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The Scarlet Letter — a play

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in Award Winners, Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

Adapted for the stage from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel by Jenifer Nii (For Professional, College/University, and Community theaters.) Evil, sin, nature, a scarlet letter, a punishing scaffold. Adulteress Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A on her chest as a constant reminder of her shame. Her illegitimate daughter is truly the Pearl purchased at great price. Her lover remains unidentified and is wracked with guilt.  Her husband seeks revenge. Highly theatrical, this play uses only four characters to completely capture the center of the story of inequality, prejudice, judgment. Nominated for the 2012 American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York. PLAY DETAILS 75 minutes 2f 2m Hester Prynne, late 20s. Wearer of the scarlet letter. Arthur Dimmesdale, perhaps a bit older than Hester. The town man of God. Roger Chillingworth, older than...

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SUFFRAGE — a play

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

a play by Jenifer Nii (For Professional, Educational and Amateur theaters.) SUFFRAGE is an exploration of late 1800s Utah, the second territory in the Union, by 1870, to grant women the right to vote. Wyoming had previously granted that right in 1869. That right was stripped 12 years later when suffrage became a whip for Washington politicians who wanted to end polygamy. The two issues became entwined in a strange, more-than-a-little-malicious way. During the two decades portrayed in the play, Utah women found themselves being called upon to stand strong on two equally threatening fronts. And they did. The story of Ruth and Frances, conveys a bit of what women—particularly polygamous women—faced. The attack was on their way of life, which in so many ways must have felt like an attack on their God and family. The overhanging threat...

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RUFF! by Jenifer Nii — TYA

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Jenifer Nii (For grades K-3 performed by Teens through Adults for Child Audiences) RUFF! is a metaphorical “tail” of two shelter dogs – Axel and Buddy. Together they discover what’s possible when dogs and their people learn to see past stereotypes and summon the courage to be the best they can be. It explores the issues of self-confidence, prejudice, and overcoming fear. RUFF! received its world premiere in 2015 as part of Plan-B’s third annual Free Elementary School Tour. A Plan-B Theatre Company Play PLAY DETAILS Anthropomorphic costumes, or simple suggestion Simple setting About 35 minutes 1M1F ORDER #3203 Available now! COMMENTS: FROM THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS WHO SAW THE PLAN-B TOUR “On many levels RUFF! gave us discussion topics. One tiny reference to making the dogs’ experiences apply to humans caused my students to do just...

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Facing East (The Play)

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 in Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays

by Carol Lynn Pearson (for Professional, College/University, and Community Theatre productions) The story deals with a Mormon couple confronting the suicide of their gay son. The problems inherent in dealing with this emotional and idealogical divide are universal to all humans, let alone any particular religious group. The three characters—father (Alex), mother (Ruth) and gay partner of the deceased (Marcus) — meet for the first time at Andrew’s grave following the funeral. The audience “becomes” the congregation in a new funeral the father is giving for his son, this time a funeral that speaks the truth. There are “memory moments” in which each parent relives important times in the past, during which the other parent speaks the son’s lines from the darkness. The only time we “see” the deceased son is toward the end when his partner “becomes” him...

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Different = Amazing (A play about bullying)

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Child/Youth Audiences, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Short Plays

by Matthew Ivan Bennett (For production by Professional, College/University, Community, Church, or High School group performing for young people) Different does not have to mean weird or bad. In a great many cases, “Different=Amazing.” The subject matter of this new play is drawn from real-life bullying experiences of elementary students, including current Salt Lake and Davis County students in Utah.  The goal is to provide students with the tools to identify, address, cope and hopefully prevent bullying in their own schools, neighborhoods and lives. Each short piece shows a different dimension of bullying to help students understand the painful effects of bullying and the role they can play in addressing bullying behavior. Inspired by the 2010 event of the same name. The original production featured Tyson Baker and Latoya Rhodes, and was directed by Jerry Rapier, Plan-B’s Artistic Director. PLAY DETAILS...

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ghosts — a translation/adaptation

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays

by Henrik Ibsen Adapted and Translated by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, and High Schools) Mrs. Alving has spent her life meticulously creating the fantasy of a happy home and family and marriage, which explodes in revelations of sexually transmitted diseases, suicide and insanity. Quite possibly the most radical play in history. Mature themes and mild language are present in the play. DETAILS: 3M 2W Several Locations on an estate in a fjord in Western Norway Costumes from the 1890s About 2 hours ORDER #3032 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first half of this play: Ghosts PERUSAL EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include...

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A Doll House — A New Translation/Adaptation

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play

by Henrik Ibsen Adapted and Translated by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) A DOLL HOUSE examines gender roles, social constraints and the power of secrets through the seemingly happy marriage of Nora and Torvald Helmer. The play is called A DOLL HOUSE instead of the traditional A DOLL’S HOUSE. It’s a more accurate translation of the Norwegian title ET DUKKEHJEM. When we buy our kids a house for them to use to play with dolls, we call it ‘a doll house’ – Norwegian children play with ‘a dukkehjem.’ Nora is Torvald’s doll, in a doll house, that is not her own. PLAY DETAILS: 3M 4F 1Teenboy 3 children Singe Interior Costumes from the late 1800s About 2 hours ORDER #3031 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the...

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Borderlands — A Play

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Coming Soon, Plan-B Theatre Company Play

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) What’s it like to pretend to be perfect? What’s it like to be a Mormon but question your faith? What’s it like to be gay and LDS? What’s it like to live in the “Borderlands”? A powerful exploration of the difference between outward orthodoxy and true faith. This is not an easy play. It asks hard questions by presenting tough material in edgy situations. It deals with hypocrisy and self-righteousness but deftly avoids smugness or easy answers. Set in a used car lot in Provo, Utah this play is written with Latter-day Saint characters, but its philosophies and questions, its heart, are part of any Faith. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 2W About 2 hours ORDER #2031 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains...

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Miasma — A Play

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Coming Soon, Plan-B Theatre Company Play

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) A dissection of family, racial and sexual politics set against the backdrop of the beef industry. “Miasma” thoughtfully mines the drama of a family ripped apart by a father’s corporate vision. Its ripped-from-the-headlines themes are thoroughly plowed – dwelling on the exploitation and stench of the beef packing industry, built on the backs of a workforce of immigrant laborers. Sensitivity rating: The play includes profanity (primarily the slang term for cow manure), descriptions of animal slaughter, brief sexual references. Not for young children. PLAY DETAILS: About 85 minutes. CAST of 4 — 2M 2F. ORDER #3028 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first two acts of this four act play: SOON EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to...

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Amerigo — A Play of Discovery

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Coming Soon, Plan-B Theatre Company Play

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) “Amerigo was a great play—one so brilliantly and beautifully written and executed that it revitalized my love for great theater over the course of its ninety minute running time. If I don’t entirely give it the essay it deserves, it is because I don’t want to spoil the many discoveries to be had in the experience itself. Merely relating the show’s premise is a delight—it concerns a debate between Christopher Columbus (Mark Fossen) and Amerigo Vespucci (Matthew Ivan Bennett), as moderated by Niccolo Machiavelli (Kirt Bateman) and judged by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (Deena Marie Manzanares), in purgatory. Samuelsen takes his premise and runs with it—the play is very, very funny in places, but it is also many other things: challenging, moving, educational, and, ultimately,...

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