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Who's Who

Playwright Jenifer Nii proudly calls Plan-B her creative home. She has previously premiered seven plays with the company: THE WEIRD PLAY, one of 10 recipients nationwide of the inaugural Writers Alliance Grant from the Dramatists Guild Foundation; KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, the first original musical in the company’s history, created with composer and co-lyricist David Evanoff; THE SCARLET LETTER and SUFFRAGE, which garnered back-to-back nominations for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York; RUFF!, which was the company’s fourth annual Free Elementary School Tour; WALLACE, co-written with playwright Debora Threedy; and (IN)DIVISIBLE, a collaboration with 11 other local playwrights. Jenifer is the first Asian American to receive a world premiere in Utah. When not writing, she has spent time as a dog trainer, newspaper reporter, and competitive classical pianist. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Actor April Fossen has appeared in Plan-B’s THE WEIRD PLAY and SUFFRAGE (both by Jenifer Nii), as well as ONE BIG UNION, BOOKSMART, PILOT PROGRAM, NOTHING PERSONAL, SUFFRAGE, MESA VERDE, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, MIASMA, eight SLAMs and several Script-In-Hand Series readings. Recent local credits also include MERCURY, BULL SHARK ATTACK and BLACKBERRY WINTER (Salt Lake Acting Company), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Grand Theatre), SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Hale Center Theater-Orem), STAGE KISS (Wasatch Theatre Company), AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Silver Summit/Utah Rep), WOMEN OF TRACHIS (Classic Greek Theatre Festical), LOVE, ANN (Pussycat Productions) and TITUS ANDRONICUS (Pinnacle Acting Company). April holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from UC Berkeley.

Director Jerry Rapier^ has been Plan-B’s Artistic Director since 2000. Four of the more than 30 productions he has directed for the company have been collaborations with Jenifer Nii: WALLACE, RUFF!, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and (IN)DIVISIBLE. He has also worked on new plays with Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Off-Broadway: FACING EAST. Jerry is a recipient of the Mayor’s Artist Award in the Performing Arts.

Costume Designer: K.L. Alberts
Lighting Designer: Jaron Hermansen
Props Designer: Arika Schockmel
Set Designer: Cara Pomeroy-Allan
Sound Designer: Cheryl Ann Cluff
Stage Manager: Jennifer Freed*

*AEA, ^SDC

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