In Addition to Theatre, Enjoy Art!
Supplement your visit to the Festival this season with a variety of art exhibits, in addition to the Catherine and Robert Pedersen Shakespeare Character Garden and Stillman Sculpture Court both onsite at the Beverley Center for the Arts.
On Display at the Southern Utah Museum of Art:
This summer, SUMA, just north of the Festival’s Randall L. Jones Theatre, will feature three exhibits through September 23. Of special note is “A Dream Deferred: New Perspectives on Black Experience.” Artists Aïsha Lehmann and Vitus Shell have contributed works to reflect the themes of the Festival’s 2023 production of A Raisin in the Sun.
Lorraine Hansberry’s play centers on defining the American dream while battling racial discrimination and disappointment. In response to the play, Lehmann has created a new body of work that uses printed maps to illustrate how “White power structures impact Black experience on a societal level.” Shell’s paintings, on the other hand, present an “every Black man” who is living these experiences. For details and hours of operation, visit www.suu.edu/suma.
On Display in the Randall L. Jones Theatre:
As part of the Cedar City Railroad Centennial celebration, the Utah Shakespeare Festival will proudly be displaying the “All Abboooard! Historic Union Pacific’’ exhibition in the Randall. L. Jones Theatre lobby through September 2 from 1-7pm.
The exhibit will feature 70 historic photos that chronicle the Union Pacific Railroad in Cedar City and Utah’s National Parks. Many of the photos were taken by Cedar City Native Homer Jones, the son of Randall L. and Lovina S. Jones after whom the theatre was named.
The Centennial celebration, was a week-long celebration to commemorate the 100-year anniversary, was held earlier this summer. For more information on the events and where the display will move to next, visit cedarcity.org
This is an important exhibition, as rail service for the first half of the twentieth century helped shape Cedar City’s future. The railroad significantly impacted Iron County tourism, commerce, and agriculture industries.
On Display in the Eileen and Allen Anes Theatre:
Steve and Diana Yates from Artisans Art Gallery in Cedar City, Utah, have curated an art display featuring local artists. Featured in the Eileen and Allen Anes Theatre lobby, the exhibit will run through October 7. Each piece will be available for purchase, one of which is an original of Festival Founder Fred C. Adams in stage costume.
The 2023 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival runs through October 7 and includes Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jane Austen’s Emma The Musical, A Raisin in the Sun, The Play That Goes Wrong, Timon of Athens, and Coriolanus, as well as all the experiences surrounding the plays, such as three The Greenshows, seminars, orientations, and backstage tours. Tickets and information are available by calling 800-PLAYTIX or visiting bard.org.