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Two Actors Play 15 Characters in Shakespearean Festival Play

Two Actors Play 15 Characters in Shakespearean Festival Play

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Carole Mikita ReportingAs the Utah Shakespearean Festival gets ready to open, one of the six plays stands out as the most unusual production there to date. It is such a challenge, rehearsals began nearly a year ago. Its success rests on the shoulders of two actors.

Two actors playing 15 characters are literally moving the Utah Shakespearean Festival into a new realm. "Stones in His Pockets", a comedy/drama first produced only five years ago, was a huge hit in London and on Broadway. The story line follows a Hollywood production to a small Irish village. There is no set to speak of and limited costumes.

Brian Vaughn, 'Stones in His Pockets': "It's kind of new theatrically, which to me is a bit petrifying. Yeah, scary, but also in the tradition of Shakespeare. It's a language-based play. It's about the people and what they're speaking. It's not so much about what they're wearing or the surroundings that they're in, but about the different individuals that make up this world and this play."

David and Brian play men and women ages 17 to 70.

David Ivers, 'Stones in His Pockets': "There's Scottish characters, there's British characters, there's Irish characters. American, oh yes, Americans. And so we're not just talking about a single dialect of Ireland, we're talking about that challenge on top of it."

Full of humor and incredibly touching, "Stones in His Pockets" is ready for curtain up. What remains the question is the audience. The summer portion of the festival opens June 23rd and runs through September 3rd.

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