In the Event of the Queen’s Death…

By Dramaturg Isabelle Smith-Bernstein In the Event of the Queen’s Death Queen Elizabeth II has been the center of world events for five generations. It is difficult to imagine her passing. The Queen’s funeral has been planned down to the last second. Before the public can be alerted to her passing, several things must happen … Continued

Understanding “King Charles III”

Understanding King Charles III: United Kingdom and Separation of Powers We know that understanding a political system other than our own (and sometimes even our own) can be complicated, so here’s a little diagram to shed some light on a few of the terms you might come across in King Charles III. Just like the US, … Continued

Interview with cast of Women in Jeopardy!

We took a few minutes from rehearsal to check in with the women of WIJ and learn a little bit about what career path has led them to our stage. What was your first professional job as an actor? Elizabeth Meadows Rouse: Dallas Shakespeare Festival; I played a fairy, a prostitute and a corpse. I made … Continued

Wendy Mac Leod—Playwright

By Wendy Mac Leod, playwright of “Women in Jeopardy!”  Is it possible to write a balls-out comedy about three middle-aged women? When we see a female character in the movies, she is statistically likely to fall between the ages of sixteen and thirty-five and the story is usually a marriage plot—a young woman tries to … Continued

Building Family Fences

PTC Blogger Lansia Wann Now, I don’t often get very political. However, in what I feel may be a very tumultuous time of divide in our country, I find television, film, music, theatre, and all other sorts of creative outlets a personal comfort. August Wilson was a playwright who sought to put African-American experiences in … Continued

“Sameness” vs. Difference: Chronicling Black Life

by Dramaturg Martine Kei Green-Rogers August Wilson used the work he created and his voice in the theatre to speak to Black experiences, and to advocate for talented Black artists by insisting that artists of color were used to create productions of his work. For example, his 1996 speech “The Ground on Which I Stand” … Continued

Author August Wilson

August Wilson, original name Frederick August Kittel, (born April 27, 1945, Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.—died Oct. 2, 2005, Seattle, Wash.), American playwright, author of a cycle of plays, each set in a different decade of the 20th century, about black American life. He won Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1986) and The Piano Lesson (1990). Named for … Continued

Consider Yourself… A Victim of Fate?

By Lansia Wann, PTC’s Opening Night Blogger Growing up and pondering the many questions of life always made me wonder about fate and destiny. I’d say that I believe in fate, but not destiny. The difference being, for me at least, that fate was out of my hands. It’s hard for me to explain it … Continued

Finding Fagin

by Kirsten Park, Director of Marketing, with Bill Nolte, currently performing as Fagin in Oliver! Broadway veteran Bill Nolte is no stranger to Salt Lake City (he appeared in the touring production of The Producers) but debuts at Pioneer Theatre Company in the December production of Oliver! as the miserly and selfish leader of a band of pickpocketing orphans. Bill’s … Continued