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Friday, May 17, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: SLC Acting Company 2013 - 2014 Season

Salt Lake Acting Company is thrilled to announce its stellar 43rd season of thoughtful, provocative, exciting, contemporary theatre. The 2013/14 season will feature World Premieres and award-winning plays. Salt Lake Acting Company is a professional theatre and works under a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association.
Executive Producers Keven Myhre and Cynthia Fleming relate, “Our goal is to bring to the Intermountain West the best in contemporary plays. SLAC’s 2013/14 season achieves that goal. Our open, adventurous audience is at the heart of this theatre and our subscribers’ support allows us to produce brave new work. If not for SLAC, these remarkable and diverse plays would otherwise not be produced in this area. We’re looking forward to expanding our education program with 8 free matinee performances for Title 1 schoolchildren (higher poverty, frequently educationally disadvantaged) for our children’s play – THE CAT IN THE HAT. Our University Professional Theatre program will continue to mentor student actors and will open up to include student stage management, and student designers. We’ll continue to partner with local non-profits and give back to a community that has given us so much.” 
SLAC opens the season with the Tony nominated, scintillating, smart and sensual VENUS IN FUR by the always brilliant and hilarious David Ives, running September 25 – October 27, 2013. The lines between reality and fantasy are blurred when the determined, uninhibited actress Vanda wiles her way into an audition for Thomas, the young, writer-director of a new play. Power, masochism and seduction abound in this sexy, funny, unforgettable play that the New York Post proclaims is “Fantastically funny!”
The second show of the season is the winner of the New York Drama Critics Best Play Award. GOOD PEOPLE by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire will run October 30 – November 24, 2013. Set in working-class South Boston, this story looks at the struggles of a group of women trying to make ends meet. When tough, mouthy Margie encounters Mike, who got out of Southie and became a successful doctor, she’s forced to look at her life choices. GOOD PEOPLE is an affectionate look at the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.
SLAC then presents its children’s show, THE CAT IN THE HAT based on the book by Dr. Seuss and adapted by Katie Mitchell from December 3 – December 28, 2013. This adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic, which stays true to the book, will be staged at SLAC for all to look. This beloved tale is told with sounds, music and noises, bringing to audiences young and old oh so much joyses. When the Cat comes to play on one wet rainy day, there is mischief around and Fish’s worries abound. The Boy and young Sue just don’t know what to do, your family won’t want to miss this, I wouldn’t, would you?
February 5 – March 2, 2014 will bring the World Premiere of Elizabeth Diggs’ GRANT & TWAIN, which was presented as part of SLAC’s New Play Sounding Series in 2013. Ulysses S. Grant was the hero of the Civil War. Mark Twain was the most famous writer in America. Twain had just broken a seven-year writer’s block to finish Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Grant had just been swindled out of all his money in a Ponzi scheme. In 1884 the two men forged an unlikely and unbreakable friendship. GRANT & TWAIN explores these two intriguing, complex characters in a story of friendship, courage, betrayal and triumph.
4000 Miles by Amy Herzog was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, winner of the 2012 Obie Award and Time Magazine’s Best Play of the Year in 2012 and will come to Salt Lake City audiences from April 9 – May 4, 2013. Leo is 21 and on a cross-country bike trip to run away from his problems, when he makes a stop to see his feisty 91 year old grandmother, Vera, in her rent-controlled West Village apartment. What starts as a one night visit turns into a month long stay which will infuriate and bewilder these two unlikely roommates. Their friendship will challenge their perceptions, push them outside of their comfort zones and finally show these two outsiders that they are not alone. The New York Times states, "A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama. . . A heartening reminder that a keen focus on life's small moments can pay off in a big way onstage."
The 2013-2014 season will close with the biggest summer party in Utah –  SATURDAY’S VOYEUR by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht. Celebrating its 36thAnniversary, SATURDAY’S VOYEUR will once again be a voice to the more liberal audience base in Utah. This funny, raucous, truly unique, musical satire written for us and about us will give Utahns a place to laugh at and love living in Utah. Bring your picnic and join SLAC June 25 – September 7, 2014.
Salt Lake Acting Company deeply thanks their many season subscribers, without whom this theatre’s work would not be possible.
Season tickets are available. For tickets call 801-363-7522,
visit www.saltlakeactingcompany.org, or come to the box office at 168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.
SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre 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 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.
168 W 500 N | Salt Lake Cty, UT 84103 US

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