Fun home takes the stage Aug. 23

2015 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical

FUN HOME

Takes the stage August 23-September 17

Single tickets and subscriptions are now on sale

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — August 9, 2017 — Season 12 at TheatreSquared (T2) begins this month with the critically acclaimed recent Broadway hit, the five-time 2015 Tony Award-winner Fun Home. This “beautiful heartbreaker of a musical” (New York Times), with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, is based on the bestselling graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, and traces her childhood memories growing up playing with her brothers around satin-lined caskets in the Bechdel Funeral Home. Six weekly performances are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, August 23-September 17, with single tickets now on sale at theatre2.org or (479) 443-5600. Season packages are also on sale, with six-play packages starting at just $89. 

“Before there was Hamilton, there was Fun Home,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “It was Broadway's hottest ticket, and it raised the bar for the modern musical. It’s a six-time Best Musical Award winner, but it’s also one of the best works of theatre—period—that we've encountered in our twelve years as a company. We are proud to be one of the first national theatres to acquire the rights to independently recreate it, a coup for Northwest Arkansas.” 

After her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood and coming-of-age story at the Bechdel Funeral Home. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, cathartic, and wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. 

T2’s production is directed by associate artistic director Amy Herzberg, who directed One Man Two Guvnors, Amadeus, Next to Normal, Good People, and many more audience favorites at T2. Mountain View native and Broadway veteran Rob Sutton is returning to the area to appear as Alison's father, and Rita Harvey, who played Christine in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, will play her mother. The cast also features Christiana Cole, Christina D. Eskridge, Fayetteville native Halley Mayo (Sundown Town), Max Meyers, Alexander Margulis, Nikolai Margulis, and Autumn Rae Shannon. 

The lead creative team includes music director Jason Burrow, scenic and lighting designer Shawn Irish, costume designer Ruby Kemph, sound designer Michael Prieto, properties master Brodie Jasch, and production stage manager Shannon Jones. 

The New York production, which originated at the Public Theatre before its Broadway run, received universal critical acclaim. The New York Times called it “a rare beauty, extraordinary and heart-gripping. Fun Home finds a shining clarity that lights up the night.” The Chicago Tribune called Fun Home “exquisite. An emotional powerhouse that never lets you out of its embrace for a moment. No wonder the audience sprang as one from its seats at the ending.” And New York Magazine called it “something of a miracle.” 

TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from lead show sponsors Joel and Lynn Carver, George and Rosemary Faucette, and Margaret and Dick Rutherford, and from show sponsors Ellis and Kay Melton.

Performance Schedule

Performances are scheduled August 23–September 17, 2017, Wednesdays through Sundays at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville, AR).

Monday, Tuesday: No Performances
Wednesday–Friday: 7:30pm
Saturday: 2:00pm; 7:30pm
Sunday: 2:00pm
An added Sunday evening performance is scheduled for September 17 at 7:00pm. 

Fun Home contains adult language and mature themes and is recommended for ages 13+, with parental guidance advised. The running time is 100 minutes.  

Ticket & Subscription Info

Tickets range from $17-$48 and are available at (479) 443-5600 or online at theatre2.org. Through T2’s Lights Up! For Access program, supported by the Walmart Foundation, SNAP benefit recipients can purchase $5 tickets and patrons under the age of 30 can purchase $10 tickets. For more, visit theatre2.org/lights-up.  

Subscription packages for TheatreSquared's 2017/18 Season are also on sale. Subscription options include six-play packages starting at $89, five-play packages starting at $79, and four-play packages starting at $67. Series options include Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Limited tickets are also available to T2’s Opening Night Series on the first Friday of each production, which includes a catered reception and a champagne toast, as well as the Preview Saver Series on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each production. Subscriptions can be reserved by calling (479) 571-2785 or by visiting theatre2.org/subscribe

T2 Launches Our Next Stage Campaign

TheatreSquared Launches

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OUR NEXT STAGE

$34 million campaign will fund construction of a permanent home for professional theatre in Northwest Arkansas and establish the TheatreSquared Trust

Construction Groundbreaking & Campaign Announcement: 
June 23, 2017, 4pm

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — June 7, 2017 — TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today announced that, on June 23 at 4pm, the company will break ground on the region’s first dedicated, permanent home for professional theatre and publicly launch the Our Next Stage Campaign, a $34 million effort to fully fund construction and establish an artistic, operating and education reserve. Construction on the region’s new 50,000 square-foot, two-venue facility, designed by international design award recipients Marvel Architects and Charcoalblue, will begin immediately and continue through 2019. T2 staff and artists will be joined at the groundbreaking ceremony by a committee of Northwest Arkansas civic leaders, who will carry the campaign forward in its public phase, along with a documentary film crew from the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. The ceremony will be held at 477 W. Spring St., the future site of the new facility. 

“It’s a thrilling moment for Northwest Arkansas,” said Miller. “In this architecturally significant yet intimately scaled new theatre center, millions of Arkansans will experience remarkable performances by exceptional artists. Beginning June 23, we’ll work to bring the community together in a public campaign to achieve our $34 million goal and guarantee the future of this vision.”

“With this new cultural landmark, we are proud to strengthen our region’s reputation as a national destination for the arts and for singular live performances,” said Ford. “On June 23, we’ll break ground and invite our community to join us in a campaign to ensure the next 100 years of remarkable live theatre in Northwest Arkansas.”

The public phase of the Our Next Stage Campaign will be led by a committee of volunteer civic leaders, including Ted & Leslie Belden, Kirk Thompson & Brett Burch, Joel & Lynn Carver, Carolyn & Nick Cole, Denise & Hershey Garner, Susan & Orville Hall, Greg & Hannah Lee, Scott & Shizuko Price, Margaret & Dick Rutherford, Judy & Bill Schwab, Todd & Shelley Simmons, Tod Yeslow & Jackie Telfair, and Jenifer Tucker.

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TheatreSquared’s new home will unite two state-of-the-art theatres, the company’s first dedicated rehearsal space, staff offices, education and community space, on-site design and building workshops, eight dedicated guest artist apartments, outdoor public spaces at three levels, and an open-all-day café/bar, all at 477 W. Spring Street in downtown Fayetteville.

"I’m proud to say that this is one of the most intimate, yet immersive theatre spaces Charcoalblue has yet designed," said senior project manager Clem Abercrombie. Charcoalblue, lead consultant and theatre designer for T2’s new facility, has been hailed as one the most innovative players in the international performing arts design field. Their portfolio ranges from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Stirling Award-winning Everyman Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, and U.S. companies Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Baltimore Center Stage. The firm is leading theatre design for The Perelman @WTC, the new, REX-designed performing arts building at the World Trade Center site. 

Marvel Architects’ previous collaboration with Charcoalblue for the New York theatre company St. Ann’s Warehouse recently won the 2017 AIA Institute Honor Award, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture. Architect Jonathan Marvel began his career under Richard Meier, working on the Getty Museum and the High Museum; today, he leads a team at New York-based Marvel Architects that has won more than 60 national and international design awards. 

Arkansas-based construction firm Baldwin & Shell will construct the facility. The company’s many projects include the new Spring Street Parking Deck and the renovated the Vol Walker Hall and Steven L. Anderson Design Center at the University of Arkansas. 

Plans for Northwest Arkansas’s permanent regional theatre began to take form in 2015, when a special community task force unanimously recommended launching an exploratory process toward building a new home for TheatreSquared. That fall, T2 won a prestigious Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and was selected as an inaugural participant in the Walton Family Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program. The program provides financial support to develop space for public purposes, with funds earmarked for all phases of design work. 

In 2016, the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to approve a 100-year lease on a downtown site directly across from the theatre's current venue at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios. The site is steps from Dickson Street; blocks from the Fayetteville Public Library, the downtown Square, and the University of Arkansas campus; and across the street from a new 250-space parking garage. In 2017, Mayor Lioneld Jordan and the Fayetteville City Council responded to a pacesetting $12.5 million commitment from the Walton Family Foundation with a $3.1 million commitment toward the project, followed by a leadership $3 million commitment from the Fayetteville A&P Commission. 

The current fundraising total, inclusive of these lead commitments, will be announced at the campaign kickoff and groundbreaking on June 23. Press and TheatreSquared patrons are invited to join for the ceremony at 4pm, with a reception to follow. 

TheatreSquared has launched a detailed website with design images, backstory, and process galleries at ournextstage.org.

2017 Arkansas New Play Festival starts June 16

TheatreSquared Unveils Lineup for

The 2017 Arkansas
New Play Festival

Two-weekend, two-city festival to feature five new plays, free events, and local craft beer
At TheatreSquared and Crystal Bridges
June 16 - 25, 2017

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — May 23, 2017 — TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today unveiled the lineup of brand new plays to be featured at the ninth annual Arkansas New Play Festival, the state’s flagship showcase for new American stage plays with performances at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville and at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. New works on tap include The Furies, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D’Amour; Comet Town, by Rick Ehrstin; Visible from Four States, by Barbara Hammond; We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War, by Mona Mansour; and Transatlantic, by John Walch. Special presentations will include the annual Young Playwrights Showcase, featuring 10-minute youth plays and Follow Me @Tio Sam by the NWA Latin/x Youth Theatre Project, and (I)sland T(rap), a new one-man “rap Odyssey” by Austin Ashford. 

Editors and staff from the Dramatists Guild, the national association of professional playwrights, will fly to NWA to present a free, experimental live “publication” of their monthly magazine, The Dramatist, with playwright interviews and other features on June 24. A documentary film crew from the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, will also attend. Performances will be held June 16–25, 2017, in the Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville and in the Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville. A limited number of all-access, two-weekend passes are available for $50 ($45 early bird rate until May 31), as well as single tickets ($5-15) for each event, at arknewplayfest.com or (479) 443-5600. Passes also grant access to an artists’ reception on June 22 at 6:30pm catered by Whole Foods.

“This 50-artist, two-weekend festival is our region’s rare opportunity to see—and shape—the next great American play,” said T2 Executive Director Martin Miller. “With fifteen performances and events in Fayetteville and Bentonville, the Festival is an embarrassment of riches for theatre lovers and a chance for every community member to have a glimpse of a usually closed-loop creative process.” 

“Crystal Bridges collaborates with TheatreSquared in support of living American artists sharing the intimate and often messy process of creation with the community,” said Crystal Bridges Executive Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Rod Bigelow. “The Arkansas New Play Festival is broadly becoming recognized as a prestigious, highly effective laboratory for some of the best established and emerging playwrights on the national scene today.” 

Patrons attending the second weekend of performances in Fayetteville can celebrate the craft of playwriting with a free craft beer in hand. To close out the Festival, TheatreSquared will feature a complimentary selection of on-tap new releases from the fast-growing local Northwest Arkansas beer scene before the show and during post-show conversations with the playwright, director and cast. 

The 2017 Arkansas New Play Festival is supported by a $25,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. “The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as TheatreSquared, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.” 

Additional key support for the Festival comes from the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Happy Hollow Fund of the Fayetteville Area Community Foundation, and Barbara Shadden, in memory of Harry Shadden. 

FESTIVAL LINEUP 

Unless otherwise noted, all performances are presented in rehearsed staged reading format with a professional cast. 

The Furies
by Lisa D'Amour
In her latest play-in-progress, Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D'Amour (Detroit) serves up a rollicking, off-the-rails examination of the precarious state of current-day social mores. Over lunch in a Manhattan bistro, friends Allie and Amanda find themselves revealing secrets that threaten to upend not only their friendship, but how they live as women in the world. Adult language and themes. 

     - Saturday, June 17, 2pm, Crystal Bridges
     - Sunday, June 25, 2pm, TheatreSquared  

Visible from Four States
by Barbara Hammond
Ike—as sharp-witted as he is iconoclastic—owns the highest hilltop in Mason County. The phone company wants it for a cell tower. The local pastor envisions a landmark cross. In the meantime, Ike's buddy Daniel, state prison warden, wrestles with his own moral dilemma as an execution date approaches. Playwright Barbara Hammond deftly weaves the familiar into the profoundly new in this brilliant and compelling script. 

     - Friday, June 16, 5:30pm, Crystal Bridges
     - Sunday, June 25, 4:30pm, TheatreSquared 

Transatlantic 
by John Walch
In an epic-scale comedy that spans two continents—and two centuries—the true story of the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable spins brilliantly into a tale of unexpected romance. When Meg, a customer service fixer for the Habañero's restaurant chain, discovers an ancient message in Morse code, she launches into a wild, woolly journey back to the birth of global communications in distant County Kerry, Ireland, with her cheeky techno-geek son in tow. An earlier draft of Transatlantic was featured at the 2015 Arkansas New Play Festival as What God Hath Wrought. 

STAGED READING
     - Friday, June 16, 7:30pm, Crystal Bridges
WORKSHOP PERFORMANCES
     - Thursday, June 22, 7:30pm, TheatreSquared
     - Friday, June 23, 7:30pm, TheatreSquared 

Comet Town 
by Rick Ehrstin
In this darkly funny play-in-progress, middle-aged mortgage banker Doug Kerry must break in yet another homecare provider for his father, who suffers from dementia (or does he?), while he juggles the demands of work and his teenaged daughter Lily, who’s headed for Harvard (or is she?). An incisive, humorous look at our prevailing national anxieties. Adult language. 

     - Saturday, June 17, 4:30pm, Crystal Bridges
     - Saturday, June 24, 7:30pm, TheatreSquared 

We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War 
by Mona Mansour
A woman and her nephew, while trying to navigate the currents of the Pacific, dip into the even more treacherous waters of identity, family and allegiance. Mona Mansour, visiting T2 under the Dramatists Guild Fund's Traveling Masters Program, shares a staged reading of her latest script. Previously developed through the Middle East America Initiative at The Lark in New York City, in partnership with Golden Thread Productions and Silk Road Rising. 

     - Saturday, June 24, 3:30pm, TheatreSquared 

(I)sland T(rap) 
by Austin Ashford
Join Austin Ashford on this reverse, one-person Odyssey. Black Ulysses sets off on a mythic voyage from his own island to discover his true artistic home—where his raps can effortlessly flow. With the aid of a wise old lobster and a ukulele, his epic journey takes him through the straits of self-doubt and self-worth as he seeks, through poetry and song, to find and reveal his authentic self. 

     - Sunday, June 18, 4:30pm at TheatreSquared

The Dramatist LIVE 
The Dramatists Guild of America, the national professional association of playwrights, has chosen the Arkansas New Play Festival for the first “live magazine” presentation of their monthly publication, The Dramatist. Regular magazine features will be “published” live before our festival audience, including an engaging roundtable conversation with playwrights. Join us for an exclusive in-person pilot of what is sure to become an annual highlight for this premiere national publication. Free admission. 

       - Saturday, June 24, 1pm, TheatreSquared 

Young Playwright Showcase 
Featuring Follow Me @TioSam
by the Latin/x Youth Theatre Project

TheatreSquared is proud to present, for the seventh year, the Arkansas Young Playwright Showcase. This year, T2 will feature two ten-minute student works as well as an encore performance of Follow Me @TioSam, a devised theatre piece that was prompted by the writings of the Stitches Group from Springdale, Arkansas. The play, written by Ashley Edwards, was created from these initial writings and rehearsals with the cast under the direction of Michael Landman. The Latin/x Youth Theatre Project promotes literacy, performing art, and other projects that focus on giving a voice to the Latin American community in Northwest Arkansas. The initial performances were made possible by contributions and support from the Walton Family Foundation, University of Arkansas Brown Chair of Literacy, Arts Center of the Ozarks, and Northwest Arkansas Community College. Free admission. 

Sunday, June 18, 2pm (T2) 
 

Featuring Noah Arrindell, Samuel Lopez, Damian Dena, Martin Garay, Daniel Gomez, Emily McCormick, Audrey Romero, Coco Vasquez, Savannah Vaughn, M. Sativa Vela, and Ever Villabalobos

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE 

Friday, June 16

5:30pm: Visible from Four States (Crystal Bridges) 

7:30pm: Transatlantic (Crystal Bridges) 

 

Saturday, June 17 

2pm: The Furies (Crystal Bridges) 

4:30pm: Comet Town (Crystal Bridges) 

 

Sunday, June 18 

2pm: Young Playwrights Showcase (T2) Featuring Follow Me@Tio Sam 

4:30pm: (I)sland T(rap) (T2) 

 

Thursday, June 22 

6:30pm: Company & Passholders Reception (T2) 

7:30pm: Transatlantic (T2) 

 

Friday, June 23 

7:30pm: Transatlantic (T2) 

 

Saturday, June 24 

1pm: The Dramatist LIVE (T2) 

3:30pm: We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War (T2) 

7:30pm: Comet Town (T2) 

 

Sunday, June 25 

2pm: The Furies (T2) 

4:30pm: Visible from Four States (T2) 

TICKET & PASS INFORMATION 

Tickets are $10 (readings), $15 (workshops), or free (Young Playwrights Showcase and Dramatist LIVE), with all access passes granting admission to 15 events available for $50 ($45 early bird price until May 31). Tickets are available at (479) 443-5600 or online at arknewplayfest.com

Through T2’s Lights Up! For Access program, supported by the Walmart Foundation, SNAP benefit recipients and patrons under the age of 30 can purchase $5 tickets to any New Play Festival performance or $25 New Play Passes. For more, visit theatre2.org/lights-up

The Dingdong starts May 10

Hijinx and hilarity abound in

THE DINGDONG

(or, How the French Kiss)

Adapted by Mark Shanahan from Georges Feydeau’s Le Dindon

On stage May 10 - June 4, 2017

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — May 2, 2017 — A fresh adaptation of a classic French farce—with a script developed in Northwest Arkansas before its Off-Broadway premiere last spring—begins a monthlong, madcap production at TheatreSquared next week. In Mark Shanahan’s The Dingdong, adapted from Georges Feydeau’s Le Dindon, audiences will dive headfirst into the comic misadventures of one night spent in two Parisian hotels. Lucy and Vatelin, a mostly faithful couple, are each tempted by sly suitors and femmes fatales, but soon learn how opening the wrong door in the dark of night can lead to mayhem, laughter, and some unlikely revelations about the secret to a happy marriage. Playwright Mark Shanahan, a frequent T2 collaborator, directed Peter and the Starcatcher and Around the World in 80 Days for T2. Morgan Hicks, whose past comic hits for T2 include Murder for Two, Noises Off, and Boeing-Boeing, directs The Dingdong. Performances are scheduled for May 10–June 4, 2017, with tickets ($15-$45) available at theatre2.org or (479) 443-5600.

“Here’s a French export that’s fizzier than Champagne,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “The Dingdong walks a theatrical tightrope—balancing slapstick, wordplay, and beaucoup theatrical tricks with genuine humanity and romance. And of course, there are delightful surprises behind every closed door.”

The cast for The Dingdong includes Greg Jackson, who covered the roles of the many-(dis)membered D’Ysquith family on Broadway in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; Jordan Haynes, who appeared in Noises Off and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at T2 and worked as an actor and improviser for The Second City Works; Rebecca Rivas, who appeared in T2’s Reason’s to Be Pretty; Bruce Warren, who appeared in Peter and the Starcatcher and Around the World in 80 Days at T2; and Shannon Leigh Webber, who appeared in T2’s 4,000 Miles.

The lead creative team includes scenic designer Shawn Irish, costume designer Patricia Martin, lighting designer David Stoughton, sound designer Will Eubanks, assistant costume designer Ruby Kemph, properties master Brodie Jasch, and production stage manager David A. Loranca.

Director Morgan Hicks previously directed Murder for Two, Noises Off, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, Boeing Boeing, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),The Mystery of Irma Vep, and Fully Committed for T2, along with the Arkansas Schools Tour productions of The History Show and The Poe Show. She serves as T2’s director of education and program development, and previously served as general manager of Writer’s Theatre in Chicago and company manager of BareStage. She holds a BFA in acting from Arkansas State University, an MA in performance studies from Missouri State University, an MFA in directing from the University of Arkansas, and studied political theatre at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

Playwright Mark Shanahan’s directing work has been seen at The Alley Theatre, The Westport Country Playhouse, The Fulton Opera House, Merrimack Rep, Florida Rep, The Cape Playhouse, The Weston Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Penguin Rep, The Hangar Theatre, and many more. As an actor, he has performed On and Off Broadway (The 39 Steps, Tryst, Checkers) and at numerous regional theaters including the Kennedy Center, The Denver Center, The Alley, Hartford Theatreworks, The Westport Country Playhouse and others. The Dingdong was workshopped at the 2015 Arkansas New Play Festival before opening Off-Broadway at The Pearl Theatre in New York City and making its regional premiere at Florida Repertory Theatre, both in 2016. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MA from Fordham University, where he also teaches.

TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from show sponsors Susan & Orville Hall and Roger Collins.

2017/18 Lineup Announced

Announcing the 2017/18 Lineup

T2 SEASON 12

"Unmissable" six-play season features regional, world premieres

Six-play packages start at $89

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — March 17, 2017 —  TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today announced TheatreSquared Season 12, a year-long lineup of world and regional premieres and acclaimed new plays. Season packages are on sale today, with six-play packages starting at $89, by phone at (479) 571-2785 or online at theatre2.org/subscribe.

“Season 12 — unmissable,” said Ford. “That’s the best word we can use to describe it. We’ve secured the rights to both the 2015 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical and the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, immediately after their Broadway runs. We’ll launch the world premiere of a gripping new play based on untold events in the life of Nina Simone. We’ll bring home an Arkansas playwright’s acclaimed new play—told partly in rap, with comic verve—of how his parents first met as refugees in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. And we’ll reimagine two classics with abundant theatrical invention.”

The 2017/18 Season launches in August with the 2015 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, Fun Home. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing make-believe at the family business — the Bechdel Funeral Home. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, cathartic, and wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Performances are August 23 – September 17, 2017.

Fun Home, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, is one of the most critically acclaimed musicals in recent memory. T2’s production will be directed by associate artistic director Amy Herzberg and will feature Broadway veterans Rita Harvey and Rob Sutton (Next to Normal) as well as Fayetteville native Halley Mayo (Sundown Town).

In October, TheatreSquared will stage the world premiere of The Champion, by Amy Evans, inspired by untold, true events in the life of R&B legend Nina Simone. It’s 1962 and Nina and her band are holed up from a snowstorm in a greasy spoon somewhere in North Carolina. As tempers flare and secrets surface, it seems the waitress at this small-town diner may soon be the only witness to the end of a musical era. Suddenly, the door swings open, and the famous outsiders discover they’re truly in unfriendly territory. This sharply drawn, exciting new play portrays a cultural icon and the turbulent era when she rose to fame. Reginald Douglas, artistic producer of City Theatre, returns to direct The Champion after developing it at T2’s 2016 Arkansas New Play Festival. The production will feature Joy Jones as Nina Simone. Performances are October 11 – November 5, 2017.

For the holiday season, TheatreSquared will offer an inventive twist on Frank Capra’s classic film with It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, adapted by Joe Landry, bringing the classic story to life on stage before the audience’s eyes and ears. It’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and five actors have gathered in WFMK Studio A for a live radio broadcast, taking on dozens of characters and recreating Bedford Falls with live foley sound effects while George Bailey, standing on the brink of despair, famously learns that "no man is a failure who has friends.” Performances are November 29 – December 31, 2017.

In the new year, T2 will transition from George Bailey’s family home in Bedford Falls to a considerably less functional family sharing Thanksgiving in a ramshackle pre-war basement apartment in New York City's Chinatown. The Humans, by Stephen Karam, is the most acclaimed and awarded American play in recent memory, and winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. As darkness falls, a Pennsylvania family’s holiday dinner transitions to drinks and perhaps a bit too much honesty. As mysterious things start to go bump in the night, family tensions reach a boiling point. This existential, funny, scathing, and smartly written new comic drama was named “best play of the year” by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Time Out, Newsday, New York Magazine, and others. Performances are January 24 – February 18, 2018.

In March, TheatreSquared will stage Vietgone, by Arkansas native Qui Nguyen. A modern twist on the All-American love story, this recent off-Broadway hit pulses with contemporary energy. It’s classic boy meets girl—except this boy and girl are refugees from the Vietnam War newly settled in a relocation camp in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Vietgone ranges from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, skipping through time and around the globe, using pop culture and the pacing of an action movie to reimagine the playwright’s own parents’ meeting. Fresh from its 2017 New York debut, where it was a New York Times Critics' Pick, Vietgone presents a fresh theatrical take on one Arkansas family’s unique history. T2 artist-in-residence Kholoud Sawaf, who served as assistant director for the production at Manhattan Theatre Club and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will direct. Performances are March 14 – April 8, 2018.

For the final production of Season 12, T2 will offer The Hound of the Baskervilles, freely adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson and directed by Mark Shanahan (Peter and the Starcatcher, Around the World in 80 Days). Packed with verbal and visual ingenuity, this sublimely funny reimagining of the most celebrated Sherlock Holmes mystery is a hyper-theatrical tour de force. Sir Charles Baskerville has been found dead on the moors with a look of terror etched on his face, and the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street to unravel the mystery and investigate an ancient curse. A hit in London’s West End called “gut-bustingly funny” by The Times, this clever adaptation brings the silly-yet-dignified tone of British sketch comedy to a classic Holmesian whodunnit. Performances are April 25 – May 20, 2018.

Subscribers may also add discounted passes to TheatreSquared’s 2018 Arkansas New Play Festival, the state's flagship celebration of new plays, in June 2018. The festival will feature two weekends of performances at TheatreSquared and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, paired with local craft beers and a host of exclusive behind-the-scenes events from June 8-17, 2018. 

Subscription packages for TheatreSquared's 2017/18 Season are on sale now; single tickets will go on sale in summer 2016. Subscription options include six-play packages starting at $89, five-play packages starting at $79, and four-play packages starting at $67 (see the full breakdown). Series options include Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Limited tickets are also available to T2’s Opening Night Series on the first Friday of each production, which includes a catered reception and a champagne toast, as well as the Preview Saver Series on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each production. Add-on options available for T2 subscribers include discounted reserved parking at the Deck at the Dickson ($3.75/show) and Kids’ Club passes, allowing children (5+) to enjoy theatre classes at Nadine Baum Studios while their parents enjoy the show ($15 per child per performance).

T2 subscriptions include year-long membership in National Stages, offering subscriber ticket pricing at 20 theatres from the Public in New York, to the Arkansas Rep in Little Rock, to Steppenwolf in Chicago (see the full list at nationalstages.org). Benefits for season ticket holders also include savings of up to 20%, prime seating reserved before single tickets go on sale, free unlimited exchanges, and same-day discounts at T2 Partners. Partners include Arsaga's at the Depot, offering 20% off entrees; Bordinos, offering a $20 three-course meal with wine pairing; Fresco Restaurant, with a 20% discount; Greenhouse Grille, offering 25% off; and Cork and Keg, offering 20% off beverages. Subscribers also receive special rates at the Chancellor Hotel.

Subscriptions are on sale now at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, and can be reserved by calling (479) 571-2785 or by visiting theatre2.org/subscribe.

The theatre will also tour more than 70 Arkansas schools in the 2017/18 Season with the improbable and irreverent original comedy, The Math Show. Arkansas teachers who are interested to host this free, community-supported professional performance at their junior high or high school should contact Morgan Hicks, director of education and program development, at (479) 445-6333.

Intimate Apparel starts March 22

 

Critically acclaimed, "striking" drama

INTIMATE APPAREL

by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage

takes the stage March 22 - April 16, 2017

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — March 14, 2017 —  Next week, TheatreSquared will open the award-winning, poignant, and uplifting new American drama Intimate Apparel, winner of five national awards for Best Play. This turn-of-the-century story about the empowerment of Esther, an African American seamstress who sews brilliantly intricate “intimates” for high society and red-light women alike, was written by Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Lynn Nottage. Shana Gold (Rapture Blister Burn, Proof) directs a professional cast hailing from Northwest Arkansas, Chicago and New York. Performances are scheduled for March 22–April 16, 2017, with tickets ($15-$45) available at theatre2.org or (479) 443-5600.

Intimate Apparel is an incredibly compelling play, seamlessly interweaving threads of race, class, and religion into a beautiful story,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “It’s set in a New York boarding house more than 100 years ago, but it resonates powerfully today. Just as it did off-Broadway and in many of our country’s best theatres, Intimate Apparel will spark meaningful conversations in Northwest Arkansas after a transporting theatrical experience.”

The Chicago Tribune describes Intimate Apparel as “a justly acclaimed, beautifully written and intensely personal play from a newly prominent African-American theatrical voice…with an ability to cut to the emotional quick with striking veracity.”

The production is directed by Shana Gold, who previously directed Rapture Blister Burn, Reasons to be Pretty, 4000 Miles, Proof and Underneath The Lintel at TheatreSquared. Her off-Broadway and world premiere credits include Food and Fadwa (New York Theatre Workshop / Noor Theatre), Goldor & Mythyka: A Hero is Born (New Georges), At the Pole (Urban Stages), and In the Crossing (The Culture Project, Women Center Stage). Her regional credits include Hkeelee (Talk to me)(Arena Stage), The Storyteller (The Kennedy Center), and Tennis at Nablus (NYU—Abu Dhabi), among many others.

Playwright Lynn Nottage is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a MacArthur "genius" grant recipient whose most recent play, Sweat, is currently on Broadway following a sold-out run at The Public Theater. Her plays include By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Audelco, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award), Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award), and others. She is currently working with the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre to adapt Intimate Apparel as a full-length opera. 

The cast includes Ryan Anderson, Joslyn Jones, Laura Shatkus, Jason Shipman, Toya Turner, and Britney Walker-Merritte. The lead creative team includes scenic designer Jean Kim, lighting designer Shawn Irish, sound designer Sinan Zafar, costume designer Ruby Kemph, properties master Brodie Jasch, and production stage manager David A. Loranca.

TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from lead show sponsors Nick and Carolyn Cole and show sponsor Sandy Edwards.

Performance Schedule

Performances are scheduled March 22–April 16, 2017, Wednesdays through Sundays at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville, AR).

Monday–Tuesday No Performances

Wednesday–Friday 7:30pm

Saturday 2:00pm; 7:30pm

Sunday 2:00pm

Intimate Apparel contains occasional adult language and references and is recommended for ages 13+. 

The approximate running time is two hours and 15 minutes including one intermission.

 

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Ticket & Subscription Info

Tickets range from $15-$45 ($10/Under 30) and are available at (479) 443-5600 or online at theatre2.org.