Utah Shakespeare Festival and SUMA directors join to offer art, theater tour of Chicago

The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 1, 2018 | Photo by Mikayla Shoup, St. George News

CEDAR CITY— Art and theater lovers have the opportunity to delve deep into the Chicago cultural scene this fall as the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah Museum of Art team up to offer an exclusive cultural trip to Chicago through the SUU Community on the Go program. 

According to a press release, festival Artistic Director Brian Vaughn and SUMA Director Jessica Farling will lead the trip, combining their connections and experiences to offer an immersive Chicago adventure through the lens of performing and visual arts. 

Operated by SUU Community on the Go, the Chicago Art and Theatre Tour runs Oct. 15-21 and is a benefit for the Beverley Center for the Arts. The itinerary includes performances of “Hamilton,” “The King’s Speech” and “Bernhardt/Hamlet.” 

Vaughn will lead private backstage tours and actor talkbacks, an opportunity to discuss the show with the production team, as well as orientations and discussions. 

“Chicago is a haven for the performing and visual arts, and I’m eager to share my own personal love for the city as well as the incredible work that’s happening at these institutions,” Vaughn said.

In the area of visual arts, Farling is set to lead travelers on a Frank Lloyd Wright architecture tour to include lunch at the Robie House and a visit to the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, where “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” is being showcased for a limited time. 

“I’m most excited to share my favorite museum with residents of Southern Utah,” Farling said. “I could spend days, even weeks, in the Art Institute of Chicago. It was my first real art museum experience as a teenager and solidified my love of the visual arts.”

In addition to art and theater, travelers will enjoy Chicago’s nightlife and culinary scene. Experiences include stepping into the nightlife scene with jazz and blues and indulging in classic Chicago dogs and deep dish pizza. 

The trip costs $2,250, and the deadline to register is Sept. 15. The public is welcome to sign up. 

The trip price includes hotel stays, tickets, admission to theater and art experiences and select meals. For more information on SUU’s Community on the Go trips, or to reserve a spot, visit suu.edu/onthego, call 435-586-7808 or stop by the office at 136 W. University Boulevard, Suite 003, Cedar City. 

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