a world premiere by Olivia Custodio, Bijan Hosseini, Iris Salazar & Darryl Stamp
March 28-April 7, 2019
“Life is learning to hold paradox.”
Short plays by and about people of color from the Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop. DRIVER’S LICENSE, PLEASE by Olivia Custodio (a dark comedy about rental cars, rednecks and seizing personal power); AMERICAN PRIDE by Iris Salazar (an even darker comedy about making America great again); ROAR by Darryl Stamp (a dramedy about stand-up comedy); THE FRAILEST THING by Bijan Hosseini (a drama about the line between wanting to live and not wanting to die).
Featuring Jillian Joy, Brien Keith, Bryan Kido, Erika Ovuoba, Carlos Nobleza Posas and Yolanda Stange.
Designed by La Beene (costumes), Cheryl Cluff (sound), Meghan McCormick (lighting, assisted by Emma Eugenia Belnap), Cara Pomeroy (set) and Arika Schockmel (props). Stage managed by Jennifer Freed. Directed by Jerry Rapier
And don’t miss our free Script-In-Hand Series continuing April 3.
Latina playwright Olivia Custodio [DRIVER’S LICENSE, PLEASE] extends her gratitude to Plan-B for this incredible opportunity! You may have heard her in RADIO HOUR EPISODE 13: TROLL earlier this season or seen her in SPAMALOT (Grand), BURN (Sackerson) or STREETLIGHT WOODPECKER and SATURDAY’S VOYEUR (SLAC). This experience has officially given her the playwriting bug, so stay tuned! BFA, Carnegie Mellon, MM, Vocal Performance, U of U.
Persian/Japanese playwright Bijan Hosseini [THE FRAILEST THING] returns to Plan-B after appearing in (IN)DIVISIBLE. Special thanks to everyone in the Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop, Julie Jensen for leading initially, and Jerry Rapier for making this incredibly opportunity possible. As an actor, Bijan is represented by TMG. He makes a living as a massage therapist at the Yugen Wellness Center, but plans to give this writing thing a go.
Mexican playwright Iris Salazar [AMERICAN PRIDE] is very excited to be part of this production as a first-time playwright. She was born in Durango, Mexico and has lived in Utah for the last 38 years. BFA, Performing Arts Design, U of U.
African American playwright Darryl Stamp [ROAR] returns to Plan-B after appearing in JUMP and (IN)DIVISIBLE. He is thrilled to ROAR with you as a two-time winner of Showtime’s Funniest Person in Kansas competition. Local credits include W;T and GREY GARDENS (Wasatch) and MOPEY WRECKS (Riot Act). Regional credits include A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Kansas City Rep) and FLYING WEST, INNOCENT THOUGHTS, TAKE ME OUT and THE PILLOWMAN (Unicorn Theatre). He thanks Mindy, Sophia and Julie Jensen for their support.
CAST & DIRECTOR
Jillian Joy [Puerto Rican; Alicia, AMERICAN PRIDE; Katherine, DRIVER’S LICENSE, PLEASE] makes her Plan-B debut and is thrilled for the opportunity. Recent productions: TURN TO PAGE 93 (Utah Rep/Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival), PERDIDA (Grand), SATURDAY’S VOYEUR (SLAC) and MAN OF LA MANCHA (Utah Opera).
Brien Keith [African American; The Royal POTUS, AMERICAN PRIDE; Gerald, ROAR] makes his Plan-B debut. His stage credits include LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!, BOYS IN THE BAND and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (Wasatch); MASTER HAROLD…AND THE BOYS, A SOLDIER’S PLAY, HOME and JITNEY (People Productions); MS. EVERS’ BOYS (EttaGrace/Grand); GRANT & TWAIN (SLAC) and A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Babcock).
Bryan Kido* [Japanese; Nguyen, THE FRAILEST THING; Scott, DRIVER’S LICENSE, PLEASE] is a native of Utah and excited to be back at Plan-B, where he has appeared in (IN)DIVISIBLE and BLOCK 8, for which he is best known. Other credits include THE BUSY BODY, HELEN, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and HALF MOON RISING (U of U). Bryan is excited to be part of this cast! BFA, Acting, U of U.
Erika Ovuoba [African American; Danielle, DRIVER’S LICENSE, PLEASE; Jilly, ROAR] is thrilled to make her Plan-B debut. She recently finished the BFA Acting program at UVU. Favorite credits include THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD and COMPANY (UVU) and THE COLOR PURPLE (Wasatch). Erika enjoys avant-garde photography, practicing yoga and creating music. She hopes you’ll have a thoughtful discussion about this production after you leave the theatre.
Carlos Nobleza Posas [Filipino/Honduran; DJ KC Masters, AMERICAN PRIDE; Michael, DRIVER’S LICENSE, PLEASE] lives truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Recent credits include “Stickup Kid” (BYU Film Capstone), HAMLET (Grassroots Shakespeare) and YOU GOT OLDER and COLD STORAGE (Wasatch). He thanks Plan-B for its tireless efforts to make representation a reality and thanks this cast for being one of the best ever – of color or otherwise.
Jerry Rapier^ [Japanese; Director] has been Artistic Director of Plan-B since 2000 and has directed more than 30 productions for the company, most recently GOOD STANDING. He is both Nisei and hafu. When he moved to SLC in the early 1990s, he was regularly stopped [insert any situation or location imaginable here] and asked, “What are you?” He and his husband Kirt Bateman are the proud parents of six-year-old Oscar.
Yolanda Stange* [African American; Jane, AMERICAN PRIDE; Daria, ROAR] has appeared in over 100 industrial films, 50 feature films, 15 television shows and three national commercials. In 2015 she opened her own production company (Radical Hospitality) and casting agency (Stange Casting LLC). She most recently filmed James Lafferty’s “Everybody’s Doing Great,” appeared onstage in SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY (SLAC) and is a series regular on the CW hit “The Outpost.” When not on set or on stage she runs Stange Realty with her husband Chris. Yolanda is a proud member of SAG and AEA.
La Beene [Costume Design] is thrilled to return to Plan-B, having designed JUMP last season. An Assistant Professor of Costume Design at UVU, her other recent credits include THE SEAGULL (UVU), THE MUSIC MAN (Sundance), ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (BYU), AMAZING GRACE (UFO&MT), MARY POPPINS (Center Stage Youth Performers) and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY (SLAC). MFA, Costume Design & Technology, BYU.
Emma Eugenia Belnap [Assistant Lighting Designer/Electrician] returns to Plan-B, having assisted on GOOD STANDING. A senior at UVU, she is working toward a BFA in Theatrical Lighting Design. Previous designs include MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and CABARET (UVU), SHREK, JR. (HCTO), A DOLL’S HOUSE (AOTC) and Second Assistant LD at Sundance Summer Theatre.
Cheryl Ann Cluff [Sound Design] co-founded Plan-B in 1991 and has served as Managing Director since 1995. She has also provided sound design for nearly every Plan-B production since 2001. Recent sound design credits for Plan-B include RADIO HOUR EPISODE 13:: TROLL, THE WEIRD PLAY, JUMP and THE ICE FRONT.
Jennifer Freed*[Stage Manager] is forever grateful to Plan-B for quenching her theatre habit since 1998. Enjoy the show!
Megan McCormick [Lighting Design] has designed lighting for over 150+ stage productions in Utah, Nevada, California, Texas and Pennsylvania since she began her lighting design career El Paso in 1979. She has served as the resident lighting designer for Salt Lake Acting Company, Promised Valley Playhouse, Utah Musical Theatre and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko and designed for PYGmalion Theatre Company, Park City’s Egyptian Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Grand Theatre, Zivio Dance Company, Thin Air Productions (CA) and Theatre rEvolution (PA). MFA, Theatre Design, U of U.
Cara Pomeroy [Scenic Design] returns to Plan-B after designing JUMP last season. Other recent designs include BULL SHARK ATTACK and HIR (SLAC), PERDIDA and FIRST DATE (Grand) and KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN and THE OTHER PLACE (Utah Rep). She is an adjunct professor of Stagecraft and Scenic Painting at Westminster College and a carpenter and painter for Pioneer Theatre Company. BA, Theatre Studies (emphasis: Scenic Design), U of U.
Puppets in the City [Puppet Design, THE FRAILEST THING], led by Shelby Rickart, formed seven years ago with the goal of making the art of puppetry available to everyone. PITC offers 18 shows and monthly workshops for the general public, schools, libraries, non-profit groups and businesses. This is the PITC’s third collaboration with Utah theatre, following LA RONDINE (Lyric Opera) and RED BIKE (PYGmalion).
Arika Schockmel [Prop Design] 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 ZOMBIE THOUGHTS. Arika is in her fourth 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.
Plan-B Theatre Company develops and produces unique and socially conscious theatre and has produced nearly 100 world premieres by local playwrights since 1991. Five of those have been nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York, five have enjoyed extended lives in New York, two have toured internationally and two have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Awards include Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Award, Equality Utah’s Allies for Equality Award, Transgender Education Advocates of Utah’s Organization of the Year Award (twice), International Center for Women Playwrights’ 50/50 Applause Award (thrice), a PAAL Award, Utah’s Governor’s Organization Leadership in the Arts Award and Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artist Award for Service to the Arts by an Organization. Plan-B is the only professional theatre company in the United States producing full seasons of new work by local playwrights. Read more about the Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop here.
… on a personal level, it was a way for me to work through my emotions surrounding our current political state.
I have no idea what I’m doing. Several people much smarter than me who do have all told me that this is okay.
Writing a play is weird. Seriously weird.
The stand-up comedy writing process, the stress associated with entertaining audiences despite what’s going on in your personal life, and the exhilarating feeling you get when you hear audiences laugh is the inspiration for “Roar.”
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We feel a responsibilty as a company to reflect the community in which we live. And yet I’ve been asking myself: with all that is happening, does attending the theatre even matter?