The inhabitants of a small farm in Alabaster, Alabama are no strangers to destruction and loss. But when an outsider arrives to help them make sense of the past, they must confront their mortality and deal with the trauma head-on. Through laughter, tears, and even a couple of talking goats, Audrey Cefaly weaves a darkly comic southern tale of redemption that examines how one reassembles the pieces of a broken heart.
ALABASTER is not going to be a typical Zoom-style presentation. The production’s theatrical design team will be adding creative flourishes to ensure that we’re still bringing you the highest possible quality experience to you at home. Think of this as a bridge production back to live theatre, but one that also leans into and celebrates the digital medium in which its being presented.
ALABASTER will now be offered on-demand from May 10th through 30th. Current season subscribers will be contacted by the SLAC Audience Relationship Team for information on how to access the production. Single tickets will be available closer to the production’s streaming window.
We’re pleased to announce our brilliant cast of actors, each of whom will be making their respective SLAC debuts with ALABASTER. Reanne Acasio*, an alum of DR SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at The Old Globe, plays Alice. Catherine Doherty*, who is currently Head of the Performance Concentration in the Theatre Arts Department at SUNY New Paltz, plays Bib. Charlotte Munson* plays June, and was an original Off-Broadway cast member of DISENCHANTED. Tamiyka White*, Founder of the Black Girl Magic Creative Series, rounds out the cast as Weezy.
Martine Kei Green-Rogers, an invaluable player in SLAC’s current 49 ¾ season (as Co-director of FOUR WOMEN TALKING ABOUT THE MAN UNDER THE SHEET and Co-writer of #SLACabaret) directs ALABASTER. She is joined on the production’s creative team by Shawn Fisher** (Scenic Designer), Aaron Swenson (Costume Designer), Jessica Greenberg** (Lighting Designer), Jennifer Jackson (Sound Designer), Kelly Donahue (Makeup Artist), and Jennie Sant* (Production Stage Manager).
Kenny Riches joins the production as Video Editor through a special partnership with the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists (aka The Davey Foundation).
SLAC’s Audience Relationship Team can be reached Monday through Friday from 11am to 5pm by calling 801-363-7522 or by emailing .
ALABASTER is produced at Salt Lake Acting Company as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are Florida Repertory Theatre (Fort Myers), Capital Stage (Sacramento), 16th Street Theatre (Berwyn IL), Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas), Shrewd Productions (Austin), Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis), Williamston Theatre (Michigan), and New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch). For more information please visit www.nnpn.org.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
**The scenic and lighting designers of ALABASTER are represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 of the IATSE.
[SALT LAKE CITY, UT, FEBRUARY 4, 2021] - Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), Utah’s leading destination for brave, contemporary theatre, announces the postponement of the world premiere of Elaine Jarvik’s FOUR WOMEN TALKING ABOUT THE MAN UNDER THE SHEET. The new work, now to be presented August 20 through September 12, was initially postponed to from March 2020 to March 2021 due to the global pandemic.
“FOUR WOMEN TALKING ABOUT THE MAN UNDER THE SHEET is one of the most exciting plays to be developed through SLAC,” said Executive Artistic Director Cynthia Fleming. “Assessing our current public health situation—and the rollout of the vaccine—we just don’t see March 2021 as being a realistic date to safely have our actors on the stage--even for a digital experience. We’re optimistic that we’ll be able to present Elaine’s play onstage by late summer.” She continued, “We don’t yet know if the run will be in front of a live audience, streaming, or a hybrid of both. What we do know is that we’re grateful to our subscribers for their continued flexibility and support of Salt Lake Acting Company.”
FOUR WOMEN TALKING ABOUT THE MAN UNDER THE SHEET was named as part of the 2020 Kilroys List, an annual naming of new and under-produced work by female and transgender playwrights in the American theatre. Jarvik describes the play as follows: On the morning of February 21, 1895, the day after the great man died, Susan B. Anthony shows up on his widow’s doorstep. She is there to grieve—but is she also feeling guilty? FOUR WOMEN TALKING ABOUT THE MAN UNDER THE SHEET is an exploration of feminism and race, asking “what compromises should you make in pursuit of a cause?”
Comprising the cast are all five actors who were to appear in the 2020 mounting. Colleen Baum* (COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE) plays Susan, Latoya Cameron* (FORM OF A GIRL UNKNOWN) is Zoe, Susanna Florence* (FORM OF A GIRL UKNOWN) is Helen, Tamara Howell (STAG'S LEAP) is Mrs. Stanton, and Yolanda Stange* (SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY) is Rosetta.
The production will be co-directed by Jason Bowcutt and Martine Kei Green-Rogers, with scenic design by Justin Ivie, costume design by Spencer Potter, lighting design by cade beck, sound design by Emily Chung, and stage management by Katelyn Limber*.
FOUR WOMEN TALKING ABOUT THE MAN UNDER THE SHEET plays SLAC's Chapel Theatre from August 20 through September 12. The dates for the other two productions of the season, ALABASTER (May 5-June 6) and#SLACabaret (July 14–August 15), currently remain the same. SLAC will notify patrons as soon as possible should further changes to the season occur. All ticketing-related queries can be directed to the SLAC Box Office at or by calling 801-363-7522.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
[SALT LAKE CITY, UT, DECEMBER 04, 2020] - Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), Utah’s leading destination for brave, contemporary theatre, announces the launch of SLAC DIGITAL, an all-new way for audiences to stream Salt Lake Acting Company programming in their own homes. This is made possible through a partnership with the Salt Lake Film Society.
SLAC is the first non-cinema organization to join Salt Lake Film Society’s @homeArts, a nonprofit consortium of top arthouse cinemas around the country. Created in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the movie industry, @homeArts digital streaming technology was developed by Salt Lake Film Society’s media accelerator studio, MAST. In mid-March 2020, the platform was provided to eleven art house cinemas around the nation, ensuring that cinema lovers could continue to watch first-run films at home, while still supporting independent cinema. This marks not only the first time a traditional performing arts organization is utilizing the @homeArts platform, but also the first time that SLFS has brought another Utah-based organization into the cohort.
“SLFS is happy and proud to have created this technology and turned it into a nonprofit project with a mission to help the arts. We’re all working in ways we never imagined and this technology is able to make us feel more like ourselves, which benefits our organizations and our audiences. We love SLAC and we are grateful they took the leap with us. We wish them every success as they inch toward that big 5-0,” said Tori Baker, President/CEO of Salt Lake Film Society.
“When Tori contacted me about the opportunity to bring SLAC into @homeArts, I was beyond moved,” said SLAC Executive Artistic Director Cynthia Fleming. “Technology can often be a barrier for small arts organizations in terms of reaching audiences in new ways. What Tori and team have done to keep the arts and cinema alive is nothing short of extraordinary. It’s a prime example of the power of artistic collaboration and taking care of one another during this difficult time.”
The first production to be made available on SLAC DIGITAL is CLIMBING WITH TIGERS, which the theatre company produced in 2016. Thanks in part to a special agreement with Actors Equity Association, this marks the first time a filmed recording from the SLAC archives has been made available to the public. CLIMBING WITH TIGERS, based on the book by Utah’s Nathan Glad and Dallas Graham, tells its story through a captivating combination of music, storytelling, animation, and film. Troy Deutsch (BULL SHARK ATTACK) adapted it for the stage and Alexandra Harbold (THE WOLVES) helmed the original production in SLAC’s Chapel Theatre.
Season subscriptions are currently available by calling SLAC’s box office. For more information, visit www.saltlakeactingcompany.org or call 801.363.7522. SLAC DIGITAL can be accessed directly at slacdigital.athomearts.org.