a world premiere by Jenifer Nii
for grades K-3
third annual Free Elementary School Tour (FEST)
run time 35 minutes

August 6, 7 & 8, 2015 at Noon and 1:30pm (No performances August 9)
Sprague Branch of the City Library (2131 S. Highland Drive (downstairs)
Free tickets available at the door beginning at 11am on performance days

Salt Lake City School District (with stops in Weber, Utah & Juab Counties)
August 31-September 11, 2015

Davis School District, presented by Davis Arts Council
September 28-October 9, 2015

Click here to book RUFF! at your Title I school

RUFF! is a metaphorical “tail” of two shelter dogs. Axel (a shelter regular played by Tyson Baker) and Buddy (a shelter novice played by Latoya Rhodes). Together they discover what’s possible when dogs and their people learn to see past stereotypes and summon the courage to be the best they can be. Directed by Jerry Rapier.

Intermountain Therapy Animals will have dogs present at each performance. The use of therapy dogs, trained to interact with all humans calmly and equally, is to ensure that each human-canine interaction is a positive one.




From playwright Jenifer Nii

A Review of RUFF! by 7-year-old Lydia Riesen (video)
American Theatre (2/3 of the way down)
Catalyst Magazine
City Weekly
The Salt Lake Tribune (August 2015)
The Utah Review
UtahTheatreBloggers (review)

On many levels RUFF! gave us discussion topics. One tiny reference to making the dogs’ experiences apply to humans caused my students to do just that. One of my students said, “Isn’t that like fake it until you make it?” Profound deeper level tying into our character education. On the basic level of a dog’s experiences in life, our students showed compassion, concern and intense emotion. I personally liked the way the play “parabled” a moral value for all of us. The actors superbly gave us a look at life for our pets. – Lynne J. Arnold, Third Grade Teacher, Franklin Elementary

Thank you for coming! The actors were fabulous! The therapy dog and handler were also super excellent additions. I appreciated the thought-provoking messages and the students were very attentive to the acting (it was very well done). We appreciated your willingness to come to our school. – David Hales, Principal, Valley Elementary

The actors were great. Even the kindergarteners enjoyed it since the story was fun and the actors did such a good job. – Riko Reese, Principal, North Park Elementary

The presentation was wonderful! My students loved it and the dogs were a great treat and surprise! Thanks so much for inviting us to participate in this wonderful program. – Dahlia Cordova, Principal, Bennion Elementary

The students at Emerson really enjoyed the RUFF! assembly. They were actively engaged and loved the therapy dog that visited our school. The message was a positive one. The two actors who performed were very personable and great with the kids. Keep up the great work! – April Reynolds, Principal, Emerson Elementary

Thank you for bringing Ruff! to our school. I thought the presentation was excellent for the small kids. We try to give our kids experiences with theater and all the other performing arts, and your presentation was well received. All the children were engaged which is no small feat. – Rae Louie, Principal, Beacon Heights Elementary

Our students thoroughly enjoyed the performance. There were many messages about acceptance and kindness that will be talked about in their classes. – Marian Broadhead, Principal, Hawthorne Elementary

We loved it!!!! Thank you so much for coming to Provo. You were fantastic. – Lois Bobo, Director, Walden School of Liberal Arts

Thank you so much for being so great to schedule a time for Plan-B to come and visit Bonneville’s special education program. We had about 60 students that we able to participate. I was a little worried that it might not be age appropriate for some of the students, but they all LOVED it! They had tons of questions for the actors and they were all very engaged during the entire play. The actors also made a great effort to interact with the students before and after the play and get to know them. All around, it was a great experience and we hope to have Plan-B come back and visit Bonneville soon. Thanks again! – Megan Robertson, Special Education Teacher, Bonneville Jr. High