The world’s first and only professional theater company dedicated to honoring the works of America’s comic playwright Neil Simon. The Neil Simon Festival production season is held annually mid-July through mid-August and is housed in the beautiful Heritage Center in Cedar City’s historic downtown.
In 2002, the Neil Simon Festival made Cedar City its new home. Founder and Executive Director, Richard Bugg, explains how his brainchild came to pass: “I noticed one day that Mr. Simon had written more successful plays than Shakespeare, and was still writing. While some have dismissed his plays as fluff, I strongly disagree. His carefully crafted structure and rhythms are as indelible and distinctive as the Bard’s. While perhaps less poetic than Shakespeare, Simon’s own comic cadence speaks with loving and unerring humor to the American character. I thought it was time that there be a festival of his works. While ours is the first, I’m certain it won’t be the last. Two hundred years from now, Simon festivals will dot the land.”
Housed in the beautiful Heritage Center Theatre in Cedar City’s Historic Downtown, the growing theatre company relies on the support of theatre lovers both local and regional. With its slogan “Come Laugh With Us!” the festival certainly creates high expectations, however, the new Cedar City attraction can already boast many loyal patrons that annually make the Neil Simon Festival a destination event. Neil Simon was contacted about the festival before its first season and was both flattered and honored by the Festival’s plans. The Festival has high hopes that Mr. Simon will be able to pay a visit soon and be honored in the way that he deserves.
Must See & Do
Cedar City Historic Downtown Shopping District
The Neil Simon Festival is located in the heart of historic downtown Cedar City. The historic downtown has antique stores, coffee houses, local restaurants, an old time soda fountain, quaint shops, regional arts & crafts shops, and a unique music store. Historical buildings in the district include the Old Post Office, The Rock Church and the Union Pacific Railroad Depot. Open all year with most shops open Mon-Sat.
The shopping district includes the area of Main Street from 200 North to University Blvd.
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Between plays, take a short walk over to the Veteran’s Park, featuring large scale memorials, statues and walking trails built in honor of veterans of Afghanistan, Iraqi Freedom, Korean, Vietnam and World Wars I & II. The park is open all year; daylight hours only, weather permitting.
Located next to the Coal Creek Trail, 200 N. (Freedom Blvd) and 200 East, in Cedar City.