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. Filled with laughter and anticipation, this satirical comedy shifts the action and plot to locations and characters in Utah that just might feel familiar.



Director — Joseph Hanreddy
Scenic Designer — Linda Buchanan
Costume Designer — Kärin Simonson Kopischke
Lighting Designer — Kirk Bookman
Co-Lighting Designer — Michael A. Megliola
Sound Designer/Music Score — Barry G. Funderburg
Voice and Text Coach — Gale Childs Daly
Movement and Fight Choreographer — Robert Westley
Stage Manager — Mindy Johnson*

There will be one intermission.


Zach, the tavern owner’s son — Fred Geyer
Sally-Mae, the hired girl — Kelly Rogers
Zachariah Freeman, the tavern owner — James Newcomb*
Wile Ed Coats, the hired man — J. Todd Adams*
The Vagabond, a stranger — Andrew May*     
The Woman, another stranger — Melinda Parrett*
Selwyn Shotwell, governor of the territory of Utah — Michael A. Harding
Mrs. Shotwell, the governor’s wife — Melissa Graves
Rosalind, the governor’s daughter — Cassandra Bissell*
Tom Allen, the governor’s daughter’s fiancé — Eric Schabla
Elijah Tull, the sheriff — Paul Michael Sandberg
Ezra, the sheriff’s deputy — Taylor Harris
Blaze, member of the sheriff’s posse — Madison Kisst
Bart, member of the sheriff’s posse — Jack Lafferty
Buck, member of the sheriff’s posse — Brandon Burk
Belle, member of the sheriff’s posse — Kaitlin Margaret Mills
Stevens — Michael Bahr


Sally-Mae/Rosalind—Kaitlin Margaret Mills; Zachariah Freeman/Wile Ed Coats/The Vagabond—Jack Lafferty; The Woman/Mrs. Shotwell—Madison Kisst; Selwyn Shotwell/Tom Allen/Elijah Tull—Brandon Burk
Understudies never substitute for listed players unless an announcement is made prior to the performance. 

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

†Appearing courtesy of the Southern Utah University Fellowship Program.


The director and fight choreographer are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.


The scenic, costume, lighting and sound designers are represented by the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE. 

Videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

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Top photo: Andrew May as The Vagabond in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of The Tavern. 

Play Details

September 19 – October 21, 2017

Randall L. Jones Theatre

By George M. Cohan
A New Adaptation by Joseph Hanreddy

Joseph Hanreddy

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Content Advisory
This melodramatic and hilarious murder mystery is updated with local references to people and places that Festival audiences will find very familiar. It is suitable and fun for all audiences.