a world premiere by Elaine Jarvik
Five-year-old JJ (who has lots of questions) and eight-year-old Izzy (a know-it-all who doesn’t know it all) are siblings who have recently lost their grandmother. They embark on a funny and touching hero’s journey to try to make sense of loss, grief, death and life.
Featuring Ashley Marian Ramos and Benjamin Young. Designed by Aaron Swenson. Directed by Cheryl Cluff.
Public performances will be held at the Anderson-Foothill, Chapman, Glendale, Main, Marmalade, Sprague and Sweet branches of the Salt Lake City Library (October 19 at 2pm, Main; October 20 at 2pm, Glendale; November 4 at 11am, Sweet; November 11 at 11am, Sprague and 2pm, Chapman; November 18 at 11am, Marmalade and 2pm, Anderson-Foothill) as well as part of Repertory Dance Theatre’s Ring Around the Rose Series on October 14, 2017 (tickets on sale summer 2017) and at The Sharing Place in observance of National Children’s Grief Awareness Day (date TBA).
From the author of MARRY CHRISTMAS and BASED ON A TRUE STORY.
Elaine Jarvik (Playwright) has premiered her plays BASED ON A TRUE STORY and MARRY CHRISTMAS and contributed to (in)divisible at Plan-B. Her other plays include TWO STORIES and [a man enters], both of which premiered at Salt Lake Acting Company and THE COMING ICE AGE, which premiered at PYGmalion Theatre Company. Her short play DEAD RIGHT was produced at the Humana Festival of New American Plays and has since been published in the textbook “The Bedford Introduction to Literature.” She was a long-time reporter for the Deseret News and currently works as a freelance journalist.
Cheryl Cluff (Director) co-founded Plan-B in 1991, has been Managing Director since 1995, and has directed every episode of RADIO HOUR, as well as MESA VERDE, THE SCARLET LETTER, SUFFRAGE, 3, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, BASED ON A TRUE STORY and last year’s Free Elementary School Tour of THE EDIBLE COMPLEX. Cheryl has designed sound for nearly every production since 2001, most recently ONE BIG UNION, VIRTUE and NOT ONE DROP.
Ashley Marian Ramos (Izzy) is a senior in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah and is pursuing a music minor in Vocal Performance. Recent credits include HØÜSES (Riot Act), WIT (Wasatch Theatre Company), I MARRIED A TIGRESS, APT. 404, RESIDUE and NUMB & AWAKE (Who’s Louis?), THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN, SELF DEFENSE, OR THE DEATH OF SOME SALESMEN and THREE SISTERS (University of Utah) and workshopped the new plays A REQUIEM FOR AUGUST MOON (Pioneer Theatre Company’s Play-By-Play Series) and LAND OF NO MERCY (Salt Lake Acting Company).
Aaron Swenson (Costumes/Artwork) has previously designed Plan-B’s 2012 revival of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, BOOKSMART, ONE BIG UNION and last year’s Free Elementary School Tour of THE EDIBLE COMPLEX. Other designs include THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and TWO DOLLAR BILL (PTC), GEOGRAPHY CLUB and AVENUE Q (UofU), ASSASSINS, tick..tick, BOOM! and THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL (Dark Horse) and YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN and TWELFTH NIGHT (Salt Lake Shakespeare). After eight seasons as Head of Wardrobe and Crafts at PTC, Aaron is now Wardrobe Supervisor on “Andi Mack” for the Disney Channel. Acting credits include three productions of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Plan-B) and BUYER & CELLAR (PYGmalion).
Benjamin Young (JJ) is a junior in the University of Utah’s Actor Training Program. Previous credits include CLIMBING WITH TIGERS (Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory/Salt Lake Acting Company), KING CHARLES III (Pioneer Theatre Company) and the Script-In-Hand Series reading of THE ART OF FLOATING (Plan-B Theatre Company). He is grateful to be a part of this year’s Free Elementary School Tour.
Playwright Elaine Jarvik on creating RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN., this year’s Free Elementary School Tour
So I think I am just the right person to write a play for children that explores death and grief—because I sure wish someone had put on that play for me when I was a kid.