NEWS: News from the UTAH SHAKESPEARE Festival (AUG 17)

August 17, 2017 — Cedar City, Utah
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Quinn Mattfeld (left) as Will Shakespeare and Betsy Mugavero as Viola de Lesseps inShakespeare in Love
SUMMER IS QUICKLY SLIPPING AWAY
Some of our shows for the 2017 season are closing soon, so don't miss your chance to see them. The bright and sassy musical Guys and Dolls closes September 1, and Treasure Island sails away onSeptember 2. Then the three shows in our beautiful outdoor Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre (As You Like It, Shakespeare in Love, and Romeo and Juliet) end onSeptember 7-9. Tickets are still available for most days and shows. But hurry, you don't want to miss one glorious minute.                           
 
Brian Vaughn as Brad in How to Fight Loneliness.
WORLD PREMIERE OPENS AUGUST 25
It's not often that you get the chance to attend a world premiere by a nationally-acclaimed playwright, but the Festival's production of How to Fight Loneliness is just such a rare experience. Written by Neil LaBute, one of America's most honored current playwrights, the play is directed by David Ivers, former Festival artistic director, and stars three actors of impeccable talent: Brian Vaughn, Corey Jones, and Tessa Auberjonois.
Andrew May as The Vagabond in The Tavern.
AND ONE MORE OPENING IN SEPTEMBER
The last play to open this year at the Festival is our own adaptation of George M. Cohan's The Tavern, set in southern Utah. It is a mash-up of local and regional history, romantic melodrama, classic Western fiction and film, the physical comedy of silent film greats like Buster Keaton, with a little bit of Shakespeare on top. It's a comic ride you won't want to miss.
Kim Staunton as Pearl Bailey in the Words Cubed staged reading of Pearl's in the House.
OUR LATEST NEW PLAY:PEARL'S IN THE HOUSE
What is it like to take an idea, research it, create a story with words on a page, then bring that story to life on the stage? It depends a bit on whether you are a playwright or an actor—but for either it is an exhilarating, but long, process. Just ask Art Manke, playwright, and Kim Staunton, actor, both part of the evolution of our next new play: Pearl's in the House.
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