Free Reading - Toil and Trouble by Lauren Gunderson

What do you do when you're over-educated, under-employed and trying to beat the recession?

Take over a small island off the coast of South America, of course!

Monday, October 7
Doors: 7pm Reading: 7:30pm

The Nile Coffee Shop
105 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
(yes, the bar will be open!)

Join us for this reading, then come
see the original! MACBETH opens
at the Mesa Arts Center October
25. Special discount code for
tickets available at the reading.

PG-13 (adult content and language)

Fall Rep Tickets Now Available! Macbeth and The Mystery of Irma Vep

       FALL 2019         


Oct 25 - Nov 9 @ Mesa Arts Center 

“Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of blood and ambition, witchcraft and war.”


The Mystery of Irma Vep

Oct 25 - Nov 9 @ Mesa Arts Center

"A Gothic Mystery wrapped in comic absurdity that The New York Times called “Far and away the funniest two hours on a New York Stage…” Producing Artistic Directors Betsy Mugavero and Quinn Mattfeld play all the characters in this hilarious whirlwind spoof of Gothic Melodrama you will not want to miss! The Mystery of Irma Vep is the first production in our Blackfriars Series, inspired by the original principles of Shakespeare's indoor winter theater of the same name."


To purchase your Mesa Arts Center Package, which includes our Fall and Spring rep shows:

Ticket Available NOW! Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

What's a Tudor monarch to do when he has to face all six of his wives in the afterlife?

Award-winning playwright James Cougar Canfield’s new play, LADIES IN WAITING: THE JUDGEMENT OF HENRY VIII is a sexy, heartbreaking, humorous, and dark exploration of Henry VIII and his relationships with the women in his life… with a feminist twist.

Originally workshopped, performed, and produced by graduates of England’s East 15 Acting School's MA Acting and MFA Acting International programs, LADIES IN WAITING finds King Henry VIII in a purgatory-like situation, where one by one he must face off with each of his wives. Through dark humour, devastating truths, sexy seductions, and powerful revelations, Henry comes face to face with what his legacy has become: one entirely defined by women.

During its successful London debut and its sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run, LADIES IN WAITING received immense critical praise, with multiple four stars reviews, a Top 10 Ranking on Broadway Baby’s Theatre List, and an Eddie Award nomination from London’s Drayton Arms Theatre.

LADIES IN WAITING received a stateside debut in Summer 2017. It experienced a sold-out run during it's time at Hollywood Fringe Festival, as well as being selected as Combined Artform & Fringe Management's Pick of the Fringe and winning the HFF17 International Fringe Award. Next, LADIES traveled to Capital Fringe in Washington D.C., where it had more sell-out success and rave reviews from the Washington Post, DCist, DC Theatre Scene, and more.

In 2018, LADIES IN WAITING made its regional theatre debut with Southwest Shakespeare Company, achieving even more sell-out success, rave reviews, and being nominated for nine BroadwayWorld Phoenix Awards. The show was such a success, our little Tudor drama is returning for a second engagement with SSC in September 2019.
Sept 20-29, 2019 @ Taliesin West

"Hudson" at Utah Shakespeare Festival

Can't wait until April to see this original musical when it comes to The Madison Center for the Arts?

Great news!

"Hudson" has been chosen to be part of Utah Shakespeare Festivals Words Cubed!

Hudson, or the series of lamentable and untrue events following the mutiny of 1611

By Quinn Mattfeld and Danny Tieger

Directed by Betsy Mugavero

August 23, 24, 29, and 31 • 9:30 a.m.

A musical tragicomedy about the famous and eponymous explorer, Hudson is the untold and untrue story of the mutiny of 1611 and the fate of Henry Hudson, his son, his crew, and his name.

Important Note: The plays in this series are written for contemporary adult audiences and may contain themes and language not appropriate for children and that some may find offensive.


Randall L. Jones Theatre 
Corner of 300 West Street and University Boulevard
Cedar City UT 84720-2169


As part of an ongoing commitment to create a diverse body of work, Words Cubed, a new play initiative at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, nurtures and develops openly-submitted and commissioned-based new plays by providing a professionally supported (i.e. funded) platform for readings, workshops, and fully realized productions.

Shakespeare in the Law

You have to do it, why not do it with us?

Experience live theater while learning and discussing legal ethics. Southwest Shakespeare Company actors perform specific legal scenes from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

A Panel of Experts to Guide the Discussion

A highly active presentation coupled with an interactive panel discussion lead by local legal professionals and Curt Tofteland, the renowned founder of the esteemed Shakespeare Behind Bars program.

The lively discussion is unique in its inclusion of actors, lawyers and students attending the program!

Cost of Class Per Person: $145

Cost of Class Per Firm: CONTACT FOR PRICING

Class includes three CLE legal ethics credits with certificate, materials from the class, and a live performance of scenes from The Merchant of Venice.

To register please email: Joshua Murphy or Breona at

call: 480-435-6868

Shakespeare In the Park

Shakespeare in the Park


Free Family Event

Peoria residents, their families, and friends are invited to join us in Centennial Plaza (located behind Peoria City Hall) for an evening of fun for the whole family. There will be food available for purchase, face painting for kids, and much more. Bring thy family, blankets and chairs for Shakespeare in the Park.

Julius Caesar – performed by the renowned
Southwest Shakespeare Company

Julius Caesar tells the story of Julius Caesar and his betrayal by his friend Marcus Brutus. It features many of Shakespeare’s most memorable quotes such as “beware the ides of March” and “Et tu, Brute?” Set in ancient Rome, it is a classic Shakespearean tragedy.

You’ve never experienced Shakespeare quite like this!

Showtime is at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Southwest Shakespeare Company and the City of Peoria.

Click here for more information

Harlem Shakespeare Festival's All Female Othello April 19-28

Playing at Taliesin West

April 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th – 7:30p  21st, 28th – 6:00p

Debra Ann Byrd, the founder and Artistic Director of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival leads an all-female cast as the title role in Othello, the Moor of Venice. This unique vision of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays about jealousy, intrigue, and betrayal is brought to the stages of Scottsdale as you’ve never seen it before. Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime production, straight from New York City. This play will run 90 minutes with no intermission.

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Death of Kings: Seize the Crown Mar. 22-31

Playing at Taliesin West

March 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th, 31st

This adaptation of eight of Shakespeare’s history plays concentrates the bloody civil war between the houses of Lancaster and York, both vying the English throne, into one evening of thrilling, theatrical battle. Adapter and Director, Irwin Appel and his troupe of actors from UC Santa Barbara bring new life and a new vision of these classic plays to the Southwest Shakespeare Company. This play will run 90 minutes with no intermission.

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As You Like It Feb. 23-Mar. 9

Playing at Mesa Arts Center

Feb 23, March 1, March 8 – 7:30p
Feb 24, March 2, March 9 – 2:00p

One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, As You Like It, bursts at the seams with life and music as the great heroine of the story, Rosalind, leads a cavalcade of comic characters into the Forest of Arden. Shepherds, Clowns, Lovers, and Fools people Shakespeare’s romantic landscape and fill it with wit, joy, and lots of laughter! This play will run 2 hours 20 min with a 15 min intermission.

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The Taming of the Shrew Feb. 22-Mar. 9

Playing at Mesa Arts Center

Feb 22, Feb 28 (Stop Action Shakespeare), March 2, March 7, March 9 – 7:30 PM
March 3, 2:00 PM

Shakespeare’s hilarious and challenging comedy about two opposites who attract, pits Katherine “the Shrew” against her would-be husband, the swaggering swain, Petruchio in this ultimate battle of the sexes! He wants her money, she wants nothing to do with him, neither expected to fall in love. Our new vision of this classic work will star Southwest Shakespeare Co’s real-life husband-and-wife artistic directors, Quinn and Betsy, in the lead roles! This play will run 2 hours 20 min with a 15 min intermission.

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