This blog post might read like a press release because, well, it’s a press release. But don’t hold that against us!
PLAN-B THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES FIVE EXCITING WORLD PREMIERES FOR ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY, 2015/2016 SEASON
Award-winning theatre celebrates a quarter century of success with a rich lineup of world premieres celebrating music, diversity and human relationships.
(Salt Lake City, UT) – Continuing our unique legacy of producing new plays by Utah playwrights, Plan-B Theatre Company announces its 25th season with a slate of world premieres. The season offers a peek into the mind of a madman and the music that created it, a haunting radio play, a humorous look at the dreariness of holiday retail, a journey through relationships past and future, and Plan-B’s first-ever new musical that features a housewife who dreams of something more.
“Plan-B is committed to telling stories from a local point of view. Our 25th season takes that a step further, exploring how comfortable we feel inside our own narratives,“ says Jerry Rapier, Plan-B’s producing director. The season begins October 18, 2015, and runs through April 10, 2016. Season tickets, only $70 (a 20% savings) are available now at Plan-B’s website.
THE KREUTZER SONATA by Eric Samuelsen
October 18–November 9, 2015
(Also November 4, 2015, at New York’s United Solo Theatre Festival)
The season opens with a harrowing exploration of the mind of a murderer, of a man driven mad by Beethoven’s music. “Music, like marriage, is but a violence and a falsehood,” says the madman (Robert Scott Smith) and both torment him to the point of no return. This cautionary tale is interwoven with a live performance of Beethoven’s entire sonata by Kathryn Eberle (violin) and Jason Hardink (piano). Freely adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s short story. Directed by Jerry Rapier. A co-production with NOVA Chamber Music Series.
RADIO HOUR EPISODE 10: OTHERWHERE by Matthew Ivan Bennett
October 30, 2015
Live at 11am, rebroadcast at 7pm on KUER’s RadioWest
Plan-B takes audiences back to the RadioWest studio where it all began a decade ago. Doug Fabrizio becomes another kind of host when he interviews the author of a new book on paranormal activity (Jay Perry). Original music by David Evanoff, directed by Cheryl Cluff. A co-production with KUER FM90.1’s RadioWest.
BOOKSMART by Rob Tennant
December 3–13, 2015
The holiday rush has hit the bookstore. Casey (Tyson Baker) has had it up to here with his job, as well as the crowds and rude customers, and makes a momentous decision. Will his equally harried co-workers (Anne Brings, Joe Crnich, April Fossen, Sarah Young) join him in his protest or will they talk him back onto the sales floor? This dark comedy is all about sticking it to The Man, provoking change and taking action—by doing nothing. Directed by Jerry Rapier. In partnership with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists.
BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Elaine Jarvik
February 25–March 6, 2016
Megan (Nell Gwynn) is stuck. She may never get back to her husband (Mark Fossen) and life and bemoans her bad fortune. But when fellow refugee Chuck (Jason Bowcutt) befriends her, it’s clear that his story is even more complicated and intriguing than her own. This tale examines relationships and irreparable choices and delves into the ways narrative—both personal and historical—can affect the future and our sense of who we are. Also featuring Colleen Baum and directed by Cheryl Cluff.
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN by Jenifer Nii (book & lyrics) and David Evanoff (music & lyrics)
March 31–April 10, 2016
Plan-B’s 25th anniversary season concludes with the company’s first-ever new musical. It deals with the quest for self-acceptance in a culture focused on perfection and one Mormon housewife’s (Jeanette Puhich) desire to do it in drag. A poignant portrait of one woman who realizes her true nature and has the courage to give it a voice. Also featuring Kirt Bateman and Susanna Florence Risser. Directed by Jerry Rapier.
About Plan-B Theatre Company
Plan-B develops unique and socially conscious theatre, which means sharing stories with a local point-of-view as well as global stories from a local perspective. The company strives to create and nourish a pool of local playwrights to rival that found in any other city in the country, to assist local theatregoers in valuing the work of local playwrights alongside that of nationally prominent playwrights.
Plan-B is the recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award (Organization) and Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artists Award for Service to the Arts by an Organization.