Spectacle, Humor, and Romance Coming This Fall

Spectacle, Humor, and Romance Coming This Fall

The world’s most famous vampire, a cigar-smoking man in a dress, and one of theatre’s most loveable mutts can all be found this fall at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Five of the Festival’s six summer shows will be closing the first week of September; but Charley’s Aunt will continue its summer run, along with two additional offerings, Dracula and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, through October 31.

Company Spotlight: Michael J Barnes and Brian Swanson

Company Spotlight: Michael J Barnes and Brian Swanson

Meet company members Michael J Barnes (Voice and Text Coach) and Brian Swanson (Adams Technical Director).

A Curious Case of Casting

A Curious Case of Casting

In blogging there are no safeguards against self-indulgence.This blog, #5, is me turgidly purging my mind of many hoarded thoughts, so that next week’s blog # 6, the final blog, will be free of random ramblings.I can then sleekly say how my time here at the Utah Shakespeare Festival has been a sublime, once in a lifetime moment.Till then, read on Macduff, at your own risk.

Fall Food Drive at the Festival

Fall Food Drive at the Festival

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is once again collecting food for the less fortunate in our community. The 12th annual Fall Food Drive will be September 11 to October 31, with a goal to exceed last year’s donation of 3,467 pounds of food to the Iron County Care and Share.

NAPP Playwright James McLindon

NAPP Playwright James McLindon

Closure is a drama with comedy about the endgame of a dysfunctional life and a broken family trying desperately to mend itself before its last chance is gone forever.

Company Spotlight: Samantha Ma and Devery North

Company Spotlight: Samantha Ma and Devery North

Meet company members Samantha Ma (Actor) and DeVery North (Company Management Assistant). 

Rich Rubin, Playwright of NAAP Play Caesar’s Blood

Rich Rubin, Playwright of NAAP Play Caesar’s Blood

Caesar’s Blood is based on factual events. It takes place in late 1864, during the American Civil War. Lincoln had just been re-elected. The Booth brothers (Edwin, Junius Brutus and John Wilkes) were all famous actors of that era. For one performance only, they appeared together in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Junius Brutus and Edwin were pro-Union and John Wilkes was pro-confederacy and pro-slavery.

Shakespeare Festivals Serve As a Source of Inspiration

Shakespeare Festivals Serve As a Source of Inspiration

Recent visits to the Utah Shakespeare Festival by two notable figures in the theatre and literary worlds have at least one thing in common. Both Sam White, founder and executive director of Shakespeare in Detroit, and Ian Doescher, author of the popular William Shakespeare’s Star Wars books, cite attending Shakespeare festivals as inspiration for their work. 

 SUU & Festival Fellowship Program Continues

SUU & Festival Fellowship Program Continues

Now in its second year, the SUU Fellowship Program at the Utah Shakespeare Festival is now running at full steam. This program provides Southern Utah University students an opportunity to work at professional theatre while gaining credit towards their degrees.

Company Spotlight: Isabel Smith-Bernstein and Gail Wolfenden-Steib

Company Spotlight: Isabel Smith-Bernstein and Gail Wolfenden-Steib

Meet Company Members Isabel Smith-Bernstein (Dramaturg) and Gail Wolfenden-Steib (Costume Painter/Dyer).

NAPP - Affluence by Steven Peterson

NAPP - Affluence by Steven Peterson

A highlight of the summer season at the Festival is the New American Playwright Project. Three plays are selected from many submissions. Each playwright spends a week at the Festival and Festival actors and artists present their plays as staged readings, followed by an instructive discussion between the playwright, actors, and audience. This week we present Affluence by Steven Peterson.

Star Wars and Shakespeare at the Wooden O Conference

Star Wars and Shakespeare at the Wooden O Conference

Author Ian Doescher has “translated” five of the six Stars Wars episodes into iambic pentameter and Shakespearean English. As part of the Wooden O Conference at Southern Utah University, he will do a book signing and deliver the keynote address today, August 3.

Author of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Scheduled As Keynote Speaker

Author of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Scheduled As Keynote Speaker

The Wooden O Symposium, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Southern Utah University, and the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, is excited to announce Ian Doescher, author of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series, as the keynote speaker at this year’s conference. He has “translated” five of the six Stars Wars episodes into iambic pentameter and Shakespearean English.

The Glories of Playing Falstaff

The Glories of Playing Falstaff

11 times inside the belly of the behemoth.  And like Shakespeare I’ll coin a new word:  Anthroportrayology; the study of Falstaff by performing him.  Here are clumsy, random and oddball observations I’ve made of the Fat Knight being the Fat Knight.

Company Spotlight: Kaitlin Mills and Aaron Stephenson

Company Spotlight: Kaitlin Mills and Aaron Stephenson

Meet company members Kaitlin Mills (Actor) and Aaron Stephenson (Lead Audio Engineer). 

Audiences Are Raving

"Tremendous." "Action, drama, and intensity abound." "Must see." "Amazing. Loved every second." "WOW!" "What a show!" Guests have been flocking to our 2015 season, and many of them have commented on social media or via email on their "Festival Experience."

Bardway, Baby! a Night of Musical Magic

Bardway, Baby! is back at the Festival for its sixth annual night of musical entertainment. Bardway, Baby! is a late-night concert event features family friendly music. Performed by Festival actors, the concert will be August 7 at 11:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Theatre.

Mary Poppins Joins the 2016 Season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

Mary Poppins Joins the 2016 Season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

With so much to look forward to in 2016, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is thrilled to have secured the rights to Disney’s beloved musical, Mary Poppins. Before a public announcement could be made a signed contract and confirmation had to be received which just happened late last week.

Greenshow Actor Blog

Greenshow Actor Blog

This year’s Greenshow features eight performers, five of whom are new to the Festival. And just in case you don’t know what the Greenshow is, it’s a free 30 minute frolic of song, dance, laughter, Elizabethan sweets, and just plain fun.

The Glories of Playing Falstaff by John Ahlin

The Glories of Playing Falstaff by John Ahlin

According to actor John Ahlin, "Shakespeare has created astonishingly insightful pieces of life and invented very human humans. It is an honor to enact them, and hopefully the audience will see real humans, dealing in human things, and laugh or cry or be amazed by what we all share; life."

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