Utah Rep’s 2017: Season 5


THE OTHER PLACE
Written by Sharr White
Directed by Jason Bowcutt
Starring: Stephanie Howell, Andrea Peterson, Eric Cadora, JayC Stoddard
Feb 17-Mar 4

Synopsis: This Tony-nominated play explores dementia through the eyes of Juliana, a fifty two years old brilliant drug-company scientist. She is giving a speech to a neurological convention. As she speaks we cut away to scenes with her doctor, phone calls from her estranged daughter, and arguments with her husband who may or may not be divorcing her. Through it all she constantly refers to “the other place”, a cottage that the family once owned, and a place where Juliana feels she may reunite with her missing daughter and find some peace of mind. The audience is taken on this whirlwind and must decipher fact from fiction in this intense 70 minute drama.


KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
Music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, Book by Terrence McNally
Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Anne Puzey
Choreography by Ashley Gardner Carlson
Starring: Erin Royal Carlson
Apr 21-May 7

Synopsis:  This Tony-winning best musical is the darkest of Kander & Ebb’s works.  Based on the Manuel Puig novel “El Beso de la Murer Ariana”, it depicts the daily conversations between two cellmates in an Argentine prison, Molina and Valentín, and the intimate bond they form in the process.   This surprisingly fresh story explores such themes as escapism through fantasy, effimenophobia, betrayal and manipulation, and ultimately love and survival.  With such songs as “The Kiss of the Spider Woman”, “The Day After That”, and “Gimme Love”, audiences are in for a treat in this rarely performed musical.


BLACKBIRD
Written by David Harrower
Directed by L.L. West
Starring: Mark Fossen & Anne Louise Brings
July 14-30

Synopsis: This Laurence Olivier award-winning play was recently revived on Broadway starring Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels.  It was inspired in part by the crimes of sex offender Toby Studebaker and depicts a young woman confronting a middle-aged man, now a successful executive, fifteen years after being sexually abused by him when she was twelve.


THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Book by Marsha Norman, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Johnny Hebda and Chase Ramsey
Music Direction by Jeanne McGuire
Nov 18-Dec 10 at the Eccles Theater

Synopsis: Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life.