SIX SECONDS leaves a lasting impression

New American Playwrights Project - Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City, Utah

CEDAR CITY — Four women’s lives were changed forever on November 22, 1963, when an assassin’s bullet struck and killed President John F. Kennedy. The stories of these four women—all wives of the men involved in this momentous historical event—are the subject of a new play, Six Seconds, which is receiving a powerful staged reading […]


Interview with Joshua Stavros, Utah Shakespeare Fest’s Greenshow co-director

Joshua Stavros.

CEDAR CITY — Few things capture the feel of the Renaissance as much as a greenshow, and few greenshows can compare to Utah Shakespeare Festival’s. One of my earliest theatrical memories is sitting on the grass in front of the stage watching the performers of the Greenshow dance around a maypole. To learn about the secret […]


Utah Shakespeare Festival’s TWELFTH NIGHT justly “plays on” through the fall

Nell Geisslinger (left) as Viola (disguised as Cesario) and Grant Goodman as Orsino in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of Twelfth Night. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — “Shakespeare wrote musicals?” I heard on my way to lobby at intermission. “Why yes, yes he did,” I thought cheekily. Modern audiences sometimes forget that Shakespeare’s works were pop culture in his day. While not quite the jukebox musicals of today, it would not be uncommon to mix in a popular tune […]


Interview with Kyle Eberlein, Utah Shakespeare Festival actor & cabaret organizer and co-host

Kyle Eberlein

CEDAR CITY — UTBA first came to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2010, coincidentally the same year that cast member Kyle Eberlein did. That year Eberlein was in the greenshow and the ensemble of Great Expectations. Since then Eberlein has worked his way up to playing important supporting roles at the Festival, and now this year he […]


Difficult to adapt to this SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Larry Middleton (back) as Sir John Middleton, Maryann Towne (left) as Mrs. Henry Dashwood, Kathleen Brady as Mrs. Jennings, Sarah Greenman as Lady Middleton, and Cassandra Bissell as Elinor Dashwood in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 premiere production of Sense and Sensibility. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — I have never adapted a novel into a stage production, but I imagine it must be a difficult process. Becausee most audiences aren’t interested in six plus hours in a theater, the content needs to be cut down significantly. So what ought to be included? What can the audience do without? And […]


COMEDY OF ERRORS strikes gold

Aaron Galligan-Stierle (left) as Dromio of Syracuse, Drew Shirley as Antipholus of Ephesus, Chris Amos as Antipholus of Syracuse, and Misha Fristensky as Dromio of Ephesus in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of The Comedy of Errors. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — Mistaken identity runs rampant in Shakespeare‘s The Comedy of Errors,  a farcical romp that is given new life in director Brad Carroll‘s wild west interpretation of this comedic favorite. When Egeon of Syracuse is given news of his impending death for reasons of trespassing upon Ephesus soil, a law enacted against those of […]


HENRY IV, PART ONE explores honor and history

A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of Henry IV Part One. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — In a moment of atypical solemnness the lovable drunkard Falstaff asks,  “What is honour? A word. What is in that word honour? What is that honour? Air.” So sets one of the heavier themes of Henry IV, Part One. This story, a continuation of the tale begun in Richard II and continued on […]


INTO THE WOODS was all I could wish for

Melinda Pfundstein (left) as Baker’s Wife and Brian Vaughn as Baker in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of Into the Woods. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — I have four kids; my oldest is nine. It’s safe to say that I’ve watched my fair share of children’s television in my lifetime, and I have come to admire and truly appreciate the writers in that genre that not only appeal to the munchkins at home, but also to their parents. […]


MEASURE FOR MEASURE not a “problem play” at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

Steve Wojtas as Angelo in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of Measure for Measure. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — A sense of doom hangs over most of Measure for Measure as Claudio sits in prison awaiting his execution. With a death warrant signed by Angelo, the temporary ruler of Vienna as the duke travels abroad, Claudio and his friends fret about his impending death, feeling completely hopeless as the hours tick by. […]


Use THE TAMING OF THE SHREW tour to introduce kids to Shakespeare

Malloree Hill (left) as Katherina and Tom Littman as Petruchio in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 Shakespeare-in-the-Schools production of The Taming of the Shrew. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright 2014 Utah Shakespeare Festival.)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Taming Of The Shrew is by far one of my top favorite Shakespeare plays. With witty humor and a cast of out right hilarious characters, the play is a natural introduction for young audiences into the world of Shakespeare. The story involves Petruchio and his wooing of Katherina, who is the […]