Edward Lewis Theatre Festival

Main Library

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Sample some of Salt Lake City’s most vibrant live theatre talent at the annual Edward Lewis Theatre Festival. Named in honor of the late Edward Lewis, the founder of People Productions, the festival began as a celebration of African-American theatre and now is designed to encompass a wide range of social and racial issues through the potent medium of live theatre. This year’s event features seven performances from six local theatre companies, as well as musical interludes and magic performances.


Salt Lake Acting Company
Two Stories, by Elaine Jarvik

Jodi is a struggling journalist eager to keep her job as she and her husband try to stay afloat in a changing economy. A wealthy Pakistani family moves in next door and in a misguided attempt at combining work, friendship, and an unfamiliar culture, Jodi writes a story about her new neighbors. Two Stories raises questions about the meaning of community in a diverse, disconnected American society where the cultural gaps between neighbors can be so deep that any attempt to connect only risks further misunderstanding. Directed by Kevin Myhre.
Pinnacle Acting Company
Time Stands Still, by Donald Margulies

Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent, are trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. Directed. L.L. West.
Wasatch Theatre
The Color Purple, by Marsha Norman

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her unique voice in the world. This is a story of hope and a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. Directed by Cooper Howell.
Radical Hospitality Theatre
Push, by George Cameron Grant

What would it take to push your child over the edge? Eve, a 16-year-old girl, has fallen asleep in the darkened, dingy corner of a deserted subway station. She is not far from the platform edge where Billy, her 18-year-old brother, chose to leave this world and where she’ll soon struggle to find the reason not to follow him. Directed by Yolanda Stange.
People Productions
Sunset Baby, by Dominique Morriseau

Sunset Baby is the story of an ex-Black Panther who abandons his family to protect them from the dangers of “the Revolution” and tries to reunite with a daughter who wants no part of him or his politics. Directed by Richard Scharine
People Productions
Yellow Face, by David Henry Hwang

The story begins with an Asian-American playwright’s disgust at Caucasian actors cast in Asian roles and follows a hilarious path, ending at the serious question of “Who are we anyway?” Directed by Kerry Lee
Plan-B Theatre Company
Mama, by Carleton Bluford

This world premiere is a celebration of mothers and motherhood. Winner of the inaugural Plan-B Theatre Co. grant from The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. Directed by Jerry Rapier

This event is sponsored by People Productions.

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200