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Utah Rep adds 4 shows to ‘Season of Premieres’

Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 5:03 p.m. MDT

Continuing its “Season of Premieres,” Utah Repertory Theater Company will stage four additional first-in-the-state productions during its 2014 season.

The company’s Utah premiere productions are “Grace,” “August: Osage County,” “[title of show]” and “Bare.” The company began the season with the Frank Wildhorn musical “Bonnie & Clyde.”

“When we organized Utah Rep, we saw a glaring need in Utah that we have tried to fill,” said Johnny Hebda, the company’s founder. “The community at large rarely gets the opportunity to see or be involved with some powerful and worthwhile productions as the shows — often state premieres — that we select.

“Audiences have responded very well to the company, which they see as ‘the new kid in town.’ And our audiences have continued to grow,” he added. “They have appreciated not having to travel outside the state to see quality, yet seldom-produced, theater.”

The additional productions include:

  • “Grace,” April 25-May 10; directed by JC Carter, a co-production with Around the Globe Theatre Company.
  • “August: Osage County,” Aug. 15-31; directed by Mark Fossen, a co-production with Silver Summit Theatre Company.
  • “[title of show],” Nov. 7-22; directed by Chase Ramsey.
  • “Bare,” Jan. 16-31; directed by Johnny Hebda.
The company has also begun selling season tickets at utahrep.org/tickets/season-tickets. The price of a season ticket for the four shows remaining in the season is $50.

“The shows may require audiences to tackle subject matters that aren’t always ‘safe,’ but with topics that are universal and relatable,” Hebda said. “Good theater encourages audiences to leave thinking and contemplating the messages and topics explored in the production. That is our goal.”

Hebda said the company’s first show in the season, “Bonnie & Clyde,” directed by Adam Cannon, was “wildly successful,” and many performances were sold out.

“We are excited to collaborate with other theater companies this season and bring in guest directors,” Hebda said. “We feel this will continue to increase the standards of excellence we are aiming for.”

To learn more about the company, visit utahrep.org.

Content Advisories: "Grace," "August: Osage County" and "Bare" contain profanities and vulgarities. "August: Osage County" and "Bare" contain sexual situations.

Blair Howell is a volunteer for the nonprofit Utah Repertory Theater Company.

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