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The 2020 Season

The 2020 Season

"Good plays prove the better."
—As You Like It

Nine plays across a new, extended season await you at the 2020 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.


IN THE RANDALL L. JONES THEATRE

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Libretto by Williams S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan

A shipload of sentimental pirates. A bevy of giggling maidens. A band of bumbling policemen. And a British officer given to hyperbole and patter, i.e. “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.” All these and more bring fun and sparkle to one of the most charmingly silly operettas ever to grace the stage. Frederic, our hero, is governed by duty and forced to abandon his new-found love, Mable, and join the pirate trade. Alas and alack! Must he truly lose Mabel, or can he find a way out of this frivolous conundrum?

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
By Richard Bean
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
With Songs by Grant Olding

In this frenetic mashup of 1960s England and Goldoni’s classic farce The Servant of Two Masters, Francis finds himself as minder to two different employers. To prevent discovery of his dealings, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. Except that Roscoe (his first guvnor) is really Rachel disguised as her brother who was killed by her boyfriend Stanley (his second guvnor)—all leading to a slapstick comedy of pratfalls, wild jokes, and uncontrollable laughter. Winner of the Critics Circle Award and multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards, this glorious comedy was described as “the funniest show in the western world” by the Daily Mail.

INTO THE BREECHES!
By George Brant

It’s 1942, and the men of the Oberon Play House are off at war. The theatre’s season is canceled—until the soldiers’ wives rally to perform an all-female version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V. The women pull on their breeches and move from the sidelines to centerstage. With a spirit of collaboration, dauntless enthusiasm, and a belief in the power of art to heal the world, they manage to keep the home fires, and the footlights, burning in this warm and hilarious comedy which will remind you of a theatrical version of A League of Their Own.

IN THE ENGELSTAD SHAKESPEARE THEATRE

PERICLES
By William Shakespeare

Pursued by an evil king, Pericles sets sail on an odyssey of romance and spectacle. But dangers face him on every seashore as he drifts from country to country, from year to year, from intrigue to intrigue. His loves die. His friends deceive him. The gods are against him. But, in true storybook fashion, those who were lost are miraculously found, strange events reunite loved ones, and mysterious dreams bring family back together again, at last bringing joy and safe harbor to all.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
By William Shakespeare

Twins Antipholus and Dromio are bewildered. Everywhere they go, they seem to have already been there, and everyone they meet seems to know all about them. The more they try to unravel the lunatic events around them, the more farcical their lives become. It’s double the laughter and twice the fun in Shakespeare’s youthful comedy of mistaken identities. Leave logic behind and delight in the confusion of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, where servants misplace their masters, wives overlook their husbands, and everyone is pretty sure everyone else is completely insane.

RICHARD III
By William Shakespeare

King Richard, “that foul bunch-back’d toad,” has manipulated his way to the English throne by exploiting (or murdering) everyone in his path. Yet the ambitious son of York finds his wit and enigmatic charm are not enough to survive in the twisted world he has created. He now must face his own destiny in this haunting tale of the feats—and failures—of kings. Shakespeare’s darkest history is a mesmerizing chronicle of a megalomaniac’s rampage to the throne and remains an irresistible study of villainy in a character to whom we are irresistibly drawn.

IN THE EILEEN AND ALLEN ANES STUDIO THEATRE

Desperate Measures
Book and Lyrics by Peter Kellogg
Music by David Friedman

Winner of numerous 2018 off-Broadway awards including the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Best Music and Lyrics, this foot-stompin’, knee-slappin’ musical gives a sideways nod to the Bard’s Measure for Measure but gallops off at breakneck speed to the wild West of 1890. There we learn Johnny has been arrested for murder. To save him, a wily sheriff, a priest who reads Nietzsche, a voluptuous saloon girl, and a novice nun plan a preposterous caper—a caper that must work, or Johnny will surely hang.

Cymbeline
By William Shakespeare

A rarely performed play of intrigue and deception in the face of steely resolve, Cymbeline contains some of the Bard’s most wonderous language, leading us through wild plot twists, mistaken identities and a heart-rending quest for love. When Imogen’s father wrongfully banishes her soul-mate, the princess must embark on a near mythic quest to prove her fidelity, escape her stepmother’s dastardly plot, and reclaim her love. In this fantastical work from the zenith of Shakespeare’s talent, the improbable becomes probable as kind strangers, dastardly villains, ghosts, gods, and long-lost princes pave the road to Happily Ever After.

Shakespeare’s Worst!
By Mike Reiss
With Nick Newlin

Created by the Peabody and Emmy Awards winning writer of The Simpsons, this new play features a troupe of actors performing The Two Gentlemen of Verona (what some say is Shakespeare’s worst play). But one cast member is unhappy: his career is going nowhere, he’s tired of the show, and he is all-too-happy to tell the audience exactly what he thinks. This hysterical new play was presented as a staged reading at the Festival’s Words Cubed new play series in 2018, and will now be presented as a full production in the intimate Anes Studio Theatre.

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DATES

OUR NEW, EXTENDED SEASON:
June 1 to October 10
$20 to $82

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