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Script-In-Hand Series

by Dustin Lance Black
Academy Award-winning screenwriter of MILK
Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 8pm
Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 2pm
Running time 2 hours, 15 minutes including discussion
500-seat Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner
138 W 300 S, SLC
$25 reserved seating  |  Cash bar
Tickets here or 801-355-ARTS

***Sold out! There is a possibility that a handful of of tickets will come available 1 hour before each performance.  A wait list will begin at that time in the box office.***

BroadwayWorld.com (pre)  |  Plan-B Blog: Weekly Postings About Marriage (pre) |  QSaltLake  (pre) |  Selective Echo (pre)  |  Selective Echo (post)  |  The Salt Lake Tribune (pre)  |  The Salt Lake Tribune (post)  |  UtahTheatreBloggers (post)

An unconstitutional proposition.  An unprecedented decision.

See what happens when discrimination is put on trial in the Utah premiere of 8, a docudrama inspired by the passage (and overturning) of Proposition 8 and the ensuing federal case for marriage equality.

Staged by Plan-B on the two-year anniversary - to the day! - of the events in the play, 8 is the real-life story of Kris & Sandy and Paul & Jeff, two loving couples who want to get married but can’t.

8 is based on the actual Perry trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

As 8 flashes in and out of the Perry court, watch both sides present the best evidence, arguments and witnesses for and against marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. See how the case affects the plaintiffs and their kids, and, following the performance, learn how you too can become involved in the fight for equal rights during the post-show discussion following each performance with Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts), moderated by Brandie Balken (Equality Utah).  A photography exhibit by Jim Ready, Congressman Frank's husband, will also be on display in the lobby.

A celebration of Plan-B’s commitment to unique and socially conscious theatre, 25% of ticket sales will benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) - to make an additional donation, click here.  The balance - and all additional donations received - will help fund Plan-B's 2012/13 season.

AFER, co-founded by Mr. Black and sole sponsor of the Perry case, leads the fight for marriage equality on the federal level.  Congressman Frank wed his partner Jim Ready on July 7, becoming the first legally married, openly gay federal official in U.S. history.

The cast: Bill Allred, Tobin Atkinson, Kirt Bateman, Matthew Ivan Bennett, Kim Blackett, Daisy Blake, Anita Booher, Jason Bowcutt, Reed Cowan, Joe Debevc, April Fossen, Mark Fossen, Jonathan Scott McBride, Jay Perry, Topher Rasmussen, Teresa Sanderson, Aaron Swenson, Logan Tarantino, Jason Tatom and Sarah Young. Voiceovers by Doug Fabrizio and Terry Wood.

An unforgettable evening sponsored by Bruce Bastian, City Weekly, KRCL and QSaltLake, City Weekly.


by Jenifer Nii will receive a staged reading as part of the 2012 Sunstone Symposium on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11am in the Center Ballroom, Olpin Student Union, University of Utah.   Details here (Session 336).  If you would like to attend this reading and are not attending the Symposium, you may pay $8 at the door.

by Matthew Greene will receive a staged reading as part of OUTReach's first annual LGBT Youth Summit on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 1pm in Ballroom A, Shepherd Student Union, Weber State University.  Details here.  If you wish to attend this reading and are not attending the Summit, you may pay $8 at the door - proceeds go directly to OUTReach.

The Lab

April 18, 2012  |  7pm
Studio Theatre at the Rose Wagner
138 W 300 S, SLC
No late seating
Sold out!

Readings of scenes by Lab playwrights Carleton Bluford, Beth Bruner, Jim Martin and Lucy Ridolphi directed by Lab director Christopher Glade.  Featuring Enid Atkinson, Andrew Diaz, Latoya Rhodes, Stewart Singleton, Josh Thoemke and Kalyn West.

The Lab, led by Tobin Atkinson, is a joint project of Plan-B and Meat & Potato Theatre for local playwrights and directors.

by Matthew Ivan Bennett
February 4, 2012  |  7pm
Salt Lake Buddhist Temple
211 W 100 S, SLC
Click here to reserve your free tickets

A reading of BLOCK 8 (which enjoyed a sold-out, world-premiere run at Plan-B in 2009 as the centerpiece of Day of Remembrance events).  The play centers on Ken, a young Japanese man struggling with the decision to enlist in the military to prove his loyalty as an American. During his time at Topaz, the Japanese internment camp in Delta, he befriends Ada, the camp's librarian whose son is fighting overseas. The two form an unlikely mother-son relationship as they try to make sense of the upheaval in their everyday lives.

Featuring the original cast of Anita Booher (Ada) and Bryan Kido (Ken).

Presented by the Utah Museum of Arts & Museums in conjunction with Topaz: Artists of Internment at the Rio Grande Gallery (January 13-February 10).  Followed by a post-show discussion with the cast, director, playwright and Lawson Inada, former poet laureate for Oregon and author of two volumes of poetry about the internment camps and the definitive book, Only What We Could Carry.

Parking Information:  The Salt Palace has offered free parking to all those attending this event.  Enter from the 200 South entrance and tell the attendant you are going to the Buddhist Temple.

Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays


November 7, 2011  |  6pm
Creer Auditorium, Salt Lake Art Center
20 S West Temple, SLC
Sold out!

Readings of short plays about gay marriage will be staged simultaneously with other readings nationwide in partnership with Tectonic Theater Project and the off-Broadway production of STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS on the night before the 2011 election.

The event begins PROMPTLY at 6pm as we are part of a live, national video feed connecting us with all other readings.

Written by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Jeffrey Hatcher, Moises Kaufman, Joe Keenan, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright.

Read by Bill Allred (read about Bill in NowSaltLake), Brandie Balken, Kirt Bateman, Kim Blackett, Doug Fabrizio, Stephanie Howell, Jay Perry, Teresa Sanderson and Betsy West.

The goal is to raise funds in communities nationwide to support work toward marriage equality.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 in donations to support Equality Utah's work toward full equality here in Utah.

Please allow time for parking.  There is some free street parking available.  Paid parking is available across the street at the Downtown Marriott. The Salt Lake Art Center is adjacent to the Temple Square Trax station.


by Henrik Ibsen, translated from the Norwegian by Eric Samuelsen
August 28, 2011  |  4pm
Jeanne Wagner Theatre at the Rose Wagner
138 W 300 S, SLC
Sold out!

A staged reading of the first truly feminist play in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.

Featuring Tobin Atkinson (Krogstad), Joe Debevc (Dr. Rank), Deena Marie Manzanares (Christina Linde), Tracie Merrill (Helene), Lauren Noll (Nora), Jay Perry (Torvald) with Zoe Fossen, Gavin Lewis and Quinn Lewis-Humlicek as the children.

Selective Echo review | Catalyst Magazine interview

Click here for the full history of the Script-In-Hand Series (2004-present).


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