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Friday, June 13, 2008

Utah Shakespearean Festival Begins June 19

The Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival will soon kick off its 47th year, with a summer season running June 19 to August 30. A fall season quickly follows, running from September 19 to October 25.

The Festival's website provides the information below.

The Festival’s three stages will feature four plays by William Shakespeare, a farce by Molière, an epic romance by Edmond Rostand, an exciting and heart-warming musical that can be enjoyed by the entire family, a suspense-filled mystery, and a hilarious modern comedy.

During the summer season, theatre lovers can find their passion in a variety of stories and characters as the
Festival presents Shakespeare under the stars in one of the closest replicas of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in the country.

Summer audiences in the Adams Shakespearean Theatre will witness the destructive power of jealousy in Shakespeare’s Othello and the power of romance, seduction and deception in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as the sweeping passion of romance, poetry and devotion found in Edmond Rostand’s beloved Cyrano de Bergerac, featuring Festival-favorite Brian Vaughn in the title role,
and directed by David Ivers, a popular Festival actor.

The summer season will be rounded out in the beautiful indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre by three classics. Theatre lovers will laugh and maybe even cheer at our updated version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew; they will more fully understand the power of family love and loyalty in the face of change in the world-famous musical Fiddler on the Roof; and they will giggle, titter, snicker, and outright howl with laughter at the antics of the hilarious characters in Molière’s classic farce, The School for Wives.

These six plays rotate continuously, giving theatre-lovers the unique opportunity to see all six plays in three days. Completing the Festival experience is a number of activities to enhance everyone’s enjoyment of the plays, and most of them are free. For instance, The Greenshow features song, dance and rollicking humor each evening before the plays. It’s a chance to sit on the grass, soak in the evening sunshine, and enjoy a freshly baked English tart or other snack while interacting with the players.

In addition, Festival days are filled with literary, production, and actor seminars, as well as play orientations, backstage tours, and the New American Playwrights Project, featuring new works by
emerging American playwrights.

See the website for details.

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