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Dozens of Utah politicians, business leaders, 2 ‘Love Boat’ actors join in Shakespeare Festival virtual event



Utah — The Utah Shakespeare Festival on Friday will host a virtual production featuring dozens of actors and Utah politicians, business and education leaders, appearing remotely from almost as many locations.

The production is scenes from “The Comedy of Errors.” What could possibly go wrong.

The most widely known actors in the 7 p.m. Friday, April 23 production will be “The Love Boat” alums Fred “Gopher” Grandy and Ted “Isaac” Lange.

The event, directed to Vincent J. Cardinal, will serve as a fundraiser. Tickets are free, but require registration.

Besides Grandy and Lange, professional actors to appear will include Ezekiel Andrew, Betsy Mugavero, René Thornton, Jr., Richard R. Henry, Rhett Guter, Michael Doherty, all of whom have appeared in festival productions.

Also appearing will be:

  • Gov. Spencer Cox, and First Lady Abby Cox
  • Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, and Second Gentleman Gabe Henderson
  • Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, and wife Saysha Reyes
  • State Senators Michael K. McKell, Don L. Ipson and Jani Iwamoto
  • State Representatives Bradley G. Last, Carol Spackman Moss, Rex P. Shipp, Jordan D. Teuscher, Evan J. Vickers, Christine F. Watkins, Derek L. Kitchen, Elizabeth Weight, Karen Kwan
  • Maile Wilson-Edwards, Cedar City mayor
  • Scott L. Wyatt, Southern Utah University president and wife Kathy Wyatt
  • Schvalla Rivera, Grinnell College chief diversity officer
  • Nubia Pena, director Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs
  • Businessman and community advocate Max Chang
  • Doug Fabrizio, radio host and executive producer
  • Bryan Watabe, Utah Shakespeare Festival board chairman