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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Utah Shakespearean Festival Fall Season Is Underway

The Utah Shakespearean Festival fall season runs through Oct 23. The Tony Award winning festival is based in Cedar City. If offers three fall productions:
  • The Adventures of Pericles
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Greater Tuna

  • The Las Vegas Review Journal has this news article about the festival. Below are excerpts.

    From Las Vegas, it's a quick trip to the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City. (A 2½-hour drive north on Interstate 15, to be specific.)

    Once there, however, theatergoers can travel across time, and territory, without ever leaving their seats at the Randall L. Jones Theatre.

    During the festival's six-week fall season, which began Thursday, a perilous odyssey inspires Shakespeare's seldom-seen "The Adventures of Pericles," while "The Diary of Anne Frank" revisits the harrowing, yet inspirational tale of humanity in the face of inhumanity. And two actors portray a wide range of Texas townsfolk livin' large in "Greater Tuna."

    "For the longest time in scholarly circles, people shied away" from "Pericles" and other "unusual" Shakespeare plays, Conlin notes, "but that has all changed in the last couple of decades."

    In part, she suggests, that's because "the influence of film, and adventure film in particular, has allowed audiences to understand quick changes of pace" -- and place.

    That comes in particularly handy when depicting the adventures of "Pericles' " seafaring title character (played by Tim Casto ), who sets sail in search of "fortune and glory" (as Indiana Jones himself might say), only to discover even more valuable treasure within.

    "As usual," Conlin says, "Shakespeare was about 400 years ahead of his time."


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