Cast Announced - Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)



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Flachmann Seminar - Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) - Oct 23 & 24, 2020

The Flachmann Seminar

Seminars this season will be taught by Dr. Susan Willis, dramaturg of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Dr. Willis was an observer at the BBC while it produced “The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon”. Since 1985, she has been the resident dramaturg and a director at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and hosts the adult education series “Theatre in the Mind”. She has also worked with its play program, The Southern Writers Project and is a member of the faculty of Auburn University.

"Southwest Shakespeare’s Flachmann Seminars with Dr. Susan Willis are as interesting and informative as the lectures and workshops on Shakespeare I’ve attended at London's Globe Theater, the British National Archives, and the 2016 World Shakespeare Congress in Stratford and London. Susan’s knowledge and humor make Shakespeare’s plays more interesting and accessible for novices as well as devotees. After teaching Arizona students for many years, I am thrilled that students, teachers, and Shakespeare lovers of all descriptions have the opportunity to attend a Seminar of this quality in our home state. We are indeed fortunate to have the Southwest Shakespeare Company in the Valley of the Sun." - Kathy Phares Farris

Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) – Saturday Oct 23rd & 24th, 2020 @ 6:30pm (Educators) 10:00 AM (Public)

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"I've found the Flachmann Seminars to be revelatory! Each one I've attended has added an uplifting, behind-the-scenes dimension to the play; my entire theater experience is enhanced. I benefit from the erudition of the dramaturge, Susan Willis, whose encyclopedic knowledge of Shakespeare takes my breath away, and from fellow participants who often pose questions that can become key points of interest for me." - Felicity Wilson

Attending a Seminar

Delving deeper into the Bard’s works gives one a greater understanding of the play. The seminars also give you a sneak peek behind the scenes as you will meet the designers, mingle with the actors, possible tour of the set and stage and have a special talk back with the actors.

Seminars are from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (With breaks throughout)

The location for the 2020/2021 Season Seminars: Virtual Platform provided on

Reservations are required. The fee for the seminar is $25 for non-subscribers. To get a virtual ticket to Complete Works of William Shakespeare Company, please click on

You can pay for the seminar online by clicking the link above or call 480-435-6868 to reserve your spot.

Bard Club Members

Admission to the seminar is included in Bard Card memberships.

Season Subscribers

Admission is not included in your season subscription, however you can purchase a seat by clicking the button above.

Educators and Students

Because SSC understands the value of bringing Shakespeare alive to students and has the desire to assist teachers with simplifying this task, we encourage all  teachers to attend SSC Flachmann Seminars. The seminars offer learning techniques teachers can take  directly back to their classrooms.  Attendees will receive expert knowledge of the production and most districts accept this as 10 re-certification credits. Educators will receive a certificate upon completion of the day. Please check with your district to receive professional development credit. The course is $20 and the certificate for professional development is an additional $15

Please contact Susan Freestone at to book your ticket. This is a virtual classroom an you will be given a link at booking.

MegJoBethAmy&Louisa - Jan 24 - Feb 2, 2020

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, & Louisa 

Jan 24 - Feb 2 @ Taliesin West 

Assigned with the super boring task of writing a novel for young girls, Louisa May Alcott turns to figures and stories from her own life for inspiration. The lines between fact and fiction begin to blur, as her novel comes to life before her and things get a little weird. Part adaptation, part biography, but definitely NOT your Marmee’s Little Women.

The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)

The Reduced Shakespeare Company brings us an irreverent yet heartwarming romp through tradition as these cheerfully ridiculous clowns celebrate all of our favorite holiday traditions—at once.

Playing at The Madison Center for the Arts

Dec 20, 21, 2019 – 7:30p

Dec 21, 22, 2019 – 2:00p

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SWift Shakespeare at Taliesin West - Nov 25, 2019

SWift Shakespeare: Back by popular demand, SWift Shakespeare returns with a few updates to mirror our 2019-2020 Mainstage Season!

This 40-minute romp is jam packed with educational tidbits, audience participation, and Shakespearean text. The best part? It’s appropriate for audiences of all ages! Help our trio complete an English project about Shakespeare that’s due tomorrow…and hasn’t been started yet.



Monday Nov 25, 201        7:30p

Taliesin West

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 Now Playing! 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.