OGDEN — Plan-B Theatre Company presents a staged reading of “Adam and Steve and the Empty Sea” as part of the OUTReach LGBTQ youth summit at Weber State University.
The cast includes University of Utah student Logan Tarantino of Layton and Utah Valley University student Topher Rasmussen of Sandy in a story of two childhood friends as they grapple with religion, sexuality and adulthood.
The play was written by Matthew Greene, who graduated with a theater degree from Brigham Young University and now lives in New York. The reading is directed by Plan-B’s producing director Jerry Rapier, who said Plan-B is planning to mount a fully staged production of the play in January.
“Our country seems more polarized than it has at any other point in my lifetime,” Rapier said in an email. “So I instantly connected with Matthew Greene’s play and decided to produce it because the characters in the play understand something I’ve just recently figured out: The real victories lie in the middle ground, in compromise, in what comes from not just listening, but actually hearing what’s being said to you from a point of view you may not agree with.”
The reading will be followed by a discussion with the cast, director and playwright. “Mormon in Chief,” another play by Greene, is receiving its world premiere in August at the New York International Fringe Festival and will also receive a staged reading from Plan-B Theatre Company in September, Rapier noted.
“Adam and Steve and the Empty Sea” will be performed at 1 p.m. Friday, July 27 in Room 321 of the Shepherd Union Building on the WSU campus, 3848 Harrison Blvd.
The reading is free with summit attendance or $8 at the door. Proceeds go to OUTReach. Visit http://planbtheatre.org/adam&steve.htm for more information.
For more information or to register for the July 27-28 summit, call 801-686-4528.