Salt Lake Acting Company News Release
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY EXTENDS RUN OF (A MAN ENTERS) BY ELAINE JARVIK & KATE JARVIK BIRCH.
After enjoying a 4-week sold out run, Salt Lake Acting Company is happy to announce the extension of its World Premiere production of (a man enters) by Elaine Jarvik & Kate Jarvik Birch.
SLAC has added performances December 8th, 9th, and 10th @ 7:30 PM and December 11th @ 1:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased by calling 801.363.7522 or visiting www.saltlakeactingcompany.org
(a man enters) is a semi-autobiographical and a wildly whimsical comic odyssey about love and family - and what happens after.
Ben Fulton of the Salt Lake Tribune says: “(a man enters), penned by the mother-daughter team of Elaine Jarvik (a former newspaper reporter turned playwright) and Kate Jarvik Birch, does its damndest to dress its tale of family-cut-short in whimsy and fantasy. It succeeds. True to the nature of families themselves, however, the play can’t help but pull you inexorably toward the center of human emotions that must be reckoned with.”
The Deseret News says of (a man enters): “In the hands of five talented actors and under the watchful care of director Alexandra Harbold, the play reminds that not only our deepest joys but also our deepest sorrows are among those found within our own families.”
(a man enters) started as Elaine & Kate’s own personal catharsis. It was a way to bring to life something that could only happen in their imaginations —a way of seeing and interacting with a man who'd removed himself from their lives so many years before.
“After a while we had to let go of our own longings and eccentricities, and instead write the play that the characters needed.” Elaine says, “Real life was a perfect jumping off point, but once we let go of reality, the play came to life.”
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS:
ELAINE JARVIK has spent most of her Utah writing career trying to report the facts, first for the Deseret News and more recently as a freelancer. She is thrilled now to make stuff up. She got her start as a fledgling playwright at Salt Lake Acting Company in a 2004-2005 workshop taught by the theatre’s then Playwright-in-Residence, JT Rogers. Three years later, SLAC presented a reading of her short play, DEAD RIGHT, which had been produced at the 2008 Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville. Last season, her full-length play THE COMING ICE AGE was produced by Pygmalion Theatre Co.
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 a few times during the writing of this play.
SLAC PRODUCTION (A MAN ENTERS)
PLAYWRIGHT Elaine Jarvik & Kate Jarvik Birch
DIRECTOR Alexandra Harbold
CAST Joyce Cohen, Terence Goodman, Amanda Mahoney, Deena Marie Manzanares, Jesse Peery
SET DESIGN Keven Myhre
COSTUME DESIGN Brenda Van Der Wiel
LIGHTING DESIGN Jim Craig
SOUND DESIGN Josh Martin
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Nick Fleming
RUNNING DATES November 4, 2011 – December 11, 2011
ADDED PERFORMANCES December 8 - 11, 2011
TIMES Previews: Wednesday & Thursday- 7:30 p.m.
Regular: Wednesday - Saturday- 7:30 p.m.
Sun- 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. (New Time)
Tickets for SLAC productions range from $15-$41 depending on performance. Discounts available for students, 30 & under, and groups of ten or more.
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Season ticket packages that include 5 plays range from $61-$186.
Tickets available at 801-363-SLAC (7522), at www.saltlakeactingcompany.org, or in person at 168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre found 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 operates under a STP Actors Equity Association contract. 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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