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’Floyd Collins’ Explores Financial Hardship and Emotional Connections from 50 Feet Under

’Floyd Collins’ Explores Financial Hardship and Emotional Connections from 50 Feet Under

By Kate Button, Arts Writer

February 15, 2020

  For the majority of the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre’s lastest production, what lies between a rock and a hard place is literally the titular Floyd Collins. Based on a true story, as a passionate cave explorer in the early 1920s, Floyd Collins (Derek DuBay) spends his ti...

Welcome to V-Season: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Fundraisers for Local Organizations

Welcome to V-Season: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Fundraisers for Local Organizations

By Hannah Keating, Arts Writer

February 15, 2020

  “Welcome to V-Season” flashes in red on the homepage of the V-Day organization’s website. The “V” referred to here is not necessarily what we usually associate with the middle of February — there are no Valentine’s cards or red hearts here, only a proclamation to end violence ...

A Love Letter to Utah in ‘Singing to the Brine Shrimp’

A Love Letter to Utah in ‘Singing to the Brine Shrimp’

By Oakley Burt, Arts Writer

February 14, 2020

  Inhabiting the extremely salty waters of Great Salt Lake are vast numbers of brine shrimp. Measuring about a half-inch long, these tiny crustaceans play an important role in their ecosystem — feeding on green algae in the Great Salt Lake and providing a food source for birds. Brine shrimp...

Going Backstage with Pioneer Theatre Company’s Podcast

Going Backstage with Pioneer Theatre Company’s Podcast

By Oakley Burt, Arts Writer

January 30, 2020

  Salt Lake City boasts a diverse arts culture scene that includes museums, live music, arts festivals and more. Yet, one aspect of the arts that is often overlooked by many is theater. Pioneer Theatre Company is looking to change this through their podcast, giving listeners a high-end and inside...

‘She Kills Monsters’ Delights with Foes, Friends and Fears

‘She Kills Monsters’ Delights with Foes, Friends and Fears

By Kate Button, Arts Writer

January 17, 2020

  This article contains mild spoilers for "She Kills Monsters." When you think about grief, turning to a game of Dungeons and Dragons might not seem like an obvious coping mechanism. But, as Agnes Evans (Piper Salazar) mourns the loss of both of her parents and her younger, self-identified...

‘Lifespan of a Fact’ Explores the Dichotomy of Facts and Truth

‘Lifespan of a Fact’ Explores the Dichotomy of Facts and Truth

By Kate Button, Arts Writer

November 2, 2019

Warning: This article contains mild spoilers for "Lifespan of a Fact" In an era of disinformation, alternative facts and fake news, how do we determine what information is trustworthy or accurate? How does the truth — whatever that may be — impact our understanding of the world? Presented by Pione...

Art vs. The System: The Morality of Bootlegs

Art vs. The System: The Morality of Bootlegs

By Alison Myers, Arts Writer

October 24, 2019

Let’s set the stage: it’s 2019. The musical, “Hamilton,” has long since garnered accolades and publicly denounced Mike Pence. The cast has transformed several times and traveled around the country, stealing hearts in every state. Of course, you know this, because if you love the musical, you’ve...

Artist of the Week: Michael Cavanaugh: A Backstage Wizard

Artist of the Week: Michael Cavanaugh: A Backstage Wizard

By Alison Myers, Arts Writer

October 2, 2019

  After an early exposure to theatre, and without the draw of the limelight, Michael Cavanaugh, an alum of the University of Utah, found that he had a sense for the backstage life and directing. As he was growing up, both of Cavanaugh's parents taught high school theatre, and this early introduction...

U Theatre Reinvents ‘Macbeth’

U Theatre Reinvents ‘Macbeth’

By Kate Button, Arts Writer

September 28, 2019

  While most people would not think of attending a Shakespearean play as a common activity for college students, the University of Utah’s Studio 115 was sold out as “Macbeth” opened on Friday, Sept. 27.  This rendition of the play is set in a future dystopian city, after a global apocalyp...

Good Theatre and Good Monsters: The U of U Theatre Department’s ‘Dracula, the Musical’

Good Theatre and Good Monsters: The U of U Theatre Department’s ‘Dracula, the Musical’

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

September 16, 2019

  From Homer's fearsome beasts to Victorian penny dreadfuls, Grimm's fairy tales to 1980s slasher flicks, monsters appear everywhere throughout the history of storytelling. One can find Stephen King releases on one end of the globe and body horror mangas on another, monster-themed toys marketed...

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