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Mission, History and Productions

Mission

...to engage and enrich community through brave contemporary theatre.

Salt Lake Acting Company's 44-year history is reflected in the expansive body of work it has produced and in the long-standing support of its most open and adventurous audience. SLAC produces seasons of thoughtful, provocative, Regional and World Premieres; nurtures, supports and develops a community of professional artists; produces and supports emerging playwrights; and makes a significant contribution to our community and to American theatre by commissioning, developing and producing new plays. SLAC presents a year-round season of 5 to 7 Regional and World Premieres, reaching an audience of nearly 37,000 (including a season subscriber base of more than 3,000), and supporting over 150 professional theatre artists annually. With a budget of $1.5 million, SLAC works under a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors' Equity Association—a union for professional theatre artists to secure health and pension benefits and negotiate contract rights.

A 501(c)3, SLAC is one of the chief performing arts organizations in Utah. SLAC has earned a loyal following by providing audiences of Salt Lake and the Intermountain West with the opportunity to experience plays that would otherwise not be produced in this area. SLAC is committed to supporting and developing a community of local professional theatre artists and to commissioning, developing and producing new plays. Through arts education programs, SLAC strives to be a resource for the arts for Utah students from kindergarten to university.

 

History

From its humble beginnings in a Unitarian Church in 1969, SLAC has gone on to become the region's premiere theatre for contemporary American plays. In 1978, SLAC moved to the Glass Factory Theatre, which it called home for five years before returning to a church. Today SLAC's home is the historic 19th Ward House of Worship, originally built in 1896 by early settlers with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the Marmalade Hill District of Salt Lake City. The 14,000-square-foot facility, which SLAC leases from the City, contains rehearsal space, dressing rooms, offices, lounge and kitchen. Fully-renovated, it includes two flexible theatres: the 113-seat Chapel Theatre, and the 160-200-seat Upstairs Theatre.

Since 1970, SLAC has produced and presented over 200 Regional Premieres of this country's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwrights, and has commissioned, developed and produced an impressive body of World Premieres, many of which have gone on to further productions throughout the world. Of the first few years of SLAC Founder Ed Gryska said, "We were throwing stuff out there that the audience had never heard of; they didn't know what it was, and we educated them. We did the traditional stuff, but we'd always try to do a new play, something very different to balance that out, and I think that got the audiences in. And the audiences grew. I think that SLAC was always growing and becoming more and more important to this community, and it still is."

 

Productions (1969-2013)

2013/2014
VENUS IN FUR by David Ives
GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire
Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT | Based on the book by Dr. Seuss | Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
GRANT & TWAIN by Elizabeth Diggs | World Premiere
A LOSS OF APPETITE by David Kranes
4000 MILES by Amy Herzog
SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2014 by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2012/2013
LOVE LOSS AND WHAT I WORE by Nora Ephron & Delia Ephron | Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON | Music and Lyrics by by Michael Friedman | Book by Alex Timbers
MANNING UP by Sean Christopher Lewis | NNPN Rolling World Premiere
CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE | Adapted by James E. Grote | Music by George Howe | Based on the book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin
HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING by Shawn Fisher | World Premiere
THE EXIT INTERVIEW by William Missouri Downs | NNPN Rolling World Premiere
SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013 by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2011/2012
GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Reza | Translated by Christopher Hampton
(a man enters) by Elaine Jarvik & Kate Jarvik Birch | World Premiere
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE | Book, Music and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman | Based on the book by Melinda Long with illustrations by David Shannon
RED by John Logan
DOTTIE-THE SISTER LIVES ON! by Charles Lynn Frost & Christopher R. Wixom | World Premiere
COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE by Kathleen Cahill | World Premiere
SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2012 by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2010/2011
ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART 1: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES by Tony Kushner
ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART 2: PERESTROIKA by Tony Kushner | Staged Reading
boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE | Adapted by Jody Davidson | Based on the book by Laura Joffe Numeroff | Illustrated by Felicia Bond
THE PERSIAN QUARTER by Kathleen Cahill | World Premiere
CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION by Annie Baker
SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2011 by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2009/2010
THE CARETAKER by Harold Pinter
MASTER CLASS by Terrence McNally
GO, DOG. GO! | Based on the book by P.D. Eastman | Adapted by Allison Gregory & Steven Dietz
• TOO MUCH MEMORY by Keith Reddin & Meg Gibson
CHARM by Kathleen Cahill | World Premiere
SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2010 by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2008/2009
• THE OVERWHELMING by J. T. Rogers | World Premiere
• A SLIGHT DISCOMFORT by Jeff Metcalf | World Premiere
• SIX YEARS by Sharr White
• DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS by Carlos Murillo
• END DAYS by Deborah Zoe Laufer
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2009 by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2007/2008
• MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS by Ron Hutchinson
• BILLION DOLLAR BABY by Julie Jensen | World Premiere
• SKIN IN FLAMES (LA PELL EN FLAMES) by Guillem Clua | Translated by D. J. Sanders
• THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2008 by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2006/2007
• RABBIT HOLE by David Lindsay-Abaire
• ICE GLEN by Joan Ackermann
• SEXSTING by Doris Baizley & Susan Raffanti | World Premiere
• ROUNDING THIRD by Richard Dresser
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2007 by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2005/2006
• SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS by Adam Bock
• MAN FROM NEBRASKA by Tracy Letts
• I AM MY OWN WIFE by Doug Wright
• BOY by Julia Jordan
• THE WATER PROJECT by various Utah playwrights | World Premiere
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2006 by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2004/2005
• BAD DATE by Theresa Rebeck
• MADAGASCAR by J. T. Rogers | World Premiere
• POLISH JOKE by David Ives
• DUSE EATERS by Julie Jensen | World Premiere
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2005 by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2003/2004
• KIMBERLY AKIMBO by David Lindsey-Abaire
• BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL | Story and book by Keythe Farley & Brian Flemming | Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe
• HOLD PLEASE by Annie Weisman
• THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA? by Edward Albee
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2004 by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2002/2003
• GOING TO ST. IVES by Lee Blessing
• BIG LOVE by Charles Mee
• LOBBY HERO by Kenneth Lonergan
• WAIT! by Julie Jensen | World Premiere
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR: 25TH ANNIVERSARY by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht | World Premiere

2001/2002
• THE MEMORY OF WATER by Shelagh Stephenson
• THE BEARD OF AVON by Amy Freed
• CABBIES, COWBOYS AND THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN |15 short plays by Utah writers | World Premiere
• SEEING THE ELEPHANT by J. T. Rogers | World Premiere
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2002: THE SORGHUM CHRONICLES by Nancy Borgenicht & Allen Nevins | World Premiere

2000/2001
• WHITE PEOPLE by J. T. Rogers | World Premiere
• HYSTERIA by Terry Johnson
• TWO SISTERS AND A PIANO by Nilo Cruz
• FREEDOMLAND by Amy Freed
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2001 by Nancy Borgenicht & Allen Nevins | World Premiere

1999/2000
• THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE by Martin McDonagh
• THE RIDE DOWN MOUNT MORGAN by Arthur Miller
• TWO-HEADED by Julie Jensen | World Premiere
• GUN-SHY by Richard Dresser
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2000 by Nancy Borgenicht and Allen Nevins | World Premiere

1998/1999
• MASTER CLASS by Terrence McNally
• HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE by Paula Vogel
• THE JOY OF GOING SOMEWHERE DEFINITE by Quincy Long
• GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE by Moisés Kaufman
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR '99: THE ZOODOO VOODOO FOLLIES by Nancy Borgenicht and Allen Nevins | World Premiere

1997/1998
• LAST LISTS OF MY MAD MOTHER by Julie Jensen | World Premiere
• GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD MORNING JULIET) by Ann-Marie MacDonald
• THREE DAYS OF RAIN by Richard Greenburg
• MERE MORTALS by David Ives
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR '98: 20TH ANNIVERSARY CRUISE by Nancy Borgenicht and Allen Nevins | World Premiere

1996/1997
• NIXON'S NIXON by Russell Lees
• BEAST ON THE MOON by Richard Kalinoski
• ONE LAST DANCE by Al Brown | World Premiere
• INCORRUPTIBLE by Michael Hollinger
• SYLVIA by A. R. Gurney
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR '97: JORDAN RIVERDANCE by Nancy Borgenicht and Allen Nevins | World Premiere

1995/1996
• THREE TALL WOMEN by Edward Albee
• ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART I: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES by Tony Kushner
• WINTER OF THE DEER by David Kranes | World Premiere
• ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART II: PERESTROIKA by Tony Kushner
• NAPOLEON'S CHINA by Ann Haskell, Sherry Kramer & Rebecca Newton | World Premiere
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR '96: PHATMAN OF THE OPERA by Nancy Borgenicht and Allen Nevins | World Premiere

1994/1995
• VOICES IN THE DARK by John Pielmeier
• KEELY AND DU by Jane Martin
• AN EMPTY PLATE IN THE CAFÉ DU GRAND BOEUF by Michael Hollinger
• ALL IN THE TIMING by David Ives
• GUNMETAL BLUES by Scott Wentworth, Craig Bohmler, Marion Adler
• SIGHT UNSEEN by Donald Margulies
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR '95: SPIRIT OF THE HIVE by Nancy Borgenicht and Allen Nevins | World Premiere

1993/1994
• NUNSENSE II by Dan Goggin
• SALT LAKE SALT LAKE by Laurie Johnson & Richard Jewkes | World Premiere
• PAINTING CHURCHES by Tina Howe
• OLEANNA by David Mamet
• ZARA SPOOK AND OTHER LURES by Joan Ackerman Blount
• MARVIN'S ROOM by Scott McPhearson
• SONG OF SINGAPORE by Alan Katz, Erik Frandsen, Robert Hipkens, Michael Garin and Paula Lockhart
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR by Nancy Borgenicht & Allen Nevins | World Premiere
• WILD GUYS by Andrew Weggit & Rebecca Shaw

1992/1993
• GOD'S COUNTRY by Steven Dietz
• SALT LAKE SALT LAKE by Edward J. Gryska & Ron VanWoerden | World Premiere
• PARALLEL LIVES: THE KATHY AND MO SHOW by Kathy Najimy, Mo Gaffney
• FF: THE BRONTES by Aden Ross | World Premiere
• OIL CITY SYMPHONY | Book by Mike Craver, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk and Mary Murfitt | Music and lyrics by various composers

1991/1992
• NINE by Arthur Kopit
• K-MILLE by Aden Ross | World Premiere
• THE LISBON TRAVIATA by Terrence McNally
• ABUNDANCE by Beth Henley
• NUNSENSE by Dan Goggin

1990/1991
• M. BUTTERFLY by David Henry Hwang
• WHITE MAN DANCING by Stephen Metcalfe
• WHITE MONEY by Julie Jensen | World Premiere
• THE HEIDI CHRONICLES by Wendy Wasserstein
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR: SUMMER ROADSHOW by Nancy Borgenicht & Allen Nevins | World Premiere

1989/1990
• LA CAGE AUX FOLLES by Jerry Herman, Harvey Fierstein
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR: CHRISTMAS ROADSHOW '89 by Nancy Borgenicht & Edward J. Gryska | World Premiere
• WOMEN AND WALLACE by Jonathan Mark Sherman
• THE GHOSTMAN by Wendy Hammond
• THE ROAD TO MECCA by Athol Fugard
• THE VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE by John Olive

1988/1989
• STEEL MAGNOLIAS by Robert Harland
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR: CHRISTMAS ROADSHOW '88 by Nancy Borgenicht & Edward J. Gryska | World Premiere
• HUNTING COCKROACHES by Janusz Glowacki
• BEIRUT by Alan Bowen
• 1102 AND 1103 by David Kranes | World Premiere
• DO BLACK PATENT LEATHER SHOES REALLY REFLECT UP? by John R. Powers, James Quinn & Alaric Jans

1987/1988
• ON THE VERGE (OR THE GEOGRAPHY OF YEARNING) by Eric Overmeyer
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR: 10TH ANNIVERSARY ROADSHOW by Nancy Borgenicht & Edward J. Gryska | World Premiere
• SAND MOUNTAIN by Romulus Linney
• CANTRELL by David Kranes | World Premiere
• LIVIN' DOLLS | Book by Scott Whittman | Music by Marc Shaiman | Lyrics by Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman

1986/1987
• LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS by Howard Ashmane, Alan Menken
• MONTANA by David Kranes | World Premiere
• BIGFOOT STOLE MY WIFE by Ron Carlson
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR: CHRISTMAS ROADSHOW '86 by Nancy Borgenicht & Edward J. Gryska | World Premiere
• THE FOREIGNER by Larry Shue
• OUT OF GAS ON LOVERS LEAP by Mark St. Germain
• BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS by Neil Simon

1985/1986
• DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by John Patrick Stanley
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR: CHRISTMAS 85 by Nancy Borgenicht & Edward J. Gryska | World Premiere
• STANDING ON MY KNEES by John Olive
• IDLE WHEELS by James Morrison
• ANGRY HOUSEWIVES by A.M. Collins & Bert Kalmar

1984/1985
• PACIFIC OVERTURES by Stephen Sondheim, John Weidman & Hugh Wheeler
• SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU by Christopher Durang
• WAVE'S HOME FOR HURTIN' TAMMIES by Gail Wronsky
• IN A COAL BURNING HOUSE by Jeffrey Kinghorn
• FOOL FOR LOVE by Sam Shepard

1983/1984
• WOMEN BEHIND BARS by Tom Eyen
• THE SALMON RUN by David Kranes | World Premiere
• STILL LIFE by Emily Mann
• CLOUD 9 by Caryl Churchill
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR by Nancy Borgenicht & Michael Buttars | World Premiere

1982/1983
• GEMINI by Alberto Innaurato
• MISS MARGARIDA'S WAY by Roberto Athayde
• THE GIN GAME by D.L. Coburn
• I LOVE MY WIFE by Michael Stewart & Cy Coleman
• PRIVATE PARTS by Lyn Tylor, Aden Ross, Ron Carlson, Sumerset Maughan & Jane Martin | World Premiere
• MULEBONES by Al Brown | World Premiere
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR by Nancy Borgenicht and Michael Buttars | World Premiere

1981/1982
• WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? by Edward Albee
• WANTED: BILLY THE KID by Aden Ross | World Premiere
• HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen
1980/1981
• DEATH OF A SALESMAN by Arthur Miller
• I BRING YOU MILLAY by Edna St. Vincent Millay with Madelon Thomas
• THE GOOD DOCTOR by Neil Simon
• BACK TO BACK by Al Brown | World Premiere
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR by Nancy Borgenicht & Michael Buttars | World Premiere

1979/1980
• THE SHADOW BOX by Michael Cristofer
• FIFTH OF JULY by Lanford Wilson
• ZELDA by William Luce
• SUMMER AND SMOKE by Tennessee Williams
• THE CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS by Sam Shepard
• HEARTBREAK HOUSE by George Bernard Shaw
• DISCO WORLD by Cris Paulsen | World Premiere
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR: ROADSHOW '79 by Nancy Borgenicht & Michael Buttars | World Premiere

1978/1979
• PIPPIN | Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz | Book by Roger O. Hirson
• SWEET EROS by Terrence McNally
• THE BEARD by Michael McClure
• AMERICAN BUFFALO by David Mamet
• EL GRANDE DE COCA-COLA by Ron House, John Neville-Andrews, Alan Shearman, Diz White & Sally Willis
• DEAR LIAR by Jerome Kilty
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR: ROADSHOW '78 by Nancy Borgenicht & Michael Buttars | World Premiere

1977/1978
• BULLSHOT CRUMMOND by Ron House
• SYLVIA PLATH: A DRAMATIC PORTRAIT | Conceived and adapted from her writings by Barry Kyle
• THE OLDEST LIVING GRADUATE by Preston Jones
• THE MAIDS by Jean Genet
• BAD HABITS by Terrence McNally
• SATURDAY'S VOYEUR by Nancy Borgenicht & Michael Buttars | World Premiere

1976/1977
• KENNEDY'S CHILDREN by Robert Patrick
• FORTUNE AND MEN'S EYES by John Herbert
• COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim
• THE AFRICAN BEE INVASION by Anne Chamberlain | World Premiere
• THE HOLY GHOSTLY by Sam Shepard
• THE SHANGHAI GESTURE by John Colton
• CRIMES OF PASSION (OR THE FATAL PUNCH)

1974/1975
• STARFISH by Ken Jenks | World Premiere
• EL GRANDE DE COCA-COLA by Ron House, John Neville-Andrews, Alan Shearman, Diz White and Sally Willis
• GARDEN DISTRICT by Tennessee Williams
• THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST by Oscar Wilde
• TURDS IN HELL by Charles Ludlam and Bill Vehr
• THE BALD SOPRANO by Eugene Ionesco
• ONE ACTS: WHY IS GLIDA TURNING SO GRAY?, CAMERA OBSCURA, SOLITAIRE
• THE ZOO STORY by Edward Albee

1973/1974
• THE LITTLE FOXES by Lillian Hellman
• IMPROVISATION, OR THE SHEPARD'S CHAMELEON by Eugene Ionesco
• THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA by William Shakespeare
• A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare
• BAREFOOT IN THE PARK by Neil Simon
• OLD TIMES by Harold Pinter

1972/1973
• GODSPELL by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak
• THE AMERICAN DREAM by Edward Albee
• BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Jean Cocteau
• OH DAD, POOR DAD, MAMMA'S HUNG YOU IN THE CLOSET AND I'M FEELING SO SAD by Arthur Kopit
• HAIR by Jerome Ragni and Galt McDermott

1971/1972
• SALVATION
• THE BIRDS by Aristophanes
• DARK OF THE MOON by Howard Richardson and William Barney
• FLASH: HE CAME FROM ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Edward J. Gryska | World Premiere
• SARAH B. DIVINE by Tom Eyen

1970/1971
• MEDEA 70
• THE TAROT CARDS by Edward J. Gryska | World Premiere
• THE LAST SWEET DAYS OF ISAAC
• ELECTRIC GENESIS by Edward J. Gryska | World Premiere

1969/1970
• VIET ROCK by Megan Terry
• KEEP TIGHTLY CLOSED IN A COOL DRY PLACE by Megan Terry
• COMINGS AND GOINGS by Megan Terry
• CEREMONY OF US

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