"When is Patrick Page coming back?" is one of the most frequently voiced questions we hear from Utah theater patrons.
We're asked in Salt Lake, where Page has built up a solid following in performances at Pioneer Theatre Company and at the Broadway Stage, and in Cedar City, where he has been a major presence during six seasons with the Utah Shakespearean Festival.Now we have an answer: Patrick Page will bring his one-man show, "Passion's Slaves," to the Broadway Stage for a return engagement Oct. 24-27.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday, with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
"Passion's Slaves" is Page's compilation of scenes from several Shakespearean works - scenes that deal with the different manifestations that passion can take: ambition, greed, jealousy, power and love, both romantic and perverse.
Page, in a brief telephone interview from his home in southwestern Oregon, noted that he is constantly adapting and revising the show.
"I can get it to work theatrically on one end and thematically on the other - now I'm trying to get it to work both ways," he said.
In fact, his printed program for the show states: "This evening's performance will probably include . . . " While it may not be quite as loose as a Ferrante & Teicher performance (their program lists several hundred songs, from which they pick and choose, depending on the feedback from the audience), Page did say his Salt Lake City engagement may open one way, then close another, after some tinkering during the run.
Page added that he's working on creating more of a division between the show's two acts, with the first dealing mainly with characters who portray the passion of love - including Don Armado in "Love's Labour's Lost," Angelo "Measure for Measure," Benedick, Leonato and Don Pedro in "Much Ado About Nothing," Leontes "The Winter's Tale," Master Ford in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and the title role in `Hamlet."
The second act focuses on the passion of ambition, with speeches by Brutus and Marc Anthony in "Julius Caesar," a somewhat comic look at ambition through the eyes of Malvolio in "Twelfth Night," the bloodthirsty ambition of "Richard III," Prospero in "The Tempest" and Macbeth in "Macbeth."
Page moved to Oregon last year for a season with Oregon Shakspeare Festival in Ashland, the largest repertory company in the country. He performed the roles of Autolycus in "The Winter's Tale," Montjoy in "Henry V" and Dr. Pinch in "The Comedy of Errors."
The festival operates three theaters in Ashland and a fourth in Portland, where it offers several productions in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Page will be going to Portland next month for roles in two repertory plays, "The Recruiting Officer," an 18th century comedy, and "Our Country's Good," a new play.
Tickets for "Passion's Slaves" are $12 for all performances. For reservations, call 359-1444. The Broadway Stage is located at 272 s. Main.