Fund for New American Plays

White Money

Salt Lake Acting Company, UT

White Money is a comedy in six parts about sex, television, and the American Way. An adventure through contemporary culture, the play follows one woman, Ella, on a corrupt, epic journey in the Western United States, a journey that transforms her from Wendover sunbather to Las Vegas waitress to Oklahoma truck driver.

Julie Jensen was reared in Beaver, Utah, attended the College of Southern Utah, and graduated from Utah State University. Her early one-acts were premiered in New York City and have since had numerous productions throughout the country. Her full-length play Stray Dogs won the FDG/CBS Award in 1986, and was premiered at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., where it was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. It was a finalist for the National Play Award and has been published by Dramatists Play Service. Thursday's Child was premiered in 1988 at Capital Rep in Albany and received a professional staged reading at Playwrights Horizons in New York City, with Kathy Bates in the leading role. White Money was commissioned by Philadelphia Theatre Company and received a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. White Money received professional staged readings at Milwaukee Rep and the Audrey Skirball-Kent Theatre in Los Angeles. Jensen has written for a Norman Lear pilot, worked in comedy development for Columbia Pictures, and co-wrote a film for the American Film Institute. She teaches at the University of Las Vegas.

Director: Robert Graham Small
Set Designer: Cory Dangerfield
Lighting Designer: Megan McCormick
Costume Designer: Christine Murdoch Becz
Sound Designer: Bob Cox
Leading Performers: Garrison Burrell, Jayne Luke, Russ McGinn, Jean Roberts
Running Dates: March 15-April 14, 1991

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