Page-to-Stage Festival 2015
Join us as we present Seven Sinful Short-Shorts.
This year, we mixed things up a little with our showcase of original work by local playwrights. Once chosen, our playwrights crafted scripts based on several components assigned through random drawing. The first component: each had to base their script around a different deadly sin (pride, envy, avarice, sloth, lust, wrath, and pride). The second: each had to incorporate a specific prop and a specific line of dialog. The third: each playwright was assigned a specific cast for which to write.
After several weeks of workshopping, and the presentation of several drafts, the scripts will soon be handed off to the director and casts to begin their magic.
Read about the playwrights below and then check back to learn about the cast and crew.
And, of course, join us May 21-23 as we bring these original scripts to life.
Where: the Studio Theatre at the Rose Wagner (138 West 300 South)
When: Thursday, May 21 @8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 22 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 23 @ 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Meet the Playwrights:
David Sanderson has worked nearly every job there is in theater, on and off the stage, over the last sixteen years. The last few years he has concentrated on giving the actors lines to memorize, rather than spending many hours memorizing lines himself. For Wasatch Theatre Company David has acted in one full-length play (Thaed), directed a short in the Page-To-Stage Festival, and had three short scripts staged in previous festivals. As always, it is a pleasure to work with Brian, George, Jim, and Ann.
Beth Bruner earned an honors B.A. in Playwrighting and Directing from Kenyon College more years ago than she cares to say, and was honored to be a student at the first Playwrights Conference held by the Kenyon Institute in 2014. She has had her scripts put on by Desert Star, Holladay Arts Council, StageRight TheaterCompany, Salty Dinner Theater, Wasatch Theatre Company and Plan-B’s Student Slam. She was a proud member of the Meat & Potato’s Playwrights Laboratory.
George Plautz has been with Wasatch for 14 of its seasons participating in various capacities from board member to board operator including producing, writing, directing and acting. Among his favorite productions for Wasatch are Grey Gardens, The Fantasticks, What the Butler Saw (director), Stories of Hawaii (writer), Hands Up (writer/director) and Avenue Q and Road Show (producer). Several of his short plays have been chosen for production in previous Page-to-Stage Festivals. George spends his days “acting” at being the Director of the English Language Institute at the University of Utah. He cherishes the friendships and collegial relationships he has formed with his Wasatch family both new and old and feels very fortunate to have been able to share those experiences with family, friends, colleagues and students over the years.
Elise C. Hanson is a director and actor from Salt Lake. Though she has written some novels, this is her first foray into the world of playwriting, and she is enjoying her experience with Wasatch. She'd like to thank Brian Pilling for allowing her to be a part of this project, and her fellow playwrights for their insight.
Ryan Noufer grew up on the island of Maui in Hawaii, and from a very young age, was taken over by the addiction of performance. Throughout high school he was an avid performer in theatre, but in sophomore year, he started focussing more on his love for film. Ryan, now 19, is a student at University of Utah, majoring in film, and currently focusing on writing as much as he can whether it be slam poetry, screenplays, or stand-up comedy.
Sherry Allred was born and raised in Utah. She attended the University of Utah in theater, and graduated from John Casablanca Modeling and Career Center. She enjoys every aspect of theater, developing her skills as an author, playwright, composer, screenwriter, director, actress, singer, and motivational speaker. One of her most challenging acting roles was to play the part of a man in two different short plays. She wrote, composed, produced, and directed a full length musical, Nephi and the Sword of Laban and produced many other mini productions. She authored four novels in 3 years and is working on a fifth novel. She is beginning a family band called Mama's Band and is currently producing her second musical. All in all, her greatest joy is her family.