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About James Arrington

He cleans up pretty good, don't he?!

     Professionally trained in performance at The American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco, James Arrington's first serious playwriting effort was the one-man show entitled Here's Brother Brigham. It was written in 1976 as a Masters project but gained immediate notoriety. The play has since traveled from Scotland to Hawaii and Alaska to Arizona. Including hundreds of performances, Arrington's characterization of Brigham Young became a "must see" and singlehandedly developed the character of Brigham Young in a distinctly new and creative way. It was recorded in 2016 and is now available here or wherever LDS materials are sold.

    Mr. Arrington continued his playwriting producing several versions of his wacky comedic series The Farley Family Reunion which has won him a special place in the hearts of disturbed people all over the West!

Mr. Arrington wrote and produced several other one-man shows including J. Golden, taken from the real-life experiences of the famous "swearing" seventy J. Golden Kimball (available here), Wilford Woodruff: God's Fisherman (co-authored with Mr. Tim Slover in the starring role.), and Tumuaki! Matthew Cowley of the Pacific, the tales of his missions in the South Pacific, all of which enjoyed various public presentations. Mr. Arrington co-wrote a musical of the trek of the pioneers entitled The Trail of Dreams with Marvin Payne and Steven Kapp Perry, March of the Salt Soldiers (with Mahonri Stewart), about the infamous Mountain Meadow Massacre. He has also authored numerous shorter plays, films, puppet shows, and even an outdoor pageant.

     Mr. Arrington has directed numerous productions including Fiddler on the Roof at The Sundance Summer Theatre, Promised Valley, Shenandoah, The Mikado, and many others at surrounding theaters. He was the originating chair of the Department of Theatrical Arts at Utah Valley University in 2000, and is now retired and enjoying the life of grandfatherhood.

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