Plan-B Theatre

Plan-B Theatre Announces its 2016/2017 Lineup

Plan-B’s use of stage to focus on equality for all is a powerful medium to encourage meaningful conversations and create change in our community. This year, Plan-B Theatre is proud to announce its lineup for the 2016/17 season, featuring world premieres by Utah playwrights Debora Threedy, Tim Slover, Morag Shepherd, and Melissa Leilani Larson. The theme of the season is “what it means to speak the truth.” Four shows will comprise the season- One Big UnionVirtueNot One Drop, and The Edible Complex.


The Edible Complex
The Edible Complex is a show created specifically for kids going through that “awkward” phase of life. It is a story of an eleven-year-old dreaming of becoming a chef. The main character, Anna, starts seeing how her body is different from others at school, so one day she makes the decision to stop eating. Not only is her hunger hard to ignore, but the food starts to talk back at her…

The show at Plan-B will kick off Repertory Dance Theatre’s Ring Around the Rose Series and will play more than 40 schools across Utah between October 10-November 18, 2016. The show is a part of Plan-B’s fourth annual Free Elementary School Tour. Melissa Leilani Larson’s world premier by will be October 8, 2016. Single tickets are $6.


One Big Union
Folk and labor hero Joe Hill was executed by the state of Utah in 1915 for a murder he may or may not have committed. This show celebrates the issues Joe Hill fought so desperately for – racial and gender equality, income disparity, and the need for organized labor. But beyond the mythology surrounding Joe Hill himself lies the larger story of protest through mu
sic, which is as relevant a century after his death as it was during his time.

One Big Union is a world premier by Debora Threedy running November 10-20, 2016. Single tickets are $20 each.

Virtue
Virtue is the story of a woman before her time. Twelfth Century poet, composer, writer, herbologist, midwife, and Christian-mystic Abbess Hildegard will have the audience pondering some of life’s biggest and hardest to understand questions: In a battle between spiritual conviction and institutional rules, which should win? What counts for more: theology or experience? And especially, who may we love?

Virtue is a world premier by Tim Slover running February 16-26, 2017. Single tickets are $20 each.

Not One Drop
What defines who we are as people? What roles do we play to convince ourselves we are or are not who we think we are? Not One Drop examines intimacy, identity, body image, sex, drugs, language, authorship, power, life, death and a host of other defining characteristics in this plot to discover the truth behind a murder.
Not One Drop is a world premier by Morag Shepherd running March 23-April 2, 2017. Single tickets are $20 each.

For more information on these shows, season tickets, pricing, and availability, please visit planbtheatre.org.

Plan-B: Social Change Through The Arts

Since 1991, Plan-B has dedicated itself to creating a unique place in Salt Lake’s community for socially conscious and innovative theatre. Plan-B focuses on Utah playwrights and local talent to produce performances that reflect the community in order to elicit conversation, new perspectives, and to create a new form of understanding.

Plan B’s 25th Season is not unlike any other – it is full of incredible actors, playwrights, directors, and important social issues. This season the community can look forward to Booksmart, by Rob Tennant – a dark comedy about working retail over the holidays, underemployment, income inequality, job insecurity, and debt. Surely, anyone who has glanced at a newspaper since 2008 will know that the issue of economic inequality is one that impacts us all and dismantles the very notion a democracy and the possibility of anyone achieving the American Dream. This type of theatre shines a new light on social and economic issues – one that can only be shown on stage.

Also coming up is Kingdom of Heaven by Jenifer Nii and David Evanoff. Supported in part by the Peace & Possibility Project this is a production about the quest for self-acceptance in a culture focused on perfection and one Mormon housewife’s desire to do it in drag. Given the current political climate and intersection of LGBTQ issues and the Mormon Church in Utah, this play could not be more important. It is through productions such as this one where all in our community can learn people’s unique stories and perspectives, and provide a bridge to bring the community together.

For many years, Plan-B has told powerful stories through theater and changing lives. Jane and Tami are proud to support Plan-B and their ongoing efforts to bringing awareness to important social issues, and to use the arts to promote change.

Please go enjoy Plan-B’s wonderful season and support change through the arts.

Peace and Possibility Project Celebrates Plan-B’s 25th Anniversary

Salt Lake City, Utah - In honor Plan-B Theatre Company’s 25th anniversary, the Jane & Tami Marquardt Peace & Possibility Project have made a generous grant commemorating the organization’s remarkable milestone. The grant supports Plan-B in continuing to offer the lowest ticket price of any professional theatre in Utah, ensuring price is not a barrier for those wishing to attend the Theatre Company’s productions.

“Plan-B strives towards a spirit of inclusion,” said Jane Marquardt. “For many years, Plan-B has been telling powerful stories through theater and changing lives. I am so proud to support Plan-B and their ongoing efforts to bringing awareness to important social issues.”

“Jane and Tami have been generous supporters for many years,” stated Jerry Rapier, Producing Director at Plan-B. “Their generous donation will allow us to continue offering patrons opportunities to think a little differently, to consider a point-of-view that may have been previously foreign, and to listen in a way they may not have before.”

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Plan-B is producing its first-ever original musical and four additional plays, all by Utah playwrights. Plan-B produces unique and socially conscious theatre to bring awareness to important issues such as race, sexual orientation, and human rights, while emphasizing new plays by Utah playwrights. Their goal is to encourage patrons to think differently, consider a point of view that may have been previously foreign, and/or to listen in a way that may have not before. More information on Plan-B Theatre Company’s 25th anniversary can be found online.

The Jane & Tami Marquardt Peace and Possibility Project supports causes that stimulate inclusion and promote the spirit of equality and opportunity. The fund invests in organizations that ensure legal access for those in need, advocate and support the LGBT Community, and provide services and advancement opportunities for women. Jane is a founding member of the LGBT Community Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah, Vice Chair of Management & Training Corporation, former member of Weber State University’s Board of Trustees, and graduate of Ogden High School. Tami is also a long time member of Plan-B’s Board of Trustees.