Wasatch Theatre Presents Page-to-Stage Festival

Wasatch Theatre Company is turning 21 and are moving out and getting their own place! We're excited to announce that WTC is moving to The Gateway as the resident theatre company. WTC joins organizations like Wise Guys Comedy Club, The Depot, The Discovery Children's Museum, Clark Planetarium, the Gateway Megaplex and the newly opened Dave & Busters to be part of the Gateway's premiere entertainment and cultural district.

Your first chance to check out Wasatch's new space will be during their Page-to-Stage Festival. And just what is the Page-to-Stage Festival? It's an opportunity to check out new works by local playwrights. For 19 years, the festival has provided a forum for local talent to develop new scripts, get feedback, and see their words brought to life.

This year, the challenge presented to the playwrights was to craft a script based on a missed connection advertisement from Craigslist. Participants were assigned a missed connection (or two) in January, and under the direction of WTC board member Nicholas Dunn, they workshopped drafts through the end of April before turning over completed scripts to director Michael Nielsen. The 2018 playwriting team includes Brook Downs, J. Omar Hansen, Sierra DuCharme-Hansen, Hayley Heaton, Jesse Nepivoda, Andrea Kile Peterson.

The shows - ranging from surreal to poignant, mysterious to heartfelt - are now in the capable hands of actors Amanda Caraway, Laura Chapman, Gordon Dunn, Merry Magee, Daniel McLeod, and Carlos Nobleza Posas. Each actor stars in a couple of the short scripts, making the evening not only a showcase for new scripts, but also for the versatility of the cast.

Performances are Thursday, June 14, Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m., with a 1:00 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, June 16. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at www.wasatchtheatre.org.

Other features of this year's festival include an open house on Friday, May 15 starting at 5:30 p.m. (come check out the new space and stay for the show), a reception with the playwrights following the performance on Friday, June 15, and a free staged reading of an original play by Nicholas Dunn at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.

Performances (and related events) take place at the WTC at the Gateway Venue (124 South 400 West).

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