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.


STRAIGHT
Written by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola
Directed by JC Carter
Sept 22-Oct 8 – performs in repertory with Disgraced

Synopsis:  Fresh from Off-Broadway in its first production since New York, Utah Rep is proud to premiere this thought provoking tragicomedy exploring relationships and sexual identity today.  Meet Ben.  Ben is a 26-year-old-investment banker.  Ben likes beer, sports, and Emily.  And Chris.


DISGRACED
Written by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Bobby Cody
Sept 22-Oct 8 – performs in repertory with Straight

Synopsis: This 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winning play is centered on sociopolitical themes such as Islamaphobia and the self-identity of Muslim-American citizens. It focuses on a dinner party between four people with very different backgrounds. As discussion turns to politics and religion, the mood quickly becomes heated. Described as a “combustible powder keg of identity politics,” the play depicts racial and ethnic prejudices that “secretly persist in even the most progressive cultural circles.”