Michael Bahr Honored as Educator of the Year

Michael Bahr Honored as Educator of the Year

The Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the recipients of the sixty-eighth annual Best of Cedar City Awards, including Utah Shakespeare Festival Education Director Michael Bahr as Educator of the Year.

Announcing the 2019 Directors

Announcing the 2019 Directors

Utah Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Brian Vaughn recently announced a slate of nine highly-creative, talented, and experienced directors for the Festival’s 2019 season. The directors come from home bases across the country and bring a wealth of diverse experience to next season, which is themed around the family.

It's a Wrap for a Successful Season

It's a Wrap for a Successful Season

It’s a wrap for the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2018 season, and Festival administrators are excited about the season’s success both artistically and financially. Everybody at the Festival took a deep breath, celebrated for a moment, and then continued work on the 2019 season which is fast approaching. But before they moved on, Executive Producer Frank Mack and Artistic Director Brian Vaughn took a few minutes to review the highlights of 2019.

Food Drive Raises Over 3,600 Pounds

Food Drive Raises Over 3,600 Pounds

Utah Shakespeare Festival guests made life a little better for those in need this fall, by donating nearly two tons of food to the Iron County Care and Share. The food was donated as part of the Festival’s sixteenth annual Fall Food Drive from September 17 to October 13.

Shakespeare Competition Crowns Winners

Shakespeare Competition Crowns Winners

This weekend the 42nd annual Shakespeare Competition 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 nearly 3,600 students from 123 schools in seven states and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Remembering Charles L. Metten

Remembering Charles L. Metten

It is with sorrow that Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival share the news that Dr. Charles L. Metten, founding dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts and long-time director, actor, and administrator at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, passed away on the morning of September 27 at the age of 91.

Pierre Corneille — The French Bard

Pierre Corneille — The French Bard

We’re coming to the end of the season here at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, but there’s still a couple more weeks to come and see The Liar! It’s a hilarious farce that you definitely don’t want to miss; with twins, mistaken identities, and hilarious misunderstandings, the play is almost Shakespearean! But The Liarisn’t a Shakespeare play— no, this is a Corneille.


A Strange Servant and a Stranger Master

A Strange Servant and a Stranger Master

From The Taming of the Shrew to King Lear to The Comedy of Errors, the ways that masters interact with their servants can reveal a lot about a play’s themes. The master/servant relationship is also a very important part of this season’s The Liar. However, the master/servant dynamic is somehow very different in The Liar than in anything we've really seen in Shakespeare.

Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire

The endearing Dorante lies to get whatever he wants— especially women. So when he first meets Lucrece and Clarice, he lies to impress them. And, of course, some of the funniest scenes in theatre result. But there’s one question that sticks out. Why is The Liar so funny? What makes it so interesting to audiences? 

Reflecting on a Season of Seeing

Reflecting on a Season of Seeing

In the fourth and final installment of blog posts by actor John Ahlin, the man playing Falstaff this summer reflects on the wonders of southern Utah and of being on stage in the middle of indescribable vistas, canyons, and valleys. He also marvels at what he calls "the best audiences in the country," those that come to the Utah Shakespeare Festival.


Help Us Help the Less Fortunate

Help Us Help the Less Fortunate

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is once again collecting food for the less fortunate in our community. The sixteenth annual Fall Food Drive will be September 10 to October 13, with a goal to raise as much food as possible for the Iron County Care and Share.

An Iliad Q&A with Brian Vaughn

An Iliad Q&A with Brian Vaughn

Who is your favorite character? How do you prepare for this demanding role? Do you think this is an anti-war play? Who are the "good guys" and the "bad guys"? Why is The Muse part of this play? Why is this play important to us today? These are all questions we were able to recently ask Artistic Director Brian Vaughn about his role in An Iliad. We think you will find his answers thought provoking and stimulating.

Festival Adds An Iliad Performances

Festival Adds An Iliad Performances

In an effort to make what many are calling “the favorite production of the season” even more available, the Utah Shakespeare Festival has announced additional performances of the spellbinding play An Iliad. The largely one-person show, featuring Artistic Director Brian Vaughn as The Poet, is currently playing in the Randall L. Jones Theatre, but numerous additional performances have been added in the intimate Anes Studio Theatre.

Thanks for the Great Company

Thanks for the Great Company

In Part Three of John's Ahlin's blog on playing the role of Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, he writes about the amazing actors he is working with, including a funny scene that was made funnier by an experienced actor, a swig of sack, and a rare combination of temperature and dew point. He also has some seasoned advice for young actors.



The Simpsons Writer to Visit the Festival

The Simpsons Writer to Visit the Festival

Mike Reiss, writer and producer for the wildly popular animated television show The Simpsons, will be at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University August 29–31. While here, he will be workshopping his hilarious play Shakespeare’s Worst! A Play on a Play as part of the Festival’s Words Cubed new play readings, as well as participating in a lecture/presentation and book signing.

Festival to Unveil Lady Macbeth Statue

Festival to Unveil Lady Macbeth Statue

A life-size statue of Lady Macbeth will soon join eight other Shakespearean characters at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The latest installment in the Pedersen Shakespeare Character Garden will be unveiled August 21 at 11:30 a.m.

Festival Schedules Military Appreciation Days

Festival Schedules Military Appreciation Days

The Utah Shakespeare Festival will be celebrating our Armed Forces with free tickets for military personnel to selected performances on September 4–7. The Festival appreciates the sacrifices of the men and women who serve and wants to recognize their dedication and commitment to this country.


Desire the Spleen: Bringing out the Humors in Falstaff

Desire the Spleen: Bringing out the Humors in Falstaff

In Part Two of John's Ahlin's blog on playing the role of Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, he tackles the comedy of the corpulent knight: "Being funny on demand is like trying to get the hiccups on purpose—difficult. So imagine the butterflies an actor feels, about to enter as Falstaff. . . . Backstage before a comedy, some actors will want to draw up both knees and go fetal, but to me the trick is to grab those knees, yell 'Cannonball!' and jump right in."


The Liar: A Summary in Verse

The Liar: A Summary in Verse

"Twins, disguise, and maidens who conspire / Are all a part of this season's The Liar! / Now, all these shenanigans might make you dizzy; / So let this rhymed synopsis keep you busy." Festival writer and blogger Kathryn Neves puts her tongue firmly in her cheek and tells the story of The Liar in rhymed verse, the same style as the play being presented starting September 14.


Words Cubed New Plays Scheduled

Words Cubed New Plays Scheduled

The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Words Cubed program for new plays is set to introduce audiences to two very different plays this season: Gertrude and Claudius,a prequel to Hamlet,will play August 24, 25, and 30 and September 1. Shakespeare’s Worst! A Play on a Play,a hilarious retelling of The Two Gentlemen of Verona,will be performed August 29 and 31.

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