Plan-B develops and produces unique and socially conscious theatre.
With a particular emphasis on new plays by Utah playwrights.
Click here to read the feature on theatre in Salt Lake City in the October 2013 issue of American Theatre.
Seventy-six of the 104 productions in our history have been world premieres, including Leslea Newman's A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK (also Der Lesbisch-schwules Kulturhaus in Frankfurt, Germany) Aden Ross' AMERIKA (also Toronto's Fringe Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Carol Lynn Pearson's FACING EAST (also off-Broadway in New York and Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco, CA), Mary Dickson's EXPOSED (toured Utah), Matthew Greene's ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA (also New York International Fringe Festival), Matthew Ivan Bennett's ERIC(A) (also United Solo Theatre Festival and Theatre Out, Santa Ana, CA), Tobin Atkinson's THE ALIENATION EFFEKT and A PLACE IN THE SKY, Spence Porter's HIPPOLYTUS, Aden Ross' LADY MACBETH, Debora Threedy's THE END OF THE HORIZON and THE THIRD CROSSING, Jenifer Nii & Debora Threedy's WALLACE, Jenifer Nii's THE SCARLET LETTER and SUFFRAGE, Matthew Ivan Bennett's RADIO HOUR EPISODE 4: FRANKENSTEIN, BLOCK 8, DI ESPERIENZA, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 5: ALICE, MESA VERDE, ERIC(A) and DIFFERENT=AMAZING and Eric Samuelsen's MIASMA, AMERIGO and BORDERLANDS, NOTHING PERSONAL, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 8: FAIRYANA, CLEARING BOMBS and 3.
Plan-B staged the first regional production worldwide of Tectonic Theatre Project's THE LARAMIE PROJECT and the world preview of their THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER (in partnership with Kingsbury Hall), the first regional production worldwide of Scott Brown & Anthony King's GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!, the U.S. premiere of Will Eno's TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, the first English-speaking production of Susan Miller's MY LEFT BREAST not performed by the playwright and the Utah premieres of Ray Bradbury's FAHRENHEIT 451, John Cameron Mitchell & Stephen Trask's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, Martin Moran's THE TRICKY PART, Julie Jensen's SHE WAS MY BROTHER, STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS and Dustin Lance Black's 8.
Plan-B is the only theatre company in Utah history to have toured internationally (AMERIKA), to have transferred a production - fully intact - off-Broadway (FACING EAST) and to have published anthologies of full-length, original plays: PLAYS FROM BEHIND THE ZION CURTAIN (2008) and MORE PLAYS FROM BEHIND THE ZION CURTAIN (2010), both published by Juniper Press/Oxide Books; EVEN MORE PLAYS FROM BEHIND THE ZION CURTAIN (2012) and NEW PLAYS IV (2013), both published by Smashwords; and PLAN-B IN NYC (2013), published by IndieTheaterNow.
Plan-B began the Free Elementary School Tour in 2013 with Prokofiev's PETER AND THE WOLF, in partnership with Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation and Davis Arts Council, which was seen at no charge by more than 10,000 students. Matthew Ivan Bennett's DIFFERENT=AMAZING continued the Tour in 2014, also reaching 10,000 students. The Tour continues in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 with new plays by Jenifer Nii, Elaine Jarvik, Melissa Leilani Larson and Debora Threedy, respectively.
Plan-B is honored to partner with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists, aka The Davey Foundation, to produce one play each season by a Utah playwright age 35 or younger, in memory of our dear friend Davey, who created roles in three Plan-B productions between 2008-2012.
Plan-B is the proud recipient of many awards, including:
- 49 City Weekly Slammy/Arty Awards (2000-present)
- 20 QSaltLake Fabby Awards (2005-present)
- Numerous year-end "Best of..." accolades from The Salt Lake Tribune (2001-present)
- Equality Utah's Allies for Equality Award (2007)
- SLC's Mayor's Artist Award for Producing Director Jerry Rapier (2008)
- Utah Broadcasters Association Gold Award (2009)
- Salt Lake Magazine Best of the Beehive Award (2010)
- Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah's Organization of the Year (2010)
- Human Rights Campaign's Equality Award for Organization of the Year (2011)
- Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah's Organization of the Year (2013)
- Salt Lake Magazine Best of the Beehive Award (2010, 2014)
Performances and mailing address at the Rose Wagner
138 W 300 S | SLC, UT 84101
Office 801.297.4200 | Tickets 801.355.ARTS
Jerry Rapier, Producing Director
Cheryl Ann Cluff, Managing Director
Randy Rasmussen, Technical Director
Jennifer Freed, Stage Manager
Matthew Ivan Bennett, Resident Playwright
Eric Samuelsen, Resident Playwright
Michael Johnson, Intern
Board of Trustees
Jesse Nix, President
Tami Marquardt, Vice President
Kay Shean, Secretary
Brian Doughty, Treasurer
Benjamin Brown | Rebecca Chavez-Houck | Brian Johnson | Rick Pollock
Plan-B Benefit Performances Program
has raised funds for 50+ non-profit organizations since its inception in 2000.
Plan-B is the resident theatre company
of Salt Lake County Center for the Arts venues in downtown Salt Lake City.
The Lab Playwrights
Matthew Ivan Bennett | Carleton Bluford | Elaine Jarvik | Julie Jensen | Jenny Kokai | Melissa Leilani Larson | Jenifer Nii | Eric Samuelsen | Rob Tennant | Debora Threedy
Plan-B is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network and operates under a Letter of Agreement with Actors' Equity Association and an Independent Producers Agreement with the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.