PTC Staged Reading of TRUE ART Kicks Off Play-By-Play Series, 2/28-3/1


PTC Staged Reading of TRUE ART Kicks Off Play-By-Play Series, 2/28-3/1

Pioneer Theatre Company ushers in its new play reading series, called Play-By-Play, with True Art by Jessica Provenz, February 28 and March 1, 2014. Guest artist Julie Kramer directs the production.

An awestruck art history graduate lands a dream job at a world-class museum. But when she questions the authenticity of a newly discovered masterpiece, she finds herself swimming with sharks in the form of art curators, trustees, and art dealers. This chance of a lifetime quickly turns into a fight for her ideals, her reputation, and her very future.

Playwright JESSICA PROVENZ recently stepped into the world of politics serving as Director of Policy on Anthony Weiner's New York City 2013 mayoral campaign. Her plays include A Wake on Chappaquiddick, developed with Amy Ryan at Cape Cod Theatre Project, Irish Rep, and New Georges; Truth of Consequences, workshopped with T.R. Knight at the DR2; Better than Chocolate, directed by Matthew Penn at Berkshire Playwrights Lab; Andromeda at Julliard and Berkshire Playwrights Lab; and Sweet Perfume at The Barrow Group. Provenz is a two-time recipient of the Lecomte du Noüy Award for emerging playwrights. She was Playwright-in-Residence at The Juilliard School and a graduate of Northwestern University.

Guest director JULIE KRAMER is a critically acclaimed director and writer known for developing new plays and musicals. She directed her adaptation of The Best of Everything in New York, which was a New York Times and Time Out Critics' Pick and is published by Dramatists Play Service. Other New York directing includes Mother Load off-Broadway (also national tour), Pearl's Gone Blue (Outstanding Musical, FringeNYC); Hillary (New Georges and The Public Theater); and None of the Above (The Lion). She has also directed for The O'Neill Theatre Center, Dorset Theatre Festival, the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, The Uno Festival in Canada and the Mesto Zensk Festival in Slovenia. She's a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

MICHELLE PETERSON (Janet Musso). Peterson most recently performed with Plan-B Theatre in Aden Ross' Lady Macbeth and as Narrator for Peter and the Wolf with Utah Symphony's education tour. Other theatre credits include Rabbit Hole, The Goat, Sight Unseen, All in the Timing, FF: The Brontes, K-Mille, The Heidi Chronicles, and the New Play Sounding Series at Salt Lake Acting Company, and appearances at the Grand Theatre, Utah Contemporary Theatre, and the Egyptian. Television credits include Touched by an Angel and Everwood, as well as commercials and industrials.

RICHARD E. SCOTT* (Buddy Silver/Auctioneer) is the Interim Dean of SLCC's School of Arts, Communication and Media and Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre and Cultural Programming at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). He has worked with many of Utah's theatre companies including Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Sundance Summer & Children's Theatre, and the Egyptian Theatre in Park City. Most recently he performed the role of Willy Loman at the Grand Theatre. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association, which he received during his performance in Inspecting Carol with Pioneer Theatre Company in 1993. Richard is the recipient of the 2010 Salt Lake City Mayor's Artist Award.

LOGAN TARANTINO (J.J. Mendelssohn) is a senior in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. Recent roles include Phaeton and others in the Babcock Theatre's Metamorphoses, Steve in Plan-B Theatre Company's Adam and Steve and the Empty Sea, and Jean-Michel in the Grand Theatre's La Cage aux Folles.

HAYLEY TREIDER* (Lauren Sanders) New York Theatre: Double Falsehood (Classic Stage Company), The Best of Everything (HERE), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (New Victory Theater). Regional: Room Service (Westport Country Playhouse), Present Laughter (Two River Theater Company), Judgment Day (Bard Summer Festival), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Kansas City Repertory Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Roanoke Island Festival Park). NYC readings/workshops: Rattlestick, MCC, The Public, New York Stage & Film, Civilians, Vineyard, Peccadillo Theatre Co., and Playwrights Realm. TV: Orange Is the New Black, Law & Order: SVU, Person of Interest, The Drama Dept. Current fellow: The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Proud graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.

Current PTC season ticket holders may purchase tickets to the readings for $5.00 per ticket. Non-season ticket holders may purchase tickets to individual readings for $10.00 or may purchase all three readings in advance at the same time for $25.00. All tickets are general admission.

Individual tickets may be purchased through the PTC Box Office by calling 801-581-6961 or online at

A pass for all three readings may also be purchased; that pass must be purchased by calling the PTC Box Office at 801-581-6961.

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