Thought-provoking classic ‘Flowers for Algernon’ now playing at Center for the Arts at Kayenta

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IVINS — The Center for the Arts at Kayenta is proud to present “Flowers for Algernon,” Based on the science fiction eponymous story written in 1958 by Daniel Keyes, the play poignantly depicts man’s indomitable spirit. Performances started Thursday and continue Saturday and again Sept. 19-22.

“Flowers for Algernon” is the story of Algernon, a mouse, and his mentally challenged caregiver Charlie. Experimental surgery has been performed on Algernon, increasing his intelligence fourfold. The operation is then tried on Charlie, who rapidly transforms from simple to genius, becoming far more intelligent than his teacher, Alice Kinnian, and the doctors who invented the experiment.

As Charlie approaches the peak of his brilliance, Algernon shows frightening symptoms of regression. The play becomes a race against time, as Charlie tries to keep his newfound intelligence long enough to save himself. Young and old alike will love this romantic, captivating and tragic story.

Whatever happens to me, I will have lived a thousand normal lives by what I might add to others not yet born.

– Charlie, “Flowers for Algernon,” by Daniel Keyes

The play is co-produced by Kayenta Arts Foundation and producer Kelly Olsen, who also stars as Charlie. Michael Harding directs an all-star regional cast of professional and community performers, including Kristina Harding as Alice, Luke Sidney Johnson as Dr. Strauss and John Blasko as Dr. Nemur.

Event details

  • What: “Flowers for Algernon” at Center for the Arts at Kayenta.
  • When: Saturday, Sept. 15, and Friday-Saturday, Sept. 19-21, 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sept. 22.
  • Where: Center for the Arts at Kayenta, 880 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins.
  • Cost: $20, $10 students (show ID at door); Purchase tickets online or by calling 435-674-ARTS (2787).

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1 Comment

  • Travis September 16, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Wilford Brimley has just told Robert Redford that he will get him and the horse out of the county in Electric Horseman. They stow away in a cattle truck and begin down a long hill somewhere here in Washington County. Does anyone know what long hill it is?

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