Southwest Shakespeare Company announces Taliesin West gala

Southwest Shakespeare Company, Arizona’s only classical theater, will host a benefit in its honor Nov. 28 at Taliesin West in north Scottsdale.

Taliesin West which will open its theater for the first time in decades, to host a dramatic reading of “Swansong,” a play written by noted New York actor and Tony Award-nominee Patrick Page, who will also be a reader.

Joining him will be Brian Vaughn, Valley native and artistic director of the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival.

The evening starts at 7 p.m. with a champagne reception and entertainment by Southwest Shakespeare Company’s The Green Show troupe.

The “Swansong” reading follows.

Tickets are $100. Seating is limited. Cocktail attire requested.

“Swansong” imagines interactions between Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, the two most famous Elizabethan playwrights.  The play itself incorporates significant pieces of Shakespeare’s work along with lively conversations between  the sometimes friends, sometimes rivals.

Author Page is perhaps better known as an acclaimed Broadway and off-Broadway actor, who has often performed Shakespeare.

He is an affiliate artist of The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington D.C., and an artist-in-residence at the Old Globe in San Diego.

In addition to his work in Utah, Mr. Vaughn is known in Phoenix for his work with the Arizona Theatre Company. He also has appeared with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Orlando Shakespeare Theatre; Nevada Conservatory Theatre; and Northlight Theatre.

For tickets, contact Judi Missell, jmissel@swshakespeare.org.

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