Military Appreciation Days at the Festival

Military Appreciation Days at the Festival

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

Festival Announces New Play Program, Words3

Festival Announces New Play Program, Words3

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.

2017 Season Tickets On Sale

2017 Season Tickets On Sale

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.

Playwright To Host "Conversation" and Book Signing

Playwright To Host "Conversation" and Book Signing

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! Scheduled for August 13

Bardway, Baby! Scheduled for August 13

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.

Tales of the World’s Worst Roommates

Tales of the World’s Worst Roommates

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.

Cabaret Presents Festival Performers in a Different Light

Cabaret Presents Festival Performers in a Different Light

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 Tour of Utah Returns to Cedar City

The Tour of Utah Returns to Cedar City

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.

Festival Excitement Continues with Two New Shows in New Theatre

Festival Excitement Continues with Two New Shows in New Theatre

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.

NAPP Plans Readings of Two New Plays

NAPP Plans Readings of Two New Plays

The 24th annual New American Playwrights Project (NAPP) takes the stage at the Utah Shakespeare Festival from August 12 through August 27. when two plays will be presented as staged readings in the new Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Shakespeare and the Wild West

Shakespeare and the Wild West

At first glance, Shakespeare and the early American West probably seem to have little in common. However, as blogger Brooke Vlasich soon found through the "Willy the Kid" exhibit at Southern Utah University, such is certainly not the case.

Festival Announces Nine Plays for 2017 Season

Festival Announces Nine Plays for 2017 Season

At the end of a three-day celebration of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 season and the opening of the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts Saturday night, the Festival’s artistic directors shifted everybody’s sights ahead, and drew more applause and excitement, when they announced the plays for the 2017 season. The season, which will run from late June through late October, includes nine plays (one more than in 2016), with five premieres and four enduring classics. 

After Years of Dreaming, the Beverley Center Is Now a Reality

After Years of Dreaming, the Beverley Center Is Now a Reality

Just as the ribbon was about to be cut officially opening the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, a bright yellow monarch butterfly fluttered gracefully from the raised terrace, above the heads of the crowd gathered for the occasion, and up and over the new Utah Shakespeare Festival administration building. Most in the crowd didn’t notice, but those who did were captivated by this ephemeral visit that could easily symbolize the purpose of the new center and those who made it happen.

Three Days of Celebration Planned

Three Days of Celebration Planned

Plays, art exhibitions, dedications, tours, and entertainment of all sorts are planned for the grand opening of the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts and the 2016 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, July 7 through 9.

Cedar City Council Creates Shakespeare Lane

Cedar City Council Creates Shakespeare Lane

Just in time for the opening of the 2016 Utah Shakespeare Festival and the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, the Cedar City Council has changed the name of College Avenue from 100 West to 300 West to, appropriately, Shakespeare Lane.

Pastels To Be on Exhibition at the Randall Theatre

Pastels To Be on Exhibition at the Randall Theatre

An exhibition of pastels by noted Cedar City artist Arlene Braithwaite will be featured this summer in the Randall L. Jones Theatre lobby. As part of the grand opening of the new Beverley Center for the Arts and the opening of the 2016 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, an opening reception is slated for July 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Numerous Events Scheduled for the Beverley Center for the Arts Opening

Numerous Events Scheduled for the Beverley Center for the Arts Opening

It will be three days full of activities--most of them free--at the grand opening of the Beverley Center for the Arts. Dedications, tours, concerts, seminars, demonstrations, family art projects, and (of course) plays are all part of the plans. . . .

The Marx Brothers in the Modern World

The Marx Brothers in the Modern World

If you ask someone what they know about the Marx Brothers, they will most likely look at you with uncertainty and confusion. . . .

The Three Musketeers: Superheroes on Stage

The Three Musketeers: Superheroes on Stage

I remember my first literary encounter with The Three Musketeers. I was sitting in the waiting room of a Midas Muffler in Layton, Utah, while my 1969 Pontiac Tempest was undergoing repairs. As I settled in for the long wait and cracked the cover of my Bantam paperback, I was swept away into the world of the Musketeers. . . .

Meet Festival Lighting Designer Donna Ruzika

Meet Festival Lighting Designer Donna Ruzika

Long-time lighting designer Donna Ruzika is always up for an adventure. Her career in lighting design spans decades of working at theatres all over the country and the world, and this summer she is celebrating her seventeenth year with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The Festival caught up with her as she was arriving in Cedar City for the adventurous 2016 season.

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