Due to Covid-19, there are no scheduled performances of the Free Elementary School Tour of FLORA MEETS A BEE to your school from March 15-May 29, 2020. But you can still see the show!
Playwright Morag Shepherd previously premiered her play NOT ONE DROP and her monologues “The March” and “Mother Earth” as part of (IN)DIVISIBLE at Plan-B. Originally from Scotland, she is the resident playwright at Sackerson, where her plays POPPY’S IN THE SAND (also Great Salt Lake and San Diego International Fringe Festivals), BEFORE THE BEEP, HE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE (co-written with Matthew Ivan Bennett & Shawn Francis Saunders, also Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival), BURN, HOW LONG CAN YOU STAND ON THE TRAIN TRACKS: A GAME FOR TWO SISTERS (a co-production with Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory), HINDSIGHT, DO YOU WANT TO SEE ME NAKED? (also Great Salt Lake and Tucson Fringe Festivals, as well as United Solo in New York), THE DISTANCE OF THE MOON and A BRIEF WALTZ IN A LITTLE ROOM: 23 SHORT PLAYS ABOUT WALTER EYER (co-written with Matthew Ivan Bennett & Shawn Saunders) have premiered. Morag is a recipient of the Plan-B Theatre grant from The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists and holds an MA in Theatre Criticism & Literary Theory from Brigham Young University.
Actor Ariana Broumas Farber (Flora, Primary Cast) returns to Plan-B following the world premiere of Eric Samuelsen’s THE ICE FRONT in 2017. She has worked regionally for Salt Lake Acting Company, Pioneer Theatre Company and the Tony-award winning Children’s Theatre Company, where her credits include HONK, LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE, THE WIZARD OF OZ, SNAPSHOT SILHOUETTE and THE MAGIC MRS. PIGGLE WIGGLE. Ariana is a wife, a mom, a licensed foster mom, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and current graduate candidate in the Public Administration program (emphasis: K-12 arts education, policy and administration) at the University of Utah, where she also received her BFA in Acting from the Actor Training Program. She is the inspiration for Morag Shepherd’s (IN)DiVISIBLE monologue “The March” and dedicates her work on FLORA AND THE BEE to her mother, Sonia, who emigrated from El Salvador more than 40 years ago.
Actor Brenda Hattingh (Bee, Primary Cast) makes her Plan-B debut. Originally from South Africa, she began her acting career in New York, where her credits include work with The Bats at The Flea Theatre and Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysterical Theatre. She has since acted in productions in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, including Morag Shepherd’s POPPY’S IN THE SAND and A BRIEF WALTZ IN A LITTLE ROOM: 23 SHORT PLAYS ABOUT WALTER EYER for Sackerson. Twice annually she tours diﬀerent parts of the U.S. as a magician’s assistant with Bradley Fields’ educational magic show MATHEMAGIC. Brenda’s children’s entertainment company, boobiliboo, keeps her busy with magic shows, face painting and balloon animals in and around Salt Lake City. She also paints pet portraits and is an art teacher at the Paint Mixer, where she assists in developing summer camps for kids.
Education Coordinator/Production Stage Manager Sharah Meservy worked as an English teacher in China, an elementary school paraprofessional and a Girl Scout camp counselor before joining Plan-B’s staﬀ. She has worked as an actor and costume designer and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration (emphasis: nonproﬁt management) at the University of Utah.
Actor Darby Mest (Bee, Secondary Cast) was last seen at Plan-B in the Script-In-Hand Series reading of DoLs as part of the Edward Lewis Theatre Festival. A recent graduate of the Theater Studies Program at the University of Utah, where her credits include JULIUS CAESAR and ECLIPSED, for which she won Distinguished Performance by an Actress in a Play at the American College Theatre Festival. Darby sings with the local jazz/funk band The Distractions.
Director Jerry Rapier has been Plan-B’s Artistic Director since 2000. Under his leadership, the company has produced nearly 100 world premieres by local playwrights. The more than 30 Plan-B productions he has directed include two Free Elementary School Tours, Morag Shepherd’s NOT ONE DROP and a collection of 24 monologues (including two by Morag Shepherd) titled (IN)DIVISIBLE. He has also worked on new plays with Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Oﬀ-Broadway: FACING EAST by Carol Lynn Pearson. Jerry is a recipient of myriad local awards including Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artist Award in the Performing Arts.
Actor Isabella Reeder (Flora, Secondary Cast) is delighted to return to Plan-B following RADIO HOUR EPISODE 12: STAND, “The Final Debate” as part of ROSE EXPOSED and (IN)DIVISIBLE. A recent graduate of the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah, she has had the recent pleasure of working with Montana Shakespeare In the Parks (MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR and HENRY IV, PART I, Summer 2019) and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre (EPR program, 2018/19 Season). Much love and thanks to friends and family!
Designer Arika Schockmel has worked extensively in props and costume crafts for theatre, television and film. Her designs for Plan-B include CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, VIRTUE, THE WEIRD PLAY, AN EVENING WITH TWO AWFUL MEN and the Free Elementary School Tour of ZOMBIE THOUGHTS. Arika is in her fifth year as the resident Prop Master for the Department of Theatre at the U of U. Member, Society of Prop Artisan Managers. For Charlotte Rose.
Sam Allen (Rehearsal Stage Manager, Primary Cast)
Darryl Stamp (Rehearsal Stage Manager, Secondary Cast)