Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

“Misery,” May 25 through June 23

William Goldman’s adaption of Stephen King’s best-selling novel will lead off the season. In it, a successful romance novelist finds himself at the mercy of his No. 1 fan, who rescues him from a car accident and brings him back to her secluded home. When she finds out he kills off her favorite character in his upcoming book, the author must try to outwit his sociopathic caregiver. Kathleen Prikl Tague will star in “Misery” next year.

“Macbeth,” June 1 through June 23

Fee sets William Shakespeare’s epic tragedy on the Globe stage set that he christened with last season’s “Hamlet.” The production in this intimate Elizabethan setting became one of the hottest tickets of the season. Now, it’s a play that blends magic, madness, politics and the best and worse human qualities into a tale of corruption, murder and heroism. In it the once gallant Macbeth and his wife succumb to their greed and ambition to try and take the crown at any cost.

“Mamma Mia!” June 29 through Aug. 31

Victoria Bussert directs this feel-good musical based on the hits of 1970s supergroup ABBA. It’s set in the Greek Islands at a wedding of the daughter of the former lead singer in a successful rock trio. The daughter wants to find out who her father is — and it turns out her mom never knew. So she adds her mother’s three ex-boyfriends to the guest list, with funny and tender consequences.

“Pride and Prejudice,” Aug. 3 through Sept. 2

Joseph Hanreddy directs his own adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s most beloved novels. Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich and proud Mr. Darcy. But there are impediments — his snobbish sister, her pushy mother, class and the social mores of the day and their own pride and perceptions of one another. Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class.

“Beehive: The ’60s Musical,” Sept. 7-30

Bussert also directs the exuberant, toe-tapping, jukebox musical celebration of the women singers, musicians and the “girl groups” who helped to define a musical era. It features 40 classic chart-toppers, including “Downtown,” “To Sir With Love,” “It’s My Party,” “Where the Boys Are,” “Respect” and more, all performed with Aqua Net-glistening coiffures.


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