Nii is the author of Plan-B shows "The Scarlet Letter," "Suffrage" and "Kingdom of Heaven," as well as "Ruff!" which toured local elementary schools in 2015. "The Weird Play" will be co-produced with Salt Lake City's Sackerson theater company.
"Jump" is Archer's first play to receive a production. He is a Weber State University-trained actor recently transplanted to New York City. His work is familiar to Utah audiences from Pioneer Theatre shows as well as last year's "Climbing With Tigers," a play by Troy Deutsch based on a book by Nathan Glad and Dallas Graham, co-produced by Flying Bobcat at Salt Lake Acting Company. "Jump," also a co-production with Flying Bobcat, is a partnership with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists.
In addition to its regular season shows, Plan-B will produce Elaine Jarvik's "River. Swamp. Cave. Mountain." in the fall as part of its fifth annual elementary-school tour, scheduled to be performed for K-3 students at 40 Utah schools in seven counties. Jarvik is the author of Plan-B's "Based on a True Story" and "Marry Christmas" and SLAC's "Two Stories" and "(a man enters)." River" is a story about JJ (a 5-year-old with lots of questions) and her sister, Izzy (an 8-year-old know-it-all), who are trying to make sense of their grief after the death of their grandmother.
Season tickets for the three regular shows are $53, available after March 20.
Plan-B spotlights Utah writers in 2017-18
"The Ice Front" • Nov. 9-19. By Eric Samuelsen. Set during World War II, it's the story of what happens when Norwegian National Theatre actors are ordered to perform a Nazi propaganda drama. The play raises questions "about what it means to be an artist, to be a patriot, to be human."
"The Weird Play" • March. 1-11. By Jenifer Nii, in a co-production with Salt Lake City's Sackerson. A play about the distinctions, or not, between romance and devotion.
"Jump" • April 5-15. By Austin Archer, in a co-production with Salt Lake City's Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory, in a partnership with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. The play "explores the impact of survival on those we love," prompting questions such as: How will you die? Will you see it coming? And: What if you're given a second chance?
Tickets • $53; on sale March 20 at planbtheatre.org or 801-355-2787.
Free elementary-school tour
"River. Swamp. Cave. Mountain." • Fall 2017. By Elaine Jarvik, in partnership with The Sharing Place. Described as a play about sisters JJ, who is 5, and Izzy, 8, who are learning to negotiate their feelings of grief after their grandmother passes.
Public performances • Will be held at Salt Lake City Library branches, and as part of Repertory Dance Theatre's Ring Around the Rose Series on Oct. 14.