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Death and the Maiden and The Mercy Seat 

Feb. 26–March 8

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The next generation of Utah artists only needs one thing: your attention. Well, maybe two things: your attention and a little financial support.

This week, the University of Utah Department of Theatre Studio 115 presents two productions in repertory. Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden deals with a one-time political dissident in an unnamed country who encounters the man who tortured her—and decides to exact her own vengeance. The Mercy Seat—by everyone’s favorite acid-tongued ex-Mormon, Neil LaBute—observes a pair of lovers in Manhattan evaluating their relationship and their lives on Sept. 12, 2001. How will young actors interpret these emotionally challenging works? Let’s find out. (Scott Renshaw)

Death and the Maiden and The Mercy Seat @ U of U Studio 115, Performing Arts Bldg., 801-581-7100, Feb. 26–March 8, kingTix.com

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