At the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, 2019 is a year to celebrate the diversity of families in all their richness, including their strengths, weaknesses, joys, and sorrows.
René Thornton Jr. (left) as Henry Condell, Betsy Mugavero as Alice Heminges, and Chris Mixon as John Heminges in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 production of The Book of Will. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2019.)
The family members in this year’s eight plays run the gamut from the screwball dysfunction of Jacob’s twelve sons in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to the complex familial relationships in Hamlet. They illuminate the sometimes tender, sometimes brutal relationships between brothers in The Price and between spouses in Macbeth, as well as the exquisitely intricate parent-child relationship in Every Brilliant Thing. These characters, as well as those in The Book of Will, The Conclusion of Henry VI: Parts Two and Three, and Twelfth Night reflect a bit of our own families, in all their variety.
Russ Benton (top) as Pharoah, Aaron Young as Joseph, and Samae Allred as Narrator in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2019.)
Through the laughter and tears, the arguments and reconciliations, the characters in these plays (just like us) are searching for love, acceptance, catharsis, and meaning in their families and their lives.
Tristan Turner (left) as Sebastian, Trent Dahlin as Feste, and Sarah Hollis as Viola in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 production of Twelfth Night. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2019.)
We welcome you to this compelling human medley in all its distinction, varied colors, and irrepressible joys. The 2019 season runs June 27 to October 12. Tickets are available by calling the ticket office at (800) PLAYTIX or online at bard.org.