Jason Tatom Set for Plan B Theatre's GHOSTS Reading Today
Plan-B Theatre Company in partnership with Planned Parenthood Association of Utah presents a Script-In-Hand Series staged reading of Henrik Ibsen's GHOSTS, in a new translation from the Norwegian by Eric Samuelsen, today, August 25, 2013 at 4pm in the Jeanne Wagner Theatre at the Rose Wagner | 138 W 300 S, SLC. Tickets are free but required - reserve them at http://planbtheatre.org.
Jason Tatom (most recently seen in the Script-In-Hand Series reading of REYKJAVIK) replaces RoBert Scott Smith in the cast, which also includes Jason Bowcutt, Topher Rasmussen, Christy Summerhays and Jessamyn Svensson. The production is directed by Eric Samuelsen.
Mrs. Alving has spent her life meticulously creating the fantasy of a happy home and family and marriage, which explodes in revelations of sexually transmitted diseases, suicide and insanity. Quite possibly the most radical play in history.
Henrik Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright. His major works include BRAND, PEER GYNT, AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, A DOLL'S HOUSE, HEDDA GABBLER, GHOSTS, THE WILD DUCK, ROSMESHOLM and THE MASTER BUILDER. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare and A DOLL'S HOUSE became the world's most performed play by the early 20th century. Several of his plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theatre was required to model strict morals of family life and propriety. Ibsen's work examined the realities that lay behind many façades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality.
Eric Samuelsen was the head of the playwriting program at Brigham Young University from 1999-2011. He has had twenty-three plays professionally produced across the country and is a noted translator of Henrik Ibsen's works - his translation of A DOLL'S HOUSE (literal translation: A DOLL HOUSE) has been read as part of Plan-B's Script-In-Hand Series. His plays MIASMA, AMERIGO and BORDERLANDS received their world premieres at Plan-B and the 2013/14 season is devoted to his work, featuring the world premieres of NOTHING PERSONAL, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 8; FAIRYANA, CLEARING BOMBS and 3.
Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU) is committed to providing accurate information to individuals of all ages concerning the emotional and physical aspects of human sexual behavior and reproduction; providing affordable, high quality reproductive health care services; and protecting and advocating for the rights of individuals to understand and manage their own reproductive lives.
Plan-B Theatre Company develops and produces unique and socially conscious theatre. The Script-In-Hand Series celebrates its 10th anniversary with GHOSTS. The Series was launched in 2004 when the company joined with more than 40 other theatres across the country to present DEAR GEORGE: LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT. The Series has since included 32 readings, including THE NORMAL HEART (in partnership with Utah AIDS Foundation), THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER (in partnership with Kingsbury Hall and more than 200 theatres worldwide), STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLACE (in partnership with Equality Utah and more than 100 other theatres worldwide), 8 (in partnership with American Foundation for Equal Rights), REYKJAVIK (in partnership with the Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and A DOLL HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen in a new translation by Eric Samuelsen (in partnership with the ACLU of Utah and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah).
Photo Credit: Rick Pollock