Broadway World: Award-Winning Playwrights of “Straight” to Celebrate Utah Rep’s Regional Premiere of Their Off-Broadway Hit

Being able to converse directly with playwrights after a show’s performance “enriches and deepens the experience by providing another level of insight and meaning to the message being conveyed,” says Utah Theater Lovers’ Founder Megan Gutierrez.

Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola, the award-winning playwrights of the off-Broadway hit “Straight,” will join Utah Repertory Theater Company’s opening night of the regional premiere production in Salt Lake City.

Fornarola (“Claudio Quest,” “Molly Shannon’s Tilly the Trickster”) and Elmegreen (Jerry Seinfeld-directed “Colin Quinn: Long Story Short,” PBS Kids’ “The Magic School Bus” theater adaptation) will participate in a post-performance panel discussion at the opening night Friday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. performance and conduct their “Developing New Plays” Master Class the following Saturday, March 10, 1-3 p.m. The master class event is free and open to the public as a Utah Rep community gift.

“Thank you so much to Utah Rep and the Sorenson Unity Center for presenting our play, and thank you to the audience for your support of new, live theater,” Elmegreen said. “We hope audiences enjoy it, and we’re honored to be a part of Utah Rep’s season!”

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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