THE WEIRD PLAY TEXT

a world premiere by Jenifer Nii
March 1-11, 2018

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Whom do you love?
What do you love?
How do you love?
And why?

THE WEIRD PLAY lives in the space between romance and devotion.

Featuring Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, Susanna Florence and April Fossen.

Designed by Cheryl Cluff (sound), Jaron Hermansen (lighting), Phil Lowe (costumes), Arika Schockmel (props). Stage managed by Jennifer Freed. Directed by Alex Ungerman.

A co-production with Sackerson.

From the author of WALLACE, THE SCARLET LETTER, SUFFRAGE, RUFF! and KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

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PREVIOUS JENIFER NII PRODUCTIONS

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2016)

RUFF! (2015)

SUFFRAGE (2013)

THE SCARLET LETTER (2012)

WALLACE (2010)

WHO'S WHO

Jenifer Nii (Playwright) proudly calls Plan-B her creative home. She has previously premiered five plays with the company: KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, the first original musical in the company’s history, created with composer and co-lyricist David Evanoff; THE SCARLET LETTER and SUFFRAGE, which garnered back-to-back nominations for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York; RUFF!, which was presented to more than 10,000 Utah school kids as part of Plan B’s Free Elementary School Tour; and WALLACE, co-written with playwright Debora Threedy. Jenifer is the first Asian American to receive a world premiere in Utah. When not writing, she has spent time as a dog trainer, newspaper reporter, and competitive classical pianist. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Cheryl Cluff (Sound Design) co-founded Plan-B in 1991 and has been Managing Director since 1995. She has directed every episode of RADIO HOUR, MESA VERDE, THE SCARLET LETTER, SUFFRAGE, 3, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, BASED ON A TRUE STORY and the last two Free Elementary School Tours of RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN. and THE EDIBLE COMPLEX. Cheryl has designed sound for nearly every production since 2001, most recently VIRTUE, NOT ONE DROP and THE ICE FRONT.

Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin (Two) has previously appeared in Plan-B’s THE THIRD CROSSING, NOTHING PERSONAL and MAMA. “The past is a Neverland from which I can’t return. The present is this body of work right here. Be present.”

Susanna Florence (One) has been part of two previous Plan-B productions: PILOT PROGRAM and KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (also by Jenifer Nii). Other recent credits include: KING CHARLES III, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (PTC), THE KING’S MEN (Sting & Honey) and AS YOU LIKE IT, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, ROMEO & JULIET, MARY POPPINS, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (USF). Susanna holds an M.F.A. from the National Theater Conservatory. She would like to thank her mom and Dad for letting her dream as a kid and GK for helping that dream come true.

April Fossen (Three) has appeared in Plan-B’s ONE BIG UNION, BOOKSMART, PILOT PROGRAM, NOTHING PERSONAL, SUFFRAGE (also by Jenifer Nii), MESA VERDE, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, MIASMA, eight SLAMs and various staged readings. Recent local credits also include MERCURY, BULL SHARK ATTACK, and BLACKBERRY WINTER (SLAC); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Grand); STAGE KISS (Wasatch); AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Silver Summit/Utah Rep); and TITUS ANDRONICUS (Pinnacle). April holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from UC Berkeley.

Jennifer Freed* (Stage Manager) is “excited to be in my 20th year with Plan-B! Time just flies by when doing something you love. Here’s to 20 more years!”

Jaron Hermansen (Lighting Design) makes his Plan-B debut. Designs include ART, RED, THE FOREIGNER, MURDER FOR TWO (The Cape Playhouse, Dennis, MA); THE MUSIC MAN, WIZARD OF OZ, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Sundance), ELEEMOYSNARY (The Brooks, San Diego CA); THE KING’S MEN, PRIVATE EAR, HEDDA GABBLER (Sting & Honey); BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, SONDER (Sackerson), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Radical Hospitality). Jaron sits on the Board of Directors for USITT intermountain Desert Region and is Technical Director for the Waterford School.

Phil Lowe (Costume Design) has designed for Plan-B since he first moved to SLC fourteen years ago.  Among his favorite Plan-B credits are ANIMAL FARM, BLOCK 8, WALLACE, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, THE SCARLET LETTER, SUFFRAGE, CLEARING BOMBS, THE KREUTZER SONATA and VIRTUE. An MFA graduate of Utah State University, he was awarded Kennedy Center’s National Barbizon Award in Costume Design in 2002 and now serves as a KCACTF design respondent. Phil spent five seasons as Costume Director for Utah Festival Opera and is now Costume Studio Manager/Resident Designer at Pioneer Theatre Company. 

Halee Rasmussen (Set Design) makes her Plan-B debut. She received her BFA from the U of U’s Performing Arts and Design Program, with a double emphasis in technical direction and set design. She is currently in her sixth year as the Assistant Technical Director and Scenic Charge Artist for U of U’s Department of Theatre and her seventh year as resident set designer for The Grand Theatre. Halee is thrilled to be designing with Plan-B!

Arika Schockmel (Props) has designed props for Plan-B’s THE ICE FRONT, VIRTUE, BASED ON A TRUE STORY and CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS. She is the resident Prop Master for U of U’s Department of Theatre. Other projects include costume crafts for film and Pioneer Theatre Company, and the occasional acting gig. She and her husband Christopher Glade are parents to Charlotte, age 7, who is universally considered their best collaborative work to date.

Alex Ungerman (Director) is an SLC-based director and producer. He is one of the Producers of Sackerson and Co-Founder of Grassroots Shakespeare Company. For Sackerson he has directed THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE, AN OAK TREE, SONDER, SHOCKHEADED PETER and THE TEN DEATHS OF HAMLET. He often plays a supporting role to his all-star wife, Dr. Elisa Thelys Bushman; and occasionally acts as movement coordinator for his two children, Zelda and Hollis.

Sackerson is an SLC-based theatre company focused on new works, unconventional spaces and bold audiences. The company is Dave Mortensen, Morag Shepherd and Alex Ungerman. Since launching in 2015, Sackerson has produced BEFORE THE BEEP, POPPY’S IN THE SAND, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE, AN OAK TREE, BURN, SONDER, HOW LONG CAN YOU STAND ON THE TRAIN TRACKS: A GAME FOR TWO SISTERS (a co-production with Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory), DO YOU WANT TO SEE ME NAKED?, SHOCKHEADED PETER, THE TEN DEATHS OF HAMLET and THE LITTLE PRINCE.


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