Leonardo da Vinci Meets His Famous Subjects in World Premiere, Di Esperienza, in Utah

News   Leonardo da Vinci Meets His Famous Subjects in World Premiere, Di Esperienza, in Utah Plan B Theatre Company, the alternative troupe in Salt Lake City, will stage the world premiere of Matthew Ivan Bennett's Di Esperienza, "a dissection of the man, the myth and the self-doubt of Leonardo da Vinci," April 3-19 in the Studio Theatre of the Rose Wagner complex.

In the new work, according to Plan B, "da Vinci comes face-to-face with three of his incomplete works of art — Judas Iscariot (from "The Last Supper"); "La Gioconda" (better known as the Mona Lisa) and Isabella d'Este (whose portrait he sketched but refused to complete the painting) — to answer the question scribbled hundreds of times throughout the 20,000 pages of his notebooks: 'Tell me if anything has ever been achieved.'"

The play is developed in partnership with the Utah Shakesperean Festival's New American Playwrights Project and The Leonardo, a local museum "that fuses science, technology and art in experiences that inspire creativity and innovation."

The cast include Kirt Bateman, Michael Brusasco as da Vinci, Tracie Merrill and Teresa Sanderson.

The creative team includes director Jerry Rapier, sound desiger Cheryl Ann Cluff, stage manager Jennifer Freed, costume designer Jann Haworth, lighting designer Jesse Portillo, set designer Randy Rasmussen and props designer Cory Thorell.

Bennett is the resident playwright of Plan-B Theatre Company. His plays Radio Hour: Frankenstein, Block 8 and Di Esperienza were commissioned by Plan-B and comprise the 2008-09 season. His plays Cold and Mesa Verde have been seen onstage as part of Plan-B's Script-In-Hand Series. His first play, The White Light of Terrence, received awards at the American College Theatre Festival. For more information call (801) 355-ARTS or visit www.planbtheatre.org.

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