We invite you to join us for our 28th season
of unique and socially conscious theatre
created by Utah playwrights!
A season exploring how truth finds us and what we do with it once it does.
A season about sexuality, race and privilege.
A season about us, here, now.
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“I’d been loved. And that changes a person.”
A gay Mormon faces excommunication a week after marrying the man of his dreams. A solo play about faith, hope and catharsis.
Featuring Austin Archer. Designed by Keven Myhre (set), Jerry Rapier (costumes), Matt Taylor (costumes). Stage managed by Jennifer Freed, Morag Shepherd. Directed by Jerry Rapier.
From the author of ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA, featuring the author of JUMP
“I guarantee you there will come a time when your name won’t ring a bell among the living.”
The original worst-ever (and possibly first gay) President James Buchanan and actor-assassin John Wilkes Booth defend their (in)actions before a live studio audience. A dark comedy about race, privilege, sexuality and legacy.
Featuring Aaron Adams, Jason Bowcutt, Anne Brings, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin. Designed by Cheryl Cluff (sound), Thomas George (set), David Rees (lighting), Arika Schockmel (props). Stage managed by Jennifer Freed. Directed by Cheryl Cluff.
From the author of RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN., BASED ON A TRUE STORY & MARRY CHRISTMAS
“You won’t be satisfied, you never are.”
An evening of short plays by and about people of color from the Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop.
Cast TBA. Designed by Cheryl Cluff (sound), Meghan McCormick (lighting), Arika Schockmel (props), others TBA. Stage managed by Jennifer Freed. Directed by Jerry Rapier.
FREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TOUR: ZOMBIE THOUGHTS
a world premiere by Jennifer A. Kokai & Oliver Kokai-Means
Created specifically for grades 4-6, ZOMBIE THOUGHTS is the story of Sam and Pig, avatars in a video game. Sam is anxious. Pig is punny. Will the audience be able to help them make the right choices on their quest to defeat the evil Machine? A sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious journey in and around anxiety.
Featuring Katie Jones, Alicia Washington. Designed by Arika Schockmel. Stage managed by Sharah Meservy. Directed by Cheryl Cluff.
The Free Elementary School Tour serves 8,000 K-6 students at 40+ schools in 10+ counties.
October 24, 2018
February 27, 2019
April 3, 2019
A trio of free staged readings of plays-in-progress each season. These plays are almost always read first in The Lab and are now in a later stage of development and ready for their first audience. Plays, casts, directors TBA.
a world premiere by Matthew Ivan Bennett
An annual co-production with KUER’s RadioWest. Date, title, cast TBA. Music by Dave Evanoff. Directed by Cheryl Cluff.
Since 2008, The Lab has been an incubator where 13 local playwrights meet monthly to share whatever script they wish, at whatever stage they wish, in a private table reading for the group.