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Words<sup>3</sup>: New Plays

Words3: New Plays

"Words, words, words."

Discover a New Play


Discover a new play when playwrights spend a week at the Festival and our actors present the plays as staged readings or workshops, followed by an instructive discussion between the playwright, actors, and audience.

Words Cubed is the Utah Shakespeare Festival's new-play program that seeks to nurture and develop openly submitted and commissioned-based plays by providing a professionally supported platform for readings, workshops, and fully realized productions as part of an ongoing commitment to create a diverse body of work.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Ticket Office, online, or at the door.

All shows are in the Randall L. Jones Theatre and begin at 9:30 a.m.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The plays in this series are written for contemporary adult audiences, and some plays may contain themes and language not appropriate for children and that some may find offensive. Check the content advisories for each new play for more information.

The 2019 Plays

By Ben Jonson • Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Jesse Berger
August 16, 17, 28, and 30, 2019 • 9:30 a.m.
Randall L. Jones Theatre

The greed and absurdity of Jonson’s Jacobean London have never shown more brilliantly than in this new adaptation. Claiming alchemical powers, con men Face and Subtle, together with the brilliantly sexy prostitute Dol Common, scam a series of chumps that they lure to a respectable Blackfriars house. Jonson’s legendary satire spared no one, and Hatcher ensures today’s audience doesn’t miss a beat, in this side-splitting update of classic comedy at its best.

HUDSON, or the series of lamentable and untrue events following the mutiny of 1611
By Quinn Mattfeld and Danny Tieger
Directed by Betsy Mugavero
August 23, 24, 29, 31, 2019 • 9:30 a.m.
Randall L. Jones Theatre

A musical tragicomedy about the famous and eponymous explorer, Hudson is the untold and untrue story of the mutiny of 1611 and the fate of Henry Hudson, his son, his crew, and his name.




Top photo: a rehearsal for the New American Playwright's Project.