Waitlist info for AN EVENING OF TWO AWFUL MEN

Yes, the run of AN EVENING WITH TWO AWFUL MEN is sold out. But…you can still see the show! 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 wait list. Then check back five minutes before show time. As many waitlisters as possible will be seated at show time. Those we can’t seat will receive a full refund. We’ve never had a sold-out performance where at least two waitlisters weren’t seated. Thursday & Friday at 8pm Saturday at 4pm & 8pm Sunday at 2pm Through March...

Playwright Elaine Jarvik on AN EVENING WITH TWO AWFUL MEN

Playwright Elaine Jarvik has previously premiered MARRY CHRISTMAS, BASED ON A TRUE STORY and RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN. at Plan-B. Her latest, AN EVENING WITH TWO AWFUL MEN, premieres as part of our 2018/19 season. “How would you like to write a play about our first gay president?” Plan-B Theatre’s Jerry Rapier asked me in the summer of 2016. And so I began researching the life of a man I knew little about, one of those presidents who fall somewhere in the vague middle, one of those indistinguishable men with a high collar and a grim mouth. And what I discovered, of course, is that there is always more to the story. James Buchanan was the only president to live out his White House tenure as a bachelor. So there were rumors then and there are assumptions today. But the facts are slim: his best friend was Sen. William King of Alabama, who was also a bachelor, and they lived in the same rooming house in Washington; some said then that King was Buchanan’s “better half;” they were referred to as “Miss Nancy” and “Miss Fancy.” And, finally, Buchanan once wrote a letter to a friend in which he bemoaned the fact that Sen. King had been appointed minister to France: “I am now ‘solitary and alone,’ having no companion in the house with me,” he wrote. “I have gone a-wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them.” And that’s pretty much it: some innuendoes and a few letters, which we filter through our 21st century understanding of the way men act and speak. As I read more about...

#LoveUTGiveUT + #GivingTuesday = Love Utah Give Tuesday

#LoveUTGiveUT + #GivingTuesday = Love Utah Give Tuesday Please join us online Tuesday, November 27 for a 24-hour day of giving to support the only professional theatre company in the entire country producing full seasons of new plays by local playwrights (hey – that’s us)! Our goal is to raise $10,000 between now and December 31. Gifts given through our website are much appreciated at any time! ...if you are planning to give on November 27, we encourage you to give through our Facebook page to help us qualify for matching funds from Facebook and PayPal. The matching begins at 6am MST. We know it’s crazy, but if you are able to make your gift through our Facebook page as close to 6am as possible, the greater the chance your gift will be matched! And Facebook is waiving all credit card fees on donations made to non-profits! We are also extremely grateful to have an anonymous $2,000 matching gift in play as soon as the Facebook/PayPal matching funds are depleted on November 27. Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates from 6am-midnight on November 27. And be sure to watch for the announcement of the fifth winner of the Plan-B Theatre grant from The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging...

From the Artistic Director

I’m exhausted. I’m sure you are too. It’s impossible to keep up with the 24-hour news cycle, social media, hyper-partisan politics and the ever-diminishing line between church and state. On Saturday alone, the federal SCOTUS appointment dovetailed with local opposition to same-sex marriage, trans* rights and even science. It’s maddening to witness people talk about women rather than listen to women. It’s maddening to witness the normalization of racism. It’s maddening to witness the normalization of homophobia. It’s almost impossible to feel powerless as the abhorent becomes the norm. We feel a responsibilty as a company to reflect the community in which we live. And yet I’ve been asking myself: with all that is happening, does attending the theatre even matter? I say yes. Maybe more than ever. Because we are your people. And being with your people is sometimes the only way to catch your breath, slow your heart rate and clear your head. The connection between the audience and what unfolds onstage in a darkened theatre is indescribable. But you know what I mean. You’ve felt it. And if you’re like me, you chase it. Time spent with us should be the beginning of an experience, not the end of one. When the houselights come up, our hope is that you feel seen and heard. Let’s sit in the darkened theatre together and maybe, just maybe, we’ll figure out a way to move forward, together. Jerry Rapier Artistic Director Plan-B Theatre The playwrights of the 2018/19 Subscription Season, Free Elementary School Tour, Script-In-Hand Series and Radio Hourshare their thoughts below on how their work connects to the reality of living in America in 2018. SUBSCRIPTION SEASON GOOD STANDING, October 18-28 Playwright Matthew Greene: We’re living in...

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