BASED ON A TRUE STORY
World Premiere by Elaine Jarvik
February 25-March 6, 2016
Th & F @ 8, Sat @ 4 & 8, Sun @ 2
A tale of doubt, (dis)comfort and the power and perils of personal narrative. With chocolate donuts. And time travel.
Megan (Nell Gwynn) is stuck. She may never get back to her husband (Mark Fossen) and life and bemoans her bad fortune. But when fellow refugee Chuck (Jason Bowcutt) befriends her, it’s clear that his story is even more complicated and intriguing than her own. BASED ON A TRUE STORY examines relationships and irreparable choices and delves into the ways narrative—both personal and historical—can affect the future and our sense of who we are. Also featuring Colleen Baum and directed by Cheryl Cluff.
From the author of MARRY CHRISTMAS.
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Colleen Baum* (All The Other Women) is happy to be back at Plan-B, where she has been seen in CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, ANIMAL FARM and THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. Colleen has appeared at Pioneer Theatre Company in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, OUR TOWN, THE HEIRESS, LOST IN YONKERS and YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU. Other theatre credits include COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, END DAYS, RABBIT HOLE and KIMBERLY AKIMBO (among others) at Salt Lake Acting Company and many productions at Old Lyric Repertory Company.
Jason Bowcutt* (Chuck) is happy to be working with Plan-B once again, where he has acted in THE END OF THE HORIZON and directed ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA and MARRY CHRISTMAS (also by Elaine Jarvik). Jason has acted for a number of theatres across the country including The Guthrie Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theatre in the Outer Critics Circle Award-winning production of NEVER THE SINNER.
Cheryl Ann Cluff (Director/Sound Designer) co-founded Plan-B in 1991 and has been Managing Director since 1995. She acted in many productions from 1991-2004 and, as the company’s Resident Sound Designer, has provided sound design for nearly every production since 2001. She has directed MESA VERDE, THE SCARLET LETTER, SUFFRAGE, 3, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS and all ten episodes of RADIO HOUR. She is the astonished and bewildered mother of Lydia and Charlie Riesen.
David Evanoff (Video Designer) has partnered with Plan-B as musical director of three productions of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and several installments of AND THE BANNED PLAYED ON, as well as composing six RADIO HOUR episodes. Owner of Sound Design Studios, David has produced and written award-winning music and soundtracks for film and television and special events including Disneyland, Universal Studios and the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Mark Fossen (Hendrix) has been seen in Plan-B’s PILOT PROGRAM, CLEARING BOMBS (2014 City Weekly Best of Utah Arts Award for Best Theatre Performance), THE SCARLET LETTER, AMERIGO, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT, EXPOSED, MARRY CHRISTMAS and other events. Other Salt Lake acting credits include THE ODYSSEY (Meat & Potato Theatre), ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD and THE THREEPENNY OPERA (University of Utah) and HENRY V and MACBETH (Salt Lake Shakespeare). Regional acting credits include work at the California and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Thick Description.
Jennifer Freed* (Stage Manager) is proud to be part of Plan-B’s 25th season. She has managed nearly every production since 1998: favorites include GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!, SUFFRAGE, MESA VERDE, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (all three productions)! and MAMA, to name just a few. “Big thanks to Jerry and Cheryl for letting me continue working with Plan-B!”
Thomas George (Set Designer) makes his Plan-B debut. A former Adjunct Instructor of Theatre at the University of Utah, he holds an MFA from UCSD and a BFA from the U of U. Other designs include CLIMBING WITH TIGERS (Salt Lake Acting Company), MOCKINGBIRD and HELLMAN V. MCCARTHY (PYGmalion Theatre Company), A FLEA IN HER EAR, THE ADDING MACHINE and REASONS TO BE PRETTY (U of U guest designer), TWELFTH NIGHT and YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Salt Lake Shakespeare), HAMLET (Brooklyn Gallery Players), YOU ARE HERE (Gene Frankel Theatre in New York), and THE MISANTHROPE and AS YOU LIKE IT (UCSD).
Nell Gwynn* (Megan) is very happy to be back at Plan-B after last season’s MARRY CHRISTMAS. She’s been seen locally with Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory, at Pioneer Theatre Company in I HATE HAMLET and at Salt Lake Acting Company in GOOD PEOPLE and RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, among others. She has a bunch of Miami and NYC stage credits too and can currently be seen in the short film “Monsura is Waiting” and the feature film “Jackie & Ryan.”
Elaine Jarvik (Playwright) premiered her play MARRY CHRISTMAS last season with Plan-B as a benefit for Restore Our Humanity. Her other plays include TWO STORIES and [a man enters], both of which premiered at Salt Lake Acting Company and THE COMING ICE AGE, which premiered at PYGmalion Theatre Company. Her short play DEAD RIGHT was produced at the Humana Festival of New Plays and has since been published in the textbook “The Bedford Introduction to Literature.” She was a long-time reporter for the Deseret News and currently works as a freelance journalist.
Phillip R. Lowe (Costume Designer) has designed for Plan-B for over a decade, most recently THE KREUTZER SONATA. He is currently Director of Costumes and Wardrobe for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre and is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Performing Arts at Weber State University. Phil also serves on the design respondents panel for Region 8 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is a member of USITT and an MFA graduate of Utah State University.
Jesse Portillo** (Lighting Designer) has designed for Plan-B since 2007. His favorite Plan-B productions include HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, BLOCK 8, EXPOSED, AMERIGO, ERIC(A) and SHE WAS MY BROTHER. He has also designed Lighting for Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake Shakespeare, PYGmalion Theatre Company, Grand Theatre, LOOK Musical Theatre, Baylor University, Mobile Opera and Millikin University. Proud member, USITT and United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Arika Schockmel (Props Designer) previously designed props for Plan-B’s CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS and makeup for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. Currently resident Prop Master for the University of Utah Department of Theatre, other recent projects include costume crafts at Pioneer Theatre Company and acting for Old Lyric Repertory Company. Other favorites design credits include RING OF FIRE (Set Design, Dark Horse Company Theatre), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and HAIR (Props, Egyptian Theatre Company), REEFER MADNESS (Props, DHCT). Arika holds a BFA from Utah State University. She and her husband Christopher Glade are parents to 5-year-old Charlotte Rose, who loves theatre, time travel and robots.
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