Edward Lewis Theatre Festival

Main Library

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Sample some of Salt Lake City’s most vibrant live theatre talent. Named in honor of the late Edward Lewis, the founder of People Productions, this festival began as a celebration of African-American theatre and now encompasses a wide range of social and racial issues through the potent medium of live theatre. This year’s event features four performances from four local theatre companies, as well as a musical interlude.

PERFORMANCES
Streetlight Woodpecker by Shawn Fisher
Performed by Salt Lake Acting Company

Benji, a marine, returns to his Philadelphia neighborhood after being critically injured during battle. Bearing not only the metals he has earned, but also the scars, Benji must now face the emotional wounds he avoided by going to war.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang
Performed by Wasatch Theatre Company

Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness ensues.

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells/Orson Welles
Performed by the Salt City Radio Players

Probably the best known radio drama of all time, the Howard Koch/Orson Welles adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel played upon American fears of invasion in the days leading up to World War II. Why does it sound familiar? What are we afraid of today?

Grounded by George Brant
Performed by People Productions

A woman fighter pilot is grounded after she becomes pregnant. In the surreal life that follows, she finds herself spending 12 hours a day with her husband and baby daughter in a Las Vegas suburb, and the other 12 in a shed south of the city, killing unknown people in an unknown country on the other side of the world.

The Flick by Annie Baker
Race by David Mamet
Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Performed by Good Company Theatre

Live jazz piano by Brian Sellmon

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200