Private Lives Presented at The Eileen and Allen Anes Theatre

Published: February 21, 2019 | Read Time: 3 minutes

SUU students rehearsing Private LivesSUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance will present Private Lives, written by Noël Coward, on February 28 and March 4, 8, 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and March 2, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for alumni with card, and $5 for youth. SUU faculty, staff, and students can get in free with a valid ID card. Tickets can be purchased at the America First Event Center Box Office, at the door the night of the performance, or online at

Richard Bugg, director of Private Lives, shares, “Private Lives explores the sometimes volatile nature of our passions for one other. The great love affairs in history have been filled with warring passions and heartaches. Why do our infatuations and passions for someone so often overcome our logic and wisdom, allowing us to return to a lion’s den from which we once escaped? While the demands of life often force the ordinary man or woman to reject such folly, there are those with disposable income (and therefore disposable time) who like to wallow in it. That makes for great comedy.” 

Kenna Funk, senior Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Acting major, explains, “The show is designed in the round, which means there’s an audience on every side of the stage. There are a lot of little details to remember but I’ve really loved the opportunity to perform in this set up. I have enjoyed discovering my character, Amanda, and playing around with her spontaneous and independent personality. In some ways she’s quite different from myself so figuring out how she would move or how she would feel about this moment in the show has been really fun!”

Maxwell Kunz, also a senior Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Acting major, says, “Private Lives is a difficult play to produce these days, particularly because of what has changed in the way relationships are perceived between men and women from the time it was written, as well as some other delicate content issues. To overcome these problems we tried to focus on the theme that will be most palatable to the audience: love. We want to tell a story of people who are in love and how messy, painful, beautiful and hilarious that can be. Every one of these characters has an incredible arch that could be interpreted as a very dramatic progression; however, Noël Coward wrote some of the finest comedy into these lines to give the audience a wonderful roller coaster of laughs. 

Enjoy a performance of comedy surrounding the details of relationships with SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

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The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM) degrees in art, design, dance, music and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring nearly 700 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit

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