Playwright Jenny Kokai returns to Plan-B

February 12-23, 2020
Th & F @ 8, Sat @ 4 & 8, Sun @ 2
70 minutes, no intermission

A madcap comedy about learning who you really are
and what you truly value.
With puppets and songs and the Great Salt Lake.
A co-production with Puppets in the City.

This is the theatrical opportunity of a lifetime for Allison, a queer playwright and mom from Utah. At least that’s what the people in New York keep telling her. But the director hasn’t read the play, the actors keep competing over who has been on Law & Order the most and Allison is a ball of stress and insecurity.Thank goodness the singing brine shrimp are there when her wife can’t be to help her find her way.

A love letter to life and art in the Beehive State.

Who's Who

Playwright Jenny Kokai is a playwright and historian who teaches at Weber State University. For Plan-B, she contributed the monologues “Mitch” and “Janine” to (IN)DIVISIBLE, wrote the short play “Bird Brains” for ROSE EXPOSED: FLIGHT and co-wrote ZOMBIE THOUGHTS with Oliver Kokai-Means, which toured Utah as the 2018/19 Free Elementary School Tour and will next tour Sydney, Australia with The National Theatre of Parramatta this fall. Her work has been produced by or developed with Building Better People Productions, St. Andrews Priory, Off-Key Anthem Collective, State Fair Community College, THML Theatre, TheatreSynesthesia, Lark Play Development Center, Wasatch Theatre Company, Austin Fringe Festival, and others. Jenny is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Scenic Designer Madeline Ashton is pleased to return to Plan-B, following THE POST OFFICE last summer. She currently works as production artist and Associate Scenic Designer at Hale Centre Theatre, where her recent credits include SEUSSICAL, MATILDA and CINDERELLA. Other scenic design credits include OKLAHOMA! (Sundance), LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and ANGELS IN AMERICA (AOTC) and THE DISTANCE OF THE MOON (Sackerson).  BFA, Scenic Design, UVU.

Costume Designer La Beene is thrilled to return to Plan-B, having previously designed …OF COLOR and JUMP. She is an Assistant Professor of Costume Design at UVU. Other recent designs include THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON (UVU), MAMMA MIA (Cabaret Theatre, Oregon), ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (BYU), AMAZING GRACE (UFOMT) and A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 (SLAC). MFA, Costume Design & Technology, BYU.

Director Jason Bowcutt is thrilled to be back at Plan-B, where he has previously directed ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA, MARRY CHRISTMAS and ONE BIG UNION and acted in THE END OF THE HORIZON, BASED ON A TRUE STORY and AN EVENING WITH TWO AWFUL MEN. Other directing credits include WELL (PYG) and FUN HOME and the upcoming FOUR WOMEN TALKING ABOUT THE MAN UNDER THE SHEET (SLAC). Jason spent years working as an actor and director in NYC and in regional theatres across the country.

Actor Latoya Cameron* is thrilled to be back at Plan-B Theatre in this funny, quirky production with this incredible cast and crew. Other Plan-B credits include HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (2012 revival) MAMA, A/VERSION OF EVENTS and the Free Elementary School Tours of DIFFERENT=AMAZING and RUFF! Other credits include FORM OF A GIRL UNKNOWN, THE CAKE, STUPID F***ING BIRD, R+J: STAR CROSS’D DEATH MATCH (SLAC), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Denver Center), CANDY AND DOROTHY (In the Now Productions); and multiple seasons at Utah Shakespeare Festival and Pioneer Theatre Company. Much love to my Kismet TB, my family and close friends. 

Sound Designer Cheryl Ann Cluff co-founded Plan-B in 1991 and has served as Managing Director since 1995. She has designed sound for nearly every Plan-B production since 2000 and directed all 14 episodes of RADIO HOUR. Other recent directing credits include Jennifer Kokai and Oliver Kokai-Means’ ZOMBIE THOUGHTS; Elaine Jarvik’s RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN., BASED ON A TRUE STORY and AN EVENING WITH TWO AWFUL MEN; and Camille Washington’s ODA MIGHT.

Dramaturg Gina Di Salvo has been with SINGING TO THE BRINE SHRIMP every step of the way. She most recently dramaturged SOMETHING CLEAN by Selina Fillinger for Chicago’s Sideshow Theatre Company, where she is an artistic associate, and PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE by Anthony Clarvoe at the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee, where she is an assistant professor. In Chicago, she also dramaturged THE GIFT, STRAWDOG and THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT, all at Northwestern University. Thanks to Jenny, Plan-B, and the Brine Shrimp.

Actor Lily Hye Soo Dixon is excited to return to Plan-B, where her previous credits include (IN)DIVISIBLE and RADIO HOUR EPISODE 13: TROLL. Other recent credits include MERCURY and 4000 MILES (SLAC). She graduated with a BFA in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University. Hye Soo currently teaches Performing Arts at Park City Day School. Most importantly she gets to be mother to one amazing son.

Stage Manager Jennifer Freed* has been Plan-B’s resident stage manager since 1998. She is tickled pink to be a part of this briney-shrimpy-crazy world and hopes that you enjoy it as much as she does.

Lighting Designer Jessica Greenberg** is thrilled to be working with Plan-B for the first time. Jessica’s work as a lighting and sound designer has taken her to many venues around the country, with diverse projects in theatre, dance and opera. New York designs include productions with La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, The Adjusted Realists, ART New York, 59E59, Red Fern Theatre, Flux Theatre and Epic Theatre Ensemble Education Programs. Locally she is a frequent designer at SLAC and SB Dance. Jessica is Associate Professor of Theatre Design at Weber State University. She is a recipient of the Design Arts Utah Juror’s Award and the WSU Outstanding Mentor Award. jessicagreenberg.com

Actor Jay Perry* has appeared in Plan-B’s TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT, three SLAMs, fourteen RADIO HOURs, FACING EAST in Salt Lake, San Francisco and off-Broadway, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! in Salt Lake and Park City, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, LADY MACBETH, the Script-In-Hand Series readings of THE NORMAL HEART, A DOLL HOUSE and 8; the Free Elementary School Tour of PETER AND THE WOLF; CLEARING BOMBS, ONE BIG UNION, VIRTUE and THE ICE FRONT. Jay is program coordinator for U of U Youth Theatre and co-director of the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival.

Composer/Musical Director Kenneth Plain is thrilled to be working at Plan-B. He has worked professionally as a music director, composer, arranger and pianist. Regional theaters include: Powerhouse, Theatre East, Sundance and Pioneer Theatre Company. Credits include: A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (workshop), LES MISERABLES, SPELLBOUND (starring Sally Field) and the world premiere of Jones & Schmidt’s MIRETTE. Ken is the music director at Lagoon and teaches at Weber State University. His music has been published by Stage Rights, Universe and SMP.

Puppet Designer Shelby Rickart has had a love affair with dancing and performing since the age of four. Now a retired middle-school teacher, she founded Puppets in the City eight years ago.

Properties Designer Arika Schockmel has worked extensively in props and costume crafts for theatre, television and film. For Plan-B, her designs include THE ICE FRONT, THE WEIRD PLAY and CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS (props) and  ZOMBIE THOUGHTS and FLORA MEETS A BEE (costumes). She is the resident Prop Master for the U of U Department of Theatre.  Proud member of S.P.A.M., the Society of Prop Artisan Managers. For Keefer and Charlotte, for keeping my life together.

Actor Emilie Starr is grateful to be back at Plan-B, where she has performed in AN EVENING WITH TWO AWFUL MEN, THE ICE FRONT and VIRTUE. She also co-hosts a positive prank television show called Random Acts.

*AEA, **USA

SINGING TO THE BRINE SHRIMP is a co-production with Puppets in the Cityled by Shelby Rickart, which formed seven years ago with the goal of making the art of puppetry available to everyone. PITC offers shows and monthly workshops for the general public, schools, libraries, non-profit groups and businesses. PITC has previously collaborated with Utah theatre companies on “The Frailest Thing” as part of …OF COLOR (Plan-B), LA RONDINE (Lyric Opera) and RED BIKE (PYGmalion) as well as Clever Octopus, Primary Children’s Hospital, Hogle Zoo and Youtheatre at Park City’s Egyptian Theatre.

Set Construction: Mark Ashton
Electrician: Cade Beck
Lighting Assistant: Justin Lindine

Brine shrimp merchandise (yes, you read that correctly!) will be available for sale before and after the opening performance on February 13 and both performances on February 15.

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