Austin Archer on being the entire cast of GOOD STANDING

Although the world premiere of GOOD STANDING is Austin Archer’s acting debut with Plan-B (October 18-28 in SLC, November 4 at United Solo in NYC),  he’s no stranger to the company. His play JUMP closed last season in a co-production with Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory and his short plays “Swipe Left” and “Swipe Right” were part of (IN)DIVISIBLE the previous season. His recent acting credits include HIR at SLAC and NEWSIES at PTC and Mindhunter on Netflix. I hate to state the obvious, but doing a one person show is hard. Like … harder than doing a show with more than one actor, because instead of three or four people collectively memorizing a full play, it’s just me memorizing lines for sixteen characters. Sixteen! You know what happens if I go up on a line in front of an audience? Well, my co-star doesn’t jump in and give me an ad-libbed prompt to get me back on track, I’ll tell you that much. In this flying trapeze act there’s no safety net, so if I lose my place or go full on deer-in-the-headlights I’m gonna go splat all over that stage and it ain’t gonna be pretty. And obviously I’m not the first person to ever do one of these things; United Solo in NYC has over 100 solo acts playing this year alone. This is just the first time I’ve done this so I’m a little worried at the prospect of watching that hard, unforgiving floor rushing up to meet me should I fall. Another difficulty that’s a bit more specific to this show is finding particular differentiations between my characters who...

Playwright Matthew Greene on GOOD STANDING #GiveOUTDay

Playwright Matthew Greene premiered his play ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA at Plan-B in 2013; it then played the New York International Fringe Festival. His latest, GOOD STANDING, opens our 2018/19 season and will also play the United Solo theatre festival in New York. Click here to make your #GiveOUTDay donation today. It’s possible that if I hadn’t spent so many years in the proverbial closet I never would’ve become a writer. It’s the oldest story in the book, isn’t it? Creativity born out of private pain. I spent my days playing the perfect Mormon, slipping that ill-fitting costume on over the self I’d learned to loathe and trying my best to walk a path that was, frankly, killing me. My solace in those dark days was the pen and the page. In the fictional worlds I crafted, nothing could stop me from exploring the tantalizing gray areas and questioning tenets of belief that were supposed to be taken as gospel. I was an undergrad at Brigham Young University (that’s right, Mormon Mecca) when Proposition 8 rocked California and, in turn, the world. Desperate to make sense of the divisive and disturbing rhetoric I heard every day, I wrote a play called ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA, exploring what the gay marriage debate did to two friends, one openly gay and the other openly Mormon. After nearly getting me kicked out of school, the play received its world premiere at Plan-B Theatre in 2013. People were quick to identify Adam, the devout church member, as my onstage stand-in, but who, they all seemed to ask...

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