“Stranded” by Brandan Ngo premieres as part of ROSE EXPOSED: WE JUST DON’T KNOW

ICYMI live, ROSE EXPOSED: WE JUST DON'T KNOW is now available to view at the Vimeo link above. Feel free to watch at your leisure, as many times as you like. If you would like to make a donation to the Performing Arts Coalition who presents the event, there is a link in the video description and at the very end of the video. Enjoy!


ROSE EXPOSED: WE JUST DON'T KNOW

Saturday, August 28, 8pm

Masks Required

Socially-Distanced, Reserved Seating

All patrons over the age of 12 must show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken between August 22-28 to be admitted (a photo on a smartphone is acceptable)

Children under 12 admitted

Live ASL Interpretation

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You'll be the very first patrons seated in the new seats in the Jeanne Wagner Theatre!

Every artist working on this event in any capacity is fully vaccinated and will be tested prior to the performance.


ROSE EXPOSED is back, in person!, with an hour-long evening of new short works from Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Plan-B Theatre, PYGmalion Theatre Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and SB Dance.

The theme? We just don't know. No, really, that's the theme. And our state of being. And we're guessing yours too. So let's navigate it together. You bring you, we'll bring the art and the laughs.

Our contribution to the evening is the world premiere of "Stranded," a 10-minute play by Brandan Ngo, a member of our Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop. Commissioned as part of the national Play at Home initiative early in the pandemic, "Stranded" is a wacky comedy about isolation, enbarrassing memories, and imaginary friends.

Read more about ROSE EXPOSED: WE JUST DON'T KNOW in Catalyst Magazine.

Read the playbill by clicking or scanning the QR code below.


FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT

Playwright Brandan Ngo

“I somehow didn’t know it when I wrote it, but “Stranded” was born of the intense anxiety of feeling mentally and physically trapped. It certainly seems obvious now: close quarters with no one but yourself, your inner demons, your darkest secrets. Forced to confront things you’ve been running away from for years and years. Stranded. In 2020, Mother Nature hit the reset button, and those of us privileged enough to be able to hunker down at home safely for an entire year had to take a deep, deep look at why we are the way that we are. For me, 2020 was the year of therapy, introspection, more therapy, more introspection. And for better or worse, this silly play came out of it!”

Brandan Ngo is an actor and writer who graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Film & Media Arts. He has spent the last five years writing and performing for the stage and the camera, and is about to return to university to study plant biology. Member, Plan-B's Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop.

"Stranded" was commissioned by Plan-B Theatre as part of the national Play At Home initiative early in the pandemic.


THE "STRANDED" COMPANY

Rehearsal Stage Manager Danny Borba

is an intern with Plan-B Theatre and senior in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. He is grateful to stage manage for the first time with the company. He can usually be seen on stage and past credits include SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (University of Utah Department of Theatre) and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+). Danny is of Mexican and Argentine descent and is proud to be a Latino actor. He thanks his family and friends for their ongoing support and love.

 

Actor Seung Choi (Poppie)

is thrilled to be making his Plan-B Theatre debut in "Stranded." Recent theatre: PRINCE'S NEW PET (Utah Story Center/GSL Fringe), PIPPIN (UVU), A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and ANYTHING GOES (HCTO), AIDA (SCERA), SAVIOR OF THE WORLD (LDS Conference Center Theatre), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Midvale Main Street Theatre). Recent film: Studio C (BYU-TV), Holly and Ivy and The Christmas Bow (Hallmark). Upcoming: General Conference Choir 2021. Thanks to Jerry, Tito, Brandan, Tippetts fam, Bishop Jardine, and Mariah.

 

Actor Lily Hye Soo Dixon (Poppy)

is honored to be performing in "Stranded." Her previous work at Plan-B  includes P.G. ANON, SINGING TO THE BRINE SHRIMP, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 13: TROLL, and (IN)DIVISIBLE. Other recent credits include MERCURY and 4000 Miles (Salt Lake Acting Company). Hye Soo feels lucky to sit on the board of Plan-B Theatre and hopes to continue to support the community and the arts. She graduated with her BFA in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University. She currently teaches theatre and loves hanging out with her son and their dog Chewie.

 

Actor Amona Faatau (Popi)

(he/him/his) makes his Plan-B debut. A Samoan actor living in West Valley City, he is currently a senior in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. You may have seen him in THE ODYSSEY or SHE KILLS MONSTERS (University of Utah Department of Theatre). He’d like to send a huge thank you to his family, friends, peers, professors, and most of all Hannah for their support!

 

Director Tito Livas

is very excited to be directing this short for Plan-B and thanks them for giving him this opportunity. Tito has been seen locally on stage at Plan-B, Salt Lake Acting Company and Pioneer Theatre Company, and has performed for Princess Cruises, Holland America, The Public, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and the National Theatre for Children, to name a few. He can also be seen getting his Christmas on in several films for Hallmark and Lifetime. And sometimes he fancies himself a playwright. Member, Plan-B's Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop.


SCRIPT

Please click here to view a digital copy of the script in 18 point font on Google Drive (viewable only, not downloadable or printable: depending on your settings you may need to request access).