News from the UTAH SHAKESPEARE Festival: The Tavern Edition

September 20, 2017 — Cedar City, Utah
SHAKESPEARE E-GLOBE
The Tavern Edition
Kelly Rogers (left) as Sally-Mae and Fred Geyer as Zach.
STARTING TOMORROW:THE TAVERN
The last play of the Festival's 2017 season opens tomorrow, Thursday, evening. This satirical and melodramatic comedy is set during a dark and stormy night at a tavern somewhere in remote southern Utah. Peppered with references to Cedar City and the surrounding area, The Tavern features a damsel in distress, a shady politician, a thief, and a mysterious vagabond. You won't want to miss the fun!                           
 
A scene from The Tavern.
DON'T YA DARE MISSTHE TAVERN!
The Innkeeper in The Tavern refers to the mysterious Vagabond as "a man of mystery" and a "smooth talking' brandy-beggar." Others refer to him as "a cheat, a con artist, a fake." But the Vagabond refers to himself as "a lonely, solitary spectator sitting back, looking on and laughing." Who's right? Where did The Vagabond come from? And what does he want? This article may help you as you prepare to attend this hilarious Festival production in the Randall L. Jones Theatre.
J. Todd Adams as Wile Ed Coats.
THE TAVERN PHOTOS NOW ONLINE
The Festival photographer attended the final dress rehearsal of The Tavern and came away with some stunning and fun photos of the play which we have posted to our website. Here's your chance to get an early look at the costumes, the scenery, the lighting, and some of the antics in this world premier adaptation of the George M. Cohan play. But after you look at the photos, hurry and order your tickets because this hilarious farce with a local twist only plays through October 21. This is one you won't want to miss!
James Newcomb as Zachariah Freeman.
GET READY WITH OUR ONLINE ORIENTATION
Let Media and Public Relations Manager Joshua Stavros help you prepare for The Tavern before you even arrive at the theatre. You can enjoy this short (less than five minutes) online orientation from home as Josh treats you to a short synopsis of the story and background that will help you enjoy this fun comedy even more.  
Melissa Graves (left) as Mrs. Shotwell, Michael A. Harding as Selwyn Shotwell, Eric Schabla as Tom Allen, and Cassandra Bissell as Rosalind
UTAH AND THE "WILD WEST," IN THE TAVERN
In the late 1800s, the Civil War is still a distinct memory, cowboys were driving cattle across great tracts of land in the West, and California gold was still attracting prospectors and dreamers. In Utah, railroad tracks from east and west were joined in Promontory for the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869, the first telephone service in the state was established in Ogden in 1879, and the Utah Territory was being administered by a series of territorial governors appointed by the president of the United States. Such is the background for The Tavern.
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