| Eric Roy Samuelsen
April 10, 1956 (age 59)
Provo, Utah (1956-04-10) |
Brigham Young University (B.A.)
Indiana University (Ph.D.)
Annette Mason (1980-present)
AML playwright award (1994, 1997, 1999)
Smith Pettit Award (2012)
Brigham Young University
Eric Samuelsen Wikipedia
Eric Roy Samuelsen (born April 10, 1956) is a Mormon playwright and emeritus professor of theatre at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is considered one of the most important Mormon playwrights, and has been called a Mormon Charles Dickens or Henrik Ibsen. He won the Association for Mormon Letters (AML) drama award in 1994, 1997, and 1999, and was AML president from 2007 to 2009. In 2012 he received the Smith Pettit Award for lifetime work.
Eric Samuelsen was born in Provo, Utah, but spent most of his early life in Bloomington, Indiana. His father Roy was an opera singer, which introduced young Samuelsen to a love for theater productions. As a young man he served in Norway as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon or LDS Church). He received a bachelor's degree in theatre from BYU in 1983 and returned to Bloomington and earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1991. He taught at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio before joining the faculty at BYU in 1992.
From 1999-2011 Samuelsen ran BYU's playwrighting program. Throughout his career, at least 24 of Samuelsen's plays were produced professionally throughout the United States, including California, Indiana, Louisiana, New York, and Utah.
Most of Samuelsen's early plays were produced at BYU, but around 2003 he began a relationship with Plan-B Theatre Company. Since 2006, Plan-B premiered a Samuelsen play every year. He became its playwright in residence in 2012, and many of his newer plays were produced there. This may be due to a more controversial bent in later plays; Borderlands has a character who is an openly gay Mormon youth.
Following illness and a diagnosis of polymyositis, a degenerative muscular disease, Samuelsen retired from BYU in 2012, where he had taught for 20 years. The next year, Plan-B Theatre Company dedicated 2013 as the "Season of Eric", presenting four of Samuelsen's plays.Letter From a Prophet, co-written by Charles Metten. Produced at BYU, fall 1978. Directed by Charles Metten.
A Girl Who Blushes. One act. Produced April, 1978, at Mormon Festival of the Arts at BYU.
Playing the Game. Produced in 1979 at BYU.
Emma. Opera libretto, music by Murray Boren. Produced at BYU 1984. Subsequently, produced by Hell's Kitchen Opera company in 1984.
Sex and the New York Yankees. One act. Produced by Bloomington Playwrights Project, Bloomington Indiana.
Accommodations. Produced at BYU, 1993. Subsequently, published in Sunstone magazine. Won AML annual award in drama, 1994. Directed by Thomas Rogers.
Gadianton. Produced at BYU, 1996. Directed by Robert Nelson. Subsequently, published in Sunstone. Won AML award in drama, 1997. Subsequently, produced at University of Louisiana at Monroe.
The Seating of Senator Smoot. Produced at BYU, 1996. Directed by Robert Nelson. The play was also videotaped and broadcast on KBYU.
Without Romance. Produced at BYU, 1997. Subsequently, produced at Mormon Arts Festival.
The Christmas Box. Adapted from the novel by Richard Paul Evans. Produced as a musical at BYU, Pardoe Theater, 1997. Directed by Rodger Sorensen.
Coughlaugh. A theatrical experiment in one act. Blaine Sundrud directed a production at BYU in 1998. Later produced in 2010 at Brigham Young University.
The Way We’re Wired. Produced at BYU, 1999. Won AML award for drama, 1999. Subsequently, produced by Nauvoo Theatrical Society in Orem, directed by Eric Samuelsen.
A Love Affair with Electrons. Produced at BYU 2000. Directed by Eric Samuelsen.
Three Women, 3 one act plays on Mormon women, VIP Arts' Little Brown Theatre, Springville, 2001.
What Really Happened. Produced at BYU, 2001.
Peculiarities. Several one acts, produced in several iterations. Tony Gunn directed four one acts in Springville, 2005. Plan B Theatre produced three one acts, including Kiss, which was not included in the production Tony Gunn directed. Jerry Rapier directed a film version, with all six short plays included.
Family. Produced at BYU in 2005. Directed by David Morgan. Won AML award, also published in Sunstone. Subsequently, produced at Dixie College in St. George, UT, in 2006.
Miasma. First done as ten-minute play for Plan-B Theatre Company SLAM, 2005, as The Butcher, The Beggar and the Bed-time Buddy. Subsequently, produced as full-length play at Plan-B, 2006, published in Plays From Beyond the Zion Curtain.
Blood Pudding, 10-minute play, done for Plan-B Theatre Company SLAM, 2006.
Behind the Blue Door, 10-minute play, done for Plan-B Theatre Company SLAM, 2007.
Burning Desire, 10-minute play, done for Plan-B Theatre Company SLAM, 2008.
Perfect Circle, 10-minute play, done for Plan-B Theatre Company/Theatre Arts Conservatory Student SLAM, 2009.
Inversion. Produced by Theatre Arts Conservatory, Salt Lake, Rose Wagner, 2008.
Intersection. Produced by Theatre Arts Conservatory, Salt Lake, Rose Wagner, 2009.
Amerigo. Produced by Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, 2010. Subsequently, published in More Plays from Behind the Zion Curtain.
Borderlands. Produced by Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, 2011. Directed by Jerry Rapier.
He and She Fighting: A Love Story. New Play Project in Provo, 2011. Directed by Davey Morrison-Dillard.
The Plan. Brinton Black Box Theater in the Covey Center for the Arts, Provo UT, 2011
Nothing Personal. Produced by Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner, 2013. Directed by Jerry Rapier.
Radio Hour Episode 8: Fairyana. Produced by Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner, 2013. Directed by Cheryl Ann Cluff.
Clearing Bombs. Produced by Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner, 2014. Directed by Eric Samuelsen.
3. Produced by Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner, 2014. Directed by Cheryl Ann Cluff.
Kruetzer's Sonata: Opens October 2015, Jerry Rapier directing.