Tuesday, 30 June 2015 12:47

SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2015 Press Release

News Release
PRESS CONTACT: CYNTHIA FLEMING | 801.363.7522 |
June 9, 2015
For Immediate Release

Salt Lake Acting Company Presents
37th Annual SATURDAY’S VOYEUR by Allen Nevins and Nancy Borgenicht

The gods must be crazy. It’s time again for SATURDAY’S VOYEUR – Utah’s biggest summer party – at Salt Lake Acting Company. With its rich 37-year history, SATURDAY’S VOYEUR has firmly established its place not only as a raucous, riotous musical comedy, but as an integral community event for anyone who lives and loves the strange dichotomy of being a Utah liberal. SATURDAY’S VOYEUR is a unique gift to this community, and is an excellent example of what theatre companies around the country are now beginning to invest in – plays that are created and represent the community for whom they are produced.

SATURDAY’S VOYEUR is a staple in the summer of nearly 14,000 people across the Wasatch Front and beyond. For over 70 performances June through September, SLAC’s Upstairs Theatre is filled with shrewd and savvy Utahans who pack their picnics and come ready to laugh at the quirky, peculiar, sometimes infuriating, always entertaining life and culture of the Beehive State.

This summer, as the tour of the Broadway blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON musical is playing down the street at the Capitol Theatre, the Utah original, SATURDAY’S VOYEUR will be playing in the old 19th Ward meeting house (that is now Salt Lake Acting Company). Singing and dancing Mormon missionaries are not a novelty for Utah; VOYEUR fans have seen the church parodied in true musical theatre fashion since 1978.

This year’s show is pulling out the big guns, literally. Featuring the Hot Shot calendar babes from last year’s Camp Williams photo shoot scandal along with the hot shots from LDS church history, VOYEUR 2015 brings together gods and mortals to tackle Utah’s biggest and most peculiar issues.

The statues of Temple Square – Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, and of course the Angel Moroni – come to life only to be horrified to learn that women are trying to break into their priesthood boys’ club, Brigham’s beloved beard is banned at the BYU, and the church’s PR department was unable to keep Joseph’s 14-year-old bride a secret any longer. Thanks to the internet, their dirty laundry is being aired for all the world to see and mock. What are these poor boys to do? Perhaps visitations from Moses, the Buddha, the Pope, and even Jesus Christ himself will help them find their bliss. In the meantime, Kate Kelly (founder of Ordain Women) calls on Heavenly Mother to help her fight the good fight, refusing to let her excommunication from the LDS church keep her from soaring.

Created by Allen Nevins and Nancy Borgenicht, SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2015 is directed and choreographed by SLAC Executive Producer Cynthia Fleming. The cast features a healthy mix of VOYEUR veterans and virgins including Alexis Baigue (15 years), Jenessa Bowen (3 years), Olivia Custodio (2 years), Elena Dern (2 years), Aaron Eskelson (first year), Camille Evans (first year), Anna Harris (first year), Justin Ivie (7 years), Eb Madson (3 years), Terry Lee McGriff (first year), Erica Smith (first year), Robert Scott Smith (2 years), and Hayden Warzek (2 years).

ARTISTIC TEAM

Director/Choreographer – Cynthia Fleming
Music Director/Arranger – Kevin Mathie
Set & Costume Design – Keven Myhre
Lighting Design – James M. Craig
Sound Design – Shea Madson
Stage Manager – Janice Jenson
Assistant Stage Manager – Christian Stringham
Assistant Director/Choreographer – Shannon Musgrave

CAST

Alexis Baigue returns for his 15th summer in SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2015. Other credits: GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD MORNING JULIET), ANGELS IN AMERICA, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, this December’s ART DOG, staged readings MOTHER COLLEGE, THE LIVELY LAD, BUNBURY, THE CANCER DIARIES, CHARM, PROPHETS OF NATURE, HARBUR GATE (S.L.A.C.), ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (Pioneer), DEAR WORLD (Sundance Summer Theatre), BEYOND THERAPY, THE SEX HABITS OF AMERICAN WOMEN (Pygmalion), THE BOYS IN THE BAND (Wasatch), SURFIN’ SAFARI (Desert Star), JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS (TheatreWorks West), ANASTASIA (StageRight), WIT (Emily Company), NO EXIT (SallyFourth), SUMMER AND SMOKE, CABARET, RHINOCEROS, QUEEN CHRISTINA, ANTIGONE, THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH (University of Utah), YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, THE TREE OF LACE (Salt Lake Community College); staged readings: THE UNDERPANTS, THE VIOLET HOUR, THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE (Utah Contemporary Theatre), RECTUM! and CUP (First Unitarian); films: SLOW MOE, SINGLE TRACKS, PAM AND GAY GHOST, 12 DOGS OF CHRISTMAS: GREAT PUPPY RESCUE; television: GRANITE FLATS, Utah’s Own, and Yes Utah commercials.

Jenessa Bowen is back for her 5th production at SLAC! She was last seen on SLAC's stage as Mouse and Young Frog in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. More SLAC credits include; Gayle God-zicka & Dead Docent in SATURDAYS VOYEUR 2014, Thing 2 in THE CAT IN THE HAT, and Sister Docent in SATURDAYS VOYEUR 2013. Other past credits include; Ruby in SHELTER (Off-Broadway debut), Little Red in INTO THE WOODS (Centerpoint Legacy), Natalie in NEXT TO NORMAL (Ziegfeld Theatre), Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS (Ziegfeld), Annabel Glick in LUCKY STIFF (WSU), Sara in PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (WSU), Jolene in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (Centerpoint & Ziegfeld), Peggy Swift in FATHER OF THE BRIDE (Hale Centre Theatre), Erin in RING OF FIRE (Dark Horse Theatre Co.), Mary Lennox in THE SECRET GARDEN (Rodgers), Anybodys in WEST SIDE STORY (Rodgers), Adele in JANE EYRE (HCT), and Lulu in NUPTIALS (HCT). Jenessa has earned her Bachelors of Science in Musical Theatre from Weber State University, and is currently pursuing a Pharmacy Technician License at the DATC.

Olivia Custodio feels incredibly #blessed to be returning for her second VOYEUR. You may have recently seen her as Domina in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (University of Utah), Eunice in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Radical Hospitality Theater), or as the understudy for Sue Mengers in I'LL EAT YOU LAST (Salt Lake Acting Company). Because Olivia is very fancy and well-bred, she has sung leading roles in such operas as LA VOIX HUMAINE, HANSEL AND GRETEL, and FALSTAFF. Olivia received her Master of Music from the University of Utah and her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She would like to take a moment to thank her biggest inspiration, all pugs everywhere, for their constant support. God bless SLAC and you, drunken patron, for making SATURDAY'S VOYEUR a place for this actress to spread her irreverent wings and fly!

Elena Dern is thrilled to be spending another summer doing VOYEUR at SLAC! Most recently, she was seen in SLAC's production of TWO STORIES as Melinda and has worked as Assistant Choreographer for SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013/2014. Other SLAC credits include Sally in CAT IN THE HAT, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, and SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2012. Favorite roles include Diana in The Egyptian Theatre's production of A CHORUS LINE, Madelaine True in WILD PARTY and Gwen Landis in FIFTH OF JULY in Studio 115, ensemble in HAIR and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, and Raymonde in A FLEA IN HER EAR at the Babcock Theatre. Elena is a graduate of the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah and is a member of local dance troupe ArtsofChaos. She thanks her family and friends for their never ending support!!

Aaron Eskelson is thrilled to be making his Voyeur Debut! He is currently pursuing his BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Utah. Aaron was most recently seen as Protean III in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at the Babcock Theatre as well as Lagoon’s SIMPLE JOYS and FRIGHTMARES. Favorite past roles include: SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Gideon) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Lumiere) HELLO DOLLY (Ambrose) HAPPY DAYS (Richie Cunningham). Aaron is grateful for this opportunity and thanks his Heavenly Father for this calling. He would also like to thank his friends and family for their continuous support.

Camille Evans is making her debut with Salt Lake Acting Company and couldn't be more excited to be a part of SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2015! She has recently finished her degree at the U of U with a BFA in musical theatre and is thankful to have been part of such a beautiful college experience. Her recent stage appearances include GODSPELL (U of U Studio 115), Fame (The Grand), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Babcock Theatre), SPRING AWAKENING (Babcock Theatre) and THE WILD PARTY (U of U Studio 115).

Anna Harris is incredibly excited to be a “Voyeur Virgin” this summer. Anna received her BFA in acting from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington in May 2014. Favorite past roles include: THE SECRET GARDEN (Lily Craven) THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Cathy) RENT (Maureen) BYE BYE BIRDIE (Rosie) SUMMER BRAVE (Mrs. Potts) BAT BOY THE MUSICAL (Ron Taylor). Anna would like to thank her gracious parents Ted & Dona for their constant support.

Justin Ivie is a proud member of Actors’ Equity who is thrilled to return to the SATURDAY'S VOYEUR family for 2015. This is Justin’s seventh VOYEUR. He has also appeared at SLAC as Jones in TOO MUCH MEMORY, and he recently directed SLAC’s readings of GRANT & TWAIN and BANG-BANG (PAUSE) BANG. His many acting credits include appearances with Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Musical Theatre, Egyptian Theatre Company, Old Lyric Repertory Theatre and many other others - both locally and in Chicago. This spring, Justin appeared in DRIVING MISS DAISY for Walk-Ons, Inc. – a production which he also directed, designed and co-produced. Wearing his director’s cap, Justin has staged three seasons of THE SENIOR THEATRE PROJECT - which tours short plays (written by, for, and about seniors!) to community senior centers and residence facilities. He has also directed Arthur Miller’s THE PRICE for The OtherSide Players and JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL for OurSpace Theatre Company. A Weber State alumnus, Justin earned his MFA in Acting at Northern Illinois University. He has taught theatre and communications at LDS Business College, NIU, Triton College, and Weber State. Justin also designs scenery, props and theatrical masks, writes an occasional play, and sometimes even plays his banjo (when he's pretty sure no one is listening).

Eb Madson is incredibly excited to be returning for his third VOYEUR. Eb started his acting career as an improv actor when he was sixteen performing with local improv troupes Quick Wits, Laugh Match, 3.2 improv, Off the Cuff, and is original founding member of Off the Wall Improv & Improv Against Humanity in Ogden. Eb went on and received his BFA from the University of Utah Actor Training Program (Go Utes). He continued to get his Master's in Make Believe (MFA) from Ohio University. Upon graduating moved to New York where he lives today. In 2012 Eb received the James Whitmore Award for his work with the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire. This last year he has worked on several projects, including a web series "Happy Hour Feminism"Staring Anna Fishbeyn. Favorite past roles include: SATURDAY'S VOYEUR (Moroni, Mike Lee,Gayle, Elder, Baden) WAR IS F#CKING AWESOME (Hitler, Bean, Brit) STUART LITTLE (Stuart Little) MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING( Dogberry) THE SEAGULL (Treplev) THE CHERRY ORCHARD ( Yepikhodov) BALTIMORE WALZ (The Third Man) MAN=MAN (Gayly Gay) THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMANN (Johnny Pateen) ANCESTRAL VOICES (Timmy) YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Charlie Brown) and DOG SEES GOD (CB). To learn more about Eb you can visit his webpage at ebmadson.com.

Terry Lee McGriff was most recently seen performing for younger audiences in SLAC's children's show, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. Terry is thrilled to be back on the SLAC stage to pop his Voyeur cherry in front of some more mature audiences! Other credits include THE COLOR PURPLE (Wasatch Theatre Company), SPRING AWAKENING (Midvale Mainstreet Theatre), and AVENUE Q (Babcock Theatre).

Erica Renee Smith is thrilled to be a part of SATURDAY’S VOYEUR for the first time! She spent the last few months doing shows at Desert Star Playhouse, most recently seen as Eliza in PIRATES OF THE SCARIBBEAN. She also has performed at Midvale MainStreet Theatre in Utah. She hails from Arizona and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Arizona. Thanks to friends and family for love and support.

Robert Scott Smith’s NYC credits include KEEPING ISHMAEL (Workshop); PERICLES (SLANT); and the co-development of Roger Benington’s new work, MORMON BIRD PLAY. SLC acting credits include Rapture Blister Bun, Good People, CHARM (World Premiere), SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, SIX YEARS, BIG LOVE, BATBOY: THE MUSICAL, and GROSS INDECENCY (Salt Lake Acting Company); CRUCIBLE (Pioneer Theatre Company); SHHH! BURLESQUE, PAINS OF YOUTH, and SANTALAND DIARIES (Tooth and Nail Theatre); OUR TOWN (The Grand Theatre); MOCKINGBIRD (Pygmalion); and BASH (Plan-B). Film and TV credits: Wildlife, Blessing, Animae, Guiding Light. Print: The Unfortunate Moment of Misunderstanding (Jim Fiscus). Robert Scott is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory. Productions include a collaboration with the SLC Men's Choir LOST IN THE WOODS a theatrical concert at The Masonic Temple; a collaboration with choreographer Charlotte Boye-Christensen, NOW-ID and NYC Playwright Troy Deutsch to create FEAST a site-specific performance at The Great Saltair. And at The Leonardo he created the POPUP@LEO program where he co-created and performed in SENSES 5, LOVE, and MIND OVER MATTER. Robert Scott is currently an adjunct instructor for the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah. Education: MFA Old Globe Theatre San Diego; BFA Actor Training Program University of Utah.

Hayden Warzek is excited to return to Salt Lake Acting Company as a veteran for the 2015 summer of SATURDAY'S VOYEUR! He is currently studying Strategic Communication, Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Utah, while being a part of SLAC's staff and working as an assistant at McCarty Talent Agency. A few of Hayden's favorite things are good music, good wine, and long walks on the beach. He would like to thank his friends, parents, George W. Bush, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP for their continued support.

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SATURDAY’S VOYEUR
Created by Allen Nevins, Nancy Borgenicht

WHEN:
June 24 – August 30, 2015
Wednesdays – Saturdays @ 7:30pm
Sundays @ 1pm and 6pm
Additional performances: Tuesday, Aug. 18 @ 7:30pm & Saturday, Aug. 29 @ 2pm

WHERE:
Salt Lake Acting Company
168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84103
Box Office: 801-363-7522
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri
www.saltlakeactingcompany.org

MORE INFO:
Single tickets range from $45 – $55, depending on seating.
Discounts are also available for groups of ten or more.
Subscribers always pay the lowest price.

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Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC)’s mission is to engage and enrich community through brave contemporary theatre. Founded in 1970, SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre dedicated to producing, commissioning, and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a STP Actors Equity Association contract and is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group (a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres), and the National New Play Network (a national alliance of non-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays).

Published in Blog & News
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 13:21

TWO STORIES Press Release

News Release
PRESS CONTACT: CYNTHIA FLEMING | 801.363.7522 |
January 13, 2015
For Immediate Release

Salt Lake Acting Company presents World Premiere of
TWO STORIES by Elaine Jarvik

"I love my job. I am extremely grateful to have my job. Really, if the journalism gods are listening, I am extremely grateful. Because what we do is important. We give people a chance to tell their stories." – Jodi, TWO STORIES

Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC) proudly presents the World Premiere of TWO STORIES by Utah playwright Elaine Jarvik, February 4 through March 1, 2015. After a successful reading in last season's New Play Sounding Series, TWO STORIES comes to full production on SLAC's stage, bringing with it questions of cultural misunderstandings, the current state of journalism, neighborhood preservation, who really owns a story, and what is the American dream? We thank the NEA Art Works for their support of this play.

ABOUT THE PLAY
TWO STORIES reflects America's changing demographics—in all senses of the word. Jodi Wolcott is an old-school journalist trying to keep her job in a 24-hour news cycle. Her husband Kevin lost his job then quickly used up their savings on a failing artisan donut shop.

When the Masoris – a Pakistani family – move in next door, Jodi throws a party to welcome them, excited for the diversity they will bring to the neighborhood. Later, Jodi develops a friendship with Bashira, the grandmother of the family. Recently having arrived in the U.S. Bashira slowly opens up, revealing the reason she left Pakistan so suddenly, and Jodi realizes Bashira has a story that might save Jodi's job. The article that she eventually publishes about Bashira angers Amir, Bashira's son, who is mortified that his family's privacy has been breached.

The tension explodes when Amir and his wife plan to remodel their house into a giant, two-story upper-class home that will change the look of the middle-class neighborhood and cut off the Wolcotts' light and view. Kevin accuses Amir of planning a "monster home," and Jodi is caught in the middle, afraid to alienate their new neighbors, but wanting to prevent the addition.

Religious and ethnic tensions escalate. Rocks are thrown. Hate crime charges are filed. But who is to blame? And when Jodi's newspaper colleague, a young Hispanic reporter, comes to the Wolcotts' house to write a story about the incident, Jodi finds herself in Amir and Bashira's position: having her own story taken from her and told by the media. The prejudices underneath her intentions are revealed.

In TWO STORIES, it is the Pakistani family that is upwardly mobile and the "white" family that is trying desperately to hang on. The Masoris want to fit in but also want the house of their dreams. The Wolcotts want to be friends with the Masoris but also want to protect their home. "Why is my desire for space any less important than your desire for a view?" asks Amir. "Because we were here first," answers Kevin.

Among the play's many relevant themes is the battle between preserving a neighborhood's character and the freedom to make changes and additions to one's home. It's an issue that has been particularly pervasive in some Salt Lake City neighborhoods since about 2007. An article from the Salt Lake Tribune's archives quotes one resident as saying, "Adjacent property owners [are pitted] against each other in a way that is destroying the fabric of this community" (http://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=6106285&itype=NGPSID) and in another article, "If people can't work within the fabric of the neighborhood, they shouldn't live there. There are plenty of other places you can go to build your McMansion."
(http://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=12311519&itype=NGPSID)

It's a debate that continues with groups like K.E.E.P. Yalecrest, whose mission is to help preserve and protect the Yalecrest neighborhood, designated on the National Register of Historic Places, by providing advocacy, education and recognition of its community, history, landscapes and historic architecture.
(http://keepyalecrest.org/)

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Elaine Jarvik
Elaine's short play DEAD RIGHT was produced at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2008 and has been anthologized in the "Bedford Introduction to Literature." Her full-length play (A MAN ENTERS) was produced by the Salt Lake Acting Company in 2011, and THE COMING ICE AGE was produced by Pygmalion Theatre in 2010. Jarvik has spent most of her writing career as a journalist, first for the Deseret News and more recently freelancing, earning national awards for reporting.

Jarvik says: "Like most playwrights, I suppose, I wrote TWO STORIES so I could grapple with worries that keep me up at night. During my 40 years as a newspaper and magazine reporter, I lost many a night's sleep wondering if I had used the right tone and the right details in the articles I wrote. Journalism is often a symbiotic relationship between reporter and source, but I worried whether I was using the details of someone's life just so I could tell a good story. And, in the later years of my career, as newspapers gasped for life, I worried whether I'd even have a job. Like Jodi, my protagonist, I interviewed many immigrants and refugees, and was moved especially by the stories of older people who had been forced to leave their homes. No wonder Jodi wants to tell Bashira's story. But is she telling a story that shouldn't be told, just to save her own job? TWO STORIES asks: 'Who owns the story?' It asks: 'Who owns the view?' because this is also a play about houses and neighborhoods. It asks: 'What happens when well-meaning people defend their own self-interests against the self-interests of their well-meaning neighbors?'"

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
In conjunction with TWO STORIES, SLAC is proud to partner with the International Rescue Committee. The IRC is one of the leading organizations in Salt Lake City that gives "care and life-changing assistance" to empower refugees. TWO STORIES playwright Elaine Jarvik credited the IRC for helping her connect to refugee and immigrant communities in Utah and deepening her understanding of their situation as she wrote. The IRC will have a presence in SLAC's lobby through the duration of the play.

GREEN ROOM GALLERY
Throughout the run of TWO STORIES, SLAC's Green Room Gallery will feature the artwork of Katrina Berg, whose work focuses on architecture and the stories therein. Berg says: "An obsession and admiration for local architecture has sparked the desire to preserve buildings, homes, barns, and even furniture with a brush, canvas and tubes of oil paint. Each architectural subject has a story of its own to tell. As the light and shadows pour over a structure, some of the story is revealed; times of happiness and grief, love, and pain. Weathered by time and nature, each comes to life through the strokes of a brush."

PANEL DISCUSSION
SLAC will host a panel discussion on Sunday, February 15 at 2:30 p.m. titled "Living/Losing the American Dream" moderated by Terry Gildea and featuring panelists Safi Safiullah, Elaine Jarvik, and Tim Chambless. The discussion will focus on the definition of the 'American Dream' as seen by those who were born here and those who immigrated here.

An article on New America Media states: "There are two versions of the American Dream. The first is the Dream of the outsiders, the immigrants, that 'I will come to America and I will change my life.' For those born in the United States, there's a different notion. It's not about changing one's life. It's about acquiring more, or trying to hold on to what you have. In that sense the American Dream is failing those who live in this country but not failing those who come to this country. The American Dream is alive and well all over the world, but it is dying in the United States." (http://newamericamedia.org/2014/09/qa-what-is-the-american-dream.php)

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Keven Myhre
Keven received the Mayor's Artists Award in the Performing Arts in 2009. He was awarded the 2008 City Weekly Award for directing THE CLEAN HOUSE and MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at Salt Lake Acting Company. His other directing credits at SLAC include GRANT & TWAIN, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, RED, ANGELS IN AMERICA: PARTS I & II, THE OVERWHELMING, RABBIT HOLE, I AM MY OWN WIFE, BAD DATES, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, GOING TO ST. IVES, WATER LILIES, THE MEMORY OF WATER, TWO-HEADED, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE, C'EST MOI in MERE MORTALS and THREE DAYS OF RAIN. Keven has designed all of SLAC's sets and many of the costumes for the last 18 years. He has also designed 16 sets for The Grand Theatre. He designed sets for ACCORDING TO COYOTE, WEST SIDE STORY, CROW AND WEASSEL, and SOUTH PACIFIC at Sundance Theatre. His designs have also been seen at Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, Kingsbury Hall and the Babcock Theatre. His work for the Utah Arts Festival includes site design for the 20th anniversary. He received a BFA from the University of Utah and a MFA in Theatre from the University of Michigan.

ABOUT THE CAST
TWO STORIES features a terrific ensemble including SLAC favorites Alexandra Harbold (CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, SIX YEARS, ICE GLEN), Zack Phifer (GOD OF CARNAGE), and Elena Dern (SATURDAY'S VOYEUR, THE CAT IN THE HAT, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON) and newcomers Tito Livas and Tamara Howell.

ELENA DERN (Melinda)
Elena is very excited to return to SLAC for her fourth production! Most recently, she was seen in the Egyptian Theatre's production of A CHORUS LINE as Diana and has worked as Assistant Choreographer for SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013/2014 at SLAC. Other SLAC credits include Sally in THE CAT IN THE HAT, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, and SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2012. Favorite roles include Madelaine True in WILD PARTY and Gwen Landis in FIFTH OF JULY in Studio 115, ensemble in HAIR and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, and Raymonde in A FLEA IN HER EAR at the Babcock Theatre. Elena is a graduate of the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. She thanks her family and friends for their never ending support!!

ALEXANDRA HARBOLD (Jodi)
Alexandra is very happy to be back at Salt Lake Acting Company. Previously, she acted in CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, SIX YEARS, and ICE GLEN, and directed the premieres of Elaine Jarvik and Kate Jarvik Birch's (A MAN ENTERS) and Kathleen Cahill's The Persian Quarter. Recent projects include directing THE OWL GIRL (University of Utah), CLIMBING WITH TIGERS (Red Fred Project & Flying Bobcat), and LOST IN THE WOODS (Salt Lake Men's Choir & Flying Bobcat), and acting in FEAST (NOW-ID & Flying Bobcat). Upcoming projects include directing UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL (AP Productions) and serving as Dramaturg on I HATE HAMLET (Pioneer Theatre Company). Alexandra is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory.

TAMARA HOWELL (Bashira)
Tamara has appeared recently in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Utah Rep), MOTHERHOOD OUTLOUD, THE 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS, SEVEN AND THE GOOD BODY (Pygmalion Theatre). Other local roles include Truvy in STEEL MAGNOLIAS and Rona Lisa Perretti in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Pinnacle Acting Co.), Steffy in I OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES (Utah Theatre Artists), Noleta Netercott in SORDID LIVES, Lou in WELCOME HOME JENNY SUTTER and Zoila in LIVING OUT (Pygmalion). Tamara is also a Mom and a Jr. High Drama Teacher. She earned her BFA in theatre from the University of Utah.

TITO LIVAS (Amir)
Tito is proud to be making his Salt Lake City debut with SLAC! Born and raised just north of here in Caldwell, ID, Tito has just recently finished touring the world performing with Holland America and visiting six out of the seven continents. Before that he workshopped the new David Byrne musical HERE LIES LOVE which recently closed Off-Broadway, toured around the US with Theatreworks USA, worked as a performer at Walt Disney World, and performed Shakespeare in Idaho and Alaska. He loves animals, the outdoors, and pretending.

ZACK PHIFER (Kevin)
Zack had uber fun doing SLAC's well received production of GOD OF CARNAGE last fall. After graduating from the U of U in the Acting Emphasis Program, he headed to Los Angeles where he appeared in over 150 commercials, 50 television shows and many films. Some favorite projects were "Murphy Brown", "Seinfeld", "Get Shorty" and "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion". He can currently be seen in the film "Darling Companion" shot in Utah.

WHO:
Salt Lake Acting Company

WHAT:
TWO STORIES
By Elaine Jarvik

WHEN:
February 4 – March 1, 2015
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Additional performances:
Tuesday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Salt Lake Acting Company
168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City

PRICE:
Single tickets range from $15 to $42, depending on the performance.
Student, Senior and 30 & Under discounts are available.
Discounts are also available for groups of ten or more.

MORE INFORMATION:
Box Office: 801-363-7522
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri
www.saltlakeactingcompany.org

CAST:
Elena Dern*
Alexandra Harbold*
Tamara Howell
Tito Livas*
Zack Phifer

ARTISTIC TEAM:
Director – Keven Myhre
Set Design – Keven Myhre
Costume Design – KL Alberts
Lighting Design – Jesse Portillo
Sound Design – Jennifer Jackson
Dialect Coach – Sandra Shotwell
Production Stage Manager – Jennie Sant*

*Member of Actors' Equity Association

Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC)'s mission is to enrich and engage community through brave contemporary theatre. SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre founded in 1970 and is dedicated to producing, commissioning and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a STP Actors Equity Association contract. SLAC is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres, and the National New Play Network.

Published in Blog & News
Friday, 14 November 2014 14:31

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD - Press Release

PRESS CONTACT: CYNTHIA FLEMING | 801.363.7522 |

November 12, 2014
For Immediate Release

Salt Lake Acting Company Celebrates the Holiday Season With Its 6th Annual Children's Musical:
A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale
Based on the Books by Arnold Lobel

Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC) is gearing up for the most wonderful time of the year. From December 5 through December 27, 2014, the SLAC lobby will be decked with artwork from the students of Washington Elementary and filled with the pitter-patter of little feet shuffling to their seats for the magical musical, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. This marks SLAC's sixth year producing professional plays for children (of all ages), and of partnering with local schools and organizations that serve the needs of children in our community.

Based on the celebrated books by Arnold Lobel, the musical version of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD is written by brothers Willie Reale (book and lyrics) and Robert Reale (music). The musical follows the woodland adventures of two amphibious friends – a worrywart toad and a perky frog – with their assorted colorful hopping, crawling and flying companions over the course of a year.

Director Penelope Caywood is a children's theatre aficionado having worked as Artistic Director for Youth Theatre at the U for the past eight years as well as directing five of SLAC's six children's plays. With so much experience under her belt, it's really saying something that A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD is one of her very favorite children's shows.

"If you like musical theatre, then this is the show to bring a child to," Caywood says. "The story is gentle and modest but the music is lively and sophisticated and definitely parent-proof. Being a parent, I think that the most successful children's entertainment is also enjoyed by adults. This is truly one of my favorite shows of all-time. My daughter and I have listened and sung along with the Broadway recording in the car since she was two and it hasn't lost its luster. It's a lovely story about two good friends wrapped in a great score."

One of the most rewarding aspects of producing children's theatre for Salt Lake Acting Company is its Title 1 Matinee program, which allows over 1,400 underprivileged schoolchildren to experience the magic of live theatre at no cost to them or their schools. With arts education receiving less and less attention and funding, this program plays a vital role in providing a more well-rounded education to Utah students. Every children's play that SLAC produces is based on a literary work. SLAC creates a study guide to accompany each play and distributes it to every class that attends the Title 1 Matinee program. The guide includes learning activities to be completed before and after the children see the play, reinforcing the connection between literacy and the arts. Kristin Berez, a kindergarten teacher at Riley Elementary (a Title 1 school) said of SLAC's Title 1 Matinee program, "With budget cutbacks in schools, the arts program is limited, especially for Kindergarten. This exposure activates their right brains to restore balance to their education."

SLAC's 2014 Title 1 Matinee program will serve the following Utah Title 1 schools:

Bennion Elementary
Franklin Elementary
James E. Moss Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Newman Elementary
North Star Elementary
Parkview Elementary
Pioneer Elementary
South Kearns Elementary
Washington Elementary
Whittier Elementary
Woodrow Wilson Elementary

Also during this time of year, SLAC bolsters its commitment to enrich and engage community by partnering with several local organizations. SLAC has developed a special relationship with Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA), a non-profit organization that brings animal resources to human needs in the areas of physical, occupational, speech, and psychotherapies, as well as special education. ITA launched its R.E.A.D. program in 1999 – the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of reading to dogs. During the run of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, SLAC will host volunteers from ITA along with their furry friends in the lobby to raise awareness and money for the organization.

SLAC will be collecting donations for neighboring school Washington Elementary. With the students' specific needs in mind, SLAC asks that audience members who would like to make a donation bring chapstick, small bottles of lotion, band-aids, belts, shoe laces, and sweatpants for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

SLAC is also partnering with Voices for Utah Children, a multi-issue child advocacy organization that works to make Utah a place where all children thrive. They will be joining SLAC for a special performance of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD.

In addition to regular performances at Salt Lake Acting Company, the cast will make special appearances at local schools, bookstores, and libraries throughout November and December. [See schedule below.]

Saturday, November 29 at 11:00 am – The King's English Bookshop | 1511 S. 1500 E, SLC
Tuesday, December 2 at 5:00 pm – Sprague Library | 2131 Highland Drive, SLC
Tuesday, December 9 at 12:00 pm – South Jordan Library | 10673 S. Redwood Rd, South Jordan
Wednesday, December 10 at 4:00 pm – Sandy Library | 10100 Petunia Way, Sandy

SLAC is thrilled to welcome the holiday season and with it, the magic of children's theatre. A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

WHO'S WHO

WRITERS


Willie Reale (Book and Lyrics) With his composer/brother, Robert Reale: A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, Childrens' Theater Company in Minneapolis, New Victory Theatre, and Cort Theater on Broadway (two Tony nominations for book and lyrics); ONCE AROUND THE CITY, New York Stage and Film and Second Stage Theatre in New York; Quark Victory, Williamstown Theatre Festival; and THE DINOSAUR MUSICAL, The Arden in Philadelphia. Founder and Artistic Director for 18 years of The 52nd Street Project, an organization that brings inner-city children together with professional theater artists to create theater. For the Project, he has written dozens of plays, the lyrics to hundreds of songs and "52 Pick Up," the Project's how-to manual. The programs of The 52nd Street Project are currently being replicated at many sites across the country and Europe. In 1994, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his ingenuity in creating theater and theater education programs for young people. Television credits: "Damages," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "Deadline," "Mr. Sterling," "Keen Eddie," "The Jury," and "Tilt." He created a series called "Out There" for Sesame Workshop and the BBC shot in Australia (Australian Film Institute Award, Prix Jeunesse, and Writers' Guild of America nominations). He served as head writer and Co-Executive Producer on the team that reinvented "The Electric Company," now airing on PBS. Film work: Dreamgirls (lyrics to the song "Patience," Oscar nomination).

Robert Reale (Music) Shortly after graduating music school and several years touring in jazz and rock bands, Rob moved to New York in the mid-80's where he responded to a demand for authentic, hi-end music for film and television and founded the production music library, 8118 Music. He gigged in clubs and pits off-Broadway and also began collaborating with his brother Willie creating musical theater. They are a winning combination: Rob provides the music, Willie, the words. They had several Off-Broadway successes before their production, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD brought them to Broadway and garnered Rob a Tony nomination for Best Original Score Music.

DIRECTOR


Penny Caywood returns to direct her fifth children's production at SLAC. Penny started acting at the age of five. Her first role was the Shy Princess in THE KING AND I, she still has the costume to prove it. Her career started early, but her talents were not limited to the stage. She traveled across the country with a youth singing group—The LaMarca American Variety Singers. She sang on children's records, attended math school in Japan, took jazz and tap, played the flute and participated in speech contests. When she was 19, Penny was involved in the creation of a youth theatre company in Palos Verdes, CA called Curtains Up! Locally Penny is best known for her work with the University of Utah's Youth Theatre where she has been the director for the past seven years. She has directed every U Youth Theatre production and is responsible for educational and outreach programming too. Penny has directed at Rogers Memorial Theatre and SLAC.

MUSIC DIRECTOR


Darrin Doman is Double D-lighted to be returning to SLAC to work on A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. Darrin served as Musical Director for SLAC's productions of CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE and HOW I BECAME A PIRATE. Darrin made his Salt Lake Acting Company debut as Ben in SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2005. Other SLAC stage credits include Dick Fig in THE EXIT INTERVIEW, Alan Raleigh in GOD OF CARNAGE and Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (understudy) in I AM MY OWN WIFE as well as appearances in SLAC's New Play Sounding Series—Reader, (a man enters); Dad, TRENCH COAT IN COMMON; Bart, THE THUGS; Mike, 14 and Reader, MAMMOTH. Additionally, he has particularly fond memories of playing Cosme McMoon in SOUVENIR for Utah Contemporary Theatre where he had the chance to act, sing and play the piano all in the same production. He works full-time at the University of Utah Hospital and recently completed a quest to see the 7 New Wonders of the World. Darrin is currently open to suggestions for future travel plans. Many thanks to the production staff, crew and cast for their hard work.

CAST


Jenessa Bowen (Mouse) is back for her fourth production at SLAC! She was last seen as Gayle God-zicka & Dead Docent in SATURDAYS VOYEUR 2014, "Thing 2" in THE CAT IN THE HAT last December, and Sister Docent in SATURDAYS VOYEUR 2013. More past credits include; Ruby in SHELTER (Off-Broadway debut), Little Red in INTO THE WOODS (Centerpoint Legacy), Natalie in NEXT TO NORMAL (Ziegfeld Theatre), Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS (Ziegfeld), Annabel Glick in LUCKY STIFF (WSU, Irene Ryan nominee & semi-finalist for Irene Ryan competition in LA), Sara in PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (WSU, Irene Ryan nominee) Jolene in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (Ziegfeld), Peggy Swift in FATHER OF THE BRIDE (Hale Centre Theatre), Erin in RING OF FIRE (Dark Horse Theatre Co.), Nehebka in AIDA (Rodgers Memorial), Mary Lennox in THE SECRET GARDEN (Rodgers), Anybodys in WEST SIDE STORY (Rodgers), Adele in JANE EYRE (HCT), Lulu in NUPTIALS (HCT), and you may also recognize Jenessa from the KSL "Hi Monday" commercial. Jenessa has earned her Bachelors of Science in Musical Theatre from Weber State University.

Amelia Rose Moore (Turtle) is excited to be in her first show at SLAC! Amelia is a senior studying Musical Theatre at Weber State University under Jim Christian. Amelia was most recently seen in Mary Poppins at Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley, and as a performer in Simple Joys at Lagoon. Some of her favorite roles include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Christabelle in The Plain Princess (world premiere), and Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. Amelia is excited to share the stage with such talented people, and to work with Penny again.

Terry Lee McGriff (Lizard) is elated to be making his Salt Lake Acting Company debut! Previous credits include Harpo in THE COLOR PURPLE (Wasatch Theatre Company), Hanschen in SPRING AWAKENING (Midvale Main Street Theatre), Rod in AVENUE Q (Babcock Theatre) and Jonas Fogg/Ensemble in SWEENEY TODD (Studio 115). Thanks to Penny, Cynthia, and Keven for this wonderful opportunity and to Jaten for your constant love and support!

Logan Tarantino (Frog) is ecstatic to make his Salt Lake Acting Company debut! Logan is a graduate from the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. Recent roles include Lysander in Salt Lake Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jean-Michel in The Grand Theatre's La Cage Aux Folles and Steve in Plan-B Theatre Company's Adam and Steve and the Empty Sea. He would like to thank his family, friends, professors, and SLAC!

Nathan Waite (Toad) is thrilled to be a part of his first production at SLAC especially with such an amazing cast and crew! Nate has most recently been seen in the role of Cain in Children of Eden, other memorable roles include Huck Finn in Big River, Javert in Les Miserable, and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls.

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WHO:
Salt Lake Acting Company

WHAT:
A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
By Willie Reale and Robert Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel

WHEN:
December 5 – 27, 2014

Performance Dates/Times
December 5 – 7PM
December 6 – 12PM, 3PM
December 7 – 12PM, 3PM
December 12 – 7PM
December 13 – 12PM, 3PM
December 14 – 12PM, 3PM
December 19 – 7PM
December 20 – 10AM, 12PM, 3PM
December 21 – 10AM, 12PM, 3PM
December 22 – 10AM, 12PM, 3PM
December 26 – 12PM, 3PM, 7PM
December 27 – 10AM, 12PM, 3PM

WHERE:
Salt Lake Acting Company
168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City

PRICE:
Children $15, Adults $25
Discounts are available for groups of ten or more.
Subscribers always pay the lowest price.

MORE INFORMATION:
Box Office: 801-363-7522
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri
www.saltlakeactingcompany.org

CAST:
Jenessa Bowen, Amelia Rose Moore, Terry Lee McGriff, Logan Tarantino, Nathan Waite

ARTISTIC TEAM:
Director: Penny Caywood
Music Director: Darrin Doman
Set Design: Keven Myhre
Sound Design: Shea Madson
Costume Design: KL Alberts
Light Design: Jesse Portillo
Assistant Stage Manager: Annie Brantley

Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre founded in 1970 whose mission is to enrich and engage community through brave contemporary theatre. SLAC is dedicated to producing, commissioning and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a STP Actors Equity Association contract. SLAC is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres, and the National New Play Network.

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Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:19

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN - Press Release

PRESS CONTACT: CYNTHIA FLEMING | 801.363.7522 |
October 16, 2014
For Immediate Release

Salt Lake Acting Company presents RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN by Gina Gionfriddo from October 22 through November 16.

"That guy who comes in and saves the girl in the end? He might not be coming. But the girl is still going to be O.K."
-Avery, RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN

Salt Lake Acting Company is thrilled to present the second production in our 44th season, RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN a Pulitzer Prize Finalist by Obie-Award Winning Playwright Gina Gionfriddo, from October 22 through November 16, 2014. Hailed by the New York Times as "Intensely smart, and immensely funny," this sharp witted comedy takes an unflinching look at the politics of gender, and asks can anyone have it all?

After graduate school, Catherine built a career as a rock star academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Now in her early 40's Catherine moves back home to take care of her ailing mother, and reconnects with Gwen; who is married to Catherine's college boyfriend. While these three friends begin to discover their new relationships with each other, they start to question their life decisions. With discussions of Betty Friedan, Phyllis Schlafly, Pornography and slasher films, RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN looks at cross-generational feminism in an incredibly insightful, relevant way.

Director Adrianne Moore describes the play as, "Fascinating - one of the most insightful and purely delightful plays I have worked on. A tri – generational look at gender politics, the changing face of feminism and the all too human problem of agonizing over whether you made the right life choices – way back when. For these characters the grass is looking awfully green—is it too late for a do over? I'm eager to see the audience response to this play that has provoked such strong feelings and opinions amongst the cast and artistic team."

The five member cast includes Nell Gwynn, who was last seen on the SLAC stage in GOOD PEOPLE and THE EXIT INTERVIEW; Tracie Merrill-Wilson whose SLAC credits include the 2010 Fearless Fringe Festival as well as ICE GLEN; Jeanette Puhich, who graced the SLAC stage in THE WATER PROJECT, SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, THE RIDE DOWN MOUNT MORGAN and 13 seasons of SATURAY'S VOYEUR; and Robert Scott Smith who was last seen at SLAC in GOOD PEOPLE and CHARM; and Stewart Fullerton who will be making her SLAC debut.

PARTNERSHIP
During the run of RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Salt Lake Acting Company is elated to partner with Crossroads Urban Center an organization that helps low-income people in Salt Lake City. "We are delighted to be included in SLAC's upcoming production. Crossroads Urban Center operates one of Utah's busiest emergency food pantries," said Crossroads Executive Director Glenn Bailey. "We specialize in the needs of women and children, especially infants, so donations of baby formula are always much needed and greatly appreciated."

THE PLAYWRIGHT
Gina Gionfriddo
Gina Gionfriddo has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Lucille Lortel Fellowship, and a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship. Her work includes AFTER ASHLEY, SAFE, TREPIDATION NATION, U.S. DRAG (published in "Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2002") and GUINEVERE. AFTER ASHLEY and U.S. DRAG are published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc..

DIRECTOR
ADRIANNE MOORE
ADRIANNE MOORE is delighted to be directing once again for the Salt Lake Acting Company. Previous directing credits for SLAC include 4000 MILES, HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, HOLD PLEASE, WATER IMAGES (part of THE WATER PROJECT), ANCIENT LIGHTS (New Play Sounding Series) and DO NOT HIT GOLF BALLS INTO MEXICO for SLAC's Fearless Fringe Festival. She has also served as dialect coach on numerous SLAC productions including GOOD PEOPLE, VENUS AND FUR, GRANT AND TWAIN, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, RED, ANGELS IN AMERICA, CHARM, THE CARETAKER, END DAYS, CLEAN HOUSE, and SKIN IN FLAMES. Other Utah directing credits include THE WOMAN IN BLACK, ALWAYS PATSY CLINE, THE FOREIGNER, RELATIVE VALUES, THE RIVALS and SYLVIA (Old Lyric Repertory Company) THE MIKADO (Utah Festival Opera) TALKING WALES (Utah Contemporary Theatre) PETER PAN (The Egyptian Theatre Company) and MIASMA (Plan B Theatre.) A native of New Zealand, Adrianne worked as a director and actor in New Zealand, Australia and England before coming to the U.S. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Theatre Directing from the British Theatre Association in London, an M.F.A. in Directing from Florida State University and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

CAST
STEWART FULLERTON (Avery)
Stewart Fullerton is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this sharp production. Stewart is a senior at the University of Utah, working towards her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre where she was last seen as Sabrina Daldry in IN THE NEXT ROOM or THE VIBRATOR PLAY. Favorite productions include THE WILD PARTY, GUYS AND DOLLS and DAMN YANKEES. This one is for mom, who taught Stewart not to curse at her elders.

NELL GWYNN* (Gwen)
Nell Gwynn is very happy to be back at SLAC this fall, after last year's run as Margie in GOOD PEOPLE. Other SLAC credits include; Eunice in THE EXIT INTERVIEW, Veronica Novak in GOD OF CARNAGE, Ann/Emily Gilles in THE PERSION QUARTER, and The Angel and others in ANGELS IN AMERICA. Favorite NYC credits include: David Johnston's THE ORESTEIA, and CANDY AND DOROTHY, (GLAAD New Media Award Winner), Tom Rowan's KISS & CRY ( GLAAD New Media Award Nominee, Innovative Theatre Award Nomination- Best Supporting Actress ), COUSELLOR AT LAW (Lortel Award Winner- Best Revival, Obie Award Winner- Director Dan Wackerman), Robyn Burland's PIECEWORK " and Charles Mee's BIG LOVE at Theatre for A New City, among others. Shakespeare credits include: Adriana in COMEDY OF ERRORS, Regan in KING LEAR, Celia in AS YOU LIKE IT, Mistress Ford in MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Maria in TWELFTH NIGHT, Lady Macbeth, Horatio in HAMLET and Portia in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. She can currently be seen in film festivals around the country in the short film, "Monsura Is Waiting", which received the Best Fantasy Film Award at The Mexico Int'l Film Festival, as well as a Silver Remi Award at the Houston Int'l Film Fest. She'll appear in 2015 opposite Katherine Heigl as Darlene in the independent feature, "Your Right Mind". Nell is a proud Actor's Equity member, and is represented locally by TMG. Many thanks to Dan and Miss D, Cynthia and Keven, and all of YOU.

TRACIE MERRILL-WILSON* (Catherine)
Tracie is thrilled to return to SLAC to work with this amazing group of artists. SLAC credits include the 2010 Fearless Fringe Festival (SB DANCE'S YOGA CONFIDENTIAL and THE HARVEY GIRLS) as well as ICE GLEN. A transplant from back east, other favorite local and regional works include: RINGS (Grand Theatre), CHEAT, STOP & KISS (Pygmalion), LADY MACBETH, Di Esperienza, SLAM (Plan-B), DRACULA (PTC), THE RAINMAKER (Hale), METAMORPHOSES, AS YOU LIKE IT (Clarence Brown Theatre), LA BETE (Theater at Monmouth) and three Shakespeare tours. Tracie also takes great pride in being involved in readings to develop new plays. A proud member of AEA, she received her MFA from UT-Knoxville and a classical degree from Weber Douglas Academy in London. Endless love to Scott, both of their families, and huge thanks to her Dad for hours spent running lines.

JEANETTE PUHICH* (Alice)
Jeanette is excited to be on the boards at SLAC again! Her past SLAC credits include THE WATER PROJECT, SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, THE RIDE DOWN MOUNT MORGAN, THE BEARD OF AVON, MERE MORTALS, NAPOLEON'S CHINA, GUNMETAL BLUES and CABBIES, COYBOYS, AND THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN. She also played Haley Walker in the one woman show, BAD DATES. She also proudly played Roma Downey, Gayle Ruzika (or Godzika or Gadzicka , etc) Paula The Porn Czar and A ZCMI Manikin, to name a few, in 13 seasons of SATURDAY'S VOYEUR. Other Utah credits include; Dot in Last Lists of MY MAD MOTHER for Pygmalion Theatre Company; Yitzak in HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH for Plan B Theatre; Rosie in BYE BYE BIRDIE at The Grand Theatre; Janet in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at the Institute of Terror and ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARDEN at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City. Jeanette is originally from Seattle Washington where she performed at Pioneer Square Theatre, The Group Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Tacoma Actor's Guild and The Cabaret de Paris. Jeanette also works in the television, film and voice over industry. Some of her film and television credits include; Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, Everwood, Gentleman Broncos and Mobsters and Mormons. This December Jeanette will be seen in Plan B Theatre's production of Julie Jensen's CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS. Jeanette holds a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from The University of Idaho.

ROBERT SCOTT SMITH* (Don)
Robert is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory. In September Flying Bobcat collaborated with the SLC Men's Choir to create LOST IN THE WOODS a theatrical concert at The Masonic Temple. This past May collaborated with choreographer Charlotte Boye-Christensen, NOW-ID and NYC Playwright Troy Deutsch to create FEAST a site-specific performance at The Great Saltair. As former Creative Director at The Leonardo he created the POPUP@LEO program. Co-created and performed in SENSES 5, LOVE, and MIND OVER MATTER. As a professional actor, his NYC credits include KEEPING ISHMAEL (Workshop); PERICLES (SLANT); and the co-development of Roger Benington's new work, MORMON BIRD PLAY. SLC acting credits include SHHH! BURLESQUE, PAINS OF YOUTH, AND SANTALAND DIARIES with Tooth and Nail Theatre; GOOD PEOPLE, CHARM (World Premiere), SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, SIX YEARS, BIG LOVE, BATBOY: THE MUSICAL, and GROSS DECENCY with Salt Lake Acting Company; OUR TOWN with The Grand Theatre; and BASH with Plan-B. Film and TV credits: Wildlife, Blessing, Animae, Guiding Light. Print: The Unfortunate Moment of Misunderstanding (Jim Fiscus). Education: MFA Old Globe Theatre San Diego; BFA Actor Training Program University of Utah.

WHO:
Salt Lake Acting Company

WHAT:
RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
By Gina Gionfriddo

WHEN:
October 22 through November 16, 2014
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Additional performances on Tuesday November 4 at 7:30 p.m. & Saturday November 15 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Salt Lake Acting Company
168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City

PRICE:
Single tickets range from $15 to $42, depending on the performance.
Student, Senior and 30 & Under discounts are available.
Discounts are also available for groups of ten or more.

MORE INFORMATION:
Box Office: 801-363-7522
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri
www.saltlakeactingcompany.org

CAST:
Stewart Fullerton Avery
Nell Gwynn* Gwen
Tracie Merrill-Wilson* Catherine
Jeanette Puhich* Alice
Robert Scott-Smith* Don

ARTISTIC TEAM:
Director Adrianne Moore
Assistant Director Heidi Olsen
Set Design Keven Myhre
Costume Design Brenda Van Der Wiel
Lighting Design James M. Craig
Sound Design Shea Madson
Production Stage Manager Janice Jenson*

*Member of Actors' Equity Association

NOW PLAYING:
I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS By John Logan
Running now through October 26, 2014.

SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre founded in 1970 and is dedicated to producing, commissioning and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a STP Actors Equity Association contract. SLAC is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres, and the National New Play Network.

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PRESS CONTACT: CYNTHIA FLEMING | 801.363.7522 |

September 3, 2014
For Immediate Release

Salt Lake Acting Company Opens Season with
I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS
By John Logan
"I'm not just representing stars; I am a star..."

Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), opens its 44th season in the glamorous living room of Hollywood super-agent Sue Mengers. From September 17 thru October 26, audiences are invited to relish in Sue's exclusive show biz gossip, as she dishes the dish about her clients – Barbra Streisand, Gene Hackman, and Faye Dunaway, just to name a few. Set in 1981 – the beginning of the end of Sue's glory days – this one-woman show plays like an exclusive tell-all. Sue lets the audience in on juicy stories about Hollywood's most famous and infamous stars, sharing some laughs, some advice, and some secrets, all in less than 90 minutes.

Penned by Tony Award-winning playwright and esteemed screenwriter John Logan, I'LL EAT YOU LAST premiered on Broadway last summer starring Bette Midler. SLAC's production will feature local favorite Camille Van Wagoner as Mengers, and will be directed by Robin Wilks Dunn. I'LL EAT YOU LAST will play in SLAC's intimate Chapel Theatre – a fitting space for Sue's luxurious living room.

The real-life Sue Mengers was born in Hamburg, Germany to Jewish parents who relocated their family to New York City when Sue was five years old. Her first job was as a receptionist for MCA after which she was hired as a secretary by the William Morris Agency. Thanks to her unrelenting grit and gumption, by 1963, Sue had become an agent herself – an anomaly for a woman at that time. Throughout the 60's and 70's she represented some of Hollywood's heaviest hitters including Candice Bergen, Michael Caine, Dyan Cannon, Cher, Joan Collins, Brian De Palma, Faye Dunaway, Bob Fosse, Gene Hackman, Sidney Lumet, Ali MacGraw, Steve McQueen, Mike Nichols, Nick Nolte, Tatum O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Barbra Streisand, and Gore Vidal, among others. As her career wound down in the 80's, Sue transitioned from representing stars to hosting them. Her dinner parties were legendary. Vanity Fair contributor Graydon Carter wrote, "At Sue's, everyone was funnier, and quicker, and smarter than they were anywhere else." (Remembering Sue Mengers: Everybody Came to Sue's). On October 15, 2011, in her Beverly Hills home, Sue succumbed to a battle with pneumonia following a series of small strokes, but her legacy lives on in Logan's I'LL EAT YOU LAST.

PLAYWRIGHT

John Logan received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play RED. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. He is the author of more than a dozen other plays including NEVER THE SINNER and HAUPTMANN. His adaptation of Ibsen's THE MASTER BUILDER premiered on the West End in 2003. As a screenwriter, Logan had three movies released in 2011: HUGO, CORIOLANUS and RANGO. Previous film work includes SWEENEY TODD (Golden Globe award); THE AVIATOR (Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and WGA nominations); GLADIATOR (Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and WGA nominations); THE LAST SAMURAI; ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, and RKO 281 (WGA award, Emmy nomination).

DIRECTOR

Robin Wilks-Dunn is pleased to be back at Salt Lake Acting Company. Her most recent productions at SLAC were GOOD PEOPLE and A LOSS OF APPETITE in the 2013-14 season. Other productions she has directed at SLAC include DOTTIE: THE SISTER LIVES ON, BOOM, PEARL, ONE LAST DANCE and NAPOLEON'S CHINA. Robin has directed several staged readings at SLAC, most recently ROAD TO EDEN, PERMANENT COLLECTION and THE LAST WORD and will be directing Tony Kushner's One Acts TINY KUSHNER as part of the NPSS this season. She directed LAST LISTS OF MY MAD MOTHER and THE GOOD BODY for Pygmalion Theatre Company, where she serves on the board. Robin co-wrote and was the original director of the children's touring show for the Intermountain LIVE WELL campaign, now starting its 7th tour. She reads scripts for the Sundance Theatre Lab and works as Education and Outreach Coordinator for Kingsbury Hall. She is on the National Advisory Committee for Kennedy Center Partners in Education. Robin's work has been seen on stages across the Salt Lake Valley for years and hopefully for many years to come!

CAST

Camille G. Van Wagoner * (Sue Mengers) is grateful to be back at SLAC! She was last seen here as Cow 1 in CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE. Camille has worked for many local theatre companies, including: Caine Lyric Repertory Co, Salt Lake Shakespeare, Egyptian Theatre Co, Hale Centre Theatre, The Grand Theatre and Pioneer Theatre Company. Some of her favorite roles have been: Chaperone in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Mother Superior in NUNSENSE, Mrs. Lovitt in SWEEENEY TODD, Mama Morton in CHICAGO, Domina in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Melpomene in XANADU, Dolly in HELLO, DOLLY!, Miss Hannigan in ANNIE, Louse in ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE, and Madame Thenardier in LES MISERABLES. Thanks to everyone for this phenomenal opportunity.

Olivia Custodio (Understudy, performing Tuesday, October 14 and Saturday, October 25 matinee) is absolutely thrilled to be able to enter the world of Sue Mengers for this incredible production. She most recently performed at SLAC in this year's SATURDAY'S VOYEUR as Sister Marriott. An opera singer, Olivia received her Bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University and will earn her Master of Music at the University of Utah this fall. She has performed leading roles in operas including Elle in LA VOIX HUMAINE, the Witch in HANSEL AND GRETEL, Alice Ford in FALSTAFF, Flora in LA TRAVIATA, and Bradamante in ALCINA. Although she is an opera singer, she has never sung while wearing Viking horns, nor has she shattered a glass with her voice. A lover of all things comical, Olivia has studied improv comedy at The Second City in Chicago and created her own operatic comedy show called "Operation: Opera" during her time living in NYC. She would like to thank her parents for creating her and their endless support, as well as her dearest friends and teachers for their continual assistance in her growth as a performer and human being.

ARTISTIC TEAM

Director Robin Wilks-Dunn
Set & Props Design Keven Myhre
Costume Design K.L. Alberts
Lighting Design James M. Craig
Sound Design Shea Madson
Dialect Coach Adrianne Moore
Stage Manager Jennie Sant*
Assistant Stage Manager Martin C. Alcocer

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

WHO:
Salt Lake Acting Company

WHAT:
I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS
By: John Logan

WHEN:
September 17 – October 26, 2014
Wednesdays – Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
*New this season: additional Tuesday evening and Saturday matinee performances:
Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 25, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
168 West 500 North
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103

MORE INFO:
Salt Lake Acting Company
168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84103
Box Office: 801-363-7522
Open 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri
www.saltlakeactingcompany.org
Single tickets range from $15 – $42, depending on the performance.
Student, Senior and 30 & Under discounts are available.
Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more.
Subscribers always pay the lowest price.

*Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC)'s mission is to engage and enrich community through brave contemporary theatre. Founded in 1970, SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre dedicated to producing, commissioning, and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a STP Actors Equity Association contract and is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group (a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres), and the National New Play Network (a national alliance of non-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays).

 

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