Wives, widows, forbidden love and family secrets…and all in Utah County. Whether you’re intrigued or wondering if this simply describes your family, the world premier of The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County is a play you’re not going to want to miss. Written by Miguel Santana and directed by Alexandra Harbold, this play is the story of Emma Harris, a passionate elderly Mormon widow and the women around her. It’s about the longing for family, the resilience of the human spirit and the courage it takes to love unconditionally.
Emma is played by Anne Cullimore Decker, known around these parts as the “grand dame of Salt Lake City Theatre.” And if you’re a regular reader of our Daily Bytes and a follower of our projects, you’ll recognize her as one of Utah’s 15 Most Influential Artists. And why shouldn’t she be. She’s been a stage and screen actress for over six decades. In the words of her nominator, Jason Bowcutt, “As an actor, Anne has performed on nearly every stage in Utah. Anne brings passion, intelligence, and fearlessness to her work and has touched many people with her talent. She has crossed many boundaries as an actor working in musicals, classics, modern dance, symphony and opera.”
The play can be seen as a comedy or as a serious study of real women. But you should grab a ticket and decide for yourself. Will you see stereotypes in these characters? Will they remind you of real and righteous women you know? Or will you see that perhaps they are more real when they’re at their least righteous?
The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County is at the Post Theater at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, May 16 – 26. It opens Thursday, May 16, 2013 with a preview on Wednesday, May 15. You can get tickets now by clicking HERE.
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