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Passing Strange

Book and Lyrics by Stew
Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald

Created in Collaboration with Annie Dorsen

April 6 - May 15, 2022

Utah Premiere


Playwright Stew, Heidi Rodewald, and Annie Dorsen
Director Todd Underwood
Play Dates April 6 - May 15, 2022
Running Time 2 Hours 10 Minutes with one intermission
Show Type Utah Premiere, Tony Award Winner
Cast Carleton Bluford*, Latoya Cameron*, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, Brian Kinnard*, Kandyce Marie, Lee Palmer*, and Jamal A. Shuriah* | Understudy Program at SLAC: Chris Curlett, Mack, and Taylor Wallace | Passing Strange Band: Alex Marshall (Musical Director/Keys/Guitar), Alec Powell (Associate Musical Director), Andres Reyes (Guitarist/Keyboardist), Zaza Historia VanDyke (Bassist), Wachira Waigwastone (Drummer)
Creative Team

Todd Underwood (Director/Choreographer), Alex Marshall (Musical Director/Keyboardist/Guitarist), Alec Powell (Associate Musical Director), Halee Rasmussen (Scenic Designer), Rebecca Luke** (Costume Designer), Jesse Portillo** (Lighting Designer), Erik Reichert (Props Designer/Construction Supervisor), Daniel Jacob Hill (Wig Designer) Sarah Shippobotham (Dialect Coach/Intimacy Coach), Theresa Martinez and Annie Isabel Fukushima (EDI Dramaturgs), Shelby Noelle Gist (Assistant Director), Alaina Kotchey (Assistant Set Designer), Bett Shouse (Assistant Costume Designer), Tanner Sase* (Assistant Stage Manager), Alix Walburn (Covid Safety Manager), and Jennie Sant* (Production Stage Manager)

Other Notes *Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States | **The Lighting Designer and Costume Designer for Passing Strange are represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 of the IATSE.

Accessibility Considerations

Open Captioned Performance

May 1st at 6pm

Audio Described Performance

April 27th at 7:30pm

Sensory Performance

April 30th at 2pm

ASL Interpreted Performance

May 7th at 2pm


Join SLAC for a Utah premiere nearly 15 years in the making! A 2008 Tony Award and Drama Desk winner, Passing Strange is a poignant, one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. Through powerful music and soulful lyrics, Passing Strange transcends theatrical genres and follows a Black artist simply referred to as “The Youth” around the world on a bohemian journey of self-discovery. Don’t miss this rarely-produced gem from the brilliant minds of Stew, Heidi Rodewald, and Annie Dorsen.


COVID-19 Safety Reminder: All audience members must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear a well-fitting mask. See our COVID-19 Safety Guide for more info.


Community Production Partners


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UBLAC presents African American artists and their work throughout the state of Utah. The organization promotes diversity in the arts by supporting Black artists, musicians, dancers, and creatives, also mentoring and encouraging youth to share their unique voices through creativity.

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Curly Me! is a 501 (c)(3) resource for families with children of color, specifically black girls between the ages of 5-14 years. The organization holds quarterly events and mentoring opportunities to help educate, empower and encourage girls to be their best selves.

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The Utah Black History Museum is committed to promote the understanding, appreciation, and advancement of the Black experience in Utah through programming, exhibits, and activities that teach local and national Black history and celebrate the culture of the African Diaspora in the United States.

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Black, Bold & Brilliant (BBB) is proudly presented by Utah Film Center with support from KRCL. The program focuses on authentic and nuanced representation through film critique and discussions led by Black Utahns. Black, Bold & Brilliant guides audiences through their reflections and responses on issues affecting the Black community by using cinema as a mirror to draw upon local voices, artists, experts, and partners.

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