2017 Plays

Shakespeare in Love

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

June 30 – September 2, 2017

Adapted for the stage from the movie, Shakespeare in Love tells of a young Shakespeare who is facing writer’s block and is short on cash and inspiration. To his rescue comes Viola, whom he quickly falls in love with and who inspires him to write his most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet.

The Festival has been selected as one of three threatres to present the first United States productions of this passionate and fun celebration of the Bard and theatre.

Romeo and Juliet

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

July 1 – August 31, 2017

A classic tale of“star-cross’d lovers” and forbidden love, Romeo and Juliet is the perfect complement to Shakespeare in Love which depicts how Shakespeare may have written the famous play. The two, playing in repertory, will share cast and scenery, and this added synergy will provide a new dimension to what may be the most famous love story in the world.

As You Like It

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

June 29 – September 1, 2017

Rosalind has a problem. Disguised as a boy to help her father, she has also fooled her beloved Orlando, who now asks this “boy” to help him woo the woman of his dreams—none other than Rosalind herself! What’s a girl (or boy) to do? Find out in this rollicking frolic of confused courtship, beautiful poetry, and unsurpassed wit.

Guys and Dolls

Randall L. Jones Theatre

July 3 – September 1, 2017

Take a high-rolling gambler and pair him with a puritanical missionary. Then throw in a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but straight or narrow. Mix it up with the brassy music of Frank Loesser (including “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Luck Be a Lady”), and you have what many consider the perfect musical comedy.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Randall L. Jones Theatre

July 4 – October 21, 2017

This luxurious tale of fairies, dreams, and moonlight is Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. “The course of true love never did run smooth,” but when the feuding king and queen of the fairies interfere in the couplings of mortals, the result is pure bedlam, from the roguish Puck to the rustic would-be actors, from the impish fairies to the young lovers.

Treasure Island

Randall L. Jones Theatre

July 5 – September 2, 2017

This epic tale with music will thrill the entire family with tales of buried treasure, cutthroat pirates, the larger-than-life Long John Silver, and the courageous young cabin boy Jim Hawkins.

The Festival is the first theatre after a joint premiere at Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago and Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, California, to produce this critically-acclaimed adaptation, filled with adventure and song.

The Tavern

Randall L. Jones Theatre

September 19 – October 21, 2017

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.

A world-premiere adaptation, this satirical comedy shifts the action and plot to locations and characters in Utah that just might feel familiar.

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

July 28 – October 21, 2017

Brought to you by the same guys responsible for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), this Intermountain West premiere 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 will throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frezied festival of pure hilarity.

How To Fight Loneliness

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

August 25 – October 14, 2017

This play is for mature audiences and contains explicit language and mature themes.

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 full production will be an Intermountain West premiere by one of America’s most honored current playwrights.