Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III and Romeo and Juliet Will Open Utah Shakespeare Festival Season

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The 50th anniversary season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival will begin June 23 with simultaneous productions of Shakespeare's romantic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, the dark history play Richard III and the tragedy Romeo and Juliet. All three productions will run through Sept. 3.

Productions of 20th century classics, including the Meredith Willson musical The Music Man, the Tennessee Williams family drama and memory play The Glass Menagerie, and the Michael Frayn farce Noises Off! will also open June 23. The Music Man and The Glass Menagerie will run through Sept. 3, with Noises Off! ending its run Oct. 29.

Shakespeare's romance The Winter's Tale and Frederick Knott's thriller Dial M for Murder will open Sept. 22 and Sept. 23, respectively. Both productions will run through Oct. 29.

The festival's co-artistic director, David Ivers, will direct Romeo and Juliet and will appear as Tony Wendice in Dial M for Murder and Autolycus in The Winter's Tale.

Fred C. Adams will helm Midsummer, Kathleen F. Conlin will direct Richard III, Brad Carroll will direct The Music Man, J.R. Sullivan will direct The Glass Menagerie, and Jeff Steitzer will tackle Noises Off! Laura Gordon will handle directing duties for The Winter's Tale, and Brian Vaughan will do the same for Dial M for Murder.

Christian Barillas will make his Utah debut playing Romeo in  Romeo and Juliet  and Clarence in Richard III. Elijah Alexander will play the title role in the latter play and Theseus and Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mariko Nakasone will appear as Lady Anne in Richard III and Laura in The Glass Menagerie, with Melinda Parrett set to play Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet.

Other preliminary casting includes Quinn Mattfeld as Garry in Noises Off!; Melinda Pfundstein as Hermione in The Winter's Tale and Margot Wendice in Dial M for Murder; Peter Sham as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Mayor Shinn in The Music Man; and the festival's other co-artistic director, Brian Vaughan, as Harold Hill in The Music Man.

For more information and tickets, visit bard.org or call 1-800-PLAYTIX (800-752-9849).

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