Salt Lake Acting Company News Release
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SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY’S NEW PLAY SOUNDING SERIES PRESENTS A READING OF (a man enters) BY ELAINE JARVIK AND KATE JARVIK BIRCH, DIRECTED BY TRACY CALLAHAN.
SLAC’s New Play Sounding Series presents a free reading of (a man enters) – a new play by local playwright Elaine Jarvik and her daughter, Kate Jarvik Birch – on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 7 PM.
In (a man enters) we meet Rosie and her brother. As they get their grandmother's house ready for her 90th birthday party, the two wonder if their estranged father will show up after a 20-year absence. The wondering turns into a series of fantastical, comedic, and bittersweet encounters that explore who their father was, why he left, and what the rules of marriage should be.
Jarvik says, “We’ve wanted to collaborate on a writing project for a long time. But we’re lazy. Then we realized we had a plot that we could pluck right out of our real lives: Kate’s father got remarried over 20 years ago and, soon after, estranged himself from her and her brother. With that little seed, we let our imaginations run wild.”
The reading will be directed by Tracy Callahan, the head of the Acting & Directing program at Weber State University. The cast for the reading will be Daniel Beecher, Teri Cowan, Darrin Doman, Cheryl Gaysunas, Terence Goodman, and Tracie Merrill.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS
Elaine Jarvik is a former Deseret News reporter who discovered one day that it was just as much fun to make up the things people said, so she began writing plays. Her 10-minute play “Dead Right” was produced at the 2008 Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Ky. Her full-length play “The Coming Ice Age” was produced last fall by Pygmalion Theatre Co. Her favorite activity is being the mother of the son and daughter that (a man enters) is not even remotely about.
Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist who loves writing as much as she loves painting, and being a true procrastinator, is happy to ping pong between the two passions. She knew she could die happy when her paintings showed up on the set of “Glee”. Her essay “Private Parts” was published in the literary journal Isotope in 2008 and her short story “Donald” and essay “Mega Volcanoes” were both chosen as finalists in the 2009 Writer’s at Work Fellowship Competition. (a man enters) is Kate’s first foray into playwriting and she’s happy to report that she only wanted to kill her mother twice during the writing of this play.
SLAC NPSS reading (a man enters)
PLAYWRIGHTS Elaine Jarvik
Kate Jarvik Birch
DIRECTOR Tracy Callahan
CAST Daniel Beecher, Teri Cowan, Darrin Doman, Cheryl Gaysunas, Terence Goodman, Tracie Merrill
DATE AND TIME April 25, 2011 @ 7 PM
The audience does not need a ticket in advance to attend this reading. The building will open one hour prior to the performance when general admission tickets will be distributed, and the theatre will open half an hour before the performance.
Salt Lake Acting Company is located at 168 W 500 N, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84103.
For more information call 801- 363-7522 or visit www.saltlakeactingcompany.org
CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION by Annie Baker, with Shelby Andersen, Colleen Baum, Michael Todd Behrens, Alexandra Harbold, and Morgan Lund.
DATES Opened: April 13, 2011
Closing: May 8, 2011
TIMES Regular: Wed – Sat - 7:30 p.m.
Sun- 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Tickets range from $15-$41 depending on performance. Student, Under 30, Senior and Group discounts available – call 801-363-7522
Salt Lake Acting Company
168 W. 500 N. SLC, UT
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.
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