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“To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday” is College of Eastern Utah’s final theatre production of the year, running April 7-12 with no Sunday performance. Using theatre in the round, the show takes place on the stage of the Geary Theatre with the audience seated surrounding the actors, which offers a more intimate view of the play.
Written by Michael Brady, the play tells a poignant story of a man trying to come to terms with the death of his wife.
On the second anniversary of Gillian’s death, which is also her birthday, her family gathers to remember her and help her husband David back into life. Although the subject matter seems heavy, there is plenty of humor and strong family relationships which prove how important family is during difficult times, said CEU director Dr. Corey Ewan.
The cast includes alumni and high school talent. Leading the cast is Samuel Bailey playing David, the grieving husband. His past work includes The Miser and as Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner. Krista Viau, a senior from Carbon High is playing his daughter Rachel. Amy Anderson, who was last seen in The Miser, and Bo Brady from The Cripple of Inishmaan are playing Gillian’s sister and her brother-in-law. These characters provide some of the humor and heartfelt concern.
Kim Jenks, Miss Carbon County, is playing the “indispensable friend” Cyndi, and Diana Halford, in her final performance for CEU is playing weekend guest, Kevin. Rounding out the