Originally known as the New American Playwright’s Project, the Utah Shakespeare Festival renamed, increased commitment and enhanced the mission of its new play program, now known as Words Cubed, from a line in Hamlet. “Words, words, words” focuses in all ways on the text, while nurturing and developing the exciting and promising works of new playwrights. Words Cubed provides a professionally-supported opportunity for “readings, workshops, and fully-realized productions as part of an ongoing commitment to create a diverse body of work,” according to USF voices.
So this is where you come in! Local residents – and Southern Utah vacationers – can be the first to experience a new play performed by Festival actors and artists before a live audience. Tickets are a bargain at just $10 each and can be purchased at the ticket office, at the door or online at www.bard.org.
This year, Words Cubed introduces two new plays for your enjoyment but be advised: 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.
“It will not do. It will not do. / We can no longer bear to see this shrew!” In this case, the questions are, “what if The Taming of the Shrew were written by a woman friend, helping Shakespeare make his battle of the sexes more palatable to the ‘modern’ audience? What would be different?” You’ll get the hilarious answers in this retelling of Shakespeare’s popular comedy, entitled SHREW! By Amy Freed, which plays in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theater on the evenings of August 4, 5, 30 and September 1.
Pearl’s in the House, which plays on the cool(er) summer evenings of August 11, 12, 31 and September 2 – also in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theater – tells the story of the one-of-a-kind Pearl Bailey, a Tony Award winning actress and singer, daytime Emmy Award winner, writer, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and special delegate to the United Nations in racially-charged mid-20th century America. But, the inimitable Pearl was also a trailblazer for women everywhere, particularly African-American women. Pearl’s in the House finds a 1987 talk show host questioning this amazing entertainer’s motives, so Bailey responds the only way she knows how – with music!
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