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SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY ANNOUNCES ITS 2010-2011 SEASON, CELEBRATING THE COMPANY’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY
The Salt Lake Acting Company’s Executive Producers Keven Myhre and Cynthia Fleming, and the Board of Trustees proudly announce an adventurous, eclectic and thought-provoking line up of plays for the 2010/2011 Season. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, SLAC dedicates this season to every subscriber, playwright, actor, board member, director, donor, crew member, volunteer, and employee of the last 40 years. The 2010/2011 Season will feature 6 plays including the Pulitzer Prize winning Angels in America, the World Premiere of Kathleen Cahill’s The Persian Quarter, SLAC’s annual musical satire - Saturday’s Voyeur, and upon the success of last season’s Go, Dog. Go!, a second annual professional production for children – If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
The 2010/2011 Season will open with Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Executive Producers Keven Myhre and Cynthia Fleming say: “In the spirit of honoring the past, we examined SLAC’s 40 year history and asked: what is the benchmark play that epitomized SLAC? Tony Kushner’s Angels in America is a defining, relevant play for theatre worldwide as well as for SLAC in particular. SLAC was fortunate enough to be one of the first regional theatres in America to produce it, to critical acclaim. Opening the 2010/2011 season with Angels in America will allow us to honor, reconnect, and share this theatre’s history with our artists and our audiences.”
An intimate, epic play about American life in Salt Lake City and New York City in the mid 80’s, Angels in America is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Drama.
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches will be directed by SLAC Executive Producer Keven Myhre and will run October 6 – 31, 2010 in SLAC’s Upstairs Theatre.
As an add-on to the season, SLAC will present a reading of Angels in America: Part 2 Perestroika November 3 – 7, 2010.
Next, in SLAC’s intimate Chapel Theatre - Boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. A quirky, sci-fi, not-so-romantic comedy, Boom follows Jo, a female journalism student, and Jules, a male marine biologist, on what appears to be an erotic “casual encounter.” But there's nothing casual whatsoever about this particular evening. Will meaningless sex have meaning? What's going on in the fish tank? And who is that woman, Barbara, pulling levers in the corner? Something is about to explode.
Boom was premiered at Ars Nova in New York and has since been produced at Woolly Mammoth in Washington DC, Seattle Rep, and Cleveland Public Theatre.
SLAC’s production of Boom will be directed by Robin Wilks Dunn and will run November 3 – December 5, 2010.
For the holidays, SLAC is thrilled to produce its second annual professional play for children, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie adapted by Jody Davidson. Based on the children’s book by Laura Joffe Numeroff, the play follows a small boy who turns his house upside-down trying to please one hungry mouse.
In conjunction with the play, SLAC’s outreach efforts include seven free performances for Title 1 schoolchildren, four discounted performances for non-Title 1 schools, an interactive online study guide, and literary partnerships with the Salt Lake Public Library and the King's English Bookshop.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie will be directed by Penny Caywood and will run December 1 – 26, 2010.
In February, SLAC will proudly present the World Premiere of The Persian Quarter by Kathleen Cahill (playwright of last season’s Charm.) The play is both a story told on a Persian carpet and a piece of political history, set in the United States and Iran between 1979 and 2009. In Tehran in 1980, Ann is an American hostage and Shirin, an Iranian revolutionary student, is one of her captors. Thirty years later their daughters, Emily and Azadeh, meet accidentally in an empty classroom at Columbia University during the visit of the Iranian President Ahmadinejad.
Cahill says: “I wrote the play, inspired by what is happening in Iran these days- especially what is happening to the women, their passionate heroism, what they've lived through and what they are willing to do in honor of their country. I wanted to remember my life there, when I lived in Iran, more than thirty years ago, to give meaning to my memories and to try to understand what I didn't understand when I was a young woman living there. The play though, isn't a memory. It's a re-evaluation. And it's a question. Actually, it's a lot of questions.”
The Persian Quarter will be directed by Andra Harbold and will run February 2 – 27, 2011.
In the spring, SLAC presents Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker. A new play that took the New York theatre world by storm, Circle Mirror Transformation is a beautifully-crafted comedy in which four lost New Englanders enrolled in a community acting class open up their lives with terrific detail, clarity, and poignancy.
Recently awarded an Obie for Best New American Play, Circle Mirror Transformation will run April 13 – May 8, 2011 at SLAC and will be directed by Adrianne Moore.
Closing out Salt Lake Acting Company’s 2010/2011 Season is the ever-popular, political musical satire Saturday’s Voyeur, written for us, about us each year by Allen Nevins and Nancy Borgenicht.
Saturday’s Voyeur 2011 will run June 29 – September 4, 2011.
In addition to serving its primary theatre audience, SLAC will continue its vital and energetic outreach to new audiences, and its commitment to nurturing and developing new artists and new works. Programs designed to form new partnerships, reach a broader audience, and accommodate a diverse range of income levels include:
Theatre Student Sunday Series
College and University Theatre Students from across the state come together as a community of artists to explore professional theatre from the business to the artistic impulse. Each performance includes a pre-play discussion with the playwright, director, designers, actors, and stage management.
New Play Sounding Series
NPSS presents free staged readings featuring new work. The series offers SLAC’s audience unplugged storytelling and the opportunity to participate in a post-play discussion which serves as a vital workshop and testing ground for playwrights as they continue to develop new projects.
Fearless Fringe Festival - going deeper into our mission of developing vital new work
A three day theatrical adventure featuring local playwrights, actors, directors, musicians, and dancers is presented in repertory in SLAC’s Chapel Theatre.
Free ZAP Tuesdays
Thanks to funding from ZAP, SLAC offers a free night of theatre on the first Tuesday night performance of each play.
As always, Salt Lake Acting Company deeply thanks their many season subscribers, without whom this 40th Season would not be possible.
Season tickets are available now and range from $56-$161.
Single tickets are available, ranging from $15-$41.
For more information call 801.363.7522 or visit www.saltlakeactingcompany.org
SLAC was founded in 1970 and is dedicated to producing, commissioning and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres, and the National New Play Network.