THE SCARLET LETTER
A world premiere by Jenifer Nii
April 12-22, 2012
Studio Theatre at the Rose Wagner
138 W 300 S, SLC
75 minutes, no intermission
No late seating
Taking branding to a whole new level.
Evil, sin, nature, a scarlet letter, a punishing scaffold. [Insert the local debate over Utah’s HB363 and the national debate over women’s reproductive rights here.] Adulteress Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A on her chest as a constant reminder of her shame. Her illegitimate daughter is truly the Pearl purchased at great price. Her lover remains unidentified and is wracked with guilt. Her husband seeks revenge. Adapted for the stage from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel. Join us for the latest work from the co-author of 2010’s sold-out run of WALLACE.
Featuring David Fetzer (Dimmesdale), Mark Fossen (Chillingworth), Lauren Noll (Hester) and Claire Wilson (Pearl).
Directed by Cheryl Ann Cluff. Stage Managed by Jennifer Freed.
Designed by Cheryl Ann Cluff (Sound), Phllip R. Lowe (Costumes), Jesse Portillo (Lighting), Jerry Rapier (Props) and Randy Rasmussen (Set).
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PLAYWRIGHT JENIFER NII
has previously premiered WALLACE and three SLAM pieces with Plan-B. She is a native of Idaho but has called Utah home for the past twenty years. A graduate of the University of Utah, she spent nine years as a newspaper reporter before taking a position in corporate communications for a major healthcare provider. Two things keep Jenifer from becoming a crazy recluse: the theatre, and doing whatever she can to find homes for shelter animals. Her passions include Plan-B Theatre Company, trying to write better and hugging dachshunds and pit bulls.
David Fetzer* (Dimmesdale) has previously appeared in Plan-B’s THE END OF THE HORIZON, THE THIRD CROSSING and the Script-In-Hand Series. At Salt Lake Acting Company, his credits include BOY and BOOM. David is also a producer, musician and avid homebrewer. He founded The New Works Theatre Machine in 2010.
Mark Fossen (Chillingworth) has previously appeared in Plan-B’s ALIENATION EFFEKT, EXPOSED, AMERIGO and many SLAMs, BANNEDs and readings. Other local acting credits include THE ODYSSEY (Meat & Potato), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Sundance Summer Theatre) and HENRY V and MACBETH (Salt Lake Shakespeare). His directing work includes THE CRUCIBLE and THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Grand Theatre), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Davis Arts Council) and AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Pinnacle Acting Company).
Lauren Noll* (Hester) is thrilled to return to Plan-B following LADY MACBETH and A DOLL HOUSE (Script-In-Hand Series) earlier this season. Other local credits include SUNSET BOULEVARD (PTC), GYPSY (Dark Horse), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Grand) and HAIR (Egyptian). Lauren is a graduate of BYU’s Acting program and the Tony-award winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s acting intern company.
Claire Wilson (Pearl) makes her professional theatre debut with Plan-B’s THE SCARLET LETTER. She is currently a sophomore at the Salt Lake School of Performing Arts where she has performed in THE MILL AND THE FLOSS and JULIUS CAESAR. She has also studied for 5 years at Theatre Arts Conservatory where she has appeared in I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY, THE ORPHAN TRAIN and STUDENT SLAM.
Cheryl Ann Cluff (Director/Sound Design) co-founded Plan-B in 1991 and is the company’s Managing Director. She has directed MESA VERDE and all five RADIO HOURs, including RADIO HOUR: FRANKENSTEIN (Utah Broadcasters Association Gold Award, Best Radio Feature Story or Program) and RADIO HOUR: ALICE. She has designed sound for nearly every Plan-B production since 2000, most recently BORDERLANDS, LADY MACBETH and THE THIRD CROSSING.
Jennifer Freed* (Stage Manager) has been a stage manager for more than 25 years. Her credits span from Utah to New York and California to Canada. Jen is incredibly grateful to be a member of Plan-B and has literally loved every show she has had the opportunity to be a part of. She is thrilled to be part of another great season!
Phillip R. Lowe (Costume Design) is thrilled to return to Plan-B, where he has costumed ANIMAL FARM, BLOCK 8, WALLACE, THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER, AMERIGO, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, BORDERLANDS, LADY MACBETH and THE THIRD CROSSING. Phil is adjunct faculty and a guest designer at Weber State University. He holds a BFA in Acting and Directing and an MFA in Design from Utah State University and received Kennedy Center’s National Barbizon Award for THE LION IN THE WINTER (Old Lyric Repertory Company).
Jesse Portillo (Lighting Design) happily joins Plan-B for another season where he has lit EXPOSED, BLOCK 8, DI ESPERIENZA, RADIO HOUR: ALICE, AMERIGO, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, MESA VERDE, BORDERLANDS, LADY MACBETH and THE THIRD CROSSING. Jesse has also designed for Pioneer Theatre Company, Light Opera Oklahoma, Salt Lake Acting Company, Grand Theatre, Pygmalion Theatre Company and the Egyptian Theatre. Jesse also teaches Lighting Design for the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre.
Jerry Rapier (Props Design) is in his 12th season as Plan-B’s Producing Director. He has propped and costumed several (and directed 19) Plan-B productions.
Randy Rasmussen (Set Design) has designed nearly every set in Plan-B’s history. His most recent designs include SHE WAS MY BROTHER, MESA VERDE, BORDERLANDS, LADY MACBETH and THE THIRD CROSSING (set) and the revival of GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! (lighting). Randy also designs scenery for the Lyric Opera Ensemble at the University of Utah and is Technical Director of both Plan-B and Kingsbury Hall.