Past Productions

New Plays Workshop Readings

April 23 - 25th, 2018

The New Plays Workshop class taught by Professors Tim Slover and Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell invites you to three nights of free staged readings of new and bold plays. The plays written and performed by members of the Department of Theatre community will run April 23-25, at 6:00 p.m in PAB 115. Admission to the play readings […]

MTP Senior Showcase “And Here We Are…”

April 20 - 22nd, 2018

The Musical Theatre graduating class presents “And Here We Are…”  The showcase is both a reflection and capstone for our graduating seniors of the Musical Theatre Program and will feature their wide-ranging and phenomenal talents. The seniors have created a show that shares the story of their lives over the past four years–including the hard […]

Our Country’s Good

April 6 - 15th, 2018

Our Country’s Good By Timberlake Wertenbaker Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally Directed by Sarah Shippobotham April 6-15, 2018 Babcock Theatre In January 1788, the first of the British prison ships arrive at Botany Bay, Australia, and settle the penal colony at Port Jackson, the site of current-day Sydney. Many of the […]

Up (The Man in the Flying Chair)

March 9 - 17th, 2018

Up (The Man in the Flying Chair) By Bridget Carpenter Directed by Chris DuVal March 9-17, 2018 Studio 115 “Follow your dreams as high as they go.” 20 years ago, Walter Griffin attached 45 helium-filled weather balloons to a lawn chair and found himself 16,000 feet above the world. Today he’s furiously holding onto his […]

The Beautiful Game

February 16 - March 4th, 2018

The Beautiful Game Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber| Lyrics and Book by Ben Elton Directed by Denny Berry February 16- March 4, 2018 Babcock Theatre Ordinary people in extraordinary times. Set in Northern Ireland, this late 1960s coming-of-age musical is about a group of young men and women who are involved with a local soccer […]

You Never Can Tell

November 10 - 19th, 2017

You Never Can Tell By George Bernard Shaw Directed by Alexandra Harbold November 10-19, 2017 Babcock Theatre At one riotous lunch, Mrs. Clandon, a famed feminist author and lecturer, is accidentally reunited with her estranged husband, while her high-minded eldest daughter tries to stave off a smooth-talking dentist’s advances. Identities are confused, ideals are challenged, […]

Love’s Labour’s Lost

October 20 - 29th, 2017

Love’s Labour’s Lost By William Shakespeare Directed by Terri McMahon October 20-29, 2017 Studio 115 Video by: Jake Holt Through witty and playful banter, Love’s Labour’s Lost tells the story of the King of Navarre and his three court followers, who swear they will speak to no women during their three-year “academy” study period. But […]

Steel Pier

September 15 - 24th, 2017

Steel Pier Music by John Kander | Lyrics by Fred Ebb| Book by David Thompson Directed by Denny Berry September 15-24, 2017 The Hayes Christensen Theatre (MCD) Set on the famous Steel Pier in Atlantic City, this energetic musical brings together an assortment of relentless souls eager to dance their way into fame and prizes. […]

“Cats” MTP Senior Show

April 21 - 23rd, 2017

CATS Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by T.S. Elliot Directed by Michael Pinkerton Choreography by Christine Moore Watkins Studio 115 in the Performing Arts BuildingThe graduating class of the University of Utah’s Musical Theatre Program proudly presents CATS, a musical based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”. It tells the story […]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

April 7 - 15th, 2017

For The Two Noble Kinsmen, Shakespeare and his co-writer, John Fletcher, reached back to medieval times—to “The Knight’s Tale” from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—for their story of obsessive, competitive attraction for a woman spied from a jail cell by two aristocratic cousins captured in battle. From a remove of 139 years, Shakespeare and Fletcher questioned […]

Eclipsed

March 3 - 11th, 2017

Based on the real life stories of the women and girls who helped bring peace to the African nation of Liberia during its second civil war, Eclipsed doesn’t only capture a piece of untold history, it’s also making it. Eclipsed became the first play with an all-black and female creative cast and team to premiere […]

Dogfight

February 3 - 19th, 2017

On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow […]

Arcadia

November 11 - 20th, 2016

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard November 11-13 and 17-20, 2016 |7:30pm Matinees November 19 and 20, 2016 | 2:00pm This vibrant play moves effortlessly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits, the attraction Newton left […]

Self Defense, or death of some salesmen

October 21 - 30th, 2016

A hitchhiking, highway prostitute is turned into a nation–wide celebrity when she is arrested for the murder of seven men. Is she the nation’s first female serial killer, as the media paint her, or a victim? Self Defense gives a long, hard look at an America most of us don’t want to admit exists. Panel […]

Bring It On: The Musical

September 16 - 25th, 2016

Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass, and inspired by the hit film, Bring It On: The Musical takes audiences on a high-flying journey filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal, and forgiveness. Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, Bring It On features an original story by Tony Award winner Jeff […]

As You Like It

March 4 - 12th, 2016

Unable to act on their feelings and forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how […]

The Importance of Being Earnest

February 26 - March 6th, 2016

Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Gwendolen is in love with Earnest. Algernon, who is up for a bit fun, falls for Cecily, but Cecily is also in love with Earnest… if only someone was Earnest! Get ready for some Wilde laughs with this blissfully silly and outrageously shrewd comedy of mistaken identities.

Hello, Dolly!

January 15 - 17th, 2016

HELLO, DOLLY! is based on Thornton Wilder’s 1955 play “The Matchmaker” and features Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman (Mame and La Cage aux Folles) and a Book by Michael Stewart (Bye Bye Birdie and 42nd Street). Matchmaking was never so much fun as it is in this timeless tale of loves brought together by […]

Good Kids

October 30 - November 8th, 2015

Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. The problem is, she can’t remember anything. And everybody at high school is talking about what happened. Was she raped? How could those boys do that to her? Or did they? Set in a high school in American Midwest, in a world of Facebook, Twitter, […]

Animal Farm

October 2 - 10th, 2015

‘All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.’ Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the […]

American Idiot

September 18 - 26th, 2015

The story of three friends’ experience when their dreams collide with reality. Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “Holiday.”

Twelfth Night

July 9 - 18th, 2015

A delightfully comic tale of misguided identities, Twelfth Night revolves around the physical likeness between Sebastian and his twin sister, Viola, each of whom, when separated after a shipwreck, believes the other to be dead. The theatrical scramble begins when Viola assumes the identity of Cesario, a page in the household of the Duke of […]

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

June 11 - 20th, 2015

Charles Schulz’s treasured comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Come spend a day in the life of the famous comic strip hero, Charlie Brown as he searches for what it means to be a good person, finding unexpected answers from his friends, Schroeder, Linus, Sally, Lucy […]

Godspell

April 23 - 26th, 2015

In a crumbling urban city center, corruption, failing economic policies, high unemployment, and poverty has caused mass flight from the area; leaving behind a dystopian wasteland where centers of commerce, community gathering, and worship have been abandoned and left for ruin. But God is not dead. A small group of devout worshipers in the community […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

April 3 - 19th, 2015

When a wily, witty, lying, lazy, cheating slave discovers that his master’s son is in love with the girl next door, he promises to help win her heart in exchange for his freedom. But the road to romance is blocked with stunning surprises, cunning disguises, wild chases, bawdy humor, and zany characters—all in the pursuit […]

The School for Lies

February 27 - March 8th, 2015

In 1666, the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue she’s being sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, Celimene has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died—until today, when Frank appears. Frank turns her world upside-down, taking on her suitors […]

The Children’s Hour

February 6 - 15th, 2015

There’s something about Mary. Something bad. She’s spoiled rotten. She’s a bully. But worst of all, she’s a manipulative, compulsive liar. When she accuses the headmistresses of her private boarding school of having a scandalous, “unnatural,” affair, the venomous lie “goes viral.” As the two women struggle to clear their stained reputations amidst a flurry […]

The Threepenny Opera

November 7th, 2014

Mack is back! In a morally corrupt society, who is the bigger criminal—the man who robs the bank, or the man who founds the bank? Enter a seamy underworld of salacious cynicism and merry anarchy filled with beggars, hoodlums and prostitutes. At the center of it all perches antihero Macheath—lover, arsonist, rapist, murderer, and criminal […]

The Owl Girl

October 24 - November 2nd, 2014

Set in a world where reality intertwines with magic and myth, The Owl Girl is a parable about the struggle for peace in the Middle East. Two families both have keys to the same house. They try to live together peaceably, but the domestic situation becomes as perilous as the world around them, torn apart […]

Blue Stockings

September 19 - 28th, 2014

In 1896, Girton College in Cambridge, England, is the first in Britain to admit women. Tess Moffat and her fellow female first-years study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. But while the men graduate with their diplomas in hand, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a “blue stocking,” […]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 17 - 27th, 2014

On a midsummer night in an enchanted forest where fairies and nymphs make merry and mischief beckons, uncertain love is in the air. A quartet of mismatched lovers and an inept troupe of amateur actors cross paths with the feuding King and Queen of the Fairies in the wondrous wood, resulting in a night of […]

The Last Five Years

June 13 - 29th, 2014

The Last Five Years is a powerful musical that ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up; or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. It is an intensely personal look at the relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress, from […]

In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)

April 18 - 27th, 2014

In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating “hysteria” in women, and occasionally men: the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor’s laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter—and wonders exactly what is going on in the […]

Pomp and Circumstance: A New Musical

April 10 - 19th, 2014

A collage of songs and scenes, the Showcase is both a reflection and capstone for our graduating seniors of the Musical Theatre Program and will feature their wide-ranging and phenomenal talents. This show deals with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, […]

Klea in Concert

March 7th, 2014

Actress, singer, and comedienne Klea Blackhurst returns to her hometown of Salt Lake City for a one-night benefit concert engagement. You can take the girl out of Utah, but you can’t take the Utah out of the girl! Find out how growing up in “the Buckle on the Jello Belt” prepared Klea for life in […]

Romeo and Juliet

February 20 - March 2nd, 2014

Young love has never been so passionate or precarious. Transcending the hate of warring factions, in defiance of their parents, and in secrecy from their closest friends, two star-crossed lovers risk everything to be together. But the same passion that stirs the lovers’ hearts also fuels the wrath of their feuding families and exacts heart-wrenching […]

She Loves Me

February 7 - 23rd, 2014

Georg and Amalia are co-workers in a European perfumery. From the first day they meet, they drive each other crazy…and not in a good way. Both secretly find solace in their anonymous pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are none other than each other. She Loves Me is a romantic musical comedy that is […]

Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT

December 3 - 5th, 2013

A critical smash on Broadway and in London, and coming for the first time to Salt Lake City, the two-time Tony Award® winning hit musical GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post […]

Love Alone

November 14 - 24th, 2013

After a routine medical procedure goes tragically wrong, a lawsuit ensues and the lives of both the patient’s family and the doctor charged with her care are transformed. Love Alone compels us to reflect on how we treat those we love in times of crisis and how we maintain control of our lives when we […]

Avenue Q

November 8 - 24th, 2013

Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet sexpert), Lucy the slut (need we say more?), […]

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

September 26 - October 6th, 2013

Irresistibly funny and wildly absurdist, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is a timeless masterpiece. It is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of two of the minor characters. Stoppard recasts Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as heroes of their own play, and as the story of Hamlet plays out all around […]

Metamorphoses

September 20 - 29th, 2013

Based on Ovid’s myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans, Metamorphoses subtly mixes classic stories of pathos and tragedy with contemporary language and familiar characters, such as King Midas and his golden touch, and Orpheus and Eurydice in the underworld. The themes of love, the inevitability of change, and our power to adapt are timeless […]

Two Gentlemen of Verona

July 18 - 28th, 2013

Valentine and Proteus are the best of friends until, of course, a woman comes between them. Friendship and passion entangle all in this clever comedy about the fickle nature of love and the jealousies that can drive people mad with desire.

Once Upon a Mattress

June 21 - July 7th, 2013

If you thought you knew the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” you may be in for walloping surprise. Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that […]

Spring Awakening

April 12 - 28th, 2013

Spring Awakening is an extraordinary musical that celebrates youth and rebellion in a daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Set in repressive 19th-century Germany, a group of teenagers are caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings. Revealing their alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety, they attempt to reckon […]

Reasons to be Pretty

March 21 - 24th, 2013

Is there more to life than simply how one looks? Greg’s long-time lover, Steph, walks out on him after she hears about his offhand remark that her face, in comparison to that of a pretty female coworker’s, is just “regular.” Greg is puzzled by Steph’s rage, and irked by the fact that his casual observation […]

The Eccentrics

February 21 - 24th, 2013

Mastakov is a writer and hopeless romantic. He waxes philosophical about his optimistic faith in a beautiful and bright future for Russia and its people, and recklessly carries on a heated affair with his mistress, Olga, right under the nose of his loving and devoted wife, Elena. But it is a perilous time. Russia is […]

A Flea in Her Ear

February 1 - 10th, 2013

A classic French farce of marital mayhem, A Flea in Her Ear is Georges Feydeau’s masterpiece of mistaken identities. Raymonde Chandebise suspects that her husband, Victor, is secretly having an affair. With the help of her best friend, Lucienne, she concocts a plan to expose Victor’s dalliance at the Frisky Puss Hotel on Coq d’Or […]