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Pioneer Theatre Company announces “Fireflies” to complete their season

Pioneer Theatre Company

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,” [] 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