The 2015 season is sponsored by The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.

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Taming of the Shrew Actor Blog

In our interview with Fred Adams, Festival founder and director of this year’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, he told us that he believes this play is a love story based on two people finding their perfect match. A month later, we chatted with the actors playing Petruchio (Brian Vaughn) and Kate (Melinda Pfundstein) to learn their thoughts.

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Festival says a fond farewell to the Adams Shakespearean Theatre

The Festival says a fond farewell to the historic Adams Shakespearean Theatre at the end of this summer.  We have planned several activities throughout the season. Patrons can come and experience all the magic the Adams has to offer as well as say goodbye.

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Literary Seminars Streamed Live

Follow the links to watch Literary Seminars live on YouTube.

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South Pacific Actor Blog

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, South Pacific is a sweeping story of love threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.

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Festival Announces Flex Passes for 2016 Season

The Utah Shakespeare Festival will announce its 2016 season July 10 and begin selling tickets to the new season on August 1, but playgoers can purchase a “Festival Flex Pass” now to guarantee the best seats and save money. The new flex passes will ensure early purchase of seats to all the plays in the Randall L. Jones Theatre, as well as those in the new Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre and the new Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre.

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The Glories of Playing Falstaff by John Ahlin

John Ahlin is back giving us an insiders glimpse into the life of an actor. Today's entry focuses on rehearsals and how plays are put together. "Rehearsal’s first day is festive and nerve-wracking.  The whole cast will sit around a big table and, after seeing how the play will look from a Vision of Designers, we read the play, aloud."

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King Lear Actor Blog

Tony Amendola is back with the Festival, playing King Lear. He was last here as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice in 2010. Kelly Rogers is enjoying her first season here and plays Cordelia. She’s finding the Festival to be “like a Shakespeare fairyland." And is excited to be working with so many talented actors. Here are their thoughts on their roles in this many-layered play.

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Festival Reunion Weekend Announced!

All past employees of the Utah Shakespeare Festival are invited for a special reunion weekend to celebrate the closing of the Adams Shakespearean Theatre.

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Amadeus Actor Blog

 Amadeus, winner of a Tony-award for best play and the academy award for best film, is a provocative, intriguing, beautifully breathtaking work by Peter Shaffer.  Overshadowed by the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, court composer Antonio Salieri struggles to escape his own obscurity. In his quest to be remembered, he lies and cheats. But against the background of the world’s greatest music, did he also murder?

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Military Appreciation Days at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

The Utah Shakespeare Festival will be celebrating our Armed Forces on Saturday, July 4 by offering four free tickets for military personnel and their families to the opening performance of South Pacific at 2 p.m. The Festival appreciates the sacrifices of the men and women who serve and wants to recognize their dedication and commitment to this country.

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The Glories of Playing Falstaff by John Ahlin

Our actor playing Falstaff this year, John Ahlin, will be a guest writer for us. Over the summer he'll be sharing some of the insights and discoveries on being with the Festival and putting on the shows, from his own personal point of view

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Playmakers Summer Shakespeare Open for Registration

The thirteenth annual Playmakers Summer Shakespeare Program is now open for registration at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. This program is a wonderful opportunity for students to receive one-on-one training from theatre professionals and the Festival’s Education Director Michael Bahr.

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Utah Shakespeare Festival Mourns the Passing of Board Member and LDS Leader L. Tom Perry

The Festival joined last week with others around the world in mourning and paying tribute to L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of the Festival’s honorary board of governors.

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Festival Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

The Festival received $35,000 for its production of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part Two as part of the larger History Cycle initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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A Chat with Fred Adams

It’s been a rainy, cool spring in Cedar City, but our rehearsals are underway and construction for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is progressing. All in all, a perfect time to chat with Fred C. Adams, founder of the Festival and director of this year’s The Taming of the Shrew

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Red Rocks and the Wooden O

In 1977, the Adams Memorial Shakespearean Theatre, nestled within the red rocks of southern Utah, launched the Festival into a new era of production and itself would be a character in every performance. The “unworthy scaffold” would become the “wooden O” for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

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Affordable Option for Students

In an effort to help students attend the Festival at reduced prices, the Festival has announced the return of the Student Access Pass. This pass can be purchased for a one-time fee, and it gives the student the ability to attend as many Festival plays as he or she wants, at no additional cost.

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Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday

The Bard’s Birthday Bash, a chance for students to share their theatrical work and enjoy a birthday party for Williams Shakespeare, is scheduled for April 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the Adam’s Shakespearean Theatre.

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Discover a New Play

The 23rd annual New American Playwrights Project (NAPP) will take the stage at the Utah Shakespeare Festival from August 7 to August 28. Three plays will be presented as staged readings in the Auditorium Theatre on selected dates.

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Calling All Dogs!

We are looking for the perfect pooch to play the role of Crab in its upcoming fall production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

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Playmakers Production of Honk! Jr. Flies in this April

Students of the Festival’s Playmakers program invite you to their upcoming production of Honk! Jr. This musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s story of The Ugly Duckling will run from April 9 through April 13.

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First Round of Casting

We are proud to announce the casting of the first eight actors for the 2015 season. All are familiar faces, having appeared at the Festival in the past.

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Nine Talented Directors Announced for 54th Season

Nine highly-talented directors from across the country are already knee-deep in costume designs, scenery sketches, and play scripts as they prepare to create the transformative stories of their plays for the 54th season

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Call for Artists: The Adams Theatre 2015 Farewell Art Exhibit

To celebrate and commemorate the final season in the historic Adams Shakespearean Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is sponsoring a juried exhibition of artistic depictions of this beloved and beautiful building.

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Meet our New Production Manager

We are proud to announce Becky Merold as the new production manager for the Festival. Becky has worked at the Festival seasonally for twelve years as a stage manager and has worked on more than twenty plays throughout her tenure here.

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Progress is being made on the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts

A lot has happened over the past few months and the Festival is thrilled to see our new home coming together. We will keep our audiences, donors, and fans updated as we build this dream together. To watch the construction in real time visit our website.

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Fred C. Adams Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award

Two great men were honored recently at the twenty-fifth annual Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) conference held earlier this January in San Francisco.

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Honoring the Life and Legacy of Beverley Taylor Sorenson

The Festival will honor the life and legacy of Beverley Taylor Sorenson at its inaugural Salt Lake City gala event on Saturday, February 7 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Grand America Hotel. Proceeds from the evening will support the Festival Forever Endowment.

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Festival’s Educational Tour Presents Macbeth

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is once again hitting the road with its Shakespeare-in-the-Schools touring production—this year performing the classic tragedy, Macbeth.

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Another Successful Season Supports the Festival Legacy

With a $38 million project under construction, a world premiere adaptation, a visit from England, and the continuation of the Complete the Canon and History Cycle initiatives, the Festival showed no signs of slowing down in its 53rd season.

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2015 Plays

King Lear

June 27 to September 4, 2015

The Taming of the Shrew

June 25 to September 5, 2015

Henry IV Part Two

June 26 to September 5, 2015

Amadeus

June 25 to September 5, 2015

Charley's Aunt

June 25 to October 31, 2015

South Pacific

June 27 to September 4, 2015

Dracula

September 23 to October 31, 2015

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

September 24 to October 31, 2015

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