The night lights are on display inside the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 7, 2016 Photo credit: Kiffer Creveling

PYGmalion Theatre Company is a local theater company located in downtown Salt Lake. Those who work with them have the benefit of engaging in new and interesting work, different from the shows you might see at Hale Center Theater, with most shows emphasizing female perspectives. In addition to their regular season, the company hosts a miscast event called “When PYGs Fly,” which aids in their fundraising.

This year’s season includes “Mary and Myra” by Catherine Filloux, “Eleemonsynary” by Lee Blessing andSilent Sky by Lauren Gunderson.

“Mary and Myra,” directed by Fran Pruyn, promises to be interesting and worth seeing when it shows from Oct. 28 to Nov. 12. The first show of the season, its story follows President Lincoln’s widow, Mary Todd, and her friend Myra Bradwell during the summer of 1875. At this time Mary Todd is residing in an insane asylum and Myra hopes to gain her release by exposing the injustice of Mary’s trial. The motivation and sanity of either character is not entirely certain. During the course of the play, each woman must face her past and her ideal of freedom and womanhood.

“Eleemosynary” tackles familial relationships through three generations of women and will be directed by Jeremy Chase. Dorothea, the grandmother, has attempted to gain independence through eccentricity, which has lead her daughter Artie to flee. In her escape, Artie has left her daughter, Echo, to be raised by Dorothea. Performances will run from Feb. 24 to March 11.

The last play is “Silent Sky,” directed by U alumnus Mark Fossen. This story follows Henrietta Leavitt, the 19th century astronomer who explored the themes of sisterly love, feminism, scientific discovery and “a time when humans were called ‘computers.’” Performances will be from April 28 through May 13. Students can get tickets by visiting their website at www.PygmalionProductions.org. c.heiner@dailyutahchronicle.com

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