NEWSLETTER: NOW AT THE UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: Three Premieres. Plus Shakespeare (SEPT. 13)

September 13, 2017 — Cedar City, Utah
THREE PREMIERES.
PLUS SHAKESPEARE.
THE MAGIC CONTINUES IN THE FALL!
The evenings are cooler, the crowds are a bit smaller, and fall is the perfect time time to attend the Utah Shakespeare Festival. This fall we are offering two world premieres, one regional premiere, and Shakespeare! Not to mention orientations, play seminars, production seminars, Repertory Magic, and backstage tours. Whew! So, don't think the festivities and magic are over yet. Join us through October 21 for Tony Award-winning theatre in beautiful Cedar City.                          
Tessa Auberjonois (left) as Jodie, Corey Jones as Tate, and Brian Vaughn as Brad in How to Fight Loneliness.
WORLD PREMIERE:HOW TO FIGHT LONELINESS
Modern-day husband and wife Brad and Jodie are at a life-changing crossroads and struggling to make a monumental decision about their life and love. First workshopped at the Festival in 2016, this play by one of America's most prolific contemporary playwrights, is full of insight and angst as the characters search for their own answers to difficult questions.                           
 
Andrew May as The Vagabond in The Tavern.
WORLD PREMIERE: THE TAVERN
On a dark and stormy night a wild wind blows all sorts of oddball characters into a remote Utah tavern—a mysterious vagabond, a damsel in distress, a politician, his daughter, and her fiancé. A thief is on the loose, suspicions abound, and no one is who they seem! Everyone tries to solve the crime, which only multiplies the laughter as this melodramatic farce rolls to its madcap ending. Filled with laughter and anticipation, this satirical comedy shifts the action and plot to locations and characters in Utah that just might feel familiar.
Luke Striffler (left) as Luke and Riley Shanahan as Riley in William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).
REGIONAL PREMIERE:WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED)
Brought to you by the same guys who starred in the PBS film version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), this highly-imaginative, vaudeville-infused comedy tells the not-quite factual (well, not at all factual) story of an ancient manuscript purported to be the first play by William Shakespeare. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, a trio of comic actors throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of pure hilarity.
J. Todd Adams (left) as Oberon and Melinda Parrett as Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
AND SHAKESPEARE'S CLASSIC: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Shakespeare’s luxurious tale of fairies, dreams, and moonlight, this popular comedy gets a new and exciting look when set in the art deco world of the Jazz Age. It is still true that “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and when the feuding king and queen of the fairies interfere in the couplings of mortals, the result is pure pandemonium and magical mayhem.
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