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Part of our 30th anniversary, COVID-19-Aware, Zoom-Rehearsed, Audio-Only, Fully-Virtual Subscription Series.
If LOCAL COLOR were a film, it would be rated R; if it were a TV show, it would be rated MA.
LOCAL COLOR IS COMPRISED OF
"DoLs" by Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin (14 minutes)
September 1984 | Wyman Park in East Baltimore
"Guise" by Chris Curlett (19 minutes)
The present | A university locker room
"Suicide Box" by Tatiana Christian (11 minutes)
The near future | An apartment, office, and park in a large metropolitan area
"Organic" by Tito Livas (10 minutes)
The present | Two not-impressive-but-not-unimpressive homes: one in anywhere suburbia, the other in New York City
LOCAL COLOR was rehearsed via Zoom in 13 homes across Salt Lake City. At no point was an actor asked to leave their home. Vocal tracks were recorded on Tascam lav mic recorders fashioned into home recording studios, thanks to the genius of David Evanoff. Vocal tracks were recorded independently and simultaneously. Audio files were uploaded to Google Drive from mini-SD cards, transferred to Dropbox, synced by Dave, merged with Cheryl Ann Cluff's sound design files, followed by some focused listening, more upload-download-upload, a bit of re-recording, and a whole lotta mastering. The result is what you are about to hear!
LOCAL COLOR CREATIVE TEAM
Playwright Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin
Adriane Darby Mest
Julie Katie Jones Nall
Heidi Yolanda Stange*
Playwright Chris Curlett
Brett Tyler Fox
Rick Brian Kocherhans
Joey Lonzo Liggins
Playwright Tatiana Christian
Lilly Kandyce Marie
Tethered Lilly/Naima Darby Mest
Caller #1 Katie Jones Nall
Caller #2 Carlos Nobleza Posas
Manager/Protester Yolanda Stange*
Playwright Tito Livas
Philip Tyler Fox
Joe Lonzo Liggins
Michael Carlos Nobleza Posas
Director Jerry Rapier^
Sound Designer Cheryl Ann Cluff
Graphic Designer Aaron Swenson
Mic Technique Coach Jay Perry
Sound Engineer David Evanoff
*Appearing through a Media Agreement with Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. ^Member, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.
Plan-B Theatre is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network.
Artistic Director Jerry Rapier
Managing Director Cheryl Ann Cluff
Education Coordinator Sharah Meservy
Interim Education Coordinator Sam Allen
President Benjamin Brown
Trustee Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Managing Director Cheryl Ann Cluff
Treasurer Chris Curlett
Trustee Lily Hye Soo Dixon
Trustee Jesse Nix
Artistic Director Jerry Rapier
Trustee Melissa Salguero
Secretary Kay Shean
Trustee Paul Tew
LOCAL COLOR IS FUNDED IN PART BY
LOCAL COLOR PRESS
Catalyst Magazine | City Weekly | Front Row Reviewers (review) | National New Play Network Bridge Program | QSaltLake | Salt Lake magazine (preview | review) | SLUG Magazine | The Utah Review (preview | review)
LOCAL COLOR SPECIAL THANKS
Huge thanks to Olivia Custodio, Bijan Hosseini, Brandan Ngo, Iris Salazar, Darryl Stamp, and especially to the inestimable Julie Jensen.
LOCAL COLOR WHO'S WHO
"SUICIDE BOX" PLAYWRIGHT TATIANA CHRISTIAN
is a member of Plan-B's Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop and hopes to build a playwriting career in Salt Lake City (and eventually beyond). "Suicide Box" is their first play. Their second play, "Space Cats," was commissioned by Plan-B for the national Play At Home initiative and can be found on Plan-B's app and performed at home or with friends!
"GUISE" PLAYWRIGHT CHRIS CURLETT
"DoLs" PLAYWRIGHT DEE-DEE DARBY-DUFFIN
is a singer, actor, director, producer, and playwright. She has created roles in many Plan-B Theatre world premieres and is a member of the company's Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop. Her play "Aphasia" was commissioned by Plan-B as part of the national Play at Home initiative. "DoLs," Dee-Dee's first play, was first seen as a Script-In-Hand Series reading. deedeedarbyduffin.com
"ORGANIC" PLAYWRIGHT TITO LIVAS
has written three short plays, including "Organic," as a member of Plan-B's Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop. An actor residing in Salt Lake City with his husband and three-year-old son, he is constantly educating his child on the benefits of the creatures we find outside which led to writing "Shine A Light," a play about a little boy who learns about the important role insects play in our world, commissioned by Plan-B for Play at Home. When he's not tending to the garden or his animals, you'll most likely find him somewhere in the mountains with his family, or on set. Professionally he has performed with such companies as Walt Disney World, Princess Cruises, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Plan-B Theatre, and The Public Theater, as well in several national commercials and in Lifetime and Hallmark films.
DIRECTOR JERRY RAPIER^
has been Plan-B's Artistic Director since 2000. He is Nisei and the first person of color to lead a professional arts organization in Utah history. Jerry has directed Utah's first world premieres by an Asian playwright (WALLACE, comprised of "Fire!" by Jenifer Nii and "Where I Come From" by Debora Threedy, 2010), a Black playwright (MAMA by Carleton Bluford, 2015), and Latina and Persian playwrights (...OF COLOR, comprised of "Drivers License, Please" by Olivia Custodio, "The Frailest Thing" by Bijan Hosseini, "American Pride" by Iris Salazar," and "Roar" by Darryl Stamp, 2019), all at Plan-B. Jerry and Kirt, his husband of more than 25 years, are the proud parents of eight-year-old Oscar.
SOUND DESIGNER CHERYL ANN CLUFF
co-founded Plan-B in 1991 and has served as Managing Director since 1995. She has designed sound for nearly every Plan-B production since 2000, including Julie Jensen's P.G. ANON earlier this season, which she also directed.
ACTOR TYLER FOX (Brett, "Guise" & Philip, "Organic")
is a Salt Lake City-based actor who has been privileged to work with such companies as Plan-B, Sackerson, SONDERImmersive, Wasatch, and An Other. He is excited to share his art in a year when it's desperately needed.
ACTOR BRIAN KOCHERANS (Rick, "Guise" & Hot Guy, "Organic")
(he/him) is beyond delighted to be working with Plan-B on this project. Born and raised in Orem, Utah, he earned a degree in theater from UVU. Favorite credits include NEXT FALL and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (An Other). Brian would like to thank Chris and Jerry for this wonderful opportunity.
ACTOR LONZO LIGGINS (Joey, "Guise" & Joe, "Organic")
is excited to be in his first Plan-B production after having performed in several readings for the company. He has been active in theatre and film in Utah for many years and has been a lead in many films and plays. His most recent theatre credits include WAIT UNTIL DARK (Hale Centre Theatre, Sandy) and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Grand Theatre).
ACTOR KANDYCE MARIE (Lilly, "Suicide Box" & audio version of the digiPlaybill)
is thrilled to make her Plan-B debut. Some of her other credits include AIDA (China Tour, Nederlander Worldwide), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and HAIR (Egyptian Theatre), RAGTIME (Sandy Amphitheater), SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL (Norwegian Productions), NEWSIES (Hale Centre Theatre, Sandy). Kandyce also traveled many parts of the world as a Production Cast Principal on Norwegian Cruise Lines. "All my love to my littles. Mommy loves you!"
ACTOR DARBY MEST (Adriane, "DoLs" & Tethered Lilly/Naima, "Suicide Box")
was last seen in ROSE EXPOSED: I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND, representing Plan-B singing "Isolation Lullaby," an original duet she co-wrote and performed with her mom Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin. Her other Plan-B credits include Jenny Kokai's "Reacting to Myself in an Apocalypse!!!!!" as part of RADIO SLAM and the Free Elementary School Tour of Morag Shepherd's FLORA MEETS A BEE.
ACTOR KATIE JONES NALL (Julie, "DoLs" & Caller #1, "Suicide Box")
is excited to return to Plan-B Theatre, having previously appeared in the Free Elementary School Tour of ZOMBIE THOUGHTS. She has been with "DoLs" since it's very first reading two years ago! She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre from Weber State University. She thanks everyone that has always supported her and believed in her. She also wants to thank Plan-B for always being professional and amazing to work with! Katie is honored to be part of Jann Haworth's Utah Women 2020 mural.
Actor CARLOS NOBLEZA POSAS (Michael, "Organic" & Caller #2, "Suicide Box")
was last seen at Plan-B in "American Pride" by Iris Salazar and "Drivers License, Please" by Olivia Custodio as part of ...OF COLOR. Of Honduran and Filipino descent, he lives truthfully under imaginary circumstances - and sometimes real ones. Other recent credits include COLD STORAGE (Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival), and MACBETH (Creekside Theatre Festival. He owes his machismo to his father, his werpa to his mother, and his life in the Intermountain West to his wife. LOCAL COLOR marks Carlos' first foray into audio drama, so go easy on him.
ACTOR YOLANDA STANGE* (Heidi, "DoLs" & Manager/Protester, "Suicide Box")
goerslisteners! I could not be more excited to participate in these LOCAL COLOR audio plays, a first for me. But that’s why I love working with Plan-B…the challenge! From the audition process, to workshopping new plays, to my first Plan-B roles in ...OF COLOR, I’ve been able to grow as an artist and, more importantly, I’ve seen how the community has grown from the dialogue created by watching these plays. So thank you for also watching me in the world premiere of ODA MIGHT, or any of the other talented artists in any Plan-B production: we can’t do it without YOU."
AT PLAN-B THEATRE
We have developed and produced unique and socially conscious theatre created by Utah playwrights since 1991.
We are the first professional arts organization in Utah history led by a BIPOC artist.
We share stories with a local point-of-view as well as global stories from a local perspective.
We nourish a pool of local playwrights to rival that found in any other city in the country: we develop relationships with playwrights rather than plays.
We are the only professional theatre company nationwide producing full seasons of new work by local playwrights.
We are the only professional theatre company in Utah creating both a new LGBTQIA+ play and a new play for K-6 students each season.
.Each company decision reflects our commitment to representation.
We serve our community by reflecting it onstage.
We are committed to gender parity.
We are committed to LGBTQIA+ equality.
We are anti-racist and anti-racism.
We are anti-ableist and anti-ableism.
Black Lives Matter.
Stop Asian Hate.
We acknowledge that our office, rehearsal, and performance spaces are located on the unceded ancestral lands of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation and the Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation.
We welcome the opportunity to learn from our own mistakes.
We welcome the opportunity to speak less and listen more as our colleagues join the representation conversation.
THE 2022 SUBSCRIPTION SERIES: IN PERSON, IN COLOR
THE CLEAN-UP PROJECT
by Carleton Bluford
February 17-27, 2022
What if Black folx actually took control of everything?
Black History Month like you've never seen it before.
From the author of MAMA.
by Iris Salazar
April 7-17, 2022
How exactly does a single, full-figured, dark-skinned, liberal, Latina Mormon navigate a pandemiquake?
From the author of "American Pride" from ...OF COLOR
MESTIZA, or MIXED
by Melissa Leilani Larson
June 9-19, 2022
A Filipino family drama about being mixed
From the author of THE EDIBLE COMPLEX, THE POST OFFICE, and PILOT PROGRAM.
And watch for details on our ninth annual Free Elementary School Tour of ALLI AND #3 by Debora Threedy; RADIO HOUR EPISODE 15: SLEEPY HOLLOW by Matthew Ivan Bennett, a co-production with KUER's RadioWest; and the Script-In-Hand Series, featuring readings of plays-in-progress by Morag Shepherd (THE BIG QUIET), Darryl Stamp (GO HOME COME BACK), and Camille Washington (HORIZON).
Happy Pride Month!
We are not the only theatre company in Utah producing LGBTQIA+-themed work each season. Thank goodness! We are, however, the only theatre company in Utah creating a new LGBTQIA+-themed work each season. We have premiered nearly 30 such plays since 1997.
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