All seats for all Utah Shakespearean Festival performances are reserved. Evening shows in the Adams outdoor theater range from $15 to $38, with Auditorium matinees ("Shrew" on Wednesdays and Saturdays), from $10 to $30. Randall theater performances range from $19 to $27. For telephone orders, call 1-435-568-7878 or 1-800-752-9849. All tickets to the Royal Feaste are $29 per person. Backstage tours are $7 (general admission).
- DEALS AND DISCOUNTS: There are a variety of discounts available for specific performances. Some are also restricted to certain sections of the venues. There are also discounts for tours, groups, senior citizens and school groups. A limited number of "gallery bench" seats in the Adams are available beginning at 10 a.m. each day for $10 each for that evening's performance (limited to four tickets per person).- SEMINARS, ETC.: Free literary seminars are held at 9 and 10 a.m. Tuesdays-Sundays for open discussions of the previous evening's productions. Free preshow orientations are held at 1 and 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Free celebrity/actor/costume/music seminars are held throughout the week. The festival also conducts a number of educational courses, many of them for credit, including "Elementary, Mr. Shakespeare," "Will Power!" "From Page to Stage," "Backstage at the Festival," a series of Actor Training workshops, a series of for-credit forums and two "Camp Shakespeare" sessions (the one July 27-31 is for senior citizens). Call 1-435-586-7881 for education program information. For Camp Shakespeare registration, call 1-805-664-2121 (camp director Michael Flachmann's direct line in California).
- NEW PLAYS-IN-PROGRESS READINGS are scheduled at 10:15 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays during August and September (plus all four plays in succession, Sept. 1-4). Due to Southern Utah University's newly implemented semester system, the readings will be held at the Cedar Theatre, 33 N. Main, instead of on campus.
Plays, authors and dates are:
- "A Grief of Mind," by Carl O'Neal Rich, directed by Dvaey Marlin-Jones, Aug. 6 & 7 and Sept. 1.
- "Simply the Thing She Is," by Kate Hawley, directed by Ann Tully; Aug. 13 & 14 and Sept. 2.
- "March Tale," by Tim Slover, directed by Sylvie Drake, Aug. 20 & 21 and Sept. 3.
- "Sweet Maggie Blues," by Kay Kellam Cook, directed by Davey Marlin-Jones, Aug. 27 & 28 and Sept. 4.
- NEXT YEAR: The festival's 1999 season includes Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "King Lear" and "Troilus and Cressida" in the outdoor Adams Theatre, and George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell," James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter" and the Broadway musical, "Damn Yankees" in the Randall Theatre. The festival opens June 24 and plays through Sept. 4.
The festival is also inaugurating a new fall season, running Sept. 16-Oct. 16, with "The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)" alternating with "Forever Plaid," both in the Randall.