a world premiere by Eric Samuelsen
November 9-19, 2017
The actors of the Norwegian National Theatre find themselves in an uneasy truce with Nazi cultural authorities during the German occupation of Norway. When they are forced to perform a Nazi propaganda piece, conscience comes face-to-face with The Final Solution.
THE ICE FRONT honors the heroism of and dangers faced by the trilogy of Nazi victims – Jews, Roma and Homosexuals – by questioning what it means to be an artist, to be a patriot, to be human.
Featuring Daniel Beecher, Ariana Broumas Farber, Mark Fossen, Stephanie Howell, Jay Perry, Topher Rasmussen, Robert Scott Smith, Emilie Starr, Christy Summerhays. Directed by Jerry Rapier.
Special thanks to dramaturg Greg Hatch.
Designed by K.L. Alberts (costumes), Cheryl Cluff (sound), Keven Myhre (set), David Rees (lighting), Arika Schockmel (props). Stage managed by Jennifer Freed (assisted by Michael Scott Johnson).
Developed as part of Pioneer Theatre Company’s Play-By-Play Series. From the author of MIASMA, AMERIGO, BORDERLANDS, NOTHING PERSONAL, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 8: FAIRYANA, CLEARING BOMBS, 3 and THE KREUTZER SONATA.
Eric Samuelsen (Playwright) earned a Ph.D. in Dramatic History, Theory and Criticism from Indiana University in 1991. He joined the faculty of Brigham Young University in 1992, where he headed the playwriting program from 1999-2011. He has had more than 30 plays professionally produced in Utah, Indiana, Louisiana, New York and California. Since 2006, Plan-B has been his artistic home, where his plays THE KREUTZER SONATA (in a co-production with NOVA Chamber Music Series), 3, CLEARING BOMBS, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 8: FAIRYANA, NOTHING PERSONAL, BORDERLANDS, AMERIGO and MIASMA received their world premieres, as well as eight short plays as part of SLAM and ROSE EXPOSED. Most recently, he led the Plan-B/Art Access project INTERSECTIONS II: FORGING FAMILY FROM MORE THAN DNA, a writing workshop culminating in performance exploring the ways people build families. Fluent in Norwegian, Mr. Samuelsen has translated four Ibsen plays for production in California, Indiana and Utah, including A DOLL HOUSE and GHOSTS, which were read as part of Plan-B’s Script-In-Hand Series. His novel Singled Out was published by Cornerstone Publishing. He has published scholarly articles on 19th and 20th century Scandinavian Theatre, blogs at mormoniconoclast.com and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
K.L. Alberts (Costume Design) makes his Plan-B debut. For the past 30 seasons Kevin has worked with Pioneer Theatre Company, where his favorite designs include the regional premiere of LES MISERABLES, PRIVATE LIVES, THE PRODUCERS and the world premiere of LAUGHING STOCK. His designs for Utah Shakespeare Festival include GUYS AND DOLLS, LES MISERABLES (yet again) and AH! WILDERNESS. While living in New York, Kevin worked on, off and far, far away from Broadway and for the Ralph Lauren Company.
Daniel Beecher (Peter) is pleased to return to Plan-B, where he last played in ONE BIG UNION. Other credits include DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS (Sting & Honey), HAND TO GOD, COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE and THE CARETAKER (SLAC); COMEDY OF ERRORS, NOISES OFF, OUR TOWN and DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Grand), STAGE KISS (Wasatch), TWELFTH NIGHT (Salt Lake Shakespeare), AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Utah Rep/Silver Summit) and PETER PAN, MACBETH, KING LEAR and ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (PTC).
Cheryl Cluff (Sound Design) co-founded Plan-B in 1991 and has been Managing Director since 1995. She has directed every episode of RADIO HOUR, as well as MESA VERDE, THE SCARLET LETTER, SUFFRAGE, 3, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS, BASED ON A TRUE STORY and the last two Free Elementary School Tours: RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN. and THE EDIBLE COMPLEX. Cheryl has designed sound for nearly every production since 2001, most recently VIRTUE and NOT ONE DROP.
Ariana Broumas Farber (Mette) is especially pleased to be returning to Plan-B. She most recently appeared in HARBUR GATE (SLAC) and has worked locally with Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, Grand Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, PYGmalion Productions and New Works Theater Machine. She spent a season with Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis and has performed in regional theatres all over the country. She holds a BFA in Theatre (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Utah’s Actor Training Program.
Mark Fossen (Morten) has been seen in Plan-B’s BASED ON A TRUE STORY, PILOT PROGRAM, Eric Samuelsen’s CLEARING BOMBS (2014 City Weekly Best of Utah Arts Award, Best Theatre Performance), THE SCARLET LETTER, AMERIGO, ALIENATION EFFEKT, EXPOSED, and many other events over the past decade. Other Salt Lake acting credits include THE ODYSSEY (Meat & Potato), BLACKBIRD (Utah Rep) and POPPY’S IN THE SAND (Sackerson). His family was in Norway during the Occupation, and were members of the Resistance.
Jennifer Freed* (Stage Manager) “Every year I get so excited to begin the new season at Plan-B. You would think after 20 years of working for the same company, things would get boring: nope. Not with the drama, laughter, truth, education and love that comes with each show. Enjoy.”
Stephanie Howell* (Birgit) is thrilled to be part of THE ICE FRONT, having workshopped it at Plan-B and Pioneer Theatre Company. She has appeared in many Plan-B productions, including Eric Samuelsen’s BORDERLANDS and 3. Other recent credits include THE OTHER PLACE (Utah Rep) and the regional premiere of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (PTC) . Stephanie’s other local credits include productions at Salt Lake Acting Company and PYGmalion Productions. B.S., Theatre Arts, Northwestern University.
Michael Scott Johnson (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back at Plan-B, where he has been stage managing and acting since 2012. He has been heard in several episodes of RADIO HOUR and the Script-In-Hand Series reading of Carol Lynn Pearson’s CARAVAN at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Additional acting credits include SILENT SKY (PYGmalion), JEKYLL & HYDE and PICNIC (Grand), TWELFTH NIGHT (Salt Lake Shakespeare) and THE CRUCIBLE and LAUGHING STOCK (PTC).
Keven Myhre (Set) is delighted to return to Plan-B, after designing last season’s ONE BIG UNION. He has been honored with the Thomas DeGaetani Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to the performing arts and entertainment industry by United States Institute for Theatre Technology; Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artist Award in the Performing Arts; and a Best of Utah Arts Award from City Weekly for directing/design. Keven holds an MFA from University of Michigan and a BFA from the University of Utah. He is Operations Director for UtahPresents at Kingsbury Hall.
Jay Perry* (Egil) has appeared in Plan-B’s TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT, three SLAMs, all eleven installments of RADIO HOUR, FACING EAST (in Salt Lake, San Francisco and Off-Broadway), GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! in Salt Lake and Park City (with a detour to Hippodrome State Theatre in-between), SHE WAS MY BROTHER, LADY MACBETH, the Free Elementary School Tour of PETER AND THE WOLF, Eric Samuelsen’s CLEARING BOMBS, ONE BIG UNION and VIRTUE. By day he is Program Coordinator of Youth Theatre at the University of Utah.
Jerry Rapier^ (Director) has been Plan-B’s Artistic Director since 2000. Among the more than 30 plays he has directed for the company are four by Eric Samuelsen: AMERIGO, BORDERLANDS, NOTHING PERSONAL and THE KREUTZER SONATA (in a co-production with NOVA Chamber Music Series). He has also worked on new plays with Pioneer Theatre Company and Utah Shakespeare Festival. He is now mostly known as Kirt’s husband and Oscar’s Papa (which is just fine with him).
Topher Rasmussen (Heinrich) is delighted to return to Plan-B, where he was last seen in ADAM AND STEVE & THE EMPTY SEA and Eric Samuelsen’s BORDERLANDS. Other recent credits include DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS and THE PRIVATE EAR (Sting & Honey); HARBUR GATE, R+J: STAR CROSS’D DEATH MATCH and COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE (SLAC); THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE (Sackerson); THE REVENGER’S TRAGEDY, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, TWELFTH NIGHT, ROMEO & JULIET and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Grassroots); and HAMLET & OPHELIA GO SWIMMING (Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival). Love and gratitude to my incredible girlfriend and our sweet dog.
David Rees (Lighting Design) is excited to be making his Plan-B debut. After an early career spent in his native New York that included stints with the circus, theatrical tours and Broadway productions, David has primarily focused on design for corporate events. Credits include: JELLY’S LAST JAM (national tour), BRING IN DA NOISE/BRING IN DA FUNK (national tour), VICTOR/VICTORIA (Broadway), JEKYLL & HYDE (Broadway), and events for Fiat Chrysler, IBM, Ford, DoTerra, LuLaRoe and the Salt Lake Chamber 125th Anniversary. Special thanks to Lori, Matthew and Jackson.
Arika Schockmel (Props Design) has previously designed props for Plan-B’s VIRTUE, BASED ON A TRUE STORY and CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS. She is the resident Prop Master for the University of Utah Department of Theatre. Other projects include costume crafts at Pioneer Theatre Company, film and the occasional acting gig. She and her husband Christopher Glade are parents to Charlotte, who is “a quarter to seven” and their best collaborative work to date.
Robert Scott Smith* (Anders) last appeared at Plan-B in Eric Samuelsen’s THE KREUTZER SONATA (a co-production with NOVA Chamber Music Series). Other credits include BASH and MARRY CHRISTMAS (Plan-B); THE CRUCIBLE and the Play-By-Play Series readings of TWO HENRYS, THE ICE FRONT and PERPETUAL GIRL (PTC); CLIMBING WITH TIGERS, RAPTURE BLISTER BURN, GOOD PEOPLE, CHARM, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL and GROSS INDECENCY (SLAC); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Grand); and MOCKINGBIRD (PYGmalion). Robert Scott is an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah Department of Theatre and Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory.
Emilie Starr (Bente) is excited to work with Plan-B again after last season’s VIRTUE. Other favorite credits include DIARY OF A WORM A SPIDER AND A FLY and MR. PERFECT (SLAC), NEXT TO NORMAL (Ziegfeld), COWBOY MOUTH (Good Company) and Intermountain’s LIVE WELL TOUR, where she traveled to elementary schools all over the state teaching kids about eating healthy and staying active. In her spare time she works full time at Salt Lake Acting Company and is a host of BYUtv’s RANDOM ACTS.
Christy Summerhays* (Astrid) is happy to be part of another world premiere with Plan-B, and especially to be working on another Eric Samuelsen play. She’s had the privilege to act in Eric’s play 3 and in his translation of Ibsen’s GHOSTS as part of the Script-in-Hand Series. She was most recently seen in Plan-B’s premiere of VIRTUE by Tim Slover.