R. Scott Phillips, executive director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, was recently named as the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Mark R. Sumner Award, granted yearly by the Institute of Outdoor Drama (IOD). The award will be presented at the National Conference on Outdoor Drama October 21 and 22 in Chillicothe, Ohio.
From October 6 through 8, the 40th annual Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, gave out dozens of awards and scholarships to drama, dance and music students. The competition is the largest scholastic Shakespeare competition in the country, and this was a record-breaking year with over 3,000 students from 106 schools in six states.
Betrayal. Politics. Power. These are thematic elements that come to mind when one thinks of Julius Caesar, but in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s recent production in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre there’s something else that’s essential to the play: blood.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of Murder for Two has become such a hit that almost all performances for the rest of the season are sold out. So, to accommodate the many guests who still want to see the show, the Festival is adding two additional performances.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival staff, artists, guests, and volunteers are saddened by the passing of Anne Judd on September 11.
Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar have become synonymous with dysfunctional roommates. The characters, first created by Neil Simon in 1965 as a Broadway play, have since been adapted for films, several television series, and a cornucopia of skits and jokes. Now, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is bringing them to its stage, featuring two of Utah’s most beloved actors.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival is once again collecting food for the less fortunate in our community. The 13th annual Fall Food Drive will be September 13 to October 22, with a goal to raise as much food as possible for the Iron County Care and Share.
After thirteen years of discussion and interaction with Utah Shakespeare Festival guests, Nancy Melich has announced her retirement as Play Seminar director.
R. Scott Phillips, executive director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, has announced his plan to retire at the end of the Festival’s 2016 season. He will continue with the Festival through March 1, 2017 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for his successor. Phillips’ decision to retire will bring to a close a career spanning forty years of continuous service to the company and its patrons.
The final week of The Greenshow at the Utah Shakespeare Festival will feature a new twist: local performing groups will take the stage September 5 through 10, replacing the regular Festival performers
Advertising current plays, broadcasting daily events, and promoting fundraising opportunities may seem to be the main focus of any theatre company, but at the Utah Shakespeare Festival we also value education. For us, educating and inspiring future theatre artists and supporters is just as important as any marketing project and community event.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival will be celebrating our Armed Forces on September 6, 7, 22, and 23 by offering free tickets to any performances those four days. The Festival appreciates the sacrifices of the men and women who serve and wants to recognize their dedication and commitment to this country
The Utah Shakespeare Festival has announced a new name, an increased commitment, and an enhanced mission, for its new plays program. Formerly known as the New American Playwrights Project (NAPP), the Festival’s primary vehicle for exploring new works will now be a new program, Words3 at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Tickets to the Utah Shakespeare Festival will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 12. Playgoers can purchase tickets at the Festival ticket office near the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre, by calling 800-PLAYTIX, or online at www.bard.org.
Neil LaBute, one of the most frequently produced playwrights currently working in America, will host “A Discussion with Neil LaBute” August 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre.
Bardway, Baby!, the annual fund-raising show featuring Festival company members, is scheduled for August 13 in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. This year the show will feature songs from musicals the Festival has produced in the past, from Man of La Mancha to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, from Les Misérables to South Pacific.
So what is the best solution to temporarily relieving these financial woes? Deciding to move in with a best friend and split the bills and household chores may seem like the answer; but, as Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple proves, this could be the worst idea ever. Just ask these Festival employees as they share their experiences with not-quite-ideal roommates.
The REACH Cabaret once again is offering its late-night variety show, with a chance to see Festival actors and artists perform in a different light. The REACH Cabaret is each Thursday through September 8 at 11 p.m. at Off the Cuff Comedy, 913 S Main Street.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, billed as “America’s toughest stage race,” is returning to Cedar City July 30 for the popular team presentations and on August 1 for the finish of Stage 1 of the race.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently opened five plays, three greenshows, and a new theatre; but the excitement continues. Two more plays are set to open over the next three weeks as the Festival christens the new Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre.