FACING EAST

Genre: Drama, Lesbian+Gay
By Carol Lynn Pearson | Directed by Jerry Rapier

Plan-B Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah, transfers its world premiere production of FACING EAST by Carol Lynn Pearson from Salt Lake City to off-Broadway for a limited engagement.

FACING EAST is the story of Ruth and Alex McCormick, an upstanding Mormon couple reeling from the suicide of their gay son. Stuck between their faith and their new reality, they encounter their son's partner, Marcus, for the first time.

FACING EAST enjoyed a sold-out run in November 2006 in Salt Lake City, Utah, where it will run again April 19-May 6 before transferring off-Broadway. The entire Utah cast and production team will remain intact. Following the off-Broadway run, FACING EAST will play San Francisco for three weeks in August.

Plan-B Theatre is the first Utah-based theatre company in history to transfer a production off-Broadway.

Cast: Jerry Rapier-Director

Preview:   05/25/07
Open:   05/29/07
Close:   06/17/07

Schedule:
Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm
Saturday-Sunday at 3pm
Theater:   Atlantic Stage 2
Address:   330 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
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Cost:$40.00, $10.00 Students
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Company: Plan-B Theatre         Official Web Site: planbtheatre.org/facingeast
Carol Lynn Pearson Playwright
is the best-selling author of more than thirty books and plays, including her classic GOODBYE, I LOVE YOU and her new book NO MORE GOODBYES: CIRCLING THE WAGONS AROUND OUR GAY LOVED ONES. Many of her poems have been widely reprinted in such places as Ann Landers' column, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL, college literary textbooks and the compilation BEGINNINGS AND BEYOND. Pearson has written numerous educational motion pictures, including the well-known CIPHER IN THE SNOW, as well as several plays and musicals, two commissioned by Robert Redford's Sundance Summer Theatre. She has performed her one-woman play MOTHER WOVE THE MORNING more than 300 times internationally. The film version was named "one of the top 25 videos of the year" by BOOKLIST. Her book CONSIDER THE BUTTERFLY was a finalist in the Inspiration/Spiritual category of the 2002 Independent Publishers Book Awards.

Ms. Pearson's prolific career as a writer, poet and performer has taken her all over the world. Her latest stage play, FACING EAST, premiered at Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City in November of 2006. She holds an MA in theater from Brigham Young University, is the mother of four grown children, and lives in Walnut Creek, California. Visit her at www.clpearson.com.

Jay Perry Marcus
most recently appeared in Plan-B's THE ALIENATION EFFEKT and the world premiere of FACING EAST. A native of Salt Lake City and graduate of University of Utah's Actor Training Program, he also trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Mr. Perry's regional credits include THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and THE COMPLEAT WORKS OF WLLM SHKSPR (ABRIDGED) for Salt Lake Shakespeare; A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE for Pioneer Theatre Company; THE SEAGULL at The Rose Wagner; A THOUSAND CLOWNS at the Grand Theatre; and TRAGEDY: A TRAGEDY, SLAM and two installments of RADIO HOUR for Plan-B Theatre Company. Film/television: THE THREE FOLEYS for Weird Chief Pictures, RED LIGHT for Spy-Hop Productions, THE RIGHT TEMPTATION for HBO and, most recently, PECULIARITIES for Cue Media/Z-Axis Films and the 2007 season ad campaign for Ballet West.

Mr. Perry would like to thank the director, Jerry Rapier and writer, Carol Lynn Pearson for the opportunity to be a part of this important work.

Jayne Luke Ruth
previously appeared in Plan-B's ANIMAL FARM. A native Utahn, she works as an actress, choreographer, director and producer in most of the major theatres in Utah. Regional acting roles include KIMBERLY AKIMBO, BOY, THE BEARD OF AVON and BIG LOVE at Salt Lake Acting Company; DEATH OF A SALESMAN, PRESENT LAUGHTER, GRAPES OF WRATH at Pioneer Theatre Company; and many productions at Sundance Summer Theatre. She has also choreographed many productions for Pioneer Theatre Company, most recently PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Film/television: BRIGHAM CITY, SPECIES and several episodes of TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL.

Ms. Luke was artistic director of Sundance Summer Theatre from 1981-93 and has participated as an actress in both the Sundance Film and Theatre Labs. She is founder and artistic director of Walk-Ons, Inc. and producer of the Senior Theatre Project, which takes plays for, by and about senior citizens to residential facilities and senior centers in Utah.

previously appeared in Plan-B's THE LARAMIE PROJECT, for which he was named "Best Actor 2001" by Salt Lake City Weekly. Other regional credits include: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, THE IMAGINARY INVALID, THE FOREIGNER, GOD'S COUNTRY, GREATER TUNA and A TUNA CHRISTMAS. He will complete the TUNA trilogy in 2008 with RED, WHITE AND TUNA. Mr. Frost has appeared in numerous regional, national and local commercials as well as extensive voice work. Film/television: CON AIR and several episodes of HBO's HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE SERIES.

Based in Salt Lake City, Mr. Frost works as a business leadership coach, change management consultant, systems analyst, and curricular/media director, having won numerous TELLY awards. He has served on the boards of Utah Pride Center (chair), Equality Utah, Utah Arts Council, The College Board, Kennedy Center Educational Arts Advisory Board, and Educational Theatre Association (president). He is a proud father of four, grandfather of two, has a white terrier named Deacon and expresses love and gratitude to his partner of five years, Douglas Lott.