“Straight”

Performs March 9-25
At the Sorenson Unity Center Black Box Theater
1383 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

By Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola
Directed by JC Carter

Featuring
John Valdez
Andrea Petersen
Dallon D. Thorup

FIRST REGIONAL PRODUCTION

Meet Ben. Ben is a 26-year-old investment banker. Ben likes beer, sports, and Emily. And Chris. “Straight” is a provocative new play that deals with fidelity, sexuality and identity in “post-equality” America. Funny, sad, sexy and surprising, this three-character drama takes a hard look at the moral complex of a generation that prides itself on the pretense of acceptance.

“’Straight’ is smart, bracing andbrimming with clever wisecracks and thought-provoking observations on sexual identity.”—The New York Times

“At its heart, ‘Straight’ really isn’t about what we are or even what we want to be. After all, no one can choose what they are. All we can choose is what we do about it, how we act once we know.”—The Huffington Post

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

Contains explicit sexual content and language. This play is intended for mature audiences only.

All patrons require a ticket regardless of age. Please be aware that children under five years of age will not be admitted to any performance.

Friday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.: Pay What You May Night, including Living A Label Talkback with playwrights and Special Guests following the performance
Saturday, March 10, 1-3 p.m. – Free Master Class with Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola
Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, 3 p.m.

Playwrights Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola will attend opening night of the regional premiere and participate in a post-performance panel discussion, with members of the cast, crew, Salt Lake LGBTQ community, and local government.

Elmegreen and Fornarola will conduct their “Developing New Plays” Master Class Saturday, March 10, 1-3 p.m. The master class event is free and open to the public as a Utah Rep community gift. Participation is limited to 16 seats, so please contact Utah Rep if you wish to participate.

In “Developing New Plays,” the playwrights discuss the development of new works, and the class applies the lessons through a series of practical exercises. The Master Class will have acting, writing and directing components, and is generally excellent for students focusing in any of those disciplines. Additional insights will be offered to theater appreciators who want a better understanding of how new works advance from the kernel of an idea to a fully realized show.

 

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