Plan-B Theatre has been an important cause for Tami and me since 2001 when Plan B produced The Laramie Project. Since then, we have supported Plan B, and Tami has been a long-time member of the Board of Trustees. Plan B raises awareness and invites conversation about the important issues that are present in our community. Just announced, the 2018-2019 season has some incredible plays and the Script in Hand Series. Tami and I hope to see you at some of the performances. Tickets can be purchased here.
As the only professional theatre company in the country producing full seasons of new work by local playwrights, the 28th season of unique and socially conscious works created explores how truth finds us and what we do with it once it does.
A season about sexuality, race and privilege.
A season about us, here, now
a world premiere by Matthew Greene
October 18-28, 2018
November 4, 2018 - United Solo Theatre Festival, New York
“I’d been loved. And that changes a person.”
A gay Mormon faces excommunication a week after marrying the man of his dreams. A solo play about faith, hope and catharsis. Featuring Austin Archer. Directed by Jerry Rapier.
From the author of ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA, featuring the author of JUMP
AN EVENING WITH TWO AWFUL MEN
a world premiere by Elaine Jarvik
February 21-March 3, 2019
“I guarantee you there will come a time when your name won’t ring a bell among the living.”
The original worst-President-ever James Buchanan and actor-assassin John Wilkes Booth defend their (in)actions before a live studio audience. A dark comedy about race, privilege and legacy. Featuring Jason Bowcutt, Anne Brings, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, one other actor TBA. Directed by Cheryl Cluff.
From the author of RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN., BASED ON A TRUE STORY & MARRY CHRISTMAS
a world premiere by playwrights TBA
March 28-April 7, 2019
“You won’t be satisfied, you never are.”
An evening of short plays by and about people of color from the Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop. Cast TBA. Directed by Jerry Rapier.
THE 2018/19 SEASON | FREE EVENTS
FREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TOUR: ZOMBIE THOUGHTS
a world premiere by Jennifer A. Kokai & Oliver Kokai-Means
Created specifically for grades 4-6, ZOMBIE THOUGHTS is the story of Sam and Pig, avatars in a video game. Sam is anxious. Pig is punny. Will the audience be able to help them make the right choices on their quest to defeat the evil Machine? A sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious journey in and around anxiety. Featuring Katie Jones, Alicia Washington. Designed by Arika Schockmel. Stage managed by Sharah Meservy. Directed by Cheryl Cluff.
Free Public Performances in partnership with the City Library
October 13: Main Branch at 11am, Chapman Branch at 1pm
October 25: Glendale Branch at 4:30pm
The Free Elementary School Tour serves 8,000 K-6 students at 40+ schools in 10+ counties.
October 24, 2018
February 27, 2019
April 3, 2019
A trio of free staged readings of plays-in-progress each season. These plays are almost always read first in The Lab and are now in a later stage of development and ready for their first audience. Plays, casts, directors TBA.
RADIO HOUR EPISODE 13
a world premiere by Matthew Ivan Bennett
An annual co-production with KUER's RadioWest. Air date, title, cast TBA. Original music by Dave Evanoff. Directed by Cheryl Cluff.
Since 2008, The Lab has been an incubator where 13 local playwrights share whatever script they wish, at whatever stage they wish, in a private table reading for the group. The Lab, which meets monthly, has become our primary source of work for full production. We are truly nourishing a pool of local playwrights rivaling that found in any other city in the country.