SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Fall 2003)
2003 Utah Shakespearean Festival In Full Swing
The Utah Shakespearian Festival is putting the final touches on its 2003 season with the summer season slated to begin June 19 and run through August 30, featuring William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, and Richard III, as well as the historical musical 1776, the charming comedy Born Yesterday, and the zany farce The Servant of Two Masters.
The forty-second summer season opens in the outdoor Adams Shakespearian Theatre with three of the Bard's beloved works.
Much Ado About Nothing is a hilarious comedy celebrating love and introduces playgoers to Beatrice and Benedick, two would be-lovers who would rather battle and buss and, and to Hero and Claudio, a couple who get caught up in the trials and tribulation of young love.
Richard III, is a tale of one of history's most enigmatic and manipulative characters who seizes the English throne by murdering everyone in his path. But destiny awaits him on the field of battle at Botsworth, where the culmination of the War of the Roses ends with the defeat of evil and the triumph of good.
The third offering at the Adams theatre is the dark comedy of Measure for Measure; a story of penetrating psychological profiles which examine the concepts of virtue, justice and desire and whether they can survive and endure in a corrupt society.
The Randall Jones Theatre will be the setting for the other three productions. Sherman Edward's 1776 will present John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin in this heart-warming musical depicting the founding fathers' challenge of shaping a constitution - sometimes comic, usually noble, and always human.
Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday is a witty and charming comedy wherein the rich and crass junk dealer Harry Brock goes to Washington to make crooked deals with government big-wigs. Combine Brock with a dimwitted blonde girlfriend and a young idealistic magazine reporter to see how a little education can go a long way.
The Servant of two Masters, a comedy by Carlo Goldini rounds out the summer season. Servant Truffaldino has guaranteed himself twice the pay - but double the work serving two masters: one, a woman disguised as a man, and the other a man looking for his lost love (her)! These classic characters all tumble hilariously toward a happy and unpredictable ending.
The fall season at the Festival will take place in the Randall Theatre and will run September 18 through October 18. In Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, twins Antipholus and Dromio are bewildered! Everywhere they go, they seem to have been there already and the more they try to unravel the mystery of their mistaken identities the more ridiculous and preposterous their lives become.
Little Shop of Horrors is the musical story of Seymour and his exotic new plant Audrey II. Although business is booming at Mr. Mushink's flower shop, only Seymour knows the truth about his jive talkin' blues singin' man-eater. This popular musical was written by Howard Ashman with music by Alan Menken.
The third show of the fall season is Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Dubbed by many critics as "the funniest play ever written", features a mother eager to marry her daughter to a "suitable" match, a prim governess with a romantic streak, and two earnest young "gentlemen" looking for fun.
Fred C. Adams, Festival founder and executive director said, "It's lining up to be an electrifying season. It's going to be a year of delightful musicals, powerful tragedies and hilarious comedies. There will be something for everyone."
Of special interest to SUU alumni will be the return of Brian Vaughn to the Festival. Vaughn, a veteran of over 20 festival productions and the SUU theatre department, established himself as favorite while on campus and has distinguished himself in regional theatres around the country. He is a member of Actors Equity Association.