ICYMI: SINGING TO THE BRINE SHRIMP Press

Jenny Kokai’s SINGING TO THE BRINE SHIMP receives its world premiere February 13-23 – read all about it via the press links below! Further details and tickets are here. Artists of Utah/15 Bytes Artists of Utah/15 Bytes (review) BroadwayWorld Catalyst Magazine The Daily Utah Chronicle (review) Front Row Reviewers (review) QSaltLake Standard-Examiner The Utah Review The Utah Review (review) There is still an opportunity to see this show even if a performance is sold out. A pre-paid waitlist will form in the box office one hour before show time. You must be there, in person, to get on the waitlist. Then check back five minutes before show time. As many waitlisters as possible will be seated at show time. Those we are unable to seat will receive a full refund.  ...

Script-In-Hand Series reading of Brandan Ngo’s “Where Are You From?” coming February 9

Playwright Brandan Ngo, a member of Plan-B’s Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop, is an actor and writer who fortunately enjoys both acting and writing. His short play, “Where Are You From?” will be read as the final installment of this season’s Script-In-Hand Series on Sunday, February 9 at 2pm (Tessman Auditorium, Main Branch, City Library) followed by pieces from People Productions, Pinnacle Acing Company and Wasatch Theatre Company as part of the Edward Lewis Theatre Festival at he Main Branch of the City Library. Click here for free-but-required tickets. In “Where Are You From?” an Asian-American teen tries to figure out what it means for him to be Asian and American. High school is tough… navigating race-relations is allegedly tougher. Hopefully, there’s nothing some honesty, a bit of theatrics, and a passing knowledge of Cantonese can’t accomplish. The thing about being an immigrant, or a child of an immigrant, or any shade of that spectrum in the United States, is that your story is never the singular defining story of your culture, your creed, or your ethnicity. What this play is, then, is one or two of those hundreds of millions of stories. It is my story, and it is my friends’ stories, stirring in my second-generation brain for 26 years and finally manifesting itself onstage. Hopefully, it is your story, too. Or even better, hopefully it is not. Hopefully, you learn today that your story has yet to be told, and that the stage is hungry for it. CAST Cal Crnich Kallie Filanda Tyler Fox Samantha Matsukawa Katelin Jones Nall Joshua Shimizu Benjamin Young DIRECTOR Jerry Rapier STAGE MANAGER Sam...

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment!

We invite you to join us Sunday, January 12 at 2pm as we join with Better Days 2020 as we celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a free Script-In-Hand Series reading of Jenifer Nii’s 2013 play SUFFRAGE. Following are a few thoughts from Katherine Kitterman, Historical Director of Better Days 2020. She will lead a post-show discussion with actors April Fossen & Sarah Young, director Cheryl Cluff and playwright Jenifer Nii. Click here for free-but-required tickets. 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of Utah women’s first votes. When Utah women went to the polls in 1870, they became the first in the United States to cast ballots under a women’s suffrage law. But as Jenifer Nii’s SUFFRAGE explores, Utah women’s votes were entangled in the political conflict over the Mormon practice of polygamy. From the very beginning, lawsuits and congressional legislation threatened to repeal Utah women’s voting rights.  Utah women like Ruth fought back. Supported by Mormon church leaders, they petitioned lawmakers and built relationships with national suffrage leaders. But they were ultimately unsuccessful. The Edmunds Act disenfranchised polygamists in 1882, and in 1887 the Edmunds-Tucker Act revoked suffrage for all Utah women, regardless of marital status or religion. Undaunted, suffragists organized the Utah Woman Suffrage Association and succeeded in restoring women’s voting rights in Utah’s state constitution. In 2020, we honor what they achieved, remember those who were left behind, and resolve to build on their legacy of leadership. Better Days 2020 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to popularizing Utah women’s history. We believe that by exploring the legacy of our past, we make Utah a better place...

It’s no coincidence that RADIO HOUR EPISODE 14: CIRCLE airs on Friday the 13th

RADIO HOUR EPISODE 14: CIRCLE by Matthew Ivan Bennett receives its world premiere in a co-production with KUER’S RadioWest this Friday, December 13, 2019 featuring Olivia Custodio, Jay Perry and Teresa Sanderson, with original music by Dave Evanoff, eFoley by Jennifer Freed and direction and sound design by Cheryl Cluff. Click here on Friday, December 13 at 11am to listen to CIRCLE live (rebroadcast at 7pm). Happy Holidays! I’ve been fortunate in the last few years of the Radio Hour series to experiment with genre. I wrote STAND, a thriller in which the US fractionates into an alt-right dystopia. I wrote TROLL, a magical-realist comedy in which an internet troll gets cursed and becomes a real troll. With RADIO HOUR EPISODE 14: CIRCLE, I get to dive into science fiction and Tom Clancy-like action. The Circle in this year’s RADIO HOUR is a collective of artificial general intelligence living on the moon in 2044. Stories about artificial intelligence usually go down one route or another: either they spin a narrative of a self-aware robot that’s really a metaphor for the oppression of marginalized human groups, or they spin a narrative of AI becoming evil overlords – which is really a metaphor for technology owning us instead of the other way around, or a metaphor for uncaring totalitarian regimes. I tried to avoid (or twist!) those tropes in writing my AI story. CIRCLE is, at its heart, a story in which humans must re-orient themselves in the presence of another intelligent and mightily capable species. I’m interested in this story because I think the emergence of AGI (artificial general intelligence – machine...

Giving Tuesday is … Tuesday!

Update: A heartfelt thanks to each of the nearly 200 donors in the month of December whose combined generosity completed the match of our $75,000 grant! We are over the moon that our Free Elementary School Tour is now part of the Professional Outreach Programs in Schools (POPS), administered by the Utah State Board of Education and partially funded by the Utah State Legislature. This $75,000 grant requires dollar-for-dollar matching funds, the combination of which makes it possible for our Free Elementary School Tour to serve elementary schools across the state during the full school year, rather than two months each fall. That means our current Tour of FLORA MEETS A BEE by Morag Shepherd will serve 15,000 students at 72 schools from Box Elder to Garfield County, from San Juan to Daggett County! To date, the current Tour has served 10,123 K-3 students at 46 schools. And 2,551 of them were seeing a play for the first time! Principal Chris Whitaker, to her K-3 students at Foxboro Elementary: “I love Plan-B Theatre because not only do they have excellent actors, they are really great at teaching us things.” We have created a new playwriting curriculum for grades K-6 in partnership with Julie Jensen and Youth Theatre at the U. And we have launched an app to better serve teachers! Please click here to give on Facebook – Facebook pays all credit card fees! If you prefer not to use Facebook, please click here to give through our website or feel free to snail mail a check to: Plan-B Theatre 138 W 300 S SLC, UT 84101  ...

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