SimonFest Theatre Co.

summer repertory company

SimonFest Event Details

Every summer, we bring Cedar City’s Professional SimonFest Theatre Co.’s productions to you! SimonFest, has been going strong in “Festival City, U.S.A.” for seventeen years! Says founder, director actor and theatre professor Richard Bugg, “We help initiate the cream of Southern Utah University’s acting crop into the national theatre scene by casting recent graduates alongside seasoned veterans. We work tirelessly to preserve and honor the works of American playwrights and their contemporaries around the world as well as foster the development of new American plays that follow the tradition of character-driven plots and comic introspection into the American experience.”  SimonFest Theatre Co. fosters new works by producing one never-before-produced play every year as part of their regular season. 
 
Visit them at SimonFest.org! We look forward to another SimonFest Summer Season in 2021 with exciting rare productions of Daddy Long Legs, Deathtrap, The Nerd and Gin Game!

SimonFest Theatre Co. Presents: Looking Over the President's Shoulder
Six Performances Only; Limited Seating Act Now

When Alonzo Fields accepted a job as a butler at the White House in 1931, his plan was to work there for the winter. That winter lasted 21 years. Based on the real-life story of the grandson of a freed slave who grew up in an all-black town in southern Indiana, Fields is forced by the Depression to give up his dreams of becoming an opera singer and accept the job at the White House where he quickly was appointed Chief Butler. Looking Over the President’s Shoulder is told from the unique perspective of the Chief Butler, Alonzo Fields, who served four U.S. presidents and their families: Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Famous guests through the years included Winston Churchill, Marian Anderson, Errol Flynn and the king and queen of England. As Fields says in the play: “It was like being in the front row and watching the passing parade of history…” 

Set on the eve of his last day on the job, Fields reflects on his 21 years of service to his country with humor and pride. He was a man with a story to tell and this tour-de-force piece hinges on one actor who gives Fields breathe once again and the chance to tell it, like it was.

Culled from Fields’ private papers, diaries and interviews, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder has played at major theaters across the country including the Indiana Repertory Theatre (where it premiered) and the famous Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

Starring Clarence Gilyard of stage and screen, Mr. Gilyard was a premiere student of the Actors Studio with starring roles in touring companies such as Driving Miss Daisy and television leads in Walker Texas Ranger, Matlock and films such as Die Hard. He currently directs (and acts) serving on several arts organizations across the country and is a professor of theater and film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is an Associate Producer for CFAK this season and is sharing his youth Master Class with the Kayenta Arts Academy Students. We will soon engage Clarence in a weekly Master Class for Adults here at the Center.



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SOCIAL DISTANCE SEATING CHART

Knowing that the presence of art in our lives is essential, we are re-opening our doors in a healthy, safe way. The state may be at the Yellow Phase but we are maintaining the more strict Orange Phase Guidelines for Theaters.

Re-opening guidelines for all performances at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta:

  1. Social distance seating between all ticket groups (SEE SEAT MAP TO LEFT) Please purchase tickets in groups of two or more with family and friends if possible.
  2. Temperature checks of ALL patrons and performers will be taken upon entrance into the center.
  3. Mandatory mask wearing for all audience members and front of house staff.
  4. Multiple hand sanitizing stations in the Center.
  5. Disinfectant cleaning of theater seats, lobby and rest room surfaces after each performance.
  6. Cash free transactions, we encourage online ticket purchases directly on our site.

    “Only when we all feel safe will we be able to free our spirits to participate with the art being performed.”