Ferocious and Hilarious Thriller at Wasatch Theatre Company

Ideation (Wasatch Theatre Company)
Ideation (Wasatch Theatre Company)
Ideation (Wasatch Theatre Company)

Wasatch Theatre Company (WTC) continues its 21st season with a shocking Utah premiere, Ideation by Aaron Loab. Performances run from May 17 – June 1, Friday –Sunday, at The Gateway in the WTC Black Box. Tickets are $20 and on sale now at wasatchtheatre.org

“We’re excited to present this demonically dark comedy to Utah audiences for the first time,” said WTC artistic director Nicholas Dunn. “The cast is stellar, and the play is every bit as side-splitting as it is disturbing. When audiences take a seat in this particular conference room, they may find themselves unsure of how they themselves would react to the task at hand.”

This fierce yet shockingly funny thriller takes place in real time as a stressed-out group of corporate consultants gather in a conference room to work on a mysterious project. They brainstorm within the morally ambiguous parameters they’ve been given until they begin to fear something truly monstrous is going on. Is anyone ever truly safe when engaged in dark and immoral endeavors? 

“IDEATION is a timely play because it explores how regular people can slowly become desensitized to the evils of our world,” said director Haley McCormick. 

McCormick believes Aaron Loeb is sending out a warning with this play, a warning which is even more relevant today than when the play was written. 

“Don’t let the darkest corners of human nature become normalized,” said McCormick.  “If we do, like the characters in IDEATION, are we complicit?”

The world premiere of IDEATION was staged as part of San Francisco Playhouse’s Sandbox Series of World Premieres. It became a runaway hit earning the William Glickman Award for Best New Play. In September 2014, it became the first Sandbox Series to transfer to the Mainstage, where it opened the 2014-2015 season. It then moved to the 59E59 Theaters in New York in April of 2016. IDEATION was originally developed in the Just Theater New Play Lab and at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

The creative team of the WTC production is led by Haley McCormick as director with set design by Rufus Zae JoDeus, costume design by Madison Howell, lighting design by Emma Belnap, sound design by Nicholas Dunn and Haley McCormick, and prop design by Daniel Torrence.

Performance details:

“IDEATION” by Aaron Load

The Gateway, WTC Black Box Theatre (124 South 400 West, Salt Lake City)

May 17–June 1; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. (May 19 and 26).

Opening night reception following the May 17 performance

Talkback with cast members and the creative team will follow the Sunday, May 26 performance

Tickets: watastchtheatre.org, 801-869-4600; $20.00

Artistic Team

Produced by Nicholas Dunn

Directed by Haley McCormick

Set Design by Rufus Zae JoDeus

Costume Design by Madison Howell

Light Design by Emma Belnap

Sound Design by Nicholas Dunn and Haley McCormick

Prop Design by Daniel Torrence

Stage Management by Madison Howell


Stacey Jensen as Hannah

Tyler Fox as Brock 

Jeffrey Owen as Ted

Abhiijith Harikumar as Sandeep 

Sterling Shane Allen as Scooter

Jamie Allen Rocha as JD

About Wasatch Theatre Company

Theatre for Now! WTC promotes world citizen artists who are into things like engagement, empathy, and empowerment. Oh, and entertainment. Need another reason to join us? Beer.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.