The Third Crossing


A world premiere by Debora Threedy

March 8-18, 2012


Studio Theatre at the Rose Wagner

138 W 300 S, SLC

80 minutes, no intermission

No late seating

Racial profiling – redefined.

In Colonial America, the third crossing of black and white bloodlines was believed to yield white children. The relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings – whose children were the third crossing but remained slaves – is the springboard for examining interracial relationships in America. Join us for the latest work from the author of 2008’s sold-out run of THE END OF THE HORIZON and co-author of 2010’s sold-out run of WALLACE.

Featuring Carleton Bluford (Actor #4), Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin (Actor #1), David Fetzer (Actor #6), Deena Marie Manzanares (Actor #5), Bob Nelson (Actor #2 – Thomas Jefferson) and Kalyn West (Actor #3 – Sally Hemings).

Directed by Jerry Rapier.  Stage Managed by Jennifer Freed.

Designed by Cheryl Ann Cluff (Sound), Phllip R. Lowe (Costumes), Jesse Portillo (Lighting), Jerry Rapier (Props) and Randy Rasmussen (Set).

Read cast and creative bios here and blog entries here.


Gavin’s Underground  |  KCPW’s “CityViews” Podcast (scroll down)  |  KRCL’s “Radio Active” Podcast  |  KUER’s “RadioWest” Podcast  |  The Salt Lake Tribune  |  Standard-Examiner  |  NowSaltLake (pdf)  |  SLUG Magazine “Soundwaves from the Underground” Podcast (first segment)


The Salt Lake Tribune  |  |  City Weekly  |  |  SLUG Magazine

Read dramaturg Greg Hatch’s research here and listen to his interview with playwright Debora Threedy below:

THE THIRD CROSSING is the winner of the 2010 Fratti-Newman New Political Play Contest and funded by an “Art Works” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Who’s Who


has previously premiered THE END OF THE HORIZON and WALLACE at Plan-B. Her play DESERT WIFE toured the state of Utah and her play THE TIGERS OF AKANUMA was part of SHADOWS OF THE BAKEMONO at Meat & Potato Theatre.  A law professor at the University of Utah since 1986, Debora is currently at work on THE SUBVERSIVE SEX, a book on women and law in theatre.


Carleton Bluford* (Actor #4) has previously appeared in Plan-B’s SLAM and WALLACE.  Acting since the age of ten, he trained under Tracy Callahan and Jim Christian. Carleton’s other credits include RAGTIME (Hale Centre Theatre), THE OVERWHELMING (Salt Lake Acting Company) and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Egyptian Theatre).  He is honored to be part of THE THIRD CROSSING with such a talented cast and creative team.

Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin (Actor #1) is excited to finally be part of the Plan-B family with THE THIRD CROSSING.  Recent credits include critically-acclaimed turns in FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF (People Productions) and LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL (Pygmalion Productions).  These characters are so formidable, powerful and vulnerable. I’m excited just to be a woman. Thank you to my amazing family for all your support.

David Fetzer* (Actor #6) marks his third crossing with Plan-B Theatre Company and second playwright Debora Threedy with THE THIRD CROSSING.  He debuted with Plan-B as Everett Ruess in Threedy’s THE END OF THE HORIZON in 2008 and participated in the Script-In-Hand Series in 2011.  David is also a producer, musician and avid homebrewer. He founded The New Works Theatre Machine in 2010.

Deena Marie Manzanares* (Actor #5) has appeared in Plan-B’s AMERIGO, SLAM and A DOLL HOUSE (Script-In-Hand Series).  A graduate of Atlantic Theater Company’s Acting School, her New York/regional credits include AMAZING ADVENTURES OF ARTHUR (Atlantic Theater Company), BALM IN GILEAD (Atlantic 453), THE PERSIAN QUARTER and A MAN ENTERS (Salt Lake Acting Company) and HAIR (Egyptian Theatre).  Television: G4TV’s “Attack of the Show” and MTV’s “It’s On with Alexa Chung.” She creates a weekly video for City Weekly’s website.

Bob Nelson (Actor #2 – Thomas Jefferson) is making his Plan-B debut and teaches theatre at the University of Utah. Stage: BROADWAY BOUND (Neil Simon Festival); Macbeth and Prospero (BYU-Hawaii).  Film: EVIL ANGEL, EMMA SMITH, HANCOCK COUNTY, BRIGHAM CITY.  Directing: CALIFORNIA SUITE (Neil Simon Festival); WATER PROJECT (Salt Lake Acting Company); THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, W;T (U of U); HANDING DOWN THE NAMES, NATHAN THE WISE (BYU).  Publications: Shakespeare Quarterly; European Library of Irish Studies.

Kalyn West (Actor #3 – Sally Hemings) is honored to make her debut with Plan-B in THE THIRD CROSSING.  A senior at Weber State University, she is double-majoring in Musical Theatre and Anthropology.  Her favorite credits include ROMEO & JULIET, ANYTHING GOES and UNDER CONSTRUCTION (Weber State University) and HAIR (Egyptian Theatre).  Live theatre is pure magic. I couldn’t live without it.  Love and thanks Mom, Tesch, Amy and Robert.


Cheryl Ann Cluff (Sound Design) co-founded Plan-B in 1991 and is the company’s Managing Director.  She has directed MESA VERDE and all five RADIO HOURs, including RADIO HOUR: FRANKENSTEIN (Utah Broadcasters Association Gold Award, Best Radio Feature Story or Program) and RADIO HOUR: ALICE.  She has designed sound for nearly every Plan-B production since 2000, most recently BORDERLANDS and LADY MACBETH.

Jennifer Freed* (Stage Manager) has been a stage manager for more than 25 years. Her credits span from Utah to New York and California to Canada. Jen is incredibly grateful to be a member of Plan-B and has literally loved every show she has had the opportunity to be a part of.  She is thrilled to be part of another great season!

Greg Hatch (Dramaturg) makes his Plan-B debut. With a BA in Theatre, Greg stage managed at regional theaters in Oregon and Washington for seven years. He then earned a Master’s in Library and Information Science and is currently Head of Fine Arts and Architecture for Marriott Library at the University of Utah. Dramaturgy projects include LOST IN YOKERS, THE VERTICAL HOUR, THE YELLOW LEAF, A CHRISTMAS STORY, SUNSET BOULEVARD and ANNIE, all for Pioneer Theatre Company.

Phillip R. Lowe (Costume Design) is thrilled to return to Plan-B, where he has costumed ANIMAL FARM, BLOCK 8, WALLACE, THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER, AMERIGO, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, BORDERLANDS and LADY MACBETH.  Phil is adjunct faculty and a guest designer at Weber State University.  He holds a BFA in Acting and Directing and an MFA in Design from Utah State University and received Kennedy Center’s National Barbizon Award for THE LION IN THE WINTER (Old Lyric Repertory Company).

Jesse Portillo (Lighting Design) happily joins Plan-B for another season where he has lit EXPOSED, BLOCK 8, DI ESPERIENZA, RADIO HOUR: ALICE, AMERIGO, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, MESA VERDE, BORDERLANDS and LADY MACBETH.  Jesse has also designed for Pioneer Theatre Company, Light Opera Oklahoma, Salt Lake Acting Company, Grand Theatre, Pygmalion Theatre Company and the Egyptian Theatre.  Jesse also teaches Lighting Design for the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre.

Jerry Rapier** (Director/Props Design) is in his 12th season as Plan-B’s Producing Director.  He has directed for more than a dozen local companies, including 18 productions for Plan-B.  Proud member, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Randy Rasmussen (Set Design) has designed nearly every set in Plan-B’s history. His most recent designs include SHE WAS MY BROTHER, MESA VERDE, BORDERLANDS and LADY MACBETH (set) and the revival of GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! (lighting).  Randy also designs scenery for the Lyric Opera Ensemble at the University of Utah and is Technical Director of both Plan-B and Kingsbury Hall.

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

**Member, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society

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