Since 1991, Plan-B has developed and produced unique and socially conscious theatre created by Utah playwrights.
We share stories with a local point-of-view as well as global stories from a local perspective.
We nourish a pool of local playwrights to rival that found in any other city in the country.
We believe the best way to serve our community is to reflect it onstage – to create conversation, to provide an opportunity for patrons to think a little differently, to consider a point-of-view that may have been previously foreign, to listen in a way they may not have before.
We have produced nearly 100 world premieres, including Utah’s first by an African American playwright and first by an Asian American playwright. Nationally, five of these plays have been nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York, four have enjoyed extended lives in New York and two have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Fifty percent of our work since 2010 has been by female playwrights. In fact, we are committed to gender parity in all areas of our work.
As noted by the Dramatists Guild of America, Plan-B is the only professional theatre company in the United States producing full seasons of new work by local playwrights and the only one to devote an entire season to the work of a local, living playwright (Matthew Ivan Bennett, 2008/09 and Eric Samuelsen, 2013/14, aka the #SeasonOfEric). We are also the only theatre company in Utah history to have toured coast-to-coast, to have toured internationally and to have transferred an intact production off-Broadway. We are also the only Utah theatre company committed to producing at least one play of LGBTQ interest each season.
The Free Elementary School Tour (FEST) launched in 2013, offers free, in-school performances to 10,000+ students at 50 (primarily Title I) schools in 15 (10 rural, five urban) counties each season.
The Published Anthologies of Our Work, launched in 2008, is the only such publication initiative in Utah history.
The Lab, launched in 2008, is an innovative artist community of 11 playwrights that allows us to build relationships with playwrights rather than plays.
The Script-In-Hand Series, launched in 2004, features free staged readings of plays-in-progress.
The Benefit Preview Performances Program, launched in 2001, provides the final preview(s) of each production as a no-cost fundraising/friendraising event to a non-profit with a clear connection to the theme of a specific play. The evening includes a post-show discussion with the playwright. The organization collects donations for entry and keeps the proceeds. More than 60 organizations have benefited.
In 2017, we organized the Theatre Artists of Color in Salt Lake City. The first action of this group was a six-week Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop in November-December 2017, culminating in a staged reading of new short pieces as the final reading of the 2017/18 Script-In-Hand Series. The Workshop continues through the 2018/19 Season, which closes with the world premiere of …OF COLOR, an evening of four short plays that includes Utah’s first world premieres by Latina and Persian playwrights.
And we are honored to partner with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists to produce one play each season by a Utah playwright age 35 or younger, in memory of our dear friend Davey, who created roles in three Plan-B productions between 2008-2012.
Plan-B is the proud recipient of many awards, including:
– Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) Award (2018)
– International Center for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award (2016, 2017, 2018)
– Utah’s Governor’s Organization Leadership in the Arts Award (2015)
– Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artist Award for Service to the Arts by an Organization (2015)
– Best Drama, United Solo Theatre Festival, New York for (ERIC(A) by Matthew Ivan Bennett, 2013)
– Transgender Education Advocates of Utah’s Organization of the Year (2013)
– Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Award – Organization (2011)
– Transgender Education Advocates of Utah’s Organization of the Year (2010)
– Equality Utah’s Allies for Equality Award – Organization (2007)
– 20 QSaltLake Fabby Awards (2005-2017)
– 52 City Weekly Best of Utah Arts Awards (2000-2017)
Performances and mailing address at the Rose Wagner
138 W 300 S | SLC, UT 84101
Office 801.297.4200 | Tickets 801.355.ARTS
Rebecca Chavez-Houck, President
Tami Marquardt, Vice President
Kay Shean, Secretary
Benjamin Brown, Treasurer
Jesse Nix, Trustee
Rick Pollock, Trustee
Paul Tew, Trustee
Plan-B is a resident company of Salt Lake County Arts & Culture venues.
The Lab Playwrights
Matthew Ivan Bennett | Rachel Bublitz | Elaine Jarvik | Julie Jensen | Jenny Kokai | Melissa Leilani Larson | Jenifer Nii | Eric Samuelsen | Morag Shepherd | Debora Threedy | Camille Washington
The Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop Playwrights
Christopher Curlett | Olivia Custodio | Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin | Bijan Hosseini | Tito Livas | Iris Salazar | Darryl Stamp
Plan-B is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network and operates under a Letter of Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association and on the Tier Contract with the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. Read more about us on our Press Page.