a world premiere by Elaine Jarvik
35 minutes, including a brief post-show discussion
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.
Created specifically for grades K-3 (but also good for 4-year-olds)!
Featuring Ashley Marian Ramos and Benjamin Young. Designed by Aaron Swenson. Directed by Cheryl Cluff.
Special thanks to Dave Evanoff for help with the rap!
From the author of MARRY CHRISTMAS and BASED ON A TRUE STORY.
RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN. will reach 15,000 K-3 students at 40 (primarily Title I) schools in 10 counties as our fifth annual Free Elementary School Tour.
Click here for tickets to the public performance ($3-5) as part of Repertory Dance Theatre’s Ring Around the Rose Series on October 14.
PUBLIC PERFORMANCES, SALT LAKE CITY LIBRARY BRANCHES
(FREE, NO TICKETS REQUIRED)
Thursday, October 19, 2pm – Main Library Story Room, 210 E 400 S, SLC
Friday, October 20, 2pm – Glendale Branch, 1375 S. Concord St, SLC
Saturday, November 4, 11am – Sweet Branch, 455 F Street, SLC
Saturday, November 11, 2pm – Chapman Branch, 577 S 900 W, SLC
Saturday, November 18, 11am – Marmalade Branch, 280 W 500 N, SLC
Saturday, November 18, 2pm – Anderson-Foothill Branch, 1135 S 2100 E, SLC
PUBLIC PERFORMANCES, DAVIS COUNTY LIBRARIES, PRESENTED BY DAVIS ARTS COUNCIL
(FREE, NO TICKETS REQUIRED)
Thursday, October 26, 4pm – Centerville Library Auditorium, 45 S 400 W, Centerville
Friday, October 27, 4pm – Central Davis County Library Auditorium, 155 Wasatch Drive, Layton
Friday, November 17, 4pm – Roy Library Black Box Theatre, 2039 W 4000 S, Roy
PRESS | VIDEO | PHOTOS | WHO'S WHO
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.
Sharah Meservy (Education Coordinator/Stage Manager) is Plan-B’s new Education Coordinator. While a student at BYU, she was involved with multiple plays for young audiences: ESPERANZA RISING (as a cast member), GO, DOG, GO! (as assistant costume designer) and THE GIVER (as costume designer). Sharah loves working with students and has previously worked as an English teacher in China, an elementary school paraprofessional and a Girl Scout camp counselor.
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.
STUDY GUIDE | EDUCATOR COMMENTS
Click here to download the Study Guide!
“Many of the students have lost grandparents and so they could relate to what was being talked about in the play. It opened up the door for them to freely talk about the issue of death with their peers and get sympathy, understanding and a little feedback from each other.” – Mrs. Green, first grade teacher, Stansbury Elementary
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.