The 2014/15 Company

PLAN-B THEATRE COMPANY develops and produces unique and socially conscious theatre with a focus on new plays by Utah playwrights. At the conclusion of the 2014/15 season, 83 of the 111 productions in our 24-year history will have been world premieres, 81 by Utah playwrights. Plan-B has received 49 City Weekly Arty/Slammy Awards (including Best Local Theatre Production 13 of the past 14 seasons), 20 QSaltLake Fabby Awards (including Best Theatre Company each of the past 10 seasons) and Organization of the Year awards from Equality Utah, Human Rights Campaign and Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah (twice)!

Below are the bios of all of the artists working on the 2014/15 season: Matthew Ivan Bennett’s RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM, Julie Jensen’s CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, Elaine Jarvik’s MARRY CHRISTMAS, Carleton Bluford’s MAMA, Matthew Ivan Bennett’s A/VERSION OF EVENTS, Melissa Leilani Larson’s PILOT PROGRAM, and the Free Elementary School Tours of Jenifer Nii’s RUFF! and Matthew Ivan Bennett’s DIFFERENT=AMAZING (encore).

BILL ALLRED (Ensemble, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM) makes his third appearance in Plan-B’s RADIO HOUR. He has also appeared in Plan-B’s Script-In-Hand Series readings of STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS and 8 and co-hosted several AND THE BANNED PLAYED ON events. Bill is best known as the co-host of X96’s Radio From Hell Show. “It is always a pleasure and an honor to work at Plan-B.”

TYSON BAKER (Boy, DIFFERENT=AMAZING; Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAS and Axel, RUFF!) has previously appeared in Plan-B’s SLAM and the Free Elementary School Tour of DIFFERENT=AMAZING. Other favorite theatre credits include rowdy western musical theatre at Jackson Hole Playhouse, two seasons with Old Lyric Repertory Company, THE CRUCIBLE (Grand Theatre), CLOSER (Wasatch Theatre Company) and ROMEO & JULIET (Weber State University). You can also see him in MOCKINGBIRD this season at PYGmalion Theatre Company.

KIRT BATEMAN* (Actor 1, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITShas considered Plan-B home since 2001 and has had the privilege to lark about in many Plan-B events, fundraisers, readings, plays and even a musical! He was honored with back-to-back City Weekly Arty Awards in 2010 and 2011 for Best Theatre Performance for AMERIGO and BORDERLANDS, respectively. Most recently he appeared in Plan-B’s CLEARING BOMBS. Kirt is the Executive Director of Davis Arts Council and the proud daddy of Oscar George Bateman-Rapier.

COLLEEN BAUM* (Ensemble, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM and Actress 1, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS) is incredibly happy to be back at Plan-B where her credits include THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER, TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, ANIMAL FARM, WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, AND THE BANNED PLAYED ON and SLAM. She has been seen frequently at Salt Lake Acting Company (most recently in COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE), Pioneer Theatre Company (most recently in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING) and Old Lyric Repertory Company (most recently in ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE and BLITHE SPIRIT).

MATTHEW IVAN BENNETT^ (Playwright, DIFFERENT=AMAZING, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM and A/VERSION OF EVENTS) is resident playwright at Plan-B, where he’s premiered several plays including ERIC(A), which won Best Drama at United Solo Theatre Festival in New York in 2013 and MESA VERDE, which was nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York in 2011. Recently, he received the Holland New Voices Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. He’s worked with Chicago’s Circle Theatre, Rising Sun in New York, Source in D.C. and Monkeyman in Toronto.

KIM BLACKETT (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMASreturns to Plan-B after appearing in the Script-In-Hand Series readings of STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS and 8. He has acted professionally for the past 30 years, appearing locally at Pioneer Theatre Company, Theatre 138, Salt Lake Acting Company, Grand Theatre, Park City’s Egyptian Theatre and seven seasons at Sundance Summer Theatre. Kim has appeared in film, television and numerous national and local television and radio commercials.

CARLETON BLUFORD* (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAS; Playwright, MAMA and Cooper, A/VERSION OF EVENTShas previously appeared in Plan-B’s WALLACE, SLAM and THE THIRD CROSSING. Other acting credits include THE ROCKLY HORROR SHOW and IN THE HEIGHTS (Pioneer Theatre Company), JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR (Park City’s Egyptian Theatre), RAGTIME (Hale Center Theatre), CIVIL WAR (Hale Center Theatre Orem), THE OVERWHELMING (Salt Lake Acting Company) and RUINED (People Productions). Recent film credits include Saints & Soldiers: The Void and Stop Pepper Palmer (Best Supporting Actor, WorldFest Houston). As a playwright, he has had a trio of short plays produced locally: BREATHE (Plan-B/Utah AIDS Foundation AIDS Plays), NEW DELI (Wasatch Theatre Company/Short Shorts Festival) and NIGGAH (People Productions/Edward Lewis Black Theatre Festival). MAMA is his first full-length production.

ANITA BOOHER* (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAS) returns to Plan-B where she has appeared in THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER, BLOCK 8, PATIENT A, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, SLAM and the Script-In-Hand Series reading of 8. Anita also appeared in MAN FROM NEBRASKA, TWO-HEADED and ANGELS IN AMERICA at Salt Lake Acting Company and was last seen in DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Grand Theatre.

JASON BOWCUTT (Director, MARRY CHRISTMAS) is happy to be working at Plan-B once again, where he has directed ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA, acted in THE END OF THE HORIZON and acted in/directed a number of Script-In-Hand Series offerings. Jason has worked for a number of theatres around the country including: The Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Guthrie Theatre and McCarter Theatre. Other Utah directing credits include WELL for PYGmalion Theatre Company, REASONS TO BE PRETTY for the University of Utah and [title of show] for Utah Repertory Theatre.

KRIS BUSHMAN (Rehearsal Stage Manager, A/VERSION OF EVENTS) is excited to join the Plan-B team. Since moving to Salt Lake City this year she has stage managed THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT and THE COLOR PURPLE (Wasatch Theatre Company) and A CHORUS LINE and TWELFTH NIGHT (Egyptian Theatre Company). Kris was Production Manager for the Caine College of the Arts at USU and Production Stage Manager for Old Lyric Repertory Company for 20 years. She has stage managed for Cache Valley Civic Ballet, Unicorn Children’s Theatre and Music Theatre West, among others.

CHERYL ANN CLUFF (Director, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM; Director/Sound Design, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS; Sound Design, MARRY CHRISTMAS, MAMA, A/VERSION OF EVENTS and PILOT PROGRAMco-founded Plan-B in 1991 and is the company’s Managing Director. She has designed sound for nearly every Plan-B production since 2000. Cheryl has also directed all RADIO HOUR episodes as well as MESA VERDE, THE SCARLET LETTER, SUFFRAGE and 3.

DEE-DEE DARBY-DUFFIN (Actor 3, MAMA), aka D4, is thrilled to return to Plan-B, where she has previously appeared in NOTHING PERSONAL, THE THIRD CROSSING and SLAM. Other credits include [title of show] for Utah Repertory Theater Company, THE ODETTES, FENCES and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (Good Company Theatre), WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE, LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL and WELL (PYGmalion Theatre Company), FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF (People Productions), THE OVERWHELMING and SATURDAY’S VOYEUR (Salt Lake Acting Company), TO BILLIE & ELLA WITH LOVE, THE MESSIAH, CROWNS, 1940’s RADIO HOUR and YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Grand Theatre) and HAIRSPAY, CIVIL WAR, ANNIE and BIG RIVER (Rodgers Memorial Theatre).

JOE DEBEVC* (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAShas previously appeared in Plan-B’s SHE WAS MY BROTHER, MIASMA, SLAM, LADY MACBETH and the Script-In-Hand Series readings of THE NORMAL HEART and A DOLL HOUSE. Other recent Utah credits include SIDE MAN (Park City’s Egyptian Theatre) and THE ODD COUPLE (Pioneer Theatre Company).

DAVID EVANOFF (Composer/Musician, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMMhas partnered with Plan-B on three productions of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, several installments of AND THE BANNED PLAYED ON and four previous RADIO HOURs. He has been entertaining audiences for a lifetime. Owner of Sound Design Studios, David has produced and written award-winning music and soundtracks for film and television and special events including Disneyland, Universal Studios and the 2002 Winter Olympics.

APRIL FOSSEN (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAS and Abigail, PILOT PROGRAM) has appeared in Plan-B’s NOTHING PERSONAL, SUFFRAGE, MESA VERDE, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, MIASMA, SLAM and the Script-in-Hand Series reading of 8. Other local credits include AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Silver Summit Theatre Company/Utah Repertory Theater Company); THE RIGHTEOUS AND VERY REAL HOUSEWIVES OF UTAH COUNTY (Alligator Press Productions); THREE DAYS OF RAIN and AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Pinnacle Acting Company); ROMEO AND JULIET and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Davis Arts Council); and LIVING OUT (PYGmalion Theatre Company). Regional credits include work with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the California Shakespeare Festival. BA, Theatre Arts, UC Berkeley.

MARK FOSSEN (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAS and Jacob, PILOT PROGRAMhas been seen in Plan-B’s CLEARING BOMBS (2014 City Weekly Arty Award, Best Theatre Performance), THE SCARLET LETTER, AMERIGO, ALIENATION EFFEKT, EXPOSED and other events. Other Salt Lake acting credits include THE ODYSSEY (Meat & Potato Theatre), ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD and THE THREEPENNY OPERA (University of Utah), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Sundance Summer Theatre), HENRY V and MACBETH (Salt Lake Shakespeare), PROOF (Pinnacle Acting Company) and SORDID LIVES (PYGmalion Theatre Company). Regional acting credits include work at the California and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Thick Description.

GRANT FUHST (Original Artwork, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, MAMA, A/VERSION OF EVENTS and PILOT PROGRAM) – read more about Grant here.

JENNIFER FREED* (Stage Manager, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, MAMA, A/VERSION OF EVENTS and PILOT PROGRAM) has stage managed all but three Plan-B productions since 1998. She is, as always, grateful for the opportunities Plan-B has given her. Working with amazing playwrights, actors and technical staff is always one of the most rewarding aspects of her job; along with being part of such ground-breaking and thought-provoking plays. “Here’s to another great season!”

NELL GWYNN* (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAS) is thrilled to be making her Plan-B debut in MARRY CHRISTMAS! Other SLC credits include GOOD PEOPLE, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, GOD OF CARNAGE, THE PERSIAN QUARTER, ANGELS IN AMERICA and RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, all with Salt Lake Acting Company. Favorite NYC credits include David Johnston’s CANDY & DOROTHY (GLAAD New Media Award Winner), Tom Rowan’s KISS & CRY (GLAAD New Media Award Nominee; Innovative Theatre Award Nomination, Best Supporting Actress) and COUNSELLOR AT LAW (Lortel Award Winner, Best Revival). Nell is represented locally by TMG.

WILLIAM COOPER HOWELL (Actor 1, MAMA) is excited to be back at Plan-B after performing in SLAM in 2013 and interning with Jerry Rapier for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH in 2012. This performance is dedicated to Lori Guiver-Howell, the best Mama I know.

ELAINE JARVIK (Playwright, MARRY CHRISTMAS) has previously written for Plan-B’s SLAM. She is a former staff writer for the Deseret News. (a man enters), co-written with her daughter Kate Jarvik Birch, was produced in 2011 by the Salt Lake Acting Company, which will also produce TWO STORIES in 2015. THE COMING ICE AGE was produced by PYGmalion Theatre Company in 2010. DEAD RIGHT was produced at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2008 and has been anthologized in The Bedford Introduction to Literature. She thanks Jerry Rapier for encouraging her to compile MARRY CHRISTMAS.

JULIE JENSEN^ (Playwright, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS) has written over thirty plays, all of which have been produced in professional theatres throughout the country and abroad. TWO-HEADED was recently produced in London and MOCKINGBIRD will be produced this season by Kennedy Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences and PYGmalion Theatre in Salt Lake City. CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS is the second of her plays to be produced by Plan-B; SHE WAS MY BROTHER was produced in 2011. Julie is Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild of America, a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and an Affiliated Writer at the Playwrights’ Center.

MICHAEL JOHNSON (Stage Manager/Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAS) is in his third season as Plan-B’s intern and has been involved in 13 productions, including two RADIO HOURs, AND THE BANNED PLAYED ON, ADAM AND STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA and ERIC(A). Michael is a senior in the Actor Training Program at the Unversity of Utah, where he recently appeared in ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, BLUE STOCKINGS and THE THREEPENNY OPERA. He has also appeared in Pioneer Theatre Company’s LAUGHING STOCK and the Play-By-Play reading of ALABAMA STORY.

MELISSA LEILANI LARSON^ (Playwright, PILOT PROGAM) makes her Plan-B debut. Recent work includes a sold-out run of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (commissioned by BYU); MARTYRS’ CROSSING (IRAM Best New Play) debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe; and the feature film FREETOWN (in theaters April 2015). Other plays include LITTLE HAPPY SECRETS (Association for Mormon Letters Drama Award), A FLICKERING (Trustus Playwrights Festival Finalist), and STANDING STILL STANDING (Mayhew Award). Mel is a Dramatists Guild Ambassador for Utah. BA in English, BYU; MFA, Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

TITO LIVAS* (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAS) is honored to be making his Plan-B debut with this wonderful and important production. Born and raised just north of here in Caldwell, ID, Tito has just recently finished touring the world performing with Holland America and visiting six of the seven continents. Before that he workshopped the new David Byrne musical HERE LIVES LOVE currently playing Off-Broadway, toured the U.S. with Theatreworks USA, worked as a performer at Walt Disney World and performed Shakespeare in Idaho and Alaska. He loves animals, the outdoors and pretending.

PHILLIP R. LOWE (Costume Design, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, MAMA, A/VERSION OF EVENTS and PILOT PROGRAMhas designed for Plan-B since 2004, where his credits include ANIMAL FARM, BLOCK 8, WALLACE, THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER, AMERIGO, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, BORDERLANDS, LADY MACBETH, THE THIRD CROSSING, THE SCARLET LETTER, ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA, SUFFRAGE, NOTHING PERSONAL, CLEARING BOMBS and 3. Phil serves as Director of Costumes & Wardrobe for Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre and teaches acting and theatre studies at Weber State University. He was the 2002 recipient of the Kennedy Center’s National Barbizon Award in Costume Design. BFA, Acting/Directing & MFA, Theatrical Design, Utah State University.

JENIFER NII (Playwright, RUFF!) has premiered her plays WALLACE (co-written with Debora Threedy), THE SCARLET LETTER and SUFFRAGE at Plan-B, the latter two garnering back-to-back nominations for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York. She spent a decade as a newspaper reporter after her university aspirations to be a concert pianist were thwarted by a pinky finger that snapped three times during a single Schumann sonata. She now trains dogs and writes plays, proudly calling Plan-B her creative home.

JAY PERRY* (Ensemble, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMMhas appeared in Plan-B’s CLEARING BOMBS, TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT, SLAM, every RADIO HOUR, FACING EAST (Salt Lake, San Francisco and Off-Broadway; 2007 City Weekly Arty Award, Best Theatre Performance), GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! (Salt Lake and Park City’s Egyptian Theatre), SHE WAS MY BROTHER, LADY MACBETH, the Free Elementary School Tour of PETER AND THE WOLF (in partnership with Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation), THE SOLDIER’S TALE (in partnership with NOVA Chamber Music Series) and the Script-In-Hand Series readings of THE NORMAL HEART, A DOLL HOUSE, STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS and 8. Jay is an administrator for Youth Theatre at the U, where he also teaches and directs.

JESSE PORTILLO^^ (Lighting Design, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, MAMA, A/VERSION OF EVENTS and PILOT PROGRAMhas worked with Plan-B since 2007, where his favorite productions include HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, BLOCK 8, EXPOSED, AMERIGO, ERIC(A) and SHE WAS MY BROTHER. He has also designed lighting for Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, PYGmalion Theatre Company, Grand Theatre, LOOK Musical Theatre, Baylor University and Millikin University. Jesse has also designed many productions for the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre, where he is an Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Lighting Design. Jesse is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

VICKI PUGMIRE (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAShas been part of the Salt Lake theatre community for over 30 years. Her most recent productions include WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE (PYGmalion Theatre Company), THE FOREIGNER (Hale Center Theatre), FARNDALE/MACBETH (Meat & Potato Theatre) and ANTIGONE (Classic Greek Theatre Festival). She married her partner, Shellie, in September of 2013 in California, never thinking for a second that it would ever be possible in Utah. Who knew? Restore Our Humanity is not only an important cause, but something our society MUST do.

JEANETTE PUHICH* (Actress 2, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITSpreviously appeared in Plan-B’s SLAM (the first one ever!) and the first two productions of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. At Salt Lake Acting Company her credits include BAD DATES, SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, MERE MORTALS, GUNMETAL BLUES, SATURDAY’S VOYEUR, CABBIES, COWBOYS AND THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN and RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN. Other local credits include Park City’s Egyptian Theatre, Grand Theatre, PYGmalion Theatre Company, Institute of Terror and Utah Contemporary Theatre. In Seattle, she performed at Pioneer Square Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, Group Theatre and Cabaret de Paris. Film/TV: Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, Everwood, Mobsters & Mormons and Gentleman Broncos. BS, Theatre Arts, University of Idaho.

JERRY RAPIER** (Director/Props, DIFFERENT=AMAZING, MAMA, PILOT PROGRAM and RUFF!; Props, A/VERSION OF EVENTS) has been Plan-B’s Producing Director since 2000. Three of the 30 Plan-B productions he has directed have run in New York and 10 have been named Best Local Theatre Production by City Weekly. A recipient of Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artist Award, he was also named one of Catalyst Magazine’s Catalyst 100, an Alternative Pioneer by City Weekly and one of Community Foundation of Utah’s inaugural Enlightened 50. A five-time theatre panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, he is a proud member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. He is now mostly known as the proud Pop-Pop of Oscar George Bateman-Rapier. MFA, Directing, University of Idaho.

RANDY RASMUSSEN (Set Design, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, MAMA, A/VERSION OF EVENTS and PILOT PROGRAMhas designed nearly every Plan-B set since the company’s inception in 1991, including all 13 of the plays that have been named Best Local Theatre Production by City Weekly. “I do the same thing, year after year, and still love it. I must be crazy. Oh – and last year I painted a huge-ass painting for the Rio Grande Café.”

LATOYA RHODES (Girl, DIFFERENT=AMAZING; Actor 2, MAMA; Hannah, A/VERSION OF EVENTS and Buddy, RUFF!) has appeared in Plan-B’s SLAM, DIFFERENT=AMAZING and the 10th anniversary revival of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. She has also appeared regionally at  Wasatch Theatre Company (CLOSER, THE COLOR PURPLE), Pioneer Theatre Company (RENT, ELF, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW), Salt Lake Acting Company (SATURDAY’S VOYEUR), Egyptian Theatre (HAIR, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR) and the Utah Shakespeare Festival (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, GREENSHOW, A CHRISTMAS CAROL: ON THE AIR). Latoya made her off-Broadway debut in SHELTER at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

SUSANNA FLORENCE RISSER (Heather, PILOT PROGRAMis thrilled to be joining the Plan-B family. An MFA graduate of The National Theatre Conservatory, her recent credits include ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (Pioneer Theatre Company) and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and SHE LOVES ME (Davis (CA) Shakespeare Festival). After more than a decade of near misses, she is happy to finally be in one of Melissa Leilani Larson’s plays. Much love to GK, Van, Josie, Coco and Augie.

ERIC ROBINETTE (Sound Engineer, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMMhas previously partnered with Plan-B on three productions of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, three installments of AND THE BANNED PLAYED ON and four RADIO HOURs. Eric is an engineer in high demand, mixing regularly for countless live shows.

TERESA SANDERSON (Ensemble, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM) is excited to join her Plan-B family for her seventh RADIO HOUR. In 2013 she received City Weekly’s Arty Award for Best Local Theatre Performance for Plan B’s ERIC(A), which toured to Theatre Out in California and the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York, where it won Best Drama. She has also appeared in Plan-B’s ANIMAL FARM, TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, SLAM, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT, EXPOSED, DI ESPERIENZA, MESA VERDE and 3, as well as the Script-In-Hand Series readings of STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS and 8. You may have also seen her in GYPSY (Dark Horse Company Theatre), WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (Pinnacle Acting Company) and AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Silver Summit Theatre Company/Utah Repertory Theater Company).

ARIKA SCHOCKMEL (Props Design, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS) returns to Plan-B after designing makeup for the 2012 revival of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. She has designed and built props, sets, makeup, costumes, projections and set dressing for nearly two decades. Recent projects include various costume crafts at Pioneer Theatre Company and telling fortunes for Voodoo Productions. Favorites include: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Makeup, Plan-B), RING OF FIRE (Set Design, Dark Horse Company Theatre), JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR and HAIR (Props, Park City’s Egyptian Theatre) and REEFER MADNESS (Props, Dark Horse Company Theatre). Arika is mother to Charlotte Rose, who just turned four and loves fairies, pirates, and ponies, and possesses the ability to make Christmas magical.

ROBERT SCOTT SMITH* (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAS) previously appeared in Plan-B’s BASH: LATTERDAY PLAYS and the Script-In-Hand Series reading of REYKJAVIK. He is Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory, whose collaborations include LOST IN THE WOODS with Salt Lake Men’s Choir and FEAST with NOW-ID. New York acting credits include KEEPING ISHMAEL and PERICLES (SLANT) and co-development of Roger Benington’s MORMON BIRD PLAY. SLC acting credits include PAINS OF YOUTH and SANTALAND DIARIES (Tooth & Nail Theatre) and GOOD PEOPLE, CHARM, SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, SIX YEARS, BIG LOVE, BATBOY: THE MUSICAL, GROSS INDECENCY and RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN (Salt Lake Acting Company) and OUR TOWN (Grand Theatre). Film: Wildlife, Blessing and Animae.

YOLANDA STANGE* (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMASreturns to Plan-B, having previously participated in the Script-In-Hand Series and SLAM. A film and television actress who returns home to the stage at least once a year, she has appeared in films along side some of Hollywood’s finest actors., including Danny Glover (Waffle Street), John Leguizamo (Man on Carrion Road) and Diane Keaton (Darling Companions). Her stage roles include NEGLECT (Utah Contemporary Theatre), THE OVERWHELMING (Salt Lake Acting Company) and DON’T DRINK THE WATER (Hale Center Theatre). Yolanda is co-founder of Radical Hospitality Productions, Salt Lake’s newest ‘pop up’ dinner theatre. She is an acting coach, film producer, writer and cicerone.

CHRISTY SUMMERHAYS (Director, A/VERSION OF EVENTS) previously directed the Free Elementary School Tour of PETER AND THE WOLF (in partnership with Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation), SLAM and THE SOLDIER’S TALE (in partnership with NOVA Chamber Music Series) for Plan-B. She began directing in opera (unless you include her illustrious high school career) where her favorite productions included RIGOLETTO, LA BOHEME and Leonard Bernstein’s TROUBLE IN TAHITI. She had the pleasure of acting in a Matthew Ivan Bennett play (MESA VERDE) with Plan-B and thinks it’s pretty damn awesome that she is lucky enough to work with both again!

ELIZABETH SUMMERHAYS (Actor 4, MAMA) makes her long-desired debut with Plan-B and she is honored to be part of such an exciting season of premiere works from local playwrights. Recent credits include: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Grand Theatre), EMMA (Pioneer Theatre), MACBETH, HAY FEVER and THE WOULD-BE GENTLEMAN (Babcock Theatre) and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and HELLO, DOLLY! (Hale Centre Theatre). Elizabeth holds a BFA from University of Utah’s Actor Training Program.

JASON TATOM* (Ensemble, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM and MARRY CHRISTMASis always happy to be working at Plan-B, having appeared in EXPOSED, LADY MACBETH, SLAMs, and two RADIO HOURs. Recently he has appeared in the Script-In-Hand Series readings of REYKJAVIK, GHOSTS and THE SOLDIER’S TALE (in partnership with NOVA Chamber Music Series). He just completed shooting the independent film Waffle Street with Danny Glover and James Lafferty. Jason is a proud graduate of the dearly departed National Theatre Conservatory.

SARAH DANIELLE YOUNG (Ensemble, MARRY CHRISTMAS) has previously performed with Plan-B in SUFFRAGE, SLAM and the Script-In-Hand Series reading of 8. Other credits include THESE SHINING LIVES (People Productions), OUR TOWN (Grand Theatre), AS YOU LIKE IT, ROMEO AND JULIET and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Davis Arts Council), FARNDALE/MACBETH (Meat & Potato Theatre) and BLUE (Theatre Arts Conservatory). Sarah also works as a stage manager. BA, Theatre Studies, University of Utah.

Not to mention the playwrights in the The Lab and the dozens of actors who are participating in this season’s developmental readings in The Lab as well as with individual playwrights between October 2015 and September 2016.

*Actors’ Equity Association
**Stage Directors & Choreographers Society
^Dramatists Guild
^^United Scenic Artists

CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS
Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett on creating DIFFERENT=AMAZING

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