“Plan-B produces full seasons of new plays by local playwrights. No one else in the country does that!”
Gary Garrison, Executive Director, Creative Affairs, Dramatists Guild of America
Founded in 2008 and funded in part by the Dramatists Guild Fund and the B.W. Bastian Foundation, The Lab is an incubator for new plays, an opportunity for each of the thirteen member playwrights (Austin Archer, Matthew Ivan Bennett, Carleton Bluford, Rachel Bublitz, Elaine Jarvik, Julie Jensen, Jenny Kokai, Melissa Leilani Larson, Jenifer Nii, Eric Samuelsen, Morag Shepherd, Rob Tennant and Debora Threedy) to share whatever script they wish, at whatever stage they wish, in a private table reading for the group.
The ultimate goal is two-fold: (1) to continually contribute to the field nationally by strengthening a local community of playwrights and (2) to populate future seasons as often as possible with their work. The Lab is truly an innovative artist community. All 13 member playwrights been produced by Plan-B.
The Lab makes it possible for us to build relationships with playwrights rather than plays. Read more from the playwrights in this Utah Theatre Bloggers Association feature, in the anthologies Plan-B has published and on the Plan-B Blog. Special thanks to dramaturgs Martine Kei Green-Rogers, Janine Sobeck Knighton, Greg Hatch and Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell for their guidance and insight.
Click here for the full history of plays read in The Lab and history of first productions.