For six years, Plan-B Theatre Company has given local playwrights the mission of writing, casting and staging brand-new 10-minute plays in 24 hours with specific parameters in its SLAM production. For seven years, Plan-B Theatre Company has given local artist, politicians and media personalities the words of censored songs and literature to share with the community in And the Banned Played On. In 2009, their mutant offspring shall be born.
X96 Radio from Hell co-host Bill Allred and KUER’s Doug Fabrizio play ringleaders for this hybrid fund-raiser for the theater group. On Friday night, playwrights Matthew Ivan Bennett, Kathleen Cahill, Jenifer Nii, Christopher Larsen and Eric Samuelsen will get their marching orders on the First Amendment-defending topic they’ll be required to explore. Furious bouts of writing and slamming of heads against desks will ensue, eventually resulting in a short play and a pairing with a director. The writer-director teams will then put together their casts from a who’s-who lineup of some of the state’s finest stage actors, including Kirt Bateman, Colleen Baum, Teri Cowan, Jayne Luke, David Spencer and Jason Tatom.
As in other “Iron Chef”/”Iron Choreographer” type programs, the potential for sheer trainwreckery is matched by the creative spark provided to true artists by limited parameters.
The astonishing level of local theater talent guarantees an evening both innovative and fascinating, plus cash bar and catering by Cali’s Natural Foods. Don’t let your internal censor keep you away from this event.
And the Banned SLAMMED On @ Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, 801- 355-ARTS, Saturday, May 30, 8 p.m. PlanBTheatre.org