Jenifer Nii’s THE WEIRD PLAY premieres March 1-11

I’d seen a handful of shows in my youth (including a particularly alarming Idahoan-interpreted MAN OF LA MANCHA). I’d never read a play just for fun. But life is a wild ride. Mine had just steamed through most of a music degree at university, then swerved toward journalism after a Schumann etude ate my finger. Then, through some loopty-loops I still can’t really follow, I landed in the back row of a campus production of Marsha Norman’s play GETTING OUT that cracked my heart and I saw, for the first time, how theatre can transport, and open up and shake.

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Jenifer Nii on creating our second subscription offering: THE WEIRD PLAY

It’s the first time I’ve scripted in any detailed way a vision of what I wanted the piece to look like, and to use those elements as characters with roles to play. And, I wanted to write something that invited (required, really) audience members to participate and determine what the play is about and what it means to them.

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Thank you Jesse Portillo!

Jesse Portillo has been designing lighting for Plan-B since in 2007. He became our resident lighting designer in 2010, having designed all but one Plan-B production since.

He’s heading east to join the faculty of the College of Charleston in South Carolina, but we’ll see him back at least once next season.

Included here are images from most of Jesse’s Plan-B designs and thoughts about him and his work from many of his Plan-B collaborators.

Break a leg in South Carolina – we love you and will miss you; we’ll miss your eye and especially the catty things you say from the top of the genie!

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