Play-by-Play: The Messenger

Play-by-Play: The Messenger

The second play in the 2019-2020 Play-by-Play season, The Messenger, by Jeff Talbott.

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  • 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturday Evenings
  • 2:00 p.m. Saturday Matinees

This reading will be held in Babcock Theatre, in the lower level of Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

Artistic Staff Bios

JEFF TALBOTT (Playwright) Jeff Talbott’s play i was developed in Pioneer Theatre Company’s Play-by-Play Series and subsequently produced by PTC in 2018. His play A Public Education was also seen in Play-by-Play and was a finalist for the 2015 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Other plays: The Submission (Off-Broadway – MCC Theater; Laurents/Hatcher Award and Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for New American Play; published and licensed by Samuel French); The Gravedigger’s Lullaby (Off-Broadway – TACT/Theatre Row; published and licensed by Dramatic Publishing); Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors (2018 O’Neill Finalist; Montclair State University and last fall at Utah State Univeristy); Joseph Cook (2019 O’Neill Finalist); Three Rules for the Dragon (2017 O’Neill Finalist), How to Build a City, Elliot and All the Stars in the Midnight Sky. He writes musicals with composer Will Van Dyke; as a musical theatre writing team they were finalists for the 2019 Fred Ebb Award. Jeff graduated with honors from the Yale School of Drama.

WES GRANTOM (Director) is delighted to be back at PTC after directing The Lifespan of a Fact, The Lion in Winter and A Comedy of Tenors by Ken Ludwig. Grantom has also worked with companies such as Ars Nova, Pittsburgh CLO, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Asolo Rep, Berkshire Theatre Group, Theatreworks USA, Premiere Stages, the Atlantic, New Harmony Project, among others. He is a recipient of multiple Drama League Fellowships, a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and teaches at the University of Evansville where he is also an alum.

KELSEY JAMES* (Stage Manager) is happy to be returning to PTC, where her previous credits include: Art and Class, The Fifth Domain, Requiem for August Moon, and Perpetual Girl for the Play-by-Play reading series, and ASM for In the Heights and La Cage aux Folles (Concert Productions), amongst other regional productions. Proud AEA member.