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Plan-B Theatre Company Presents the World Premiere of THE WEIRD PLAY by Jenifer Nii
Jenifer Nii’s latest play, THE WEIRD PLAY, is the second subscription offering of Plan-B Theatre Company's 2017/18 Season - our 27th season! Performances are March 1-11 and
tickets may be purchased online.
Jenifer proudly calls Plan-B her creative home. She has previously premiered five plays with the company: KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (the first original musical in our history created with composer and co-lyricist David Evanoff); THE SCARLET LETTER and SUFFRAGE (garnering back-to-back nominations for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York); RUFF! (our third annual Free Elementary School Tour); and WALLACE (co-written with Debora Threedy). THE WEIRD PLAY is a co-production with Sackerson and is a recipient of the Dramatist Guild Foundation's inaugural Writers Alliance Grant.
FROM PLAYWRIGHT JENIFER NII:
It’s all in the title, I suppose. I just couldn’t think of another way to describe the content or the process of my latest play. It’s all different, and weird. My hope is that it’s a good weird, and not just weird weird.
THE WEIRD PLAY began as a challenge to myself: to step outside everything I was comfortable with and everything I’d done before, to face head-on the aspects of theatre that had frightened me in the past. I wanted to experiment with language, to discover whether I could retain my “voice” using another style of expression – and a style I wasn’t seeing presented in theatre at the time. I wanted to utilize the set, light, props, and movement in a way I hadn’t tried before. It’s the first time I’ve scripted in any detailed way a vision of what I wanted the piece to look like, and to use those elements as characters with roles to play. And, I wanted to write something that invited (required, really) audience members to participate and determine what the play is about and what it means to them.
This play is different also in that we had three (THREE!) readings before the play was cast. The cast changed each time. The first time, it featured two men and a woman. The next two readings featured women. I wrote it with that possibility in mind – that it might be gender-blind, or at least flexible. It also is meant to be race-blind, and to some extent flexible in the age of the cast. At least, that was my hope.
The reaction by audiences at those readings was fascinating, and tremendously exciting. Opinions varied rather dramatically regarding both the subject and the theme of the play. Some were what I had in mind, while others came out of the blue and reflected a completely different interpretation of what happened on stage. I LOVED hearing the difference, and the range of those differences.
At its core, THE WEIRD PLAY is about love. Maybe it’s first love, the ecstasy of love, really bad love, self love, religious love, the end of love, moving on from love. For me, it was about all of that, some of that, and maybe something else. Weird, huh.
Also, for me, it’s about just loving theatre – the process of making it and celebrating what it can do to engage us as an entertainment event, and with one another. It’s unique, theatre is. It’s special. I hope THE WEIRD PLAY reflects, serves, and contributes to that in some small, if also weird, way.
ZAP Now Accepting 2018 Tier II Grant Applications
SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) is now accepting grant applications from qualifying organizations for 2018 Tier II funding. ZAP Tier II is a grant-making program that currently partially funds 171 arts, cultural and botanical organizations.
The grants ZAP distributes come from sales tax. One penny of every 10 dollars spent in Salt Lake County is set aside for this cause.
The ZAP Program first began in 1997 and was renewed in 2014 by 77% of Salt Lake County voters.
Tier II applications are due March 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM. Applications can be found on ZAP’s website.
CONDADO DE SALT LAKE, UT – El programa de Zoológicos, Artes y Parques del Condado de Salt Lake (ZAP) está aceptando aplicaciones de organizaciones que califican en el año 2018 en el nivel II de Becas, un programa que otorga becas parciales para 171 organizaciones artísticas, culturales y botánicas.
Las becas ZAP se originan en los impuestos de ventas. 1 centavo de cada 10 dólares de ventas en el condado de Salt Lake es utilizado para esta causa.
El programa ZAP comenzó en 1997 y fue reinstituido en el 2014 por un voto de 77% de los votantes del Condado de Salt Lake.
La fecha de cierre es Marzo 30, 2018 a las 3:00 PM. Las aplicaciones se pueden encontrar en el sitio ZAP.