Written by Daria Pillar Redus
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of blog posts by actor Daria Pillar Radas. He appeared at the festival in 2018 Big river And The Greenshow And playing throughout this year Ragtime And Kate In The Pirates of Penzance. He is the recipient of the Festival 2021 Michael and John Finlayson Awards.
We’ve all heard people talk about “the magic of theater” and of course see it first. I’m sure the first time I heard this idea was when I was still in elementary school. Everyone lucky enough to cross the path with the Utah Shakespeare Festival has felt its magic. Of course you have; It is inevitable. But this magic exists in theaters around the world, not just here in City, not in Utah. So, what makes this theater different from any other that I enjoy crossing the path? Heart.
Every show screened here at the Utah Shakespeare Festival began with a desire to work so clearly, play, create, dream, innovate and reach every heart of the company and the audience. From powerful dramas like Ragtime, Like side split comedy Error comedy, This foundation remains the same. As an actor, I appreciate the time we dedicate now, before spending their time, asking the most important questions: Why are we telling this story? Why now? What do we mean? How do we make sure we’re all telling the same story? This confirms that the show has a heart because it flowed from just that bat.
Daily reminders of the answers to these questions make our events fresh, deliberate, and heartfelt. This is very clear to me when these questions are not asked or answered within the organization of storytellers. The storytellers here at the festival, including the designers and those who work to fill our theaters with “magic” and lots of hearts, are always on the same page – which is what stops the theater here. Incomparable.
Since graduating from Otterbein University, I’ve been amazed at what makes me come back to the theater in general, but especially at this festival. And I think I found it. This truly ical magical theater has helped me answer an essential question: Why should I do theater? Immersed in one of the most spectacular theaters in this country after spending a few summers in the beautiful mountains of Cedar City, I got my answer. I do theater to be a better, more empathetic person. Listening and understanding the point of view of others. To educate oneself on various human experiences. And maybe, hopefully, the audience here will do the same. This desire to be close to others through understanding is the contagious heart of the festival. My hope is that in each season of this festival, in each show, we can challenge the perspectives of the audience we have reached and make further progress towards tolerance and empathy.
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