I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers

by John Logan

Tony Award-Winning Playwright

September 17 - October 26, 2014

Directed by Robin Wilks-Dunn

Featuring Camille Van Wagoner

Description

The 2014-2015 season opens with I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS by Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan. Hailed as the first female "super-agent," Sue Mengers was the talk of the entertainment industry, representing the likes of Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, and Cher. This one-woman show, starring Utah favorite Camille Van Wagoner and directed by Robin Wilks-Dunn will run September 17 – October 26, 2014. SLAC invites audiences into Sue's glamorous living room for an evening of dish and dirty secrets.

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. We will also have one Tuesday performance on October 14th and one Saturday Matinee at 2:00 p.m. on October 25th. I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS will perform without an intermission.

Cast & Creative

Camille-Van-Wagoner-Headshot-150-PixCAMILLE G. VAN WAGONER* (Sue Mengers)

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

Olivia-Custodio-150pixOlivia Custodio (Understudy)

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

JOHN LOGAN (Playwright)

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

ROBIN WILKS-DUNN (Director)

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

K.L. ALBERTS (Costume Designer)

Kevin has 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 and spent 21 seasons with the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

JENNIE SANT* (Stage Manager)

Jennie has worked at Salt Lake Acting Company as the AEA Stage Manager on VENUS IN FUR, 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.

MARTIN C ALCOCER (Assistant Stage Manager)

Martin is a freshman in the stage management program at the University of Utah. He graduated from Judge Memorial Catholic High School, which is where he discovered his passion for technical theater. Some previous credits include SWEENEY TODD (Judge Memorial), THUMBELINA (Youth Theatre at the U), and A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT DREAM (Babcock). Martin is very excited to be debuting at SLAC and would like to thank Cynthia and Keven for the opportunity. He would also like to thank the many others that have helped him along this path, especially his parents for their continued support.

KEVEN MYHRE (Executive Producer, Set & Props Designer)

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 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, 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 36 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.

*Members of Actor's Equity Association
ACTORS' 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

I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS Press Release | Read full press release here | September 3, 2014

The Salt Lake Tribune | Salt Lake Acting Company serves a fresh plate of Hollywood dish | Ellen Fagg Weist | September 13, 2014

Mercolocal | Salt Lake Acting Company dishes up dirt on '80s Hollywood | Lex Hogan | September 10, 2014

Utah Theatre Bloggers | I'LL EAT YOU LAST serves up good dirt |  Megan Crivello | September 23, 2014

Broadway World Salt Lake City | I'LL EAT YOU LAST at Salt Lake Acting Company | Broadway World | October 9, 2014

In the Room

Rehearsal ShotMy Aunt Vi, my mother's sister, lived in California. To me, as a child growing up in rural Louisiana, she seemed exotic and mysterious, always fashion savvy with the newest hottest styles. When I was a child, our families would meet at my grandparent's house in Illinois. She would swoop in with her designer sunglasses (she worked at the company), bestowing on us all designer sunglasses with our initials in rhinestones. Her hair was dyed and worn in an upsweep do; I never saw her without long, painted fingernails, or without her makeup on. She would splurge on us and buy steak and serve it for breakfast. She chain-smoked over meals and in elevators. She refused senior discounts and would get offended if one was offered. she spent money she didn't have to help craft that image. She played by her own rules. She was ballsy and brash and spoke her mind - sometimes just for shock value - and late at night I could hear stirrings of arguments amongst the adults. My mother would be furious with her sister for reasons I didn't understand until I was older.

What does my Aunt Vi have to do with Sue Mengers? Sue's words of advice to the audience "You want to be a thing? Make yourself that thing." My aunt had in fact done just that, just like Sue had. Violet Grace Payne from rural Illinois moves to California in the 1960s and reinvents herself – became someone that no one in her past recognized, not even her parents, sister, or son. She could be selfish and catty and inconsiderate and in the next breath could be lovely and generous and kind. She would have made a good agent.

And this is exactly what Sue did also – remade herself into the thing she wanted to be – trying to leave behind a past that included painful memories and went to the mecca where dreams are created - to Hollywood. The siren call of Hollywood - where people are lured to and reinvent themselves every day. And it's hard to know who you are when you have reinvented yourself. Hollywood in the 1960s when Sue arrived didn't have a lot of women in charge of things. So, not only did Sue re-invert herself, she fought and scrambled to the top and became not the most powerful woman agent in Hollywood in the 1970s but the most powerful agent, period.

And as inexplicable as why someone becomes famous and powerful, the same can be said of the fall. Sue rose to the top very quickly and fell just as fast.

I had never heard of Sue Mengers until I worked on this script, though I knew the stars and directors and movies that she was instrumental in making. I hope you enjoy getting to know Sue as you sit in her Hollywood home in 1981 and learn about her fascinating life and reflect on how we reinvent ourselves – maybe not to the extreme of Sue Mengers or my Aunt Vi, but how we shape our lives, tweak our stories to make them just a tad more engaging, make ourselves into the "thing" we want to be. And is that a firm foundation? Or just waiting to crumble with one false move?

 

Photo: Camille G. Van Wagoner and Director Robin Wilks-Dunn during rehearsal. 

 

Rapture, Blister, Burn

by Gina Gionfriddo 

Obie Award-Winning Playwright

October 22 - November 16, 2014

Directed by Adrianne Moore

Featuring performances by Stewart Fullerton, Nell Gwynn, Tracie Merrill-Wilson, Jeanette Puhich, and Robert Scott Smith

Description

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN by Obie Award-winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo and directed by Adrianne Moore, will run October 22 – November 16, 2014. After graduate school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rock star academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. This sharp-witted comedy takes an unflinching look at gender politics and asks, 'Can any woman have it all?'

Performances will take place in the 160-seat Upstairs Theatre Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 6 p.m. We will also have one Tuesday performance on November 4th and one Saturday Matinee at 2:00 p.m. on November 15th. RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN will run approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 10 minute intermission.

Cast & Creative

Stuart-Fullerton-Headshot-150-PixSTEWART FULLERTON (Avery)

Stewart is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this sharp production. Stewart is a senior at the University of Utah, working towards her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre where she was last seen as Sabrina Daldry in In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Favorite productions include The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls and Damn Yankees. This one is for mom, who taught Stewart not to curse at her elders.

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NELL GWYNN* (Gwen)

Nell is very happy to be back at SLAC this fall, after last year's run as Margie in "Good People". Other SLAC credits include; Eunice in "The Exit Interview", Veronica Novak in "God of Carnage", Ann/Emily Gilles in "The Persian Quarter" and The Angel and others in "Angels in America". Favorite 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. Shakespeare credits include: Adriana in "Comedy of Errors", Regan in "King Lear", Celia in "As You Like It", Mistress Ford in "Merry Wives of Windsor", Maria in "Twelfth Night", Lady Macbeth, Horatio in "Hamlet" and Portia in "The Merchant of Venice". She can currently be seen in film festivals around the country in the short film, "Monsura Is Waiting", which received the Best Fantasy Film Award at The Mexico Int'l Film Festival, as well as a Silver Remi Award at the Houston Int'l Film Fest. She'll appear in 2015 opposite Katherine Heigl as Darlene in the independent feature, "Your Right Mind". Nell is a proud Actor's Equity member, and is represented locally by TMG. Many thanks to Dan and Miss D, Cynthia and Keven, and all of YOU.

Tracie-Merrill-Headshot-150-PixTRACIE MERRILL* (Catherine)

Tracie is thrilled to return to SLAC to work with this amazing group of artists. SLAC credits include the 2010 Fearless Fringe Festival (SB Dance's Yoga Confidential and The Harvey Girls) as well as Ice Glen. A transplant from back east, other favorite local and regional works include: Rings (Grand Theatre), Cheat, Stop Kiss (Pygmalion), Lady Macbeth, Di Esperienza, SLAM (Plan-B), Dracula (PTC), The Rainmaker (Hale), Metamorphoses, As You Like It (Clarence Brown Theatre), La Bete (Theater at Monmouth) and three Shakespeare tours. Tracie also takes great pride in being involved in readings to develop new plays. A proud member of AEA, she received her MFA from UT-Knoxville and a classical degree from Weber Douglas Academy in London. Endless love to Scott, both of their families, and huge thanks to her Dad for hours spent running lines.

 

Jeanett-webpicJEANETTE PUHICH* (Alice)

Jeanette is excited to be on the boards at SLAC again! Her past SLAC credits include The Water Project, Swimming In The Shallows, The Ride Down Mount Morgan, The Beard of Avon, Mere Mortals, Napoleon's China, Gunmetal Blues and Cabbies, Cowboys, And The Tree Of The Weeping Virgin. She also played Haley Walker in the one woman show, Bad Dates. She also proudly played Roma Downey, Gayle Ruzika (or Godzika or Gadzicka , etc) Paula The Porn Czar and A ZCMI Manikin, to name a few, in 13 seasons of Saturday's Voyeur. Other Utah credits include; Dot in Last Lists of My Mad Mother for Pygmalion Theatre Company; Yitzak in Hedwig & The Angry Inch for Plan B Theatre; Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie at The Grand Theatre; Janet in The Rocky Horror Show at the Institute of Terror and All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City. Jeanette is originally from Seattle Washington where she performed at Pioneer Square Theatre, The Group Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Tacoma Actor's Guild and The Cabaret de Paris. Jeanette also works in the television, film and voice over industry. Some of her film and television credits include; Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, Everwood, Gentleman Broncos and Mobsters and Mormons. This December Jeanette will be seen in Plan B Theatre's production of Julie Jensen's Christmas With Misfits. Jeanette holds a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from The University of Idaho.

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ROBERT SCOTT SMITH* (Don)

Robert is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory. In September Flying Bobcat collaborated with the SLC Men's Choir to create LOST IN THE WOODS a theatrical concert at The Masonic Temple. This past May collaborated with choreographer Charlotte Boye-Christensen, NOW-ID and NYC Playwright Troy Deutsch to create FEAST a site-specific performance at The Great Saltair. As former Creative Director at The Leonardo he created the POPUP@LEO program. Co-created and performed in SENSES 5, LOVE, and MIND OVER MATTER. As a professional actor, his NYC credits include Keeping Ishmael (Workshop); Pericles (SLANT); and the co-development of Roger Benington's new work, Mormon Bird Play. SLC acting credits include Shhh! Burlesque, Pains of Youth, and Santaland Diaries with Tooth and Nail Theatre; Good People, CHARM (World Premiere), Swimming in the Shallows, Six Years, Big Love, BATBOY: The Musical, and Gross Indecency with Salt Lake Acting Company; OUR TOWN with The Grand Theatre; and BASH with Plan-B. Film and TV credits: Wildlife, Blessing, Animae, Guiding Light. Print: The Unfortunate Moment of Misunderstanding (Jim Fiscus). Education: MFA Old Globe Theatre San Diego; BFA Actor Training Program University of Utah.

 

 

GINA GIONFRIDDO (Playwright)

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

ADRIANNE MOORE (Director)

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

JANICE JENSON* (Stage Manager)

Janice is excited to be returning to Salt Lake Acting Company after stage managing SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2014, 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.

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 DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT, GOOD PEOPLE, 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 (Lighting Design)

James has designed the lighting for more than 50 shows at Salt Lake Acting Company since 1997, most recently for I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2014, 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.

SHEA MADSON (Sound Design)

Shea is glad to be back designing at SLAC. She is a recent graduate from the University of Utah's Performance Art Design Program. Some of her recent design credits are BLUE STOCKINGS and METAMORPHOSE (U of U). She has also worked on I'LL EAT YOU LAST, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2014 and SWEET CHARITY (Pioneer Theater)

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.

CYNITHIA FELMING (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.

*Members of Actor's Equity Association
ACTORS' 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

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Press Release | Read full press release here | October 16, 2014

Utah play 'Rapture, Blister, Burn' puts funny back in feminist | Read Full Article Here | October 17, 2014

BWW Reviews: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN | Read Full Article Here | November 3, 2014

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Explores Complex Issues of Gender Roles | Read Full Article Here | November 7, 2014

Local Theater Production Reviews: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN | Read Full Article Here | November 5, 2014

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Takes the Serious and Makes it Hilarious | Read the Full Article Here | Novemeber 5, 2014

Panel Discussion

A Free Panel Discussion inspired by the themes in RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN


THE CHANGING FACE OF FEMINISM
Sunday, November 9th at 3:00 PM


This conversation will discuss the feminist movement with a multi-generational perspective, bringing women of different age and background together to explore how feminism has changed throughout the years. The panel will also discuss the expectations still placed on women and men in today's world.
Please join us! We would love your company and insights.

Moderator:
Terry Gildea..................................................News Director, KUER 90.1

Panelists:
Kristjane Nordmeyer.................................... Professor of Sociology and Chair of Gender Studies at Westminster College
Adrianne Moore........................................... RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Director and Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Utah State University
Donna Gonzalez Weinholtz............................ Activist for Equality, Radio Show Co-Host on THE DABAKIS FACTOR
Sahara Hayes.............................................. Recent Westminster College Graduate, BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Gender and Sexuality

 

 

Bios 

 Adrianne-headshot-webAdrianne Moore

Adrianne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Utah State University where she has taught for the last 14 years. She was named Teacher of the Year for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in 2009. She holds a BA from the University of Auckland, an MFA from Florida State University and a Graduate Diploma in Theatre Directing from the British Theatre Association. She has also taught at Florida State University and at the New Zealand School for the Performing Arts. In addition to teaching she is active at academic conferences in her field and has presented her research on topics including Speech Stereotypes in Dialect Coaching and Devising Theatre for Social Justice. She has served several times on the Scholarship Committee of the Center for Women and Gender, which awards scholarships to women returning to academia after a gap in their education. Adrianne maintains an active professional career both as a director and as a dialect coach and she is on the board of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and a member of the directors and choreographer's union, the SDC.

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Donna Gonzalez Weinholtz grew up Florida, a fourth generation granddaughter of Florida pioneer, Manual Gonzalez, and third generation granddaughter to European immigrants. She is currently retired and co-hosts a progressive radio show with Utah Senator Jim Dabakis. Prior to joining the board of Equality Utah, Weinholtz was among those arrested during the 2014 Utah Legislative session for civil disobedience in a sit-in at the State Capitol urging the Legislature to hear a bill that would ban discrimination in housing and employment for gay and transgender Utahns. She was also recognized in 2013 by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Utah chapter with its Allies for Equality Award with her husband, Michael Weinholtz.
Before retiring, Weinholtz managed a temporary staffing agency and became the Florida division President of a start-up staffing service and successfully opened three additional offices. Weinholtz received her Bachelor's in Political Science from Stetson University. A resident of Utah for sixteen years, she has a husband, a son in college and two very large Siamese cats.

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Kristjane Nordmeyer is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of Gender Studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her teaching and research focuses on gender and sexuality, and uses a critical and historical framework to understand gendered organizations and the ways in which gender operates in our everyday lives. Kristjane is a member of the American Sociological Association and regularly presents on topics related to gender at national conferences and as part of her work around gender and sexuality in her local community.

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Sahara Hayes is a recent graduate of Westminster College, where she received a B.S. in sociology with an emphasis in gender and sexuality. She has presented on this subject twice at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, and was chosen as the co-recipient of the Outstanding Senior award in sociology upon graduation. Sahara has also been involved for several years in the local theatre community, as an actor and front of house manager for Pinnacle Acting Company, and as an actor for other companies in the valley.

Terry headshotKUER News Director Terry Gildea

Terry will serve as our moderator. He is originally from San Antonio where he spent four years as a reporter and host at Texas Public Radio. While at KSTX, he created, produced and hosted the station's first local talk show, The Source; he covered San Antonio's military community for the station and for NPR's Impact of War Project. Terry's features on wounded warriors, families on the home front and veterans navigating life after war have aired on Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and All Things Considered. His half-hour radio documentary exploring the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center was honored by the Houston Press and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. Prior to his position in San Antonio, Terry covered Congress for two years with Capitol News Connection and Public Radio International. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He moderated several SLAC panel discussions, most recently the December 2012 panel discussion in conjunction with MANNING UP, displaying a remarkable ability to engage both audience and panelists together, and we are thrilled to have him back for this event.

A Year with Frog and Toad

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale

Music by Robert Reale

Based on the Books by Arnold Lobel 

Tony Nominated 

December 5 - December 27, 2014

Directed by Penny Caywood

Featuring performances by Jenessa Bowen, Amelia Rose Moore, Terry Lee McGriff, Logan Tarantino, and Nate Waite

Description

SLAC will work on behalf of its youngest audiences with its sixth annual professional children's production, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD with book and lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale, and based on the ever-popular books by Arnold Lobel. Two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. A story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD will be directed by Penny Caywood and will run December 5 – 27, 2014. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm.

Cast & Creative

Jenessa-Bowen-Headshot-150-PixJENESSA BOWEN (Mouse)

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

Amelia-Rose-Moore-Headshot-150-PizxAMELIA ROSE MOORE (Turtle)

Amelia is excited to be in her first show at SLAC! Amelia is a senior studying Musical Theatre at Weber State University under Jim Chritstian. Amelia was most recently seen in Mary Poppins at Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley, and as a performer in Simple Joys at Lagoon. Some of her favorite roles include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Christabelle in The Plain Princess (world premiere), and Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. Amelia is excited to share the stage with such talented people, and to work with Penny again. "Thanks to my mom for being a full-time chauffer to nonstop lessons, and to my friends and family for their support, and to the production team for the opportunity to work on such a delightful show. Enjoy!"

Terry-Lee-Mcgriff-Headshot-150-PixTERRY LEE MCGRIFF (Snail)

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

Logan-Tarantino-Headshot-150-PixLOGAN TARANTINO (Frog)

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

Nathan-Waite-Headshot-150-PixNATE WAITE (Toad)

Nate is thrilled to be apart of his first production at SLAC especially with such an amazing cast and crew! Nate has most recently been seen in the role of Cain in Children of Eden, other memorable roles include Huck Finn in Big River, Javert in Les Miserable, and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. "Dream big and live even bigger!"

 

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.

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

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD - Press Release | Read Full Press Release Here | November 14, 2014

Getting into Theatre with Penny Caywood | Utah Theatre Bloggers |Watch Video Interview Here | November 26, 2014

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD - Inside Look | Utah Theatre Bloggers | Watch Video Interview Here | November 26, 2014

Salt Lake Acting Company: A Year With Frog & Toad - Gavin's Underground | City Weekly | Read Full Article Here | December 4, 2014

Theater review: 'A Year with Frog and Toad' at SLAC is fanciful and expertly staged | Deseret News | Read Full Article Here | December 8, 2014

You simply must see Salt Lake Acting Company's A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD | Is This Really My Life? - Emily Hill | Read Full Article Here | December 8, 2014

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD | The White House - Susie Q | Read Full Article Here | December 11, 2014

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD | A Utah Mom's Life| Read Full Article Here | December 9, 2014

Two Holiday Productions Show The Advantages of Keeping it Un-real | City Weekly | Read Full Article Here |  December 10, 2014

Schoolchildren find the joy of live musical theater in Salt Lake Acting Company's 'Frog and Toad' | Salt Lake Tribune | Read Full Article Here | December 12, 2014

Two Stories

by Elaine Jarvik

World Premiere

Developed in the New Play Sounding Series

February 4 - March 1, 2015

Directed by Keven Myhre

Featuring performances by Elena Dern, Alexandra Harbold, Tamara Howell, Tito Livas, and Zack Phifer

Description

TWO STORIES by local playwright Elaine Jarvik was one of the 5 plays workshopped in SLAC's New Play Sounding Series (NPSS) during the 2013/14 Season. Jarvik said, "Nothing beats hearing your work read by good actors in front of a real, unbiased audience willing to stay afterwards to dissect what they've heard. By hearing the words out loud, by watching how the audience reacted, by listening to their questions and suggestions, I learned what worked and what didn't. This is how new plays get better." After its development last season in NPSS, SLAC has committed to ensuring the continued life of this play, presenting its World Premiere, directed by Keven Myhre, February 4 – March 1, 2015. Jodi is a struggling journalist eager to keep her job in a changing economy. When a Pakistani family moves in next door, Jodi gets more than just a great story. TWO STORIES is an exploration of diverse landscapes, including economic rise and fall, sensationalism and honesty, how we navigate the growing diversity and lingering stereotypes in our communities, and more intimately, how identity is bridged between generations.

Performances will take place in the 160-seat Upstairs Theatre Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 6 p.m. We will also have two Tuesday performances on February 17th and February 24th at 7:30 p.m. as well as two Saturday Matinees at 2:00 p.m. on February 21st and 28th. TWO STORIES will run approximately 1 hour and thirty minutes, with no intermission. 

Cast & Creative

Elena-Dern-Headshot-150-PixELENA DERN* (Melinda)

Elena is very excited to return to SLAC for her fourth production! Most recently, she was seen in the Egyptian Theatre's production of A Chorus Line as Diana and has worked as Assistant Choreographer for Saturday's Voyeur 2013/2014 at SLAC. Other SLAC credits include Sally in Cat in the Hat, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Saturday's Voyeur 2012. Favorite roles include Madelaine True in Wild Party and Gwen Landis in Fifth of July in Studio 115, ensemble in Hair and The Rocky Horror Show, and Raymonde in A Flea in Her Ear at the Babcock Theatre. Elena is a graduate of the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. She thanks her family and friends for their never ending support!!

Alexandra-Harbold-Headshot-150-PixALEXANDRA HARBOLD* (Jodie)

Alexandra is very happy to be back at Salt Lake Acting Company. Previously, she acted in Circle Mirror Transformation, Six Years, and Ice Glen, and directed the premieres of Elaine Jarvik and Kate Jarvik Birch's (a man enters) and Kathleen Cahill's The Persian Quarter. Recent projects include directing The Owl Girl(University of Utah), Climbing with Tigers (Red Fred Project & Flying Bobcat), andLost in the Woods (Salt Lake Men's Choir & Flying Bobcat), and acting in FEAST(NOW-ID & Flying Bobcat). Upcoming projects include directing Underneath the Lintel (AP Productions) and serving as Dramaturg on I Hate Hamlet (Pioneer Theatre Company). Alexandra is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory.

Tamara-Howell-Headshot-150-PixTAMARA HOWELL (Bashira)

Tamara has appeared recently in August:Osage County (Utah Rep), Motherhood Outloud, The 12 Dates of Christmas, Seven and The Good Body (Pygmalion Theatre). Other local roles include Truvy in Steel Magnolias and Rona Lisa Perretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Pinnacle Acting Co.), Steffy in I Oughta Be in Pictures (Utah Theatre Artists), Noleta Netercott in Sordid Lives, Lou in Welcome Home Jenny Sutter and Zoila in Living Out (Pygmalion). Tamara is also a Mom and a Jr. High Drama Teacher. She earned her BFA in theatre from the University of Utah.

Tito-Livas-Headshot-150-PixTITO LIVAS* (Amir)

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

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

 

KEVEN MYHRE (Director/Executive Producer)

Keven received the Mayor's Artists Award in the Performing Arts in 2009. He was awarded the 2008 City Weekly Award for directing THE CLEAN HOUSE and MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at Salt Lake Acting Company. His other directing credits at SLAC include 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 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)
Actor's Equity was 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

TWO STORIES Press Release | Read Full Press Release Here | January 13, 2015

Theater: McMansions and media merge in SLAC's new play | Salt Lake Tribune |  Read Full Article Here | January 31, 2015

Living/Losing the American Dream - FREE Panel Press Release | Read Full Press Release Here | January 27, 2015

TWO STORIES by Salt Lake Acting Company | dav.d photography | Read Full Blog Post Here | February 1, 2015

SLAC: Privacy, McMansions and the Evil Media | 15 bytes | Read Full Article Here | February 7, 2015

SLAC's Two Stories Told Well | Utah Theatre Bloggers | Read Full Article Here | February 12, 2015

Salt Lake Acting Company: Two Stories | City Weekly | Read Full Article Here | February 20, 2015

Mr. Perfect

by William Missouri Downs 

World Premiere

April 8 - May 3, 2015

Directed by John Caywood

Featuring performances by Darrin Doman, Stephanie Howell, Ryon Sharette, and Emilie Starr

Description

SLAC's commitment to new plays continues as it celebrates spring with the World Premiere of a 'sort of' romantic comedy, MR. PERFECT by William Missouri Downs. SLAC is proud to welcome Downs back to Utah after previously working with him on last season's hit, THE EXIT INTERVIEW. Directed by John Caywood and running April 8 – May 5, 2015, MR. PERFECT tells the story of a quirky flight attendant and romance novel junkie who thinks she's met Mr. Perfect. When it doesn't work out, she sets out to connect the random events that make up life, hoping to find the meaning of it all.

Performances will take place in the 160-seat Upstairs Theatre Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 6 p.m. We will also have two Tuesday performances on April 21st and 28th and two Saturday Matinees at 2:00 p.m. on April 25th and May 2nd. MR. PERFECT will run approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 10 minute intermission.

Cast & Creative

Darrin Doman-webDARRIN DOMAN* (Ralph/Priest)

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

RYON SHARETTE* (Jeffrey)RyonSharette-Web


Ryon is honored to be welcomed back to SLAC this season after having played Ingersoll last year in GRANT & TWAIN. A recent graduate of the University of Utah Actor Training Program, Ryon performed for Pioneer Theatre Company's internship program 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. Notable roles for Salty Dinner Theatre include John Watson in SHERLOCK HOLMES, Clyde in BONNIE AND CLYDE and Frederick in PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

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EMILIE STARR (Zooey)

Emilie is crazy excited to be a part of the Mr. Perfect cast and loves being a part of the SLAC family whether she is house managing, selling concession, or having the honor to be preforming on the main stage. Emilie is a very successful starving actress in Utah. Some of her favorite roles include Skittle Sister in SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2012 , Docent in SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, Alice in CLOSER with Wasatch Theatre Company, Cavale in COWBOY MOUTH with Good Company Theater, Diana in NEXT TO NORMAL at the Zigfeld Theatre, Sarah in GRACE with Utah Rep & ATG Theatre, Ivy in BARE: A POP MUSICAL with Utah Rep, & June in MUSICAL OF MUSICALS THE MUSICAL with Old Lyric Rep. She also can be found performing Utah schools with Intermountain Health Care's " Live Well Tour". She would like to thank her loving Mom, Dad and sister Jennie for always support her terrible theatre habit. Also she would like to thank her entourage Eric, Tracy and Olivia for hanging around, some day she would like to have coat tails worthy of such an awesome entourage.

STEPHANIE HOWELL* (Donna)Stephanie Howell-web

Stephanie is thrilled to return to SLAC after performing as Jean in last season's GOOD PEOPLE. Most recently, She appeared as Evelyn in Pygmalion Theatre Company's SPARK. At Plan-B Theatre Company she performed in 3, BORDERLANDS, THE END OF THE HORIZON, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT and BASH, as well as all 10 'slam's (Plan-B's annual 24-hour theatre festival). Other local credits include ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, BIG RIVER, FORUM and SOUTH PACIFIC at Pioneer Theatre Company, as well as productions at The Grand Theatre, The Emily Company,The Egyptian Theatre Company, Repertory Dance Theatre and Aerial Arts of Utah. Stephanie is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Theatre Arts and is a member of Actor's Equity.

 

William Missouri Downs headshot for websiteWILLIAM MISSOURI DOWNS (Playwright)

William Missouri Downs is the author of THE EXIT INTERVIEW, which was produced here at the SLAC as part of a Rolling World Premiere from the National New Play Network in 2013. His other new comedy WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET is the winner of a second Rolling World Premiere and will be produced this spring by the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, the New Theatre in Miami, and the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company in Pennsylvania. Bill has had over a hundred and fifty productions of his plays, won numerous playwriting awards, written four books on the art of theatre, playwriting and screenwriting and served as a freelance and staff writer on several NBC television shows.

 

JOHN CAYWOOD (Director)

John is pleased to return to SLAC following earlier productions of THE EXIT INTERVIEW, GOD OF CARNAGE, BATBOY, INCORRUPTIBLE and six versions of SATURDAY'S VOYEUR. John landed in SLC in 1987 from New York City for a one season residency at Pioneer Theatre Company. After 13 seasons with the company, John became Producing Artistic Director at Park City's Egyptian Theatre Company. Other Utah directing assignments include The Grand, Tuacahn, Sundance Summer Theatre and Utah Musical Theatre. Favorite projects include BATBOY, THE MUSICAL RUTHLESS, THE MUSICAL, and of course, MR. PERFECT. It is fairly clear that he prefers Utah to New York. 

JANICE JENSON* (Stage Manager)

Janice is excited to be returning to Salt Lake Acting Company after stage managing SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2014, 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.

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 RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT, GOOD PEOPLE, 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 (Lighting Design)

James has designed the lighting for more than 50 shows at Salt Lake Acting Company since 1997, most recently for RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2014, 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.

JESSICA GREENBERG (Sound Designer)

Jessica's work as a designer has taken her to many venues in New York and around the country, with diverse projects in theatre, dance, and opera. New York designs include productions with New Opera NYC, Alivewire Theatrics, Red Fern Theatre, Castillo Theatre, Two Headed Calf, Midlantic Theatre, Heiress Productions, The Exchange/Orchard Project, and Epic Theatre Ensemble Education Programs. She has also served as a lecturer or guest designer at Hampshire College, Endicott College, Amherst College, Smith College and Yale University. Jessica is currently Assistant Professor of Lighting & Sound Design at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. She holds a BA from Hampshire College and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. www.jessicagreenberg.com.

SANDRA SHOTWELL (Dialect Coach)

Sandra received an M.F.A. in Acting from The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, an Advanced Diploma in Voice and Speech, with Distinction, from London's Central School of Speech and Drama, is a Certified Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analyst, and is currently working toward Meisner Teacher Certification with the True Acting Institute. Sandra is very pleased to return to SLAC after dialect coaching The Persian Quarter, God of Carnage, and The Exit Interview. She has dialect coached numerous shows with Pioneer Theatre Company. She recently directed a SLAC staged reading of Bull Shark Attack, by Troy Deutsch. Sandra is a professor with the University of Utah, Department of Theatre, teaching acting, voice, speech, and text, and she loves being a foster "mom" for dogs with the Humane Society of Utah.

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.

*Members of Actor's Equity Association
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Press & Reviews

Comedy, philosophy, and the appeal of the theatre | Utah Theatre Bloggers | Read Full Article Here | April 2, 2015

Utah theater has fun searching for 'Mr. Perfect' | Salt Lake Tribune | Read Full Article Here | April 3, 2015

Salt Lake Acting Company: Mr. Perfect | City Weekly | Read Full Article Here | April 10, 2015

Stage review: 'Mr. Perfect' lines laughs with intriguing life questions | Salt Lake Tribune | Read Full Article Here | April 14, 2015

Mr. Perfect | City Weekly | Read Full Article Here | April 15, 2015

SLAC's MR. PERFECT is flighty fantasy fun | Utah Theatre Bloggers | Read Full Article Here | April 16, 2015

 

Saturday's Voyeur 2015

by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht

World Premiere

June 24 - August 30, 2015

Directed by Cynthia Fleming 

Description

And of course, no SLAC season would be complete without SATURDAY'S VOYEUR, created by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht, two of Salt Lake City's most celebrated playwrights, and directed and choreographed by Cynthia Fleming. SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2015 will shake up Salt Lake June 24 – August 30, 2015. This annual musical satire connects SLAC to the community like nothing else. SLAC is the only theatre company in the nation that presents a new play written for us, about us, each year.

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 for any incredible evening. Performances take place Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. We will also have one Tuesday performance on August 18th and one Saturday Matinee at 2:00 p.m. on August 29th.

Cast & Creative

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Alexis Baigue

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

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Jenessa Bowen

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

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Olivia Custodio

Olivia feels incredibly #blessed to be returning for her second VOYEUR. You may have recently seen her as Domina in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (University of Utah), Eunice in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Radical Hospitality Theater), or as the understudy for Sue Mengers in I'LL EAT YOU LAST (Salt Lake Acting Company). Audiences rave nationwide that Olivia is "inappropriate" and "perverted", not to mention "someone you should not entrust your children to." Because Olivia is very fancy and well-bred, she has sung leading roles in such operas as LA VOIX HUMAINE, HANSEL AND GRETEL, and FALSTAFF. Olivia received her Master of Music from the University of Utah and her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She would like to take a moment to thank her biggest inspiration, all pugs everywhere, for their constant support. God bless SLAC and you, drunken patron, for making SATURDAY'S VOYEUR a place for this actress to spread her irreverent wings and fly!

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Elena Dern

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

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Aaron Eskelson

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

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Camille Evans

 This is Camille's first production with Salt Lake Acting Company and couldn't be more excited to be a part of SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2015! She has recently finished her degree at the U of U with a BFA in musical theatre and is thankful to have been part of such a beautiful college experience. Her recent stage appearances include GODSPELL (U of U Studio 115), FAME (The Grand), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Babcock Theatre), SPRING AWAKENING (Babcock Theatre) and THE WILD PARTY (U of U Studio 115). She hopes to move to New York in a year or two and try Broadway, and hopes one day she can have a dancer's body as rockin' Cynthia's! #goals Thanks to Brad, and her friends and family for their love and support, and thank you SLAC for this opportunity! 

 

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Anna Harris

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

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

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Eb is incredibly excited to be returning for his third VOYEUR. Eb started his acting career as an improv actor when he was sixteen performing with local improv troupes Quick Wits, Laugh Match, 3.2 improv, Off the Cuff, and is original founding member of Off the Wall Improv & Improv Against Humanity in Ogden. Eb went on and received his BFA from the University of Utah Actor Training Program (Go Utes). He continued to get his Master's in Make Believe (MFA) from Ohio University. Upon graduating moved to New York where he lives today. In 2012 Eb received the James Whitmore Award for his work with the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire. This last year he has worked on several projects, including a web series "Happy Hour Feminism" starring Anna Fishbeyn. Favorite past roles include: SATURDAY'S VOYEUR (Moroni, Mike Lee,Gayle, Elder, Baden), WAR IS F#CKING AWESOME (Hitler, Bean, Brit), STUART LITTLE (Stuart Little), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING ( Dogberry), THE SEAGULL (Treplev), THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Yepikhodov), BALTIMORE WALTZ (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.com.

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Terry Lee McGriff

Most recently seen performing for younger audiences in SLAC's children's show, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, Terry is thrilled to be back on the SLAC stage to pop his VOYEUR cherry in front of some more mature audiences! Other credits include THE COLOR PURPLE (Wasatch Theatre Company), SPRING AWAKENING (Midvale Mainstreet Theatre), and AVENUE Q (Babcock Theatre). He'd like to thank his husband, Jaten, and his puppy, RuPaul Lee. Oh! And Beyonce. ALWAYS Beyonce. 

 

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

 

 

 

Robert Scott Smith

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

 

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Hayden Warzek

Fresh off his rookie year in SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2014, Hayden is excited to return to Salt Lake Acting Company as a veteran for the 2015 summer of SATURDAY'S VOYEUR! He is currently studying Strategic Communication, Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Utah, while being a part of SLAC's staff and working as an assistant at McCarty Talent Agency. A few of Hayden's favorite things are good music, good wine, and long walks on the beach. He would like to thank his friends, parents, George W. Bush, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP for their continued support... Hope everyone enjoys the show and takes a drink after reading this!

 

 

 

ALLEN NEVINS (Playwright, Lyricist)

Allen 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)

Nancy 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)

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.

KEVIN MATHIE (Composer/Arranger, Musical Director, Additional Lyrics, Keyboards)

Kevin 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)

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

Press & Reviews

SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2015 Press Release | Read Full Press Release Here | June 9, 2015

The joke's on us: 37th Annual 'Saturday's Voyeur' | Salt Lake Tribune | Read Full Article Here |June 25, 2015

ABC Channel 4 News Hightlights SATURDAY'S VOYEUR | ABC Channel 4 News | Watch Video Here | June 26, 2015

Get in on the joke at SATURDAY’S VOYEUR| Utah Theatre Bloggers | Read Full Article Here | June 30, 2015

Essentials: Entertainment Picks July 2-8 | City Weekly | Read Full Article Here | July 1, 2015

Cynthia Fleming, SLAC Executive Producer and Director of SATURDAY’S VOYEUR | Utah Theatre Bloggers | Read Full Article Here | July 2, 2015