In a state with more than 80 different theaters and theater companies, many of the smaller organizations are left competing for a piece of the resources-talent-and-money pie.
Which is what makes the annual Page-to-Stage Festival unique.
"I think there's so much good theater in Utah, and what we're trying to do with U-ACT is bring theaters together to share resources, experience and to learn from each other," said Brian Pilling of Wasatch Theatre Company, referring to their participation in U-ACT, Utah Association of Community Theatres.
"There's definitely competition between theaters, but I think highlighting the other theaters is great they're all bringing good stuff to the table," he continued.
This year's festival offers a full-length play, six original short plays, staged readings and workshops, many of which are free and open to the public.
"It's always a great project because it allows us to feature new works by local playwrights," Pilling said of the shorts, "and it provides a great lesson for the playwrights about the interpretation of their play."
Also helpful to the playwrights are the staged readings that "are an excellent opportunity for the audience to hear new works and to offer feedback that could shape the future of the script," Pilling continued.
In addition to Wasatch Theatre, several other companies are taking part in this year's festival by directing or producing, including Around-the-Globe Theatre, Avalon Isle, Starry-Eyed Puppets and StageRight TheaterCompany."I know other states have really large scale festivals, and we have so much talent here, and that type of collaboration is where we'd like to see U-ACT go."
Here are the offerings and schedule of this year's Page-to-Stage Festival, Rose Wagner Theatre, 138 W. 300 South:
Full-length play, Sept. 11-27
Breaking the Shakespeare Code by John Minigan
Starring Garrick Dean and Alicia Washington
Six shorts, Sept. 12-27
Hot Spot by Jim Lord
Nancy McAffee, Matt Mascaro and Bill Gillane
Symptoms by Jim Martin
Maline Hairup, Daniel Torrence and ClaraSusan Morey II
Destination by Gene Washington
Ryan J. Poole and Scott Thompson
Kurosawa, Sake and Lovers and Strangers, by L. Isabella Iasella
Bill Gillane, Kyoto Ito, Nancy McAffee, Gail McCulloch and Daniel Torrence
Torrid by Linda Eyring
Lindsay Marriott, ClaraSusan Morey II
A Night in the Life by Megan Crivello
Nicole Pilling, Ryan J. Poole, Carl Evans and Brian Pilling.
Admission is $12, which includes admission to both the full-length play and the shorts
Playwrighting workshop, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-noon, led by Karrie Ann Ogilvie and George Plautz
Directing workshop, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-noon, led by Mary Lee Anderton and Sallie Cooper
Call 801-446-5657 to reserve a spot in either workshop.
Free staged readings
Only Human, Rob Luckau, Sept. 13, 5 p.m.
Making Waves, Amanda Waterhouse and Heidi VanErt, Sept. 20, 5 p.m.
Hands Up! based on the book by Paul Magrs, adapated by George Plautz and Matt Heider, Sept. 27, 5 p.m.