Take a Hilarious Look at William Shakespeare's "Long Lost First Play"

Take a Hilarious Look at William Shakespeare's "Long Lost First Play"

“The show is a roller-coaster ride through the newly discovered first play that Shakespeare ever wrote and is not recommended for people with heart conditions, back problems, inner-ear disorder, or English degrees,” said Reed Martin, with his tongue firmly in his cheek. “The authors cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers.”

Festival Announces 2017 Words<sup>3</sup> Titles, Playwrights

Festival Announces 2017 Words3 Titles, Playwrights

The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently announced play titles and playwrights for its 2017 new plays program Words Cubed. Featured in the play readings in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre will be Shrew! by Amy Freed and Pearl’s in the House by Art Manke.

Festival To Honor R. Scott Phillips on His Retirement

Festival To Honor R. Scott Phillips on His Retirement

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is celebrating the legacy of Executive Director R. Scott Phillips on Feb. 27 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Festival’s Livingood Artist Lounge. Phillips, who has worked at the Festival for forty years is retiring March 1.

R. Scott Phillips Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award

R. Scott Phillips Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award

R. Scott Phillips was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) Conference this January in Baltimore, Maryland. 

A Director's Vision

A Director's Vision

What attracted director Britannia Howe to A Midsummer Night’s Dream? This show was not only the first play Britannia ever read, but it is also a play she views as a touchstone for Shakespeare. She also thinks themes about parental disapproval, love triangles, and dreaming will resonate with younger audiences. 

Festival Celebrates Champions at 2017 Gala

Festival Celebrates Champions at 2017 Gala

At its annual gala in Salt Lake City, the Utah Shakespeare Festival will celebrate the people, foundations, and corporations which have helped make its dreams a reality. The Festival is honoring the Ashton Family Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power, and Roy and Elizabeth "Tibby" Simmons, as well as retiring Executive Director R. Scott Phillips. 

Educational Tour Hits the Road

Educational Tour Hits the Road

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is once again hitting the road with its Shakespeare-in-the-Schools touring production—this year performing the magical story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The tour will be performing 65 shows for over 120 schools and 25,000 students throughout the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

Festival Playmakers Announces Auditions for Children's Musical

Festival Playmakers Announces Auditions for Children's Musical

The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently announced open auditions for children to perform in this spring’s Playmakers production of Once on this Island.

Festival Names Top Ten News Stories of 2016

Festival Names Top Ten News Stories of 2016

It is the time of year when every news outlet and public organization seems to announce its top stories of the past twelve months. The past season has been a banner year at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, so we thought we would get in on this fun year-end tradition. It was difficult to narrow it down to just ten stories, but here are those chosen for 2016 by the Festival communications team.

Festival Employee Grants Wishes and Shares Joy

Festival Employee Grants Wishes and Shares Joy

The holiday season is always known for snow, trees, and presents, but it’s also seen as a time for giving to those in need. This December marks an important month for this season in Cedar City because of a member of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production staff.

Ten Talented Directors Imagining the Festival's 56th Season

Ten Talented Directors Imagining the Festival's 56th Season

Utah Shakespeare Festival Artistic Directors David Ivers and Brian Vaughn recently announced a slate of ten highly-creative, talented and experienced directors for the Festival’s 2017 season.

Enjoy a Festival Christmas

Enjoy a Festival Christmas

Are you looking for a fun, family friendly, affordable way to celebrate the Christmas season? How about Christmas at the Homestead—the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, that is!

2016 a Landmark Season

2016 a Landmark Season

The most recent year at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, its first in the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, was a landmark season—and an artistic success. After seventeen weeks of eclectic theatre, greenshows, seminars, and educational activities, the last spotlight dimmed on October 22, leaving behind a warm glow of memorable productions and milestones.

Festival Leader Receives National Award

Festival Leader Receives National Award

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.

Students Receive Awards at 40th Annual Shakespeare Competition

Students Receive Awards at 40th Annual Shakespeare Competition

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.

The Art of Blood in <em>Julius Caesar</em>

The Art of Blood in Julius Caesar

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. 

Festival Adds Performances to Sold Out <i>Murder for Two</i>

Festival Adds Performances to Sold Out Murder for Two

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.

Long-Time Festival Volunteer and Friend Passes Away

Long-Time Festival Volunteer and Friend Passes Away

The Utah Shakespeare Festival staff, artists, guests, and volunteers are saddened by the passing of Anne Judd on September 11.

Festival To Open Neil Simon’s <em>The Odd Couple</em>

Festival To Open Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple

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.

Festival Guests Invited To Help the Less Fortunate

Festival Guests Invited To Help the Less Fortunate

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.

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