Venus in Fur

By David Ives

Tony Nominee (Best Play, 2012)

Regional Premiere

September 25 - October 27, 2013

Directed by Tracy Callahan

Featuring Marza Warsinske and Patrick Kintz

Description

SLAC opens the season with the Tony nominated, scintillating, smart and sensual VENUS IN FUR by the always brilliant and hilarious David Ives, running September 25 – October 27, 2013. The lines between reality and fantasy are blurred when the determined, uninhibited actress Vanda wiles her way into an audition for Thomas, the young, writer-director of a new play. Power, masochism and seduction abound in this sexy, funny, unforgettable play that "The New York Post" proclaims is "Fantastically funny!"

This fast-moving 90-minute play will show in the 100-seat Chapel Theatre Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 6 p.m. without an intermission. 

This production is for mature audiences only.

Cast & Creative Team

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Marza Warsinske (Vanda)

Marza couldn't be happier to be returning to Utah where she studied Musical Theatre at Weber State University. As a student, she was a two-time Irene Ryan Finalist and recipient of the NAPAT Classical Acting Award. Now something of a nomad, she mainly divides her time between Los Angeles and Portland, working in theatre and film. Past stage credits include Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY (Lyric Light Opera); Annabella/Pamela/Margaret in THE 39 STEPS (Old Lyric Repertory Company); Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET (Bag & Baggage); and Lula in DUTCHMAN (Process Theater). She is endlessly grateful for her friends and family, and especially wishes to thank Devin for his ongoing support of her penchant for taking her clothes off in front of strangers for money.

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Patrick Kintz* (Thomas)

Patrick is excited and grateful to be back on the stage at SLAC, after playing John C. Calhoon last fall in BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. A graduate of Brigham Young University with a BA in Theatre Studies, he has also studied at Utah Valley University and most recently with Steppenwolf Classes West. Recent credits include John Proctor in THE CRUCIBLE (UVU); Benjamin in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Sundance Summer Theatre); Actor in THE WOMAN IN BLACK (Echo Theatre); Bishop Egerton in JOYFUL NOISE; and David/Jacob in THE PLAN (Covey Center). Much love and thanks to everyone involved in this wonderful production, all of the crew and especially to Marza and Tracy. Namaste.

David Ives (Playwright)

David is perhaps best known for his evening of one-act plays, ALL IN THE TIMING (he has been included in the "Best Short Plays" series seven times), and for his drama VENUS IN FUR, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. His plays include NEW JERUSALEM: THE INTERROGATION OF BARUCH DE SPINOZA; THE SCHOOL FOR LIES (adapted from Molière's THE MISANTHROPE); THE LIAR (adapted from Corneille); TIME FLIES; and IS HE DEAD? (adapted from Mark Twain). He has also translated Feydeau's A FLEA IN HER EAR and Yasmina Reza's A SPANISH PLAY. A former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and a graduate of The Yale School of Drama, he lives in New York City.

Tracy Callahan (Director)Cast TracyCallahan

Tracy is a founding member of The Process Theatre Company. Directing credits there include CLOSER (Produced by Wasatch Theatre Company.) and THE DUTCHMAN. Previously Tracy directed MANNING UP, COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE, SIX YEARS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE and MERE MORTALS for SLAC. She is a freelance director in the Salt Lake area where she has directed for Plan-B Theatre and Dark Horse Theatre Company. Tracy heads the Acting and Directing Program at Weber State University where she has directed over 35 productions. Some of her favorite educational productions include; CHARM, UNDER CONSTRUCTION, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, ROMEO AND JULIET, AS YOU LIKE IT, ROAD, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION and THE BIRTHDAY PARTY. Two of her productions were presented at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Several other productions have been invited to regional theatre festivals. Tracy is currently working with SLAC's Resident Playwright Julie Jensen on a staged adaptation of the award -winning book "Mockingbird" for The Kennedy Center's Performances for Young Audiences.

K.L. Alberts (Costume Design)

Kevin has designed costumes for more than 30 plays at Salt Lake Acting Company. Past credits include HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING, CLICK CLCK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE, RED, GOD OF CARNAGE, I AM MY OWN WIFE, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION and RABBIT HOLE. Kevin has worked with Pioneer Theatre Company for over 25 years where he most recently designed LES MISERABLES and OF MICE AND MEN. He also designs for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

James M. Craig (Lighting Design)

Jim has designed the lighting for more than 50 shows at Salt Lake Acting Company since 1997, most recently for SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, MANNING UP, and BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. He has also designed lights for Plan-B Theatre, Utah Contemporary Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, The Egyptian Theatre Company, Peery's Egyptian Theatre, Odyssey Dance Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Weber State University, The Emily Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, The Generic Theatre, Little Theatre of the Rockies, U of U Youth Theatre, U of U Lyric Opera Ensemble and Theatre Inc. Currently Jim is the Technical Director for the Park City Institute. He holds a BS in Theatre from Weber State University, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Josh Martin (Sound Design)

Josh is delighted to work on another Salt Lake Acting Company production. Selected sound design credits for Josh include SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 THE EXIT INTERVIEW, CLICK CLACK MOO, GOD OF CARNAGE, (A MAN ENTERS), HOW I BECAME A PIRATE and RED. In addition he is the Master Electrician at SLAC.

Adrianne Moore (Dialect Coach)

Adrianne is delighted to be working with Salt Lake Acting Company once again. She served as dialect coach for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, RED, ANGELS IN AMERICA, CHARM, THE CARETAKER, END DAYS, CLEAN HOUE and SKIN IN FLAMES. Previous directing credits for SLAC include CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, HOLD PLEASE, WATER IMAGES, ANCIENT LIGHTS and HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING. She also directs regularly for the Old Lyric Repertory Company and other Utah theatre. She is a professor of voice and directing at Utah State University. A native of New Zealand, Adrianne worked as a director and actor in NZ, Australia and England before coming to the U.S. She holds a graduate diploma in theatre directing from the British Theatre Association in London and an MFA in direction from Florida Sate University. Adrianne is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union.

Jennie Sant* (Stage Manager)

Jennie has worked at Salt Lake Acting Company as the AEA Stage Manager on MANNING UP, THE PERSIAN QUARTER and ANGELS IN AMERICA PARTS I & II. She has also worked at The Egyptian Theatre Company as the AEA Stage Manager on PAGENT and THE MUSIC MAN. Pioneer Theatre Company as the 1st ASM on LES MISERABLES, PAINT YOUR WAGON, DOUBT, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, THE FOREIGNER, VERTICAL HOUR and THE PRODUCERS. She was also the ASM for NEXT TO NORMAL. Other credits stage managing includes ANGELS IN AMERICA PARTS I & II at the Babcock Theatre, TRUE WEST in Studio 115, HENRY V and MEASURE FOR MEASURE for Salt Lake Shakes and TALKING WALES II for Utah Contemporary Theatre.

Keven Myhre (Executive Producer, Set & Props Design)

Keven received the Mayor's Artists Award in the Performing Arts in 2009. He was awarded the 20008 City Weekly Award for directing THE CLEAN HOUSE and MOONLIGHT AND MAGOLIAS at Salt Lake Acting Company. His other directing credits at SLAC include 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, WEEST 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 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.

Cynthia Fleming (Executive Producer)

Cynthia has been in the world of dance and theatre professionally for over 35 years, during which time she performed in the Broadway, national and International companies with A CHORUS LINE. In 1978 as a U of U Theatre student, her performing relationship with SLAC began. Since 1995 she has worn many hats at SLAC, including Choreographer, Director, Box Office Manager and Director of Audience Services. She conceived and created the position of Director of Communication and Audience Development and assembled the communication team to generate a renewed energy and excitement about the theatre before taking on her current position as Executive Producer. Cynthia remains a working artist in the theatre and has choreographed SATURDAY'S VOYEUR for 16 years and directed the musical for five years. She has choreographed many SLAC productions including THE PERSIAN QUARTER; GO, DOG. GO!; BAT BOY THE MUSICAL; AND WATER LILIES from CABBIES; COWBOYS; and THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN. Cynthia is proud to serve SLAC and its mission to develop and produce vital new work.

VENUS IN FUR Broadway Producers

Jon B. Platt, Scott Landis, MTC Productions Inc. Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Jessica R. Jenen, Scott M. Delman, and Classic Stage Company. Lead producer Jon B Platt's producing credits inclue some of the most honored dramatic work in Broadway history: ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENIUM APPROACHES (Pulitzer Prize winner), PERESTOIKA, THE BOOK OF MORMON, WICKED, COPENHAGEN, GOD OF CARNAGE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN and CLYBOURNE PARK (Pulitzer Price Winnter). In addition to his 7 Tony Awards, Mr. Platt has received 10 New York Drama Desk Awards and 5 New York Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Robert Whitehead Award for Distinguished Producing in the Commercial Theatre in 2012. Tony award winning producer Scott Landis' credits include THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (West End), LA BETE, THE PAJAMA GAME and NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. Manhattan Theatre Club, led by Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Director Barry Grove, is one of the nation's leading non-profit theatres producing innovative and diverse work by playwrights at all stages of their careers, at its Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres. Plays that debut at MTC are performed across the country and around the world, and 6 of them have won Pulitzer Prized: DOUBT, PROOF, RUINED, RABBIT HOLE, CRIMES OF THE HEART, and THE PIANO LESSON; Jessica R. Jenen produced An Evening with Patti Lupone & Mandy Patinkin, and while Executive Director of Classic Stage Company, produced the world premeire of VENUS IN FUR, as well as THREE SISTERS, UNCLE VANYA, THE TEMPEST, amont others. Classic Stage Company is the premiere Off-Broadway theatre dedicated to reimaging the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience. Scott M. Delman is a private equity investor at DGZ Capital who has co-produced THE BOOK OF MORMON, AMERICAN IDIOT, MARY STUART and RAGTIME.

* Member of ACTOR’S EQUITY ASSOCIATION(AEA) – founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

Press & Reviews

Front Row Reviewers An impromptu review | Joel Applegate | October 30, 2013

Salt Lake Acting Company |VENUS IN FUR EXTENSION | Video Release | October 28, 2013

Salt Lake Acting Company Putting sex and power on the line | Press Release | October 8, 2013

City Weekly | Essentials: A&E Picks Oct. 3-9 | City Weekly Staff | October 3, 2013

Daily Utah Chronicle VENUS IN FUR inspires gender dialouges | Shawna Meyer | October 2, 2013

SLCene Theatre review: Salt Lake Acting Company's VENUS IN FUR | Dan Nailen | September 30, 2013

Salt Lake Acting Company | Free Sneak Peek of SLAC's 2013/14 Season | Press Release | September 30, 2014

Utah Theatre Bloggers Association | SLAC's VENUS IN FUR dominates the stage | Johnny Hebda | September 30, 2013

Broadwayworld.com | VENUS IN FUR at Salt Lake Acting Company Brilliantly Produced | Blair Howell | September 30, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune | VENUS IN FUR is a multi-facted look at man vs. woman | Barbara Bannon | September 28, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune | Salt Lake theater company premieres 'kinky' comedy VENUS IN FUR | Ellen Fagg Weist | September 19, 2013

City Weekly | Gavin's Underground: Salt Lake Acting Company VENUS IN FUR | Gavin Sheehan | September 19, 2013

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VENUS IN FUR by David Ives at Salt Lake Acting Company from September 25 - November 3, 2013 With Patrick W. Kintz & Marza Warsinske | Directed byTracy Callahan 

Photos by David Daniels of Dav.d Photography

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Good People

By David Lindsay-Abaire 

Tony Award Nominess (Best Play, 2011)

New York Drama Critics Best Play Award

Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright (RABBIT HOLE, 2007)

Regional Premiere

October 30 - November 24, 2013

Directed by Robin Wilks-Dunn

Description

The second show of the season is the winner of the New York Drama Critics Best Play Award. GOOD PEOPLE, by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire, is set in working-class South Boston. This story looks at the struggles of a group of women trying to make ends meet. When tough, mouthy Margie encounters Mike, who got out of Southie and became a successful doctor, she's forced to look at her life choices. GOOD PEOPLE is an affectionate look at the 'haves' and 'have nots'.

Performances will take place in the 160-seat Upstairs Theatre Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The run time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with a 10 minute intermission following Act I. 

This production is for mature audiences only.

Cast & Creative Team

Nell Gwynn* (Margie)
Nell is very happy to be back at Salt Lake Acting Company with this tremendous company for GOOD PEOPLE. Other SLAC credits include; Eunice in THE EXIT Cast NellGwynnINTERVIEW, Veronica Novak in GOD OF CARNAGE, Ann/Emily Gilles in THE PERSIAN QUARTER and The Angel and others in ANGELS IN AMERICA. NYC credits include; David Johnston's THE ORESTEIA and CANDY & DOROTHY (GLAAD New Media Award Winner), Tom Rowan's KISS & CRY ( GLAAD New Media Award Nominee, Innovative Theatre Award Nomination-Best Supporting Actress), COUNSELLOR 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. Nell's 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 and Maria in TWELFTH NIGHT—all with Princeton Repertory Company. She has played Lady Macbeth with Frog and Peach Theatre Company and Center Stage, NY. She has traveled with shows to Key West, Cape Cod, and Charleston, SC. Nell can currently be seen in the short films RED FLAG, MONSURA IS WAITING and AFTER WE REST. Many big time thanks to Dan, Miss D, the puppies, Keven, Cynthia and all of you.

Robert Scott Smith* (Mike)Cast Robert Scott Smith
Scott's previous credit with Salt Lake Acting Company include CHARM, SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, SIX YEARS, BIG LOVE, BATBOY: THE MUSICAL and GROSS INDECENCY. Other Salt Lake City acting credits include SHH! BURLESQUE, PAINS OF YOUTH and SANTALAND DIARIES with Tooth and Nail Theatre and BASH at Plan-B Theatre. His New York City credits include KEEPING ISHMAEL (Workshop); PERICLES (SLANT); and the co-development of Roger Benington's new work, MORMON BIRD PLAY. His film and TV credits include BLESSING, ANIMAE, GUIDING LIGHT and THE UNFORTUNATE MOMENT OF MISUNDERSTANDING by Jim Fiscus. He graduated with an MFA from the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and a BFA from the actor training program at the University of Utah. When Scott was the Creative Director at The Leonardo, he developed the POPUP@LEO program. With POPUP, he co-created and performed in SENSES 5, LOVE and MIND OVER MATTER. Scott is also the Founder and Co-Artistic Director Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory.

Michelle Patrick (Kate)Cast MichellePatrickMichelle began her career as a dancer with the Feld Ballet in New York City and later received her B.A. in Performing Arts from Bradford College. She has appeared in various productions including THE CRUCIBLE, THE SEAGULL, THE OVERWHELMING, FLYIN' WEST and IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY. Her directorial accomplishments include her debut at the Producer's Club in New York City, a collection of autobiographical stories she wrote and produced; Neil Simon's THE ODD COUPLE (Female Version) and Ntozake Shange's FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, which she also choreographed. Michelle's independent film and television credits include; THE DRIFTER, 95FERS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and EVERWOOD as well as regional commercials. In the spring of 2014, she will make her debut as a choreographer at the Grand Theatre with ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. Michelle is also a drama mentor at the Utah Opera and Musical Theater Festival and as performing guest artist at St. John's School of the Performing Arts. Her current involvement with the Sundance Institute has provided opportunities at both the Institute's Summer Labs and the Sundance Film Festival. She is an alumna of the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, a recipient of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, an American College Dance and Theater Festival recipient and nominee, recipient of the NAACP ACT-SO Theater Award and the Elizabeth Dangerfield Award in Choreography. She is currently serving as a Change Leader through the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, as well as an interim member of WESTAF's Multicultural Advisory Committee. Michelle is currently SAG/AFTRA and is represented by Talent Management Group. Michelle would like to thank the cast, crew and staff at SLAC. She would also like to dedicate all of her performances to her grandparents who walk with her in spirit.

Stephanie Howell* (Jean)Cast StephanieHowell
Stephanie is thrilled to be performing at SLAC with these GOOD PEOPLE. She has appeared locally in BORDERLANDS, THE END OF THE HORIZON, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT and BASH with Plan-B Theatre Company. She has also acted in all 10 'slam's (Plan-B's annual 24-hour-hour theatre festival). Other local credits include ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, BIG RIVER, FORUM and SOUTH Pacific at Pioneer Theatre Company. Additional favorite roles include Cassie in A CHORUS LINE, Amy in COMPANY and Susie in W;T. Stephanie is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Theatre Arts and is a member of Actor's Equity. Her film and television credits include: DAYS OF OUR LIVES and PECULIARITIES. Stephanie is also an aerialist and has performed locally with Revolve Aerial Dance. 

Dee Macaluso (Dottie)Cast DeeMacaluso
Dee started her career in stand-up comedy and improvisation. She founded a number of comedy troupes, taught acting and directed plays and film. Dee is a veteran actor in numerous commercials, television shows, films and stage productions. She is also an award winning writer of stage plays, screenplays, commercials, and news and magazine articles. Previous SLAC appearances include, THE MEMORY OF WATER, ICE GLEN, BILLION DOLLAR BABY and SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 

Gordon Dunn (Stevie)Cast GordonDunn
Gordon is excited to be making his debut at Salt Lake Acting Company in GOOD PEOPLE. A graduate of Utah State University with a BFA in performance and a former teacher/writer/director for the University of Utah's Youth Theatre program, Gordon is also a founding member of Ex Machina Films, a local production company. Past stage credits include Mr. Knightley in Jane Austin's EMMA (USU); Captain Keller in THE MIRACLE WORKER (USU); Sterling in MAURITIUS (USU); Victor in PRIVATE LIVES (Old Lyric Repertory Company); Lafe/Judge Thatcher/Silas in BIG RIVER (Old Lyric Repertory Company); Orville Browning in HANCOCK COUNTY (Westminster Players); and Bertram Cates in INHERIT THE WIND (The Grand Theatre). A big thanks to everyone involved in this production and to my beautiful wife for putting up with a pain in the ass actor.

David Lindsay-Abaire (Playwright)
David is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist whose play RABBIT HOLE premiered on Broadway and went on to receive the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Spirit of America Award, and five Tony nominations. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award (Best Musical Show Album) and two Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical and Best Score) for his work on SHREK THE MUSICAL. Prior to that, David was awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theater lyricist. David's other plays include FUDDY MEERS, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, WONDER OF THE WORLD, and A DEVIL INSIDE, among others. His play GOOD PEOPLE premiered on Broadway, starring Frances McDormand, and was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award. In addition to his work in theatre, David's screen credits include "Rabbit Hole," "Rise of the Guardians" and "Oz: The Great and Powerful." David is a proud New Dramatists alum, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School, as well as a member of the WGA and the Dramatists Guild Council.

Robin Wilks-Dunn (Director)
Robin is pleased to be back at Salt Lake Acting Company. Her most recent production at SLAC was directing DOTTIE: THE SISTER LIVES ON and she is excited to be directing David Kranes' LOSS OF APPETITE in Spring 2014. 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 5th tour. Robin has directed several staged readings at SLAC, most recently PERMANENT COLLECTION and David Kranes' THE LAST WORD. Other productions she has directed at SLAC include BOOM, PEARL, ONE LAST DANCE and NAPOLEON'S CHINA. 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! 

Chase Ramsey (Assistant Director)
Chase Ramsey is a director, actor, producer and teacher working in Utah. Chase was last seen at Salt Lake Acting Company in BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Some of Chase's past directing credits include SHREK: THE MUSICAL (Scera), THE BOX (The Echo Theater), WHAT THE BELLHOP SAW (The Murray Theater), SHACKLED (The Black Box Theater), RICHARD III (Lone Peak High School), THE WINDOW (New Plays Project) and RAPUNZEL (Scera). Chase is an instructor at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts. He is also Co-Founder of Warboy Theatre Projects and a member of the executive board for Utah Repertory Theatre Company. Chase will next be seen as an actor playing Jeff in BRIGADOON at the Hale Centre Theatre West Valley. Chase has been hired as the Assistant Director for FREUD'S LAST SESSION at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis where he will spend the month of February. He is a graduate of Utah Valley University and a master's student in arts administration at Southern Utah University. Thank you to everyone at SLAC for being kind and brilliant. Love to Janessa and Jude, two truly good people.

Brenda Van Der Wiel (Costume Design)
As always, Brenda is happy to be working for Salt Lake Acting Company. Brenda is part of the design faculty for the University of Utah Theatre Department. She designs regularly for that department as well as for Pioneer Theatre Company and for SLAC. Previously she has designed for THE EXIT INTERVIEW, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, (A MAN ENTERS), HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE, CHARM, MASTER CLASS, SIX YEARS, THE CLEAN HOUSE, ROUNDING THIRD and END DAYS for SLAC. She has also designed costumes for several of the recent productions of SATURDAY'S VOYEUR. Recent work includes RENT, A CHRISTMAS STORY, NOISES OFF, THE FOREIGNER, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU and EMMA for PTC. She also designed for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO and COMEDY OF ERRORS for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She has designed for all but one of the U of U's CLASSICAL GREEK FESTIVAL PRODUCTIONS for the past 19 years. Before moving to Salt Lake City, Brenda also worked at the Seattle Opera, the Santa Fe Opera and the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

James M. Craig (Light Design)
Jim has designed the lighting for more than 50 shows at Salt Lake Acting Company since 1997, most recently for VENUS IN FUR, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, MANNING UP, and BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. He has also designed lights for Plan-B Theatre, Utah Contemporary Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, The Egyptian Theatre Company, Peery's Egyptian Theatre, Odyssey Dance Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Weber State University, The Emily Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, The Generic Theatre, Little Theatre of the Rockies, U of U Youth Theatre, U of U Lyric Opera Ensemble and Theatre Inc. Currently Jim is the Technical Director for the Park City Institute. He holds a BS in Theatre from Weber State University, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Josh Martin (Sound Design)
Josh is delighted to work on another Salt Lake Acting Company production. Selected sound design credits for Josh include SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 THE EXIT INTERVIEW, CLICK CLACK MOO, GOD OF CARNAGE, (A MAN ENTERS), HOW I BECAME A PIRATE and RED. In addition he is the Master Electrician at SLAC.

Adrianne Moore (Dialect Coach)
Adrianne is delighted to be working with Salt Lake Acting Company once again. Dialect coaching credits include VENUS IN FUR, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, RED, ANGELS IN AMERICA, CHARM, THE CARETAKER, END DAYS, CLEAN HOUE and SKIN IN FLAMES. Previous directing credits for SLAC include CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, HOLD PLEASE, WATER IMAGES, ANCIENT LIGHTS and HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING. She is a professor of voice and directing at Utah State University. A native of New Zealand, Adrianne worked as a director and actor in NZ, Australia and England before coming to the U.S. She holds a graduate diploma in theatre directing from the British Theatre Association in London and an MFA in direction from Florida Sate University. Adrianne is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union.

Janice Jenson (Stage Manager)*
Janice is excited to be returning to Salt Lake Acting Company after stage managing SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, 2012 and 2011. She also stage managed THE EXIT INTERVIEW, HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE, DOTTIE: THE SISTER LIVES ON, GOD OF CARNAGE and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. Other stage management credits include TICK, TICK...BOOM!, REEFER MADNESS, A NEW BRAIN, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Dark Horse Theatre Company), SAM I WAS (SLAC Fringe Festival), HAIR, FAME, THE AWESOME 80'S PROM, RENTED CHRISTMAS and DANNIE AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Egyptian Theatre). Janice is a graduate of BYU and was selected as a USITT 2008 Stage Management Mentee, where she stage managed THE HISTORY OF DRAG. She would like to thank Max for his support.

Keven Myhre (Set & Prop Design, Executive Producer)
Keven received the Mayor’s Artists Award in the Performing Arts in 2009. He was awarded the 20008 City Weekly Award for directing THE CLEAN HOUSE and MOONLIGHT AND MANGOLIAS at Salt Lake Acting Company. His other directing credits at SLAC include 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. 

Cynthia Fleming (Executive Producer)
Cynthia has been in the world of dance and theatre professionally for over 35 years, during which time she performed in the Broadway, national and international companies with A CHORUS LINE. In 1978 as a University of Utah Theatre student, her performing relationship with Salt Lake Acting Company began. Since 1995 she has worn many hats at SLAC, including Choreographer, Director, Box Office Manager and Director of Audience Services. She conceived and created the position of Director of Communication and Audience Development and assembled the communication team to generate a renewed energy and excitement about the theatre before taking on her current position as Executive Producer. Cynthia remains a working artist in the theatre and has choreographed SATURDAY'S VOYEUR for 16 years and directed the musical for five years. She has choreographed many SLAC productions including THE PERSIAN QUARTER; GO, DOG. GO!; BAT BOY THE MUSICAL; and WATER LILIES from CABBIES, COWBOYS AND THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN. Cynthia is proud to serve SLAC and its mission to develop and produce vital new work. 

* Member of ACTOR’S EQUITY ASSOCIATION(AEA) – founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

Press & Reviews

Salt Lake City Weekly | Essentials: A&E Picks Nov. 14-20 Salt Lake Acting Company: GOOD PEOPLE | Rob Tennant | November 14, 2013

Utah Theatre Bloggers Association | Conversation with Keven Myhre: SLAC, GOOD PEOPLE and what makes a great modern play | Daniel Anderson | November 6, 2013

Utah Theatre Bloggers Association | You may find yourself at Salt Lake Acting Company's GOOD PEOPLE | Amber Peck | November 6, 2013

Broadwayworld.com | Salt Lake Acting Company's GOOD PEOPLE is very, very good theatre | Blair Howell | November 5, 2013

Salt Lake Magazine | Dan Nailen's Lounge Act: Spend some time with good people | Dan Nailen | November 4, 2013

SLCene | Theatre Review: Salt Lake Acting Company's GOOD PEOPLE | Dan Nailen | November 2, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune | Staging GOOD PEOPLE takes gritty accent | Ellen Fagg Weist | November 2, 2013

Standard-Examiner | Salt Lake Acting Company portrays GOOD PEOPLE | Amy Nicholson | October 30, 2013

City Weekly | Gavin's Underground: Salt Lake Acting Company's GOOD PEOPLE | Gavin Sheehan | October 29, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune | Salt Lake Acting Company to explore blue-collar roots in GOOD PEOPLE | Ellen Fagg Weist | October 26, 2013

Salt Lake Acting Company | SLAC presents David Lindsay-Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE | Press Release | October 10, 2013 

Utah Theatre Bloggers Association | UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2013 | UTBA Staff | December 31, 2013

Photos

GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire at Salt Lake Acting Company October 30 - November 24, 2013 with Nell Gwynn, Robert Scott Smith, Michelle Patrick, Stephanie Howell, Dee Macaluso and Gordon Dunn | Directed by Robin Wilks-Dunn

All photos by David Daniels of dav.d photography

GoodPeople StevieandMargieattheDollarStore web

GoodPeople womenandcoffee web

GoodPeople MikeyandMargieintheoffice web

GoodPeople Bingo web

GoodPeople wineandcheese web

 

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss

Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain

Adapted and orginally directed by Katie Mitchell

Regional Premiere

December 6–28, 2013

Directed by Penelope Caywood

Description

SLAC presents DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT adapted by Katie Mitchell from December 6 – December 28, 2013 for its 5th annual children's show. This adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s classic, which stays true to the book, will be staged at SLAC for all to look. This beloved tale is told with sounds, music and noises, bringing to audiences young and old oh so much joyses. When the Cat comes to play on a wet rainy day, there is mischief around and Fish’s worries abound. The Boy and young Sally just don’t know what to do, your family won’t want to miss this, I wouldn’t, would you?

This production is for an all ages audience.

The National Theatre of Great Britain's Production of THE CAT IN THE HAT was orginally created by:

Director: Katie Mitchell
Designer: Vicki Mortimer
Lighting Designer: Jon Clark
Music: Paul Clark
Sound Designer: Gareth Fry
Movement Direcotr: Joseph Alford
Producer: Padraig Crusack

Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authroized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 | Fax: 212-397-4684 | www.MTIShows.com

Dr. Seuss text, images and characters TM and (R) 2009 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

Cast & Creative Team

Austin Archer 
Austin is very happy to be back for a third year with SLAC's children's theatre series after having appeared as Duck last year in CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE and Sharktooth in HOW I BECAME A PIRATE. Other SLAC credits include, Nephi Jensen in SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2012 and 2013, James Monroe in BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, Haemon in TOO MUCH MEMORY, and Patty Henry in SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2011. He has been an avid performer since a very young age; and he studied musical theatre at Weber State University. Austin thanks his wonderful family for all of their love and support!

Cast AustinArcher Headshot

Elena Dern Cast ElenaDern Headshot
Elena is ecstatic to be appearing in her third show at SLAC! She was most recently involved in Pygmalion's reading of WRESTLING WITH ANGELS by local playwright Deborah Threedy. She is a graduate of the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. Past theatre credits include: SLAC’s BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2012, The Babcock Theatre’s A FLEA IN HER EAR (Raymonde), THE ADDING MACHINE, HAIR and THE ROCKY HORROW SHOW. She has also been seen at Studio 115 in THE WILD PARTY (Madelaine True) and FIFTH OF JULY (Gwen Landis). Elena has also worked as assistant choreographer for SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2013with SLAC and RENT with Utah Repertory Theatre. She would like to thank her family and friends for their never ending love and support!

 

Jenessa Bowen 
JanessaCast JenessaBowen Headshot is back for her second production at SLAC after playing a Sister Docent this past summer in SATURDAYS VOYEUR 2013; and she is ready to cause some more havoc and chaos! Previous credits include Ruby in SHELTER (Off-Bro), Little Red in INTO THE WOODS, Natalie in NEXT TO NORMAL, Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS, Annabel Glick in LUCKY STIFF (Irene Ryan nomination & semi-finalist for Irene Ryan competition in LA), Jolene in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, Peggy Swift in FATHER OF THE BRIDE, Erin in RING OF FIRE, Nehebka in AIDA, Mary Lennox in THE SECRET GARDEN, Anybodys in WEST SIDE STORY, Adele in JANE EYRE, Lulu in NUPTIALS and many others. Jenessa will earn her BS in Musical Theatre at Weber State University this upcoming spring. "A HUGE thank you to everyone at SLAC. You have all given me a giant step and an open door towards my career as an actor. Love you guys!" 

Cast ConnorNorton HeadshotConnor Norton
Connor is thrilled to be a part of SLAC's DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance at the University of Utah and is a Reno, NV native. Previous credits include RENT (Utah Rep.), SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (SLAC), THE WILD PARTY (Studio 115), AIDA (Interlochen) and 2012 SUMMER BROADWAY REVUE (Lagoon). She would like to thank her family for their continued love and support.

Cast JatenMcGriff HeadshotJaten McGriff
This is Jaten's first production here at SLAC. He is very grateful to debut while performing in such a brilliant piece by such a respected author. All movement and puppetry experience come from training with Dr. Jerry Gardner of the University of Utah.  Jaten is a Salt Lake native and recent graduate from the U of U’s Actor's Training Program. Previous credits include: A FLEA IN HER EAR (Chandebise/Poche), VERNON GOD LITTLE (Vernon) and ALL MY SONS (Dr. Baylis). Jaten would like to thank his fiancé and family for their super support.

Cast LukeMonday HeadshotLuke Monday
Luke is thrilled to bring to life the story of DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT at SLAC! Audiences may recognize Luke from such venues as Lagoon Amusement Park, Hale Centre Theater, Centerpoint Legacy Theater, Grand Theater and the Egyptian Theater in Park City. A recent graduate from Weber State University in Musical Theater, his favorite credits include; Gabe in NEXT TO NORMAL, Chad in ALL SHOOK UP, Vinnie Di Ruzzio in LUCKY STIFF (Irene Ryan Nomination), Ensemble in UNDER CONSTRUCTION (Irene Ryan Nomination) and Ensemble in HAIR (Fabby Award Nomination). Many thanks to Penny, Cynthia and Keven for this opportunity! “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive, who is youer than you!”

Dr. Seuss(Author and Illustrator)
Dr. Seuss’s real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, he used the name “Dr. Seuss” in honor of his father who wanted him to become a professor. Dr. Seuss grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended Dartmouth College and Oxford University. He was a cartoonist for several magazines and made training films during World War II. He died at the age of 87 having won two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize. His legacy continues with 44 children’s books, 11 children’s television specials, a Broadway musical and three feature-length films.  

Katie Mitchell (Adapter)
Katie is an Associate of the Royal National Theatre. She has been described as "a director who polarizes audiences like no other" and "the closest thing the British theatre has to an auteur.” She studied under Lev Dodin and Tadeusz Kantor and is particularly inspired by Eastern European theatre. THE PHOENICIAN WOMEN won her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director in 1996. She was also formerly an associate director at the Royal Court Theatre. Katie was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year Honours.

Penny Caywood (Director)
This is Penny’s fourth 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 record, 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.

 

Brenda Van Der Weil(Costume Designer)
Brenda is happy to design again for SLAC's young audience. Brenda started sewing when she five. Although she spent more time with her Mom fixing the machine instead of sewing. She was thrilled with how her ideas could come to life, perfected her sewing skills and has been working ever since. Brenda is part of the design faculty for the University of Utah Theatre Department. She designs regularly for that department as well as for Pioneer Theatre Company and for SLAC. Previously she has designed for HOW I BECAME A PIRATE and IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE for SLAC.

 

Jesse Portillo(Light Designer)
Jesse is happy to work with SLAC again. He previously designed for CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE, RED, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE, THE PERSIAN QUARTER, GO, DOG. GO! and TOO MUCH MEMORY. Locally Jesse has designed for Pygmalion Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre Company and the Babcock Theater. He is on the faculty at the University Of Utah Department Of Theatre where he teaches light design.

 

Josh Martin (Sound Designer)
Josh is delighted to work on another SLAC production. Selected sound design credits for Josh include VENUS IN FUR, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE and HOW I BECAME A PIRATE. In addition he is the Master Electrician at SLAC.

 

Kristina Pappas (Stage Manager)
Kristina is thrilled to working on DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT at SLAC. Her favorite shows she has managed include THE ODYSSEY and ALIENS THE PUPPET MUSICAL at Meat and Potato Theatre, USELESS BAY at the Sundance Theatre Lab, HAIR and SPRING AWAKENING with the University of Utah's Theatre Department and THRILLER with Odyssey Dance Company. Kristina would like to thank friends and family for their unwavering support.

 

Janice Jenson(Company Manager)
Janice is excited to be returning to SLAC after stage managing SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, 2012 and 2011. She also stage managed THE EXIT INTERVIEW, HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE, DOTTIE: THE SISTER LIVES ON, GOD OF CARNAGE and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. Other stage management credits include TICK, TICK...BOOM!, REEFER MADNESS, A NEW BRAIN, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Dark Horse Theatre Company), SAM I WAS (SLAC Fringe Festival), HAIR, FAME, THE AWESOME 80'S PROM, RENTED CHRISTMAS and DANNIE AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Egyptian Theatre). Janice is a graduate of BYU and was selected as a USITT 2008 Stage Management Mentee, where she stage managed THE HISTORY OF DRAG. She would like to thank Max for his support.

 

Dani Kauerz Sloan (Educational Consultant)
Dani graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Elementary Education and M. Ed. in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Dani is a School Technology Specialist for Granite School District where she helps teachers integrate technology into the classroom. She loves iDevices, social media, inquiry-based student learning and research. Dani is married to her very own personal rock star and high school teacher, Zack. Together they have two children (one human child, Tedy and a canine child, Scout).

 

Cynthia Fleming (Executive Producer)
Cynthia has been in the world of dance and theatre professionally for over 35 years, during which time she performed in the Broadway, National, and International companies of A CHORUS LINE. In 1978, as a U of U Theatre student, her performing relationship with SLAC began. Since 1995 she has worn many hats at SLAC, including Choreographer, Director, Box Office Manager, and Director of Audience Services. She conceived and created the position of Director of Communication and Audience Development and assembled a communication team which generated renewed energy and excitement before taking on her current title of Executive Producer. Cynthia remains a working artist in the theatre and has choreographed SATURDAY'S VOYEUR for 14 years and has directed for three years. She has choreographed many SLAC productions including THE PERSIAN QUARTER, GO, DOG. GO! BAT BOY THE MUSICAL, AND WATER LILIES from CABBIES, COWBOYS, AND THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN. Cynthia is proud to serve SLAC and its mission to develop and produce vital new work.

 

Keven Myhre(Executive Producer)
In his 19th season with the company, Keven manages all production aspects of the plays SLAC presents. He received the Mayor's Artist Award in the Performing Arts category in 2009 and was awarded the 2008 City Weekly Award for directing THE CLEAN HOUSE and MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS; he most recently directed BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and RED. Having previously served as Producing Director as well as Resident Designer, and he has designed all of SLAC's sets and many of the costumes for the last 17 years. He has also designed sets for the Grand Theatre, Sundance Theatre, Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre, Kingsbury Hall and the Babcock Theatre. His work for the Utah Arts Festival includes site design for the 20th Anniversary celebration. Keven earned his BFA at the University of Utah and his MFA in Theatre at the University of Michigan.

 

Press & Reviews

Broadwayworld.com | BWW Picks of the Season: Salt Lake theatergoers wish list | Blair Howell | December 16, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune | Photo gallery: THE CAT IN THE HAT entertains Utah schoolchildren | Ellen Fagg Wesit | December 10, 2013

Utah Theatre Bloggers Association | A classic comes to life in THE CAT IN THE HAT | Zach Archuleta | December 10, 2013

City Weekly | Jingle plays: Two theatre companies present family-friendly holiday productions | Rob Tennant | December 10, 2013

Deseret News | Theatre Review: "Fun that is funny" abounds at SLAC's THE CAT IN THE HAT | Blair Howell | December 9, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune | Trib Talk: Making arts part of celebrating the holidays | Jennifer Napier-Pearce | December 6, 2013

City Weekly | Gavin's Underground: SLAC: THE CAT IN THE HAT | Gavin Sheehan | December 6, 2013

Standard-Examiner | SLAC down pat with THE CAT IN THE HAT | Amy Nicholson | December 4, 2013

Deseret News | THE CAT IN THE HAT jumps off the page onto the SLAC stage | Blair Howell | November 29, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune |  Salt Lake Acting Company hopes to find stage magic with THE CAT IN THE HAT | Ellen Fagg Weist | November 29, 2013

City Weekly | A&E Essentials: Entertainment Picks Nov. 28-Dec. 4: DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT | Scott Renshaw | November 28, 2013

Utah Theatre Bloggers AssociationUTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2013 | UTBA Staff | December 31, 2013

In the Room

Director Penny Caywood Interviews Her Daughter, Presley PennyPresley

Penny: What do you know about the book THE CAT IN THE HAT?
Presley: It's really exciting, and it's a really good thing for kids because it helps you learn to read new words and all that!

Penny: Presley, you have become a really good reader this last year. Is there a Dr. Seuss book that helped you?
Presley: I'm gonna say ONE FISH TWO FISH because it's a rhyming book. It starts out with one story and then goes on to another thing. It's like several different little stories in one big book.

Penny: Do you know about Dr. Seuss – or the man who became Dr. Seuss?
Presley: The person who made up all of those stories up is a very good artist and really cool. I'm sure he was a really nice person. And if he could have written more books, they would have been amazing.

Penny: So what do you think about me directing another children's show at SLAC?
Presley: Well ... to me ... It's good for me to watch you do your directing.
Penny: Why is that good for you?
Presley: Well ... when I grow up I'm gonna be an actress. Watching you helps me get a hold of it.
Penny: A hold of what?
Prelsey: (rolling her eyes) My character, of course!
Penny: Is that what you really want to be when you grow up?
Presley: Yep! I wanna do musicals – kid musicals.

Penny: What's your favorite part of THE CAT IN THE HAT book?
Presley: My favorite part is at the very beginning, when Sally and Boy discover the Cat and the Hat right when he walks in the door. The Cat in the Hat is really the most famous person from that story. He's like 9-6-2 years old. (Mom, is there such a thing as 962?)
Penny: Yes.
Presley: Yes. 962.

Penny: What will it be like when you come see the show? Do you have any ideas for me?
Presley: Well ... your background should be white. You can paint the background and the floor white so that people will feel that they're really in the book. So if you make it like a book people will feel like they are reading the book and IN it, too.
Penny: Any other suggestions?
Presley: Yeah. The Cat in the Hat has to have an umbrella. Also, you have to make it look like rain outside the window. I could draw a picture of rain outside then you could stick it in the window if you want. Also, no one wants to see an oversized fish, so tell the costume designer that it might as well be a puppet!

Penny: Do you have any tips for the actors that I should pass along?
Presley: Tip Number 1 - Don't say other people's lines. Say your own lines. Tip Number 2 – Don't fall off the stage. Tip Number 3 – Always stay in character. Tip Number 4 – Be concentrated. Tip Number 5 – Focus. Tip Number 6 – Don't eat pancakes before you come.

Penny: What would you tell families about the show.
Presley: I think your shows are fun and only a little bit realistic. They give families a big, big, big experience together. The audience should always follow along so they don't get mixed up. Your shows also have lessons and inspire children so that when they grow up they know what to do. Have fun! And be careful around fire hydrants! (whispered - That's a little joke, Mom.)

Presley: Are you hiring me?
Penny: Well, yes, sort of. You will do some interviews and stuff.
Presley: Good. That means I get a lunch break. I'm a professional.

Photos

DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT at Salt Lake Acting Company Dec. 6 - 28, 2013 with Austin Archer, Luke Monday, Elena Dern, Connor Norton, Jenessa Bowen and Jaten McGriff and directed by Penelope Caywood. 

All photos by dav.d photography

Austin Archer as the Cat in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT at Salt Lake Acting CompanyLuke Monday as the Boy in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT at Salt Lake Acting CompanyElena Dern as Sally in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT at Salt Lake Acting CompanyJaten McGriff as Fish in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT at Salt Lake Acting CompanyJenessa Bowen as Thing 1 in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT at Salt Lake Acting CompanyConnor Norton as Thing 2 in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT at Salt Lake Acting Company

 

The Boy and Sally sat, sat, sat in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HATWho's that? Why, it's the Cat in the Hat in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HATCat, Boy and Sally in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HATThe Cat introduces Thing 1 and Thing 2 to Boy, Sally and Fish in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HATThe Cat in the Hat knows how to have fun that is funny in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HATThe cleaning machine cleans up the mess in Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT

Grant & Twain

by Elizabeth Diggs

Winner of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award

World Premiere

Developed in the New Play Sounding Series

February 5–March 2, 2014

Directed by Keven Myhre

Description

Ulysses S. Grant was the hero of the Civil War. Mark Twain was the most famous writer in America. Twain had just broken a seven-year writer's block to finish "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Grant had just been swindled out of all his money in a Ponzi scheme. In 1884 the two men forged an unlikely and unbreakable friendship. GRANT & TWAIN explores these two intriguing, complex characters in a story of friendship, courage, betrayal and triumph.

The play will take place in the Upstairs Theatre with performances Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 6 p.m.

Cast & Creative Team

Marshall Bell* (Ulysses S. Grant)Cast Marshall Bell is pleased to be making his debut at Salt Lake Acting Company. Marshall first took an interest in acting in high school, after performing as Elwood Dowd in the play HARVEY. After high school, Marshall didn't act for over 20 years. He majored in sociology at the University of Colorado and served three years in the army. Prior to starting his acting career, Marshall was working as a consultant, teaching executives how to improve their speaking skills. Marshall then began a career in film, and has a long list of major motion picture credits. Including, BIRDY, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART TWO: FREDDY'S REVENGE, TOTAL-RECALL, THE VAGRANT, STAND BY ME, and STARSHIP TROOPERS. He has also been seen in many TV series, including WISEGUY, THE X-FILES, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, HILL STREET BLUES, HOUSE, and DEADWOOD. 

Morgan Lund*(Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens)Cast MorganLund headshot is playing Mark Twain and is in a Civil War frame of mind. Morgan has been a professional actor, writer, producer, director, teacher and artist for 34 years. With very strong union affiliations, he has worked in theatre, film, television, radio, print, business, opera, orchestra, dance, theme parks and universities across the United States and around the world. Morgan has appeared in over 200 plays since 1980. He was a resident company member with the Hilberry Acting Company (1977-80) and The Cleveland Play House Resident Acting Company (1980-88). A freelance actor since 1988, he has worked with Center Stage, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New City Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, Ensemble Theatre, CAT CO, Shakespeare and Company, Dobama Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company and many more. He has shared the stage with Arthur Miller, Austin Pendleton, Derek Wolcott, Johnny Bolt, Roger Danforth, Theresa Meritt, Liz MacKay and Tina Packer to name a few. As a film and television actor, Morgan has been in some very good and some not so good films. He once had three different feature films running on HBO, in one of which he died horribly! He has also been a guest artist with the Sundance Film Lab on many occasions. 

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David Spencer*(Adam Badeau) is well known to long-time SLAC audiences, having appeared here in many roles, chiefly as Roy Cohn in both parts of ANGELS IN AMERICA (first production; 1995/96) as well as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf and thirty-plus other characters in Doug Wright's solo play I AM MY OWN WIFE. David has extensive local credits from his work with Pioneer Theatre Company, Plan B Theatre, Pygmalion Productions, The Grand Theatre, Sundance Summer Theatre, and Walk-Ons, Inc. Since his last appearance at SLAC (MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS; 2007) he has been living in New York City and working regionally in THE 39 STEPS, WEST SIDE STORY, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SUICIDE CLUB, and THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Most recently, after years of swearing off all things to do with A CHRISTMAS CAROL, he played Ebenezer Scrooge for New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi. "Never Say Never. Life opens up in the most glorious ways when you say 'Yes.'"

Cast Ryon Sharette bwRyon Sharette(William Perkins Ingersoll) is a recent graduate of the University of Utah Actor Training Program. GRANT & TWAIN marks his SLAC debut and his first role in an Equity theatre after graduation. For Pioneer Theatre Company's internship program, he has appeared as Robert Martin in EMMA and as Adrian in THE TEMPEST. For The Classical Greek Theatre Festival, his credits include Oedipus in OEDIPUS THE KING, The Herdsman in IPHIGINIA IN TAURUS, Admetos in ALCESTIS and Pentheus in THE BAKKHAI. Credits in The Babcock Theatre include Valentine in TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, Antipholus of E. in COMEDY OF ERRORS, Chris in ALL MY SONS, Banquo in MACBETH, Jesus in THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, Riff Raff in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Trigorin in THE SEAGULL and Borachio in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Recent roles for Salty Dinner Theatre include John Watson in SHERLOCK HOLMES, Clyde in BONNIE AND CLYDE and Frederick in PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

Brien K. Jones(Harrison Terrell) is honored be in cast in the World Premiere of GRANT & TWAIN and to also make his debut in a full Salt Lake Acting Company production. He has been cast in past SLAC New Cast Brien Jones bwPlay Sounding Series (NPSS) readings including PERMANENT COLLECTION (Sterling North), THE OVERWHELMING (Joseph Seromba), FRANKINCENSE (Reader) and COURTING DISASTER (Kaman Holmes). Brien has also had the good fortune to appear in several Salt Lake City theater productions including MISS EVERS' BOYS (Dr. Brodus) with the EttaGrace Black Theatre Company; CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (The Bus), LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION! (Gregory) and BOYS IN THE BAND (Bernard) with Wasatch Theatre Company; MASTER HAROLD...AND THE BOYS (Sam), A SOLDIER'S PLAY (C.J. Memphis) and JITNEY (Turnbo) with People Productions; and A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Joseph Asagai) with the University of Utah Babcock Theatre. He dedicates his performance in GRANT & TWAIN to his late grandfather Joe Willie Cade, late step-father the Rev. C.C. Hines and nephew JeLan Avery Harwell. All of these men, like Harrison Terrell, have inspired his life.

Kathryn Atwood*(Julia Dent Grant)Cast KathrynAtwood headshot is thrilled to be back on stage at SLAC! She was last seen here for a staged reading of Elaine Jarvik's TWO STORIES. Audiences may remember Kathryn as Paulina in Sting and Honey's 2012 production of Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE. She will be appearing for them again this spring as Julia Tesman in HEDDA GABLER. Keven Myhre previously directed Kathryn in David Ives' play MERE MORTALS at SLAC in 1998. She has also been seen on stage locally for Pygmalion productions, Utah Contemporary Theatre and at Sundance. Before living in Salt Lake City, Kathryn lived and worked in New York City, London, Key West and San Francisco. Kathryn is the Director of Development at Red Butte Garden. She dedicates this performance of Julia Grant to her daughters, Sacha and Chelsea with love and gratitude. 

Elizabeth Diggs (Playwright) plays include NIGHTINGALE, CLOSE TIES, GOODBYE FREDDY, AMERICAN BEEF, DUMPING GROUND, PRICELESS, HOW TO PLANT A ROSE, and CUSTER'S LUCK. They have been produced at the Vineyard Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, and regionally at SouthCoast Rep, the Long Wharf, Victory Gardens, the Alley Theatre, Capital Rep, and many others. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Smith and Kraus. She is the book writer for the musical MIRETTE (with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt), developed at the Sundance Playwrights' Lab, which premiered at the Godspeed Opera House and was produced at Sundance Children's Theatre. She was awarded a Guggenheim grant in playwriting, an NEA development grant, and a commission from SouthCoast Rep. Prizes include the Los Angeles DramaLogue award for playwriting, the CBS/FDG prize, the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays grant, and runner-up for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize. Liz wrote for the groundbreaking TV drama, "St. Elsewhere." Liz is a professor of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Dramatists Guild and PEN. She grew up in Tulsa, is a graduate of Brown, and lives in Manhattan and Chatham, New York.

Keven Myhre (Director/Executive Producer) 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 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.

K. L. Alberts (Costume Designer) GRANT & TWAIN marks Kevin's 32nd production with the SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY and his 12th collaboration with director Keven Myhre. Several favorites include RABBIT HOLE, I AM MY OWN WIFE, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE and GROSS INDECENCIES-THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE. Kevin is a staff member with the PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY where recent designs include ELF-THE MUSICAL, LES MISERABLES and OF MICE AND MEN. Locally, Kevin has also worked with the MEAT & POTATO THEATRE and 21 seasons with the UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL.

James M. Craig (Light Design) has designed the lighting for more than 50 shows at Salt Lake Acting Company since 1997, most recently for GOOD PEOPLE, VENUS IN FUR, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, MANNING UP, and BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. He has also designed lights for Plan-B Theatre, Utah Contemporary Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, The Egyptian Theatre Company, Peery's Egyptian Theatre, Odyssey Dance Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Weber State University, The Emily Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, The Generic Theatre, Little Theatre of the Rockies, U of U Youth Theatre, U of U Lyric Opera Ensemble and Theatre Inc. Currently Jim is the Technical Director for the Park City Institute. He holds a BS in Theatre from Weber State University, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Josh Martin (Sound Designer) is delighted to work on another SLAC production. Selected sound design credits for Josh include GOOD PEOPLE, VENUS IN FUR, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE and HOW I BECAME A PIRATE. In addition he is the Master Electrician at SLAC.

Adrianne Moore (Dialect Coach) has served as dialect coach on many previous SLAC productions including GOOD PEOPLE, VENUS IN FUR, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, RED, ANGELS IN AMERICA, CHARM, THE CARETAKER, SKIN IN FLAMES, I AM MY OWN WIFE, POLISH JOKE, and MEMORY OF WATER. She also directed HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, HOLD PLEASE and DO NOT HIT GOLF BALLS INTO MEXCIO (Fearless Fringe Festival) for SLAC and is looking forward to directing 4,000 MILES, SLAC'S next production. For Pioneer Theatre Company she coached the dialects for DRACULA, MY FAIR LADY, THE HEIRESS, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Other dialect credits include DISTANT MUSIC, TALKING WALES (Utah Contemporary Theatre), PETER PAN, PAGEANT, CABARET (The Egyptian Theatre Company) FROZEN (Pygmalion Theatre), The FOREIGNER, RELATIVE VALUES, NOISES OFF, THE RIVALS, SYLVIA and PEG O' MY HEART (Old Lyric Repertory Company) and the film THE REDEMPTION OF SARAH CAIN. Adrianne is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.

Janice Jenson* (Stage Manager)
Janice is excited to be returning to Salt Lake Acting Company after stage managing GOOD PEOPLE. She also stage managed SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2012 and 2013, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE, DOTTIE: THE SISTER LIVES ON, GOD OF CARNAGE and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. Other stage management credits include TICK, TICK...BOOM!, REEFER MADNESS, A NEW BRAIN, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Dark Horse Theatre Company), SAM I WAS (SLAC Fringe Festival), HAIR, FAME, THE AWESOME 80'S PROM, RENTED CHRISTMAS and DANNIE AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Egyptian Theatre). Janice is a graduate of BYU and was selected as a USITT 2008 Stage Management Mentee, where she stage managed THE HISTORY OF DRAG. She would like to thank Max for his support.

Cynthia Fleming (Executive Producer) has been in the world of dance and theatre professionally for over 35 years, during which time she performed in the Broadway, national and International companies with A CHORUS LINE. In 1978 as a U of U Theatre student, her performing relationship with SLAC began. Since 1995 she has worn many hats at SLAC, including Choreographer, Director, Box Office Manager and Director of Audience Services. She conceived and created the position of Director of Communication and Audience Development and assembled the communication team to generate a renewed energy and excitement about the theatre before taking on her current position as Executive Producer. Cynthia remains a working artist in the theatre and has choreographed SATURDAY'S VOYEUR for 16 years and directed the musical for five years. She has choreographed many SLAC productions including THE PERSIAN QUARTER; GO, DOG. GO!; BAT BOY THE MUSICAL; AND WATER LILIES from CABBIES; COWBOYS; and THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN. Cynthia is proud to serve SLAC and its mission to develop and produce vital new work.

* Member of ACTOR'S EQUITY ASSOCIATION (AEA) – founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

Press & Reviews

The Salt Lake Tribune | Salt Lake Acting Company production reimagines the last stand of Ulysses S. Grant | Ellen Fagg Weist | February 4, 2014

Deseret News | Theater preview: SLAC's world premiere of 'Grant & Twain' reveals 'unlikely and unbreakable' friendship | Blair Howell | February 3, 2014

City Weekly | Salt Lake Acting Company: Grant & Twain | Gavin Sheehan | February 4, 2014

Salt Lake MagazineDan Nailen's Lounge Act: SLAC's meeting of two major minds | Dan Nailen | February 10, 2014

Utah Theatre Bloggers AssociationGRANT & TWAIN provides insight into America's history | Tara Nicole Haas | February 11, 2014

The Salt Lake Tribune'Grant & Twain' misses the mark as engaging and dynamic theater | Barbara M. Bannon | February 12, 2014

Deseret NewsTheater review: SLAC handsomely stages 'Grant & Twain' | Blair Howell | February 17, 2014

Photos

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A Loss of Appetite

By David Kranes

April 25 - 27, 2014

Description

SLAC's fundraiser celebrates playwright and author David Kranes and our shared dedication to champion new work.

Ellie impetuously invites Ross to her home for dinner and is treated to some fairly remarkable surprises. This play is a moving story about a widowed 60-something couple dealing with loss and renewal over dinner.

This production is for mature audiences.

Press & Reviews

Utah Theatre Bloggers Association | Writer David Kranes and A LOSS OF APPETITE at SLAC | Megan Crivello | April 12, 2014

Photos

A LOSS OF APPETITE at Salt Lake Acting Company
April 25 - 27, 2014
Anne Cullimore Decker and Patrick Tovatt

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4000 Miles

by Amy Herzog

Pulitzer Prize Nominee (Finalist, 2013)

Obie Award (Winner, 2013)

Time Magazine's Play of the Year 2012

April 9–May 4, 2014

Directed by Adrianne Moore

Description

Leo is 21 and on a cross-country bike trip to run away from his problems, when he makes a stop to see his feisty 91 year old grandmother, Vera, in her rent-controlled West Village apartment. What starts as a one night visit turns into a month long stay which will infuriate and bewilder these two unlikely roommates. Their friendship will challenge their perceptions, push them outside of their comfort zones and finally show these two outsiders that they are not alone. The New York Times says, "A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama. . . A heartening reminder that a keen focus on life's small moments can pay off in a big way onstage."

Performances are scheduled for Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 6 p.m. in the Upstairs Theatre.

This production is for mature audiences only.

Cast & Creative Team

Austin Grant headshotAustin Grant (Leo) is excited to be making his debut at SLAC. Austin auditioned for his first play junior year in high school out of pure curiosity, got the part and instantly became addicted. After that, Austin did a feature film and then trained for a solid year with some local acting coaches, and has been auditioning ever since. Other credits include: Jason Willet in RABBIT HOLE, Jabez Stone in SCRATCH, Romeo in ROMEO AND JULIET, and Titus Savage in THE CURIOUS SAVAGE, at Salt Lake Community College. Although Austin has a passion for theatre, most of his work has been in film. He had the honor of working in the Sundance Labs with the next wave of top notch film directors this last summer. Austin looks forward to this opportunity and working with the wonderful people at Salt Lake Acting Company.

Cast JoyceCohen headshotJoyce Cohen* (Vera) is happy to return to SLAC after last performing in (A MAN ENTERS). Other favorite productions include: SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, CLEAN HOUSE, THE MEMORY OF WATER. Joyce has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, and on regional stages across the country. Most recent credits: the NEW PLAY SUMMIT at the Denver Center Theatre (BENEDICTION)and OTHER DESERT CITIES at Pioneer Theatre Co. TV & FILM credits include: GRANITE FLATS (recurring role), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, SLC PUNK, INDEPENDENCE DAY, and many TV movies and series.

 

Lily Hye Soo Dixon headshotLily Hye Soo Dixon (Amanda) is excited to be making her debut at Salt Lake Acting Company in 4000 MILES. She most recently was seen in AVENUE Q as Christmas Eve at the University of Utah. Previous credits include Lady Macduff in MACBETH and Lady Percy in HENRY IV PART I with The Grassroots Shakespeare Company. She graduated with her BFA in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University. Currently she teaches Theatre at Alianza Academy. Hye Soo would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support and most importantly her son Lennon. 

Cast ShelbyAndersen headshotShelby Andersen (Bec) is honored to be back on the SLAC stage! She was last seen here playing Cow 2 in CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE, and Lauren in CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. Previous credits include Olive Ostrovsky in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Irene Ryan Nomination), Calliope in XANADU (Irene Ryan Nomination), Awalih in THE COMEDY OF OEDIPUS and Ensemble in IN THE HEIGHTS. Shelby studied musical theatre at Weber State University, finishing last spring. She is endlessly thankful to her friends and family who have never stopped believing in her dreams.

Amy Herzog (Playwright) plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for the Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons), and Belleville (Yale Rep; New York Theatre Workshop; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist; Drama Desk Nomination). Amy is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Helen Merrill, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity, and the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW and an alumna of Youngblood, Play Group at Ars Nova, and the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab. She has taught playwriting at Bryn Mawr and Yale. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Adrianne Moore (Director) is delighted to be directing once again for the Salt Lake Acting Company. Previous directing credits for SLAC include 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 VENUS AND FUR, GOOD PEOPLE, 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.

K.L. Alberts (Costume Designer) had been designing for SLAC since 1999. Some favorite designs include RABBIT HOLE, I AM MY OWN WIFE, GO, DOG. GO!, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION and BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE. Recent designs for Pioneer Theatre Company include ELF-THE MUSICAL, OF MICE AND MEN, LES MISERABLES, WHITE CHRISTMAS and LAUGHING STOCK. Locally Kevin has also worked with Meat & Potato Theatre where he will be designing their upcoming production of BEOWULF and spent 21 seasons with the Utah Shakespeare Festival.Janice Jenson* (Stage Manager)is excited to be returning to Salt Lake Acting Company after stage managing GRANT & TWAIN. She also stage managed GOOD PEOPLE, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2012 and 2013, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE, DOTTIE: THE SISTER LIVES ON, GOD OF CARNAGE and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. Other stage management credits include TICK, TICK...BOOM!, REEFER MADNESS, A NEW BRAIN, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Dark Horse Theatre Company), SAM I WAS (SLAC Fringe Festival), HAIR, FAME, THE AWESOME 80'S PROM, RENTED CHRISTMAS and DANNIE AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Egyptian Theatre). Janice is a graduate of BYU and was selected as a USITT 2008 Stage Management Mentee, where she stage managed THE HISTORY OF DRAG. She would like to thank Max for his support.

Josh Martin (Sound Designer) is delighted to work on another SLAC production. Selected sound design credits for Josh include GRANT & TWAIN, GOOD PEOPLE, VENUS IN FUR, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE and HOW I BECAME A PIRATE. In addition he is the Master Electrician at SLAC.

Jesse Portillo (Light Designer) is happy to work with SLAC again. He has previously designed THE CAT IN THE HAT, HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING, CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE, RED, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE, THE PERSIAN QUARTER, GO, DOG. GO! and TOO MUCH MEMORY. Locally Jesse has designed for Plan-B Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Pygmalion Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre Company and the Babcock Theater. He is on the faculty at the University Of Utah Department Of Theatre where he teaches Lighting Design.

Keven Myhre (Executive Producer) 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.

Cynthia Fleming (Executive Producer) has been in the world of dance and theatre professionally for over 35 years, during which time she performed in the Broadway, national and International companies with A CHORUS LINE. In 1978 as a U of U Theatre student, her performing relationship with SLAC began. Since 1995 she has worn many hats at SLAC, including Choreographer, Director, Box Office Manager and Director of Audience Services. She conceived and created the position of Director of Communication and Audience Development and assembled the communication team to generate a renewed energy and excitement about the theatre before taking on her current position as Executive Producer. Cynthia remains a working artist in the theatre and has choreographed SATURDAY'S VOYEUR for 16 years and directed the musical for five years. She has choreographed many SLAC productions including THE PERSIAN QUARTER; GO, DOG. GO!; BAT BOY THE MUSICAL; AND WATER LILIES from CABBIES; COWBOYS; and THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN. Cynthia is proud to serve SLAC and its mission to develop and produce vital new work.

* Member of ACTOR'S EQUITY ASSOCIATION (AEA) – founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

Press & Reviews

Standard-Examiner | Generations clash, come together in SLAC'S '4000 Miles' | Amy Nicholson | April 3, 2014

The Salt Lake Tribune | Salt Lake Acting Company: '4000 Miles' takes trip across generational divides | Ellen Fagg Weist | April 3, 2014

Gavin's Underground | Salt Lake Acting Company: 4000 Miles | Gavin Sheehan | April 9, 2014

SLCene | Theater review: Salt Lake Acting Company's "4000 Miles" | Dan Nailen | April 12, 2014

The Salt Lake Tribune | Theatre Review: '4000 Miles' captures the rhythms of family life | Barbara M. Bannon | April 11, 2014

The Deseret News | Theatre Review: SLAC guides a pleasant journey of '4000 Miles' | Blair Howell | April 14, 2014

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4000 MILES at Salt Lake Acting Company
April 9-May 4, 2014
Joyce Cohen, Austin Grant, Shelby Andersen and Lily Hye Soo Dixon

 

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Saturday’s Voyeur 2014

by Allen Nevins and Nancy Borgenicht

June 25–August 31, 2014

Directed by Cynthia Fleming

Description

The 2013/14 Season will close with the biggest summer party in Utah – SATURDAY'S VOYEUR by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht. Celebrating its 36th Anniversary, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR will once again be a voice for liberals in Utah. This funny, raucous, truly unique, musical satire written for us and about us will give Utahns a place to laugh and love living in Utah. 

The language is often crude; and the cast antics are bawdy at best, lewd when it gets better. This always hilarious look at all things Utah takes place in the Upstairs Theatre arranged to accommodate floor tables, high-top tables and a skybox for devoted fans and a few Voyeur virgins. Bring your picnic and join SLAC June 25 – August 31, 2014. Performances take place Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

This production is for mature audiences only.

Cast & Creative Team

AustinArcher HeadshotAUSTIN ARCHER* This will be Austin's fifth appearance in SATURDAY’S VOYEUR and his third time as "Nephi". Past SLAC credits: DR. SEUSS’S THE CAT IN THE HAT, CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE, BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, and TOO MUCH MEMORY. Other regional Credits: A FEW GOOD MEN, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Pioneer Theatre Company). 

Angela AvilaANGELA CHATELAIN AVILA* is beyond thrilled to be performing for the first time here at SLAC.  Recently, she has been seen as an ensemble member in SWEET CHARITY and ELF: THE MUSICAL at Pioneer Theatre this season. Angela has performed with many theaters in the Salt Lake Valley including The Grand Theatre and Hale Center Theatre.  She also spent 5 1/2 years working as a singer/dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  Much love and thanks to William.

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ALEXIS BAIGUE returns for his 14th summer in SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2014.  Other credits: GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD MORNING JULIET), ANGELS IN AMERICA, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, staged readings MOTHER COLLEGE, THE LIVELY LAD, BUNBURY, THE CANCER DIARIES, CHARM, PROPHETS OF NATURE (SLAC), 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), WISH UPON, BOX KITE (Avalon Isle), RECTUM!, CUP, (First Unitarian); films: SLOW MOE, SINGLE TRACKS, 12 DOGS OF CHRISTMAS: GREAT PUPPY RESCUE; television: GRANITE FLATS, Utah’s Own, and Yes Utah commercials.  Q Salt Lake’s readers twice elected him Fabby Award Winner for Best Local Actor. JaronBarney cast

JARON BARNEY is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Voyeur Company! Jaron has recently been seen in the Pioneer Theatre Company Productions of SWEET CHARITY (swing), ELF, THE MUSICAL (ensemble/us Buddy), SOMETHING’S AFOOT (Clive), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Other credits include: Melchior Gabor in SPRING AWAKENING, Georg in SHE LOVES ME, and Mr. Black in LIPPA’S THE WILD PARTY. Thanks to SLAC, the University of Utah Theatre Department, and my family. 

Jenessa HeadshotJENESSA BOWEN is back to cause more havoc and chaos for her third production at SLAC! She was last seen as "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-Bro), 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 many others. In April, Jenessa earned her Bachelors of Science in Musical Theatre at Weber State University. "A HUGE thank you to everyone at SLAC. You have all given me a giant step and an open door towards my career as an actor. Love you guys!"

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OLIVIA CUSTODIO is speechless with abounding joy to be joining the SLAC family and this year’s Voyeur cast.  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 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. Leah Hassett Head-Shot - Copy

LEAH HASSETT is jazzed to be back at SLAC for her second Voyeur. She was last seen at Pioneer Theatre Company in SWEET CHARITY and ELF: THE MUSICAL! Leah is working towards her BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Utah where she recently played Amalia in SHE LOVES ME and Thea in SPRING AWAKENING. Other favorites include THE DIVINERS (Darlene), CATS (Demeter), DAMN YANKEES (Lola), and FAME (Iris). Leah would like to thank her pug Demetrius for his support and all of you for being here! 

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JUSTIN IVIE* is a proud member of Actors’ Equity who is thrilled to return to the SATURDAY’S VOYEUR family for 2014. This is Justin’s sixth VOYEUR. He has also appeared at SLAC as Jones in TOO MUCH MEMORY, and he recently directed SLAC’s reading of GRANT & TWAIN. 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 MARLEYS 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.)

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EB MADSEN* is incredibly excited to be back in VOYEUR this summer.  Eb received his BFA from the University of Utah Actor Training Program, He then went on to get his MFA from Ohio University and 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.  Favorite past roles include: SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2013 (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).  Eb would like to thank his Mom and Dad, as well as Meg, Amber, Zac and Shea for all their love and support. I couldn't do this without you guys. To learn more about Eb you can visit his Web page at ebmadson.comConnor Norton Headshot cropped

CONNOR NORTON is thrilled to be a part of Saturday's Voyeur 2014. She is currently pursuing a BFA Musical Theatre Performance at the University of Utah and is a Reno, NV native. Previous credits DR. SEUSS’S THE CAT IN THE HAT, SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2013, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (SLAC), SHE LOVES ME (Babcock), RENT (Utah Rep.), THE WILD PARTY (Studio 115), AIDA (Interlochen), and Lagoon's 2012 Summer Broadway Revue. She would like to thank her family for their continued love and support. Latoya Rhodes Headshot

LATOYA RHODES is ecstatic to be making her SLAC debut in SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2014, and finally getting the awesome opportunity to work with Cynthia, Allen, Nancy, Kevin, and Keven.  She has recently been seen in Plan-B’s touring elementary school show DIFFERENT=AMAZING, Pioneer Theater Company’s ELF, THE MUSICAL, Wasatch Theater/Process Theater Company’s CLOSER, and has made her New York Off-Broadway debut in the New York Musical Theater Festival’s new musical SHELTER, where she played the lead. She has also locally been seen in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Plan-B Theater), RAGTIME (Hale Center Theater WV), RENT (Pioneer Theater Company), MISS EVERS’ BOYS (The Grand Theater) HAIR (Egyptian Theater), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and GREENSHOW (Utah Shakespeare Festival) to name a few. After SATURDAY’S VOYEUR she will be playing Celie in THE COLOR PURPLE with Wasatch Theater Company, and in Plan-B’s productions MAMA, A VERSION OF EVENTS, and RUFF.  A special thank you to: SLAC for letting me be a part of this historic show this year. My very supportive family who shows me love no matter what I do or who I am. My close friends (SCTJAKKN) who inspire, accept, and challenge me. To Andra, Jerry, Matt, Dave, Chris, and Brad who remind me that theater/music/art does change lives and can change the world. And last, but not least, to my incredible cast, band, and crew who are people I respect and learn so much from. “All my love, peace, and light to you all.” Hayden Warzek

HAYDEN WARZAK is beyond excited to make his SLAC debut in SATURDAY’S VOYEUR! Hayden was born and raised in Austin, Texas and is currently a junior in the musical theatre program at the University of Utah. You might have seen him locally in SHE LOVES ME (Babcock Theatre), FAME! (Grand Theatre) or in ONCE UPON A MATFRESS (Salt Lake Shakespeare). Last summer he played Lewis in The Long Center’s production of PIPPIN, in Austin, Texas. He would like to thank his friends, family and teachers for their continued support in each and every production he has been involved with through the years, and hopes everyone enjoys SATURDAY’S VOYEUR!

GAR ASHBY (Guitar) has been a key member of the VOYEUR Band for the past 4 summers. Gar is a lifelong musician specializing in rock, country and blues. Learn more about Gar at www.garashby.com.

DAVID EVANOFF (Drums) was previously Musical Director for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, GO DOG GO and BAT BOY THE MUSICAL here at SLAC as well as ten years with SATURDAY'S VOYEUR as Musical Director and cast member. Other rocking musical direction credits include HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, Plan B Theatre. HAIR, TOMMY, JESUS CHRIST SUPER STAR & THE FULL MONTY for The Egyptian Theatre and last Christmas for A SNOW WHITE MUSICAL, for Lythgoe Family Productions.  David owns and operates David Evanoff Sound Designs Studios where he records and produces music for albums, film, TV and special events.

ALLEN NEVINS (Playwright, Lyricist) has been writing for SATURDAY'S VOYEUR the last 24 years. He came to the Salt Lake Acting Company in 1989 as the Literary Manager and in 1990 he formed a writing and business partnership with Nancy Borgenicht. In 1993, their partnership, Saturday's Voyeur, Inc., became the management company and the Executive Producers of the Salt Lake Acting Company, for which they received the UAF Mayors Award for the Performing Arts and also the Governor's Award for the Arts. As Executive Producers they expanded and re-built the Upstairs Theatre, designed and built the Chapel Theatre as an alternative performing space, unionized SLAC's acting pool and re-instituted SATURDAY'S VOYEUR as the annual summer fundraiser for the Salt Lake Acting Company. After 35 years SATURDAY'S VOYEUR remains an outlet for discourse, dissent, irreverent humor, cheap shots at elected officials; and of course, political incorrectness in all its forms.

NANCY BORGENICHT (Lyricist) has been part of Salt Lake Acting Company since 1974.  She served as Co-Executive Producer with Allen Nevins from 1993-2005 and as Interim Executive Producer for the 2009-2010 Season. She received the Mayor’s Award for the Arts in 1999 and accepted, for SLAC, the Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2001.  Her directing credits for SLAC include ANGELS IN AMERICA, WHITE MAN DANCING, OLEANNA, WOMEN AND WALLACE, CABBIES, COWBOYS ANDTHE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN, and SATURDAY’S VOYEUR from 1993 to 2003. She conceived and created SATURDAY’S VOYEUR in 1978.  

CYNTHIA FLEMING (Director, Choreographer, Executive Producer) has been in the world of dance and theatre professionally for over 35 years, during which time she performed in the Broadway, national and International companies with A CHORUS LINE. In 1978 as a U of U Theatre student, her performing relationship with SLAC began. Since 1995 she has worn many hats at SLAC, including Choreographer, Director, Box Office Manager and Director of Audience Services. She conceived and created the position of Director of Communication and Audience Development and assembled the communication team to generate a renewed energy and excitement about the theatre before taking on her current position as Executive Producer. Cynthia remains a working artist in the theatre and has choreographed SATURDAY’S VOYEUR for 16 years and directed the musical for five years. She has choreographed many SLAC productions including THE PERSIAN QUARTER; GO, DOG. GO!; BAT BOY THE MUSICAL; AND WATER LILIES from CABBIES; COWBOYS; and THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN. Cynthia is proud to serve SLAC and its mission to develop and produce vital new work.

KEVIN MATHIE (Composer/Arranger, Musical Director, Additional Lyrics, Keyboards) is currently the resident Musical Director at the Grand Theatre. His recent directing and conducting credits include the U.S. Premier of Monty Python’s new show NOT THE MESSIAH, INTO THE WOODS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, XANADU, WIZARD OF OZ, URINETOWN, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, OLIVER, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!, MUSICAL OF MUSICALS THE MUSICAL, CABARET, and MY FAIR LADY, only to name a few. This is also his tenth SATURDAY’S VOYEUR. As a composer for theatre, Kevin has produced complete original vocal scores for SHEAR LUCK (book/lyrics by Brenda Cowley), RUMPELSTILTSKIN (book/lyrics by Dana Keiter), JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (book/lyrics by Dana Keiter), and Intermountain Heath Care’s LIVE WELL (co-written with Eric Jensen and Robin Wilks-Dunn) that tours schools throughout Utah. He has also written incidental scores for Salt Lake Acting Company’s TWO- HEADED and VOICES IN THE DARK, The Grand Theatre’s MISS EVERS’ BOYS, and OUR TOWN, and Weber State University’s DANSE MACABRE. Kevin also writes for film/tv, including arranging and musically directing a special comedy song for the Showtime special Larry Wilmore’s “Race, Religion, and Sex in Utah.” Kevin is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

KEVEN MYHRE (Set Design, Costume Design, Executive Producer) 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.

JAMES M. CRAIG (Lighting Designer) has designed the lighting for more than 50 shows at Salt Lake Acting Company since 1997, most recently for GRANT & TWAIN, GOOD PEOPLE, VENUS IN FUR, SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2013, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, MANNING UP, and BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. He has also designed lights for Plan-B Theatre, Utah Contemporary Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, The Egyptian Theatre Company, Peery’s Egyptian Theatre, Odyssey Dance Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Weber State University, The Emily Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, The Generic Theatre, Little Theatre of the Rockies, U of U Youth Theatre, U of U Lyric Opera Ensemble and Theatre Inc. Currently Jim is the Technical Director for the Park City Institute. He holds a BS in Theatre from Weber State University, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

JOSH MARTIN (Sound Designer) is delighted to work on another SLAC production. Selected sound design credits for Josh include 4000 MILES, GRANT & TWAIN, GOOD PEOPLE, VENUS IN FUR, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2013, CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE and HOW I BECAME A PIRATE. In addition he is the Master Electrician at SLAC.

JANICE JENSON* (Stage Manager) is excited to be returning to Salt Lake Acting Company after stage managing 4000 MILES. She also stage managed GRANT & TWAIN, GOOD PEOPLE, SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2013, 2012 and 2013, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE, DOTTIE: THE SISTER LIVES ON, GOD OF CARNAGE and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. Other stage management credits include TICK, TICK…BOOM!, REEFER MADNESS, A NEW BRAIN, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Dark Horse Theatre Company), SAM I WAS (SLAC Fringe Festival), HAIR, FAME, THE AWESOME 80’S PROM, RENTED CHRISTMAS and DANNIE AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Egyptian Theatre). Janice is a graduate of BYU and was selected as a USITT 2008 Stage Management Mentee, where she stage managed THE HISTORY OF DRAG. She would like to thank Max for his support.

KRISTINA PAPPAS* (Assistant Stage Manager) Kristina is thrilled to working with such amazingly talented people on SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2014 at Salt Lake Acting Company. Her favorite shows that she managed include THE CAT IN THE HAT and A LOSS OF APPETITE here at SLAC, THE ODYSSEY and ALIENS THE PUPPET MUSICAL at Meat and Potato Theatre, USELESS BAY at the Sundance Theatre Lab, and HAIR and SPRING AWAKENING with the University of Utah’s Theatre Departmentt.  Kristina would like to thank friends and family for their unwavering support.

ELENA DERN (Assistant Choreographer) Elena is thrilled to return to SLAC as Voyeur assistant choreographer for her second year! A graduate of the University of Utah's Actor Training Program, she has also worked as assistant choreography for Utah Rep's production of RENT and can be seen this summer in The Egyptian's production of A CHORUS LINE (Diana). Other theatre credits include SLAC's productions of DR. SEUSS’S THE CAT IN THE HAT (Sally), BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, and SATURDAY’S VOYEUR 2012, Babcock productions of A FLEA IN HER EAR (Raymonde), HAIR, and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Studio 115 productions of THE WILD PARTY (Madelaine True) and FIFTH OF JULY (Gwen Landis). She thanks her family and friends for their never ending support!

Press & Reviews

The Salt Lake Tribune Finding the Utah man, and the Mormon feminists, in another edition of 'Saturday's Voyeur' | Ellen Fagg Weist | June 21, 2014