We miss you Eric.

We can’t believe it’s already been a year since you left us. We miss you Eric. Love, Plan-B Below are links to episodes of KUER’s RadioWest where Eric spoke in-depth about his plays. Enjoy. THE ICE FRONT (2017) THE KREUTZER SONATA (2015) 3 (2014, #SeasonOfEric) RADIO HOUR EPISODE 8: FAIRYANA (2013, #SeasonOfEric, this is the complete performance!) NOTHING PERSONAL (2013, #SeasonOfEric) BORDERLANDS (2011) AMERIGO (2010) MIASMA (2006) And here’s the RadioWest memorial tribute to Eric (2019). And here’s Eric’s author page at Leicester Bay Theatricals, which now licenses Eric’s entire body of work. And here’s our tribute page from a year ago....

#PlayAtHome with Dee-Dee & Tito…and now Tatiana, Olivia, Brandan, Iris & Darryl!

We are thrilled to announce our participation in the #PlayAtHome project, a series of short plays to be enjoyed at home, commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation, to inspire joy and connection for all. The goals are simple: pay some artists, invite people to get offline and into their imaginations, and inspire joy and connection. Read more in The New York Times and The Utah Review. GROUP 1: APRIL 20, 2020 STEP ONE – WE COMMISSION THE PLAYWRIGHTS Partner theaters offer playwrights $500 commissions to write 5-10 minute plays that can be performed – by any definition! – at home. We at Plan-B have commissioned Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin and Tito Livas from our Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop! STEP TWO – YOU DOWNLOAD THE PLAYS Click here to download our free app and then download or read the scripts under the Play at Home tab! STEP THREE – YOU READ THE PLAYS At home, by yourself, in your pajamas. In the living room with your family or roommates. While cooking dinner or waiting for delivery from local businesses. STEP FOUR – HILARITY ENSUES These plays are JOYFUL. These plays are meant to exist in your imagination, beyond the usual limits of what might be “possible” onstage at your local theater. They’re family-friendly world premieres that can exist in their fullness from your living room. STEP FIVE – YOU SHARE WITH US You share images, videos, and soundbites on social media by tagging #PlayAtHome! Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin’s APHASIA A mother and daughter struggle at mapping out a new way to communicate, which they didn’t do all that well in...

Playwright Jenifer Nii and actor April Fossen on what they admire about each other

Playwright Jenifer Nii and actor April Fossen have previously collaborated on SUFFRAGE (2013) and THE WEIRD PLAY (2018). In many ways, they are each other’s muses.Their latest collaboration, a solo play called THE AUDACITY Jenifer wrote specifically for April, premieres via online streaming March 28-31 (for ticket holders) and April 1-5 (free to the public). We asked them to share five things they admire about each other. Five Things Jenifer Nii Admires About April Fossen Her courage: April is one of the bravest actors I’ve ever had the chance to see on stage. She will push every limit to honor the play, which enables writers to dig deeper, ask better questions and write more creatively. Writers pray for actors like April Fossen. Her investment: It is obvious that April does so much work on her own to understand and inhabit the characters she plays. Because she goes “all in,” her characters are people – nuanced and complicated. Her range:  Period pieces, modern pieces, weird pieces. Comedies and tragedies and everything in between. April can do it all, with astounding skill. ASTOUNDING. Her professionalism: April comes PREPARED, from day one. I have never – not ONCE – seen April “ad lib,” paraphrase, or approximate her lines. We writers are (or should be) really purposeful about what we put on the page. April treats each script like she expects we are, and that what’s on the page matters. That “thing”: April makes what’s on the page BETTER. She can make a flawed script less amateurish, more textured, and just plain better. Somehow it seems like she sees the intention behind the imperfect script, and manages...

THE AUDACITY: an emergent call to arms

Playwright Jenifer Nii proudly calls Plan-B her creative home. She has previously premiered THE WEIRD PLAY, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (created with Dave Evanoff), THE SCARLET LETTER, SUFFRAGE, RUFF!, WALLACE (created with Debora Threedy) and (IN)DIVISIBLE (a collaboration with 11 other local playwrights) at Plan-B. Her latest, a solo play called THE AUDACITY written specifically for April Fossen, premieres via online streaming March 28-31 (for ticket holders) and April 1-5 (free to the public).. THE AUDACITY began with a story about a woman who dared to carve her own path in life. Josie Bassett lived nearly 90 years in the wilds of eastern Utah, amid cowboys and Natives and outlaws and Mormons. She romanced Butch Cassidy, ran a ranch and rustled cattle, bootlegged wine and whiskey, and sent five husbands packing. She outlived the Great Depression, two World Wars, and the fight for women’s suffrage.  How? How did this woman live this life, at a time when women were audacious for daring to wear trousers?  THE AUDACITY began with one woman’s feat – her determination and independence, her stubborn unwillingness to submit or compromise. What emerged during my research, though, became much more. Josie didn’t just HAPPEN. She was, in so many ways, built and shaped – by her fiercely independent mother, who showed her how to ride, rope, and lead; by her younger sister Ann, a rival to keep her sharp who reigned over a gang of rustlers; by her father who honored the strength and ambition of his wife and daughters; and by a culture that, in pushing against her, taught her to push back. What emerged was a...

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...

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