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Fireflies will enjoy its Utah premiere in Spring 2022.

SALT LAKE CITY— To round out the 2021-2022 season, marking its return to live performances, Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC) announces the Utah Premiere of FIREFLIES by MATTHEW BARBER. The remaining title to complete the previously announced schedule, Fireflies is a drama adapted from the novel “Eleanor & Abel” by Annette Sanford. Following its original 2017 debut, the play won the prestigious Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. PTC’s production will run April 1-16, 2022.
“Fireflies is a beautiful story of a woman’s willingness, or unwillingness, to change, risking what she has for what she might gain,” noted Artistic Director KAREN AZENBERG. “I’ve wanted to bring this story to our stage for a while and at this time, when we have all been through so much change, it seemed like the perfect moment.”
Retired schoolteacher Eleanor Bannister lives a quiet life alone in tiny Groverdell, Texas, and is set in her routine, and secure in her position as the town’s most respected woman. A hole in her roof draws the attention of Abel Brown, a smooth-talking drifter intent on renovating Eleanor’s house, and possibly her life. It’s a “beautiful and moving play,” [BroadwayWorld.com] and a well-told story of tentative, late-life love.
Fireflies will be included in all 7-Play season subscriptions, and can be added to Pick 5 subscriptions where patrons choose five of the seven offered titles. Rush Pass and Flex Pass patrons will also be able to attend if they so choose.
Season packages for the 2021-2022 season are on sale now and can be purchased online or through the box office at 801-581-6961. At this time, just seven and five play season subscriptions are offered. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date.
For the 2021-2022 season, single ticket prices for musicals will range from $48-$72, and prices for non-musicals range from $33-$50, depending on day and seat. PTC’s economical season packages include a full seven-play season; a Pick-5 option; and a “35 & Under” package, for emerging professionals. Our popular Flex and Rush Passes will also be offered this season, but only to renewing patrons at this point. They may be offered to new subscribers at a later date.
Packages and passes range in price from $107 to $350, and include early options for preferred seats, discounts on additional tickets with an exclusive presale period, and the convenience of free exchange privileges. PTC patrons also enjoy convenient, free parking.
PTC will follow all safety guidelines established in response to the pandemic by the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, and the University of Utah, as well as by the professional unions with whom we contract.
For season subscriptions, contact Pioneer Theatre Company’s Box Office at 801-581-6961 or visit online at www.pioneertheatre.org.
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The 7-Play Package
Get tickets for all seven shows in our season, and receive a discount of up to 30%, the ability to purchase the best seats before they go on sale to the general public, and a voucher good for free admission to Ass, The Messenger, or Fireflies.
The Pick-5 Package
This option allows patrons to select any five shows in the season and receive both a season ticket discount and preferred seating. Pick-5 patrons may choose from any of the seven productions on PTC’s 2021-2022 season.
The Under-35 Package
Theatre patrons who are age 35 or younger (at the time of subscription) may purchase a 7-Play Season Subscription for up to two people at a 50% discount for performances on Mondays through Thursdays.
The Flex Pass (only available to renewing patrons)
This season package provides patron with $275 worth of credit redeemable at a discounted season ticket rate for any shows the patron wishes to see.
The $160 Rush Pass (only available to renewing patrons)
This season pass allows patrons to come to the theatre an hour before any show and get the best available single ticket for that night, based on availability. The pass is good for all seven shows in the season.
All packages and passes include best seats, discounts on additional tickets with an exclusive presale period, and the convenience of free exchange privileges.
Ain’t Misbehavin’
The Fats Waller Musical Show
Based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.
September 10 – 25, 2021
Ass —World Premiere!
By Ellen Simon
October 22 – November 6, 2021
Elf the Musical
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum
December 3 – December 18, 2021
The Messenger —World Premiere!
by Jeff Talbott
January 14 – 29, 2022
Something Rotten!
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Conceived by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick
February 25 – March 12, 2022
Fireflies — Utah Premiere!
By Matthew Barber
April 1 – 16, 2022
Hello, Dolly!
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Michael Stewart
Based on The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
May 13 – 28, 2022
ABOUT PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY (PTC): Now celebrating its 60th season, the award-winning PTC is Utah’s Premiere Professional Theatre, Utah’s state theatre, and a leading arts organization of the West. Led by Artistic Director Karen Azenberg and Managing Director Christopher Massimine, PTC promotes community-building and education through presenting world-class productions; developing new socially resonant and universal work; hosting talks, lectures, and workshops that engage a versatile and inclusive demographic, while celebrating diversity in culture and society; and serving as the connecting bridge between art and scholarship as an affiliate of the University of Utah.

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