2019 Season

Welcome to the 2019 Season: Upon a Time

In  2019, we will travel decades and continents, meeting fantastic creatures in mystical places and ordinary people who are larger than life, to find the very human attributes that make us magical. The 2019 plays look deeply at humanity’s greatest follies and triumphs. Trust and love are the foundations of the loftiest human relationships, but when trust or love are mislaid, everything in the world turns upside down. The characters of the 2019 season must discern rumor from fact, live fully in spite of fear and prejudice, and, most importantly, overcome their pride.

“Upon a time Reputation, Love, and Death,
Would travel o’er the world, and it was concluded
That they should part, and take three several ways.”

Duchess of Malfi

April 26- May 12

Riordan Mansion
From its revolutionary plot to its torrid production history, God of Vengeance is an astonishing play. In the century since Sholem Asch penned his tale of the spiritual at war with the carnal, the play has been admired, translated, parodied, criticized, banned, prosecuted, forgotten, revived, and celebrated. This storied production history inspired the play Indecent, written by Paula Vogler and commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. FlagShakes is thrilled to present these beautiful plays in tandem so audience members can experience Asch’s God of Vengeance and the truly fascinating story of how this masterpiece impacted American history and theatre in Indecent.

May 31–June 16

Museum of Northern Arizona
In the aftermath of war, returning soldiers discover that finding love and building their lives anew is a journey that can take some unexpected turns. Now bitter rivals, former lovers Benedick and Beatrice lock horns in a battle for supremacy of wit, while Beatrice’s family is ripped apart by betrayal. Add a bumbling detective, a prince in disguise, scheming villains, and passionate young lovers and you have Shakespeare’s warmest, funniest comedy.

June 7–June 16

Museum of Northern Arizona 
Werewolves and madmen may seem spectacular to a modern audience, but the most shocking scene in Duchess of Malfi when it premiered in 1613 was of a woman proposing to a man. Join FlagShakes for a tale of fantastical romance and poetic tragedy as we travel to Italy for a poignant retelling of this enduring parable of hypocrisy, ambition, and love.

September 6–22

Museum of Northern Arizona
“Exit Pursued by a Bear” — thus begins the second half of this story of a family torn apart by jealousy and separated by oceans. Through powers both human and mystical, and situations both dire and zany, the characters journey through their own vices to find love and forgiveness. Shakespeare’s greatest gift to us may be his stories of redemption; nothing, not even a very hungry bear, should keep you away from this one!

December 5–29

Venue: TBD
Of his story “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens said, “I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly…”. Indeed, for many generations, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge has brought the humor and spirit of Christmas to life for people of all creeds. Join us for this timeless tale of the power of the human spirit to do good. Full of song and laughter and poetic truth, this faithful adaptation will bring all your favorite characters to life and will become your family’s new favorite holiday tradition!