THE KREUTZER SONATA

World Premiere by Eric Samuelsen
Sundays & Mondays at 7pm
October 18-November 9, 2015
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Also November 4, 2015 at 9pm at New York’s United Solo Theatre Festival

A harrowing exploration of the mind of a murderer (Robert Scott Smith), a man driven mad by unfulfilled passions – and Beethoven’s music.

This cautionary tale of rage, revenge and remorse is interwoven with a live performance of Beethoven’s sonata by Kathryn Eberle (violin) and Jason Hardink (piano). Freely adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s novella. Directed by Jerry Rapier.

From the author of MIASMA, AMERIGO, BORDERLANDS, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 8: FAIRYANA, NOTHING PERSONAL, CLEARING BOMBS and 3.

  

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Leo Tolstoy published his novella THE KREUTZER SONATA in 1889, named for and inspired by The Violin Sonata No. 9 by Ludvig van Beeethoven, published as Opus 47, commonly known as Kreutzer Sonata (1803).

Kathryn Eberle (Violinist) is Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. Her solo appearances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Nashville and Utah Symphonies and the Louisville Orchestra. She recently completed a cycle of Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Jason Hardink for NOVA Chamber Music Series. Her festival appearances include Aspen, Banff, Yellow Barn, Encore School for Strings, Missillac, Sewanee, Laguna Beach, Innsbrook and Festival Mozaic. Ms. Eberle attended the Juilliard School, Colburn School and the University of Southern California.

Jason Hardink (Pianist) is Artistic Director of NOVA Chamber Music Series and Principal Symphony Keyboard of the Utah Symphony. His performances include a wide-ranging repertoire of music by living composers and works of the historical canon. Recent performances include Elliot Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation with percussionist Colin Currie and the Utah Symphony, a cycle of Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Kathryn Eberle for NOVA and the first complete American performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s Klavierstücke at Spectrum NYC.

Joe Killian (Stage Manager) makes his Plan-B debut. He holds a B.F.A. in stage management and sound design from the University of Utah. Locally he served as The Grand Theatre’s resident stage manager for a number of years and has managed a cornucopia of shows across the nation, from SALOME with Utah Opera to COSI in New York’s Catskill Mountains, and even a tour of OEDIPUS AT COLONUS in Athens, Greece.

Philip R. Lowe (Costume Designer) has been designing for Plan-B for over a decade. He is currently Director of Costumes and Wardrobe for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Weber State University. Phil also serves on the design respondents panel for Region 8 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is a member of USITT and a MFA graduate of Utah State University.

Jesse Portillo** (Lighting Designer) has worked with Plan-B since 2007. Favorite Plan-B productions include HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, BLOCK 8, EXPOSED, AMERIGO, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, ERIC(A) and SHE WAS MY BROTHER. He has also designed Lighting for Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake Shakespeare, Pygmalion Theatre Company, Grand Theatre, LOOK Musical Theatre, Baylor University, Mobile Opera and Millikin University. Jesse is a proud member of USITT and United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Jerry Rapier^^ (Director) has been Plan-B’s Artistic Director since 2000. He has directed MOLLY SWEENEY, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, MY LEFT BREAST, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, ANIMAL FARM, PATIENT A, AMERIKA, FACING EAST, EXPOSED, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!, THE TRICKY PART, BLOCK 8, DI ESPERIENZA, WALLACE, AMERIGO, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, BORDERLANDS, LADY MACBETH, THE THIRD CROSSING, ERIC(A), NOTHING PERSONAL, DIFFERENT=AMAZING, MAMA, PILOT PROGRAM, RUFF! and a slew of Script-In-Hand Series readings for the company. For Kirt and Oscar.

Robert Scott Smith* (Actor) has previously appeared in Plan-B’s BASH: LATTERDAY PLAYS and MARRY CHRISTMAS. He is founder and Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory, where his collaborations include LOST IN THE WOODS (with Salt Lake Men’s Choir), FEAST (with NOW-ID) and CLIMBING WITH TIGERS (upcoming with Red Fred Project and Salt Lake Acting Company). Other local acting credits include THE CRUCIBLE (PTC) and SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, CHARM, GOOD PEOPLE, RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN (SLAC).

Eric Samuelsen^ (Playwright) has previously premiered MIASMA, AMERIGO, BORDERLANDS, NOTHING PERSONAL, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 8: FAIRYANA, CLEARING BOMBS and 3 with Plan-B. CLEARING BOMBS was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. His other plays include GADIANTON, A LOVE AFFAIR WITH ELECTRONS, FAMILY, THE WAY WE’RE WIRED and PECULIARITIES. Fluent in Norwegian, Mr. Samuelsen has also translated four Ibsen plays—HEDDA GABBLER, LITTLE EYOLF, A DOLL HOUSE and GHOSTS, the latter two produced by Plan-B as Script-In-Hand Series readings. Read his blog at mormoniconoclast.com.

NOVA Chamber Music Series celebrates the vast chamber music repertoire performed by Utah’s finest classical musicians. Founded in 1977, NOVA is Utah’s longest-running chamber music series. In recent seasons, NOVA has garnered local and national recognition for its thoughtful and innovative programming. Awards include the Governor’s Organizational Leadership in the Arts Award; the Top Ten Classical Concerts of 2013 by ReichelRecommends, and a nod from the 2012 Pulitzer Prize committee with its performance of composer Andrew Norman’s A Companion Guide to Rome. novaslc.org

Plan-B Theatre Company celebrates its 25th season of developing and producing unique and socially conscious theatre with a focus on new plays by Utah playwrights. Awards include 50 City Weekly Slammy/Arty/Best of Utah Arts Awards, 21 QSaltLake Fabby Awards, Organization of the Year awards from Human Rights Campaign, Equality Utah and Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah (twice). Plan-B is the 2015 recipient of both the Governor’s Organizational Leadership in the Arts Award and Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artist Award for Service to the Arts by an Organization.


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