A world premiere by Tim Slover
February 16-26, 2017
Th & F @ 8 | Sat @ 4 & 8 | Sun @ 2
2 hours including intermission

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Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century Abbess who wrote the Western World’s first opera and had the ear of the Pope, dared to ask: Is it possible to bridge the gap between spirituality and sexuality?

A play with music featuring Jay Perry, S.A. Rogers, Emilie Starr and Christy Summerhays.

Designed by Thomas George (set), Phillip R. Lowe (costumes), Jesse Portillo (lighting) and Arika Schockmel (props), musical supervision by Dave Evanoff, directed by Jerry Rapier.

Funded in part by The LGBT Community Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah, the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation and the George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.

Who's Who | Photos


Tim Slover (Playwright) makes his Plan-B debut. His writing includes the play JOYFUL NOISE (Samuel French), the novel THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES (Random House), the non-fiction work MESSIAH: THE LITTLE-KNOWN STORY OF HANDEL’S BELOVED ORATORIO (Silverleaf Press) and the screenplay A MORE PERFECT UNION (PBS). His plays have been produced off-Broadway and in regional theatres in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. His writing awards include the Hopwood Award for Drama, the Christopher Brian Wolk Award for Playwriting Excellence and the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge George Washington Honor Medal. He has been a writer-in-residence at Lamb’s Players Theatre, Cornell College, Penn State University and the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House at Franklin & Marshall College. Tim heads the playwriting program at the University of Utah, where his commission for Oregon Shakepeare Festival’s PLAY ON! Shakespeare Project, TWO NOBLE KINSMEN, premieres in April.

Cheryl Cluff (Sound) co-founded Plan-B in 1991, has been Managing Director since 1995 and has designed sound for nearly every production since 2001. Cheryl has directed every episode of RADIO HOUR as well as MESA VERDE, THE SCARLET LETTER, SUFFRAGE, 3, CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS BASED ON A TRUE STORY and THE EDIBLE COMPLEX for Plan-B.

David Evanoff (Musical Supervisor) has collaborated with Plan-B for many years. Most recently he composed original music for RADIO HOUR EPISODE 11: YULETIDE and musically directed ONE BIG UNION earlier this season and composed music and wrote additional lyrics for KINGDOM OF HEAVEN last season. For 25 years he has been owner/operator of David Evanoff Sound Designs, a full-service recording studio, producing music and sound for television, film and special events.

Jennifer Freed* (Stage Manager) is back for her 19th season, having stage managed all but four shows since 1998. “Here’s to comedy, tragedy and loads of amazing art!”

Thomas George (Set) returns to Plan-B after designing BASED ON A TRUE STORY and KINGDOM OF HEAVEN last season. Other recent local designs include CLIMBING WITH TIGERS, STUPD F*CKING BIRD and DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER AND A FLY (SLAC) and SELMA 65, MOCKINGBIRD and MARY & MYRA (PYGmalion). He holds an MFA from UC San Diego and a BFA from the University of Utah, where he currently teaches. Thomas works on productions locally and around the world.

Phillip R. Lowe (Costumes) has been collaborating with Plan-B since 2004’s production of ANIMAL FARM. Other highlights include BLOCK 8, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, WALLACE, THE THIRD CROSSING, BORDERLANDS, SUFFRAGE and BASED ON A TRUE STORY, to name a few. Phil received his MFA from Utah State University and was the Kennedy Center’s 2002 recipient of the National Barbizon Award in Costume Design for THE LION IN WINTER (OLRC). Phil now serves as Director of Costumes and Wardrobe for Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre and as a design respondent for ACTF Region 8.

Jay Perry* (Cuno) has appeared in Plan-B’s ONE BIG UNION, CLEARING BOMBS, LADY MACBETH, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!, FACING EAST in Salt Lake, San Francisco and Off-Broadway, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT, TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, the Script-In-Hand Series readings of THE NORMAL HEART, A DOLL HOUSE and 8, the Free Elementary School Tour of PETER AND THE WOLF (with Gina Bachauer) and every episode of RADIO HOUR (with KUER’s RadioWest). You may have also seen him as part of the Play-By-Play Series reading of Tim Slover’s A MARCH TALE at PTC last season or in several SLAC productions. Jay is Program Coordinator for the University of Utah Youth Theatre.

Jesse Portillo** (Lighting) has designed for Plan-B since 2007, most recently ONE BIG UNION. His favorite Plan-B productions include HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, BLOCK 8, EXPOSED, AMERIGO, ERIC(A) and SHE WAS MY BROTHER. Other local designs include PTC, SLAC and PYGmalion. Regional credits include LOOK Musical Theatre, Mobile Opera and Baylor & Millikin Universities. Proud member, USITT and USA Local 829.

Jerry Rapier^ (Director) has been Plan-B’s Artistic Director since 2000. Twelve of the 30+ Plan-B productions he has directed have been named Best Theatre Production by City Weekly. He is mostly known as Kirt’s husband and Oscar’s Papa, which is just fine with him.

S.A. Rogers* (Volmar) makes his Plan-B debut. He has been seen locally in BLACKBERRY WINTER and WINTER (SLAC) and A FEW GOOD MEN, OF MICE AND MEN and the Play-By-Play Series reading of Tim Slover’s A MARCH TALE (PTC). Other regional credits include UNCLE VANYA and THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE (Classical Theatre Company, Houston) and CYRANO DE BERGERAC, RICHARD III and MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Oregon Shakespeare Festival).

Arika Schockmel (Props) previously designed props for Plan-B’s BASED ON A TRUE STORY and CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS and makeup for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. Currently resident Prop Master for the University of Utah Department of Theatre, other recent projects include costume crafts at PTC and acting for OLRC. Other favorites design credits include RING OF FIRE (Set, Dark Horse), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and HAIR (Props, Egyptian), REEFER MADNESS (Props, Dark Horse). Arika holds a BFA from Utah State University. She and her husband Christopher Glade are parents to 6-year-old Charlotte Rose, who loves theatre, books and sealing wax almost as much as her mother does.

Emilie Starr (Richardis) is thrilled to be making her Plan-B debut! As a successfully starving actress, she has performed all over Utah, including MR. PERFECT, R+J: STAR CROSS’D DEATH MATCH and THE DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER AND A FLY (SLAC), NEXT TO NORMAL (Ziegfeld), BARE (Utah Rep), COWBOY MOUTH (Good Company), CLOSER (Wasatch) and Intermountain Health Care’s LIVE WELL tour. In her spare time she works full time as part of SLAC’s marketing and audience development team and dreams of one day taking a vacation with her sweet boyfriend David.

Christy Summerhays* (Hildegard) has had the privilege to be involved in many Plan-B productions as both actor (3, MESA VERDE, AMERIKA and Script-In-Hand Series readings of THE NORMAL HEART and GHOSTS) and director (Free Elementary School Tour of PETER AND THE WOLF (with Gina Bachauer), A/VERSION OF EVENTS and Script-In-Hand Series readings of MIASMA and CARAVAN). Other favorite acting credits include ANGELS IN AMERICA and GOD OF CARNAGE (SLAC) and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (PTC). Christy’s latest passion project is writing and producing the short film “Silent Cricket.”

Plan-B Theatre Company develops and produces unique and socially conscious theatre created by Utah playwrights. We stage minimalist productions focused on language and ideas. We believe that all theatre must contain at least a semblance of the five Aristotelian elements but, beyond that, playwrights have the right—and obligation—to make their own rules and we are privileged and obligated to learn and follow them. Our nearly 100 world premieres include Utah’s first by an Asian American playwright and first by an African American playwright. Our most recent awards include Utah’s Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award, Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artist Award for Service to the Arts by an Organization and the 50/50 Applause Award from the International Centre for Women Playwrights for our work toward gender parity.

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February 19 Compline Service

Cathedral Church of St. Mark
231 E 100 S, SLC
Sunday, February 19, 7pm

A celebration of the life and music of St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

Dr. Margaret Toscano, Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Studies at the University of Utah, will deliver the presentation, “Hildegard of Bingen: Lover of God and All Creation.”

Following the lecture, Dr. Emily Nelson and Dr. Christopher LeCluyse, founders of Utopia Early Music, will present on particular aspects of her music, in preparation for a Compline service featuring rarely heard pieces composed by Hildegard. Compline is an evening service of prayer and music. All are welcome.

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The folks at heard about Tim Slover’s play VIRTUE, about Hildegard of Bingen premiering February 16-26 at Plan-B, and published a feature about the play on their website. So we turned the tables on them!

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