honestly had very few ideas.