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Pioneer Theatre Company announces 'Play-by-Play' series

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19 2013 4:30 p.m. MDT

Pioneer Theatre Company has announced plans to present three new plays to audiences in a spring 2014 play reading series, “Play-by-Play.”

The playwrights of the selected works will be brought to Salt Lake City for a weeklong residency, during which each playwright will be able to work with his or her choice of director and a cast of actors. Each play will be rehearsed and performed to allow its playwright to refine the script and see how audiences react.

The works announced for the series are “True Art,” by Jessica Provenz; “A Public Education,” by Jeff Talbott; and “Alabama Story,” by Kenneth Jones. The performances will run between Feb. 28 and April 5. Each play will have three public readings.

Unlike other PTC productions, the “Play-by-Play” performances will not have sets or costumes.

“These are bare-bones developmental presentations allowing the PTC audience a ‘first look’ at new works in progress,” artistic director Karen Azenberg said in a press release.

Managing director Chris Lino said performing the plays as readings saves on costs and enables PTC to offer tickets to those performances at a lower price.

"We want to make it easy for people who love theatre to take that leap of faith to see new work by making these new play readings very affordable,” Lino said in the press release.

The readings will cost $5 per ticket for current PTC season-ticket holders, $10 per ticket for the general public or $25 for all three plays.

More information is available by calling the box office at 801-581-6961 or visiting www.pioneertheatre.org/play-play.

Rachel Brutsch is an editorial assistant in the Features section of Deseret News. She has a bachelor's degree in communication from BYU-Idaho.

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