TheatreSquared unveils lineup for tenth annual Arkansas New Play Festival

Two-weekend, two-city festival to feature five new plays, free events, and local craft beer

June 9–17, 2018 In Bentonville and Fayetteville

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art | TheatreSquared | The Record | The Preacher’s Son

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — May 22, 2018 — TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today unveiled the lineup of brand new plays for the tenth annual Arkansas New Play Festival, the state’s flagship showcase for new American stage plays. Performances are scheduled June 10-17 at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville and at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. New works on tap include Among the Western Dinka by Russell Sharman, Black Book by Austin Ashford, Crossing the Mnisose by Mary Kathryn Nagle, Staging the Daffy Dame by Anne García-Romero, and Until Just Moistened: A One-Woman Play with Crumbs by Crescent Dragonwagon with songs by Bill Haymes.

Other special presentations will include the annual Young Playwrights Showcase, featuring short plays by Arkansas high school students, an encore presentation of Scratch That! by the NWA Latin/x Youth Theatre Project, and a special presentation of selections from Crossing Mnisose as part of the Museum of Native American History’s 2018 Native American Cultural Symposium at The Record in Bentonville.

Public performances will be held June 9-17, 2018, in the Great Hall at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville and at TheatreSquared, in residence at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville. A limited number of all-access, two-weekend passes are available for $50, as well as single tickets ($10-15) for each event, at playarkansas.com or (479) 443-5600. Passes also grant access to a special artists’ reception on June 15 at 6:30pm catered by Whole Foods.

“This 50-artist, two-weekend festival is our state’s rare opportunity to see and shape the next great American play. Like T2’s next stage, these works of art are under construction,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “Through a dozen performances and events in Fayetteville and Bentonville, the Festival showcases bold new plays before their world premieres. It’s a perfect match for anyone who loves theatre and the craft of storytelling.”

“The Arkansas New Play Festival brings some of the most established and emerging playwrights on the national scene today to Northwest Arkansas to share their newest works with our community,” said Crystal Bridges Executive Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Rod Bigelow. “Crystal Bridges is excited to collaborate with TheatreSquared to support these living American artists in sharing their diverse perspectives and their artistic process.”

Patrons attending performances in Fayetteville can also enjoy a selection of free, Arkansas craft beers on tap for a truly “made local” closing weekend. New releases from the fast-growing local Northwest Arkansas beer scene will be on hand before the show, at intermission, and during post-show conversations with the playwright, director and cast.

The 2018 Arkansas New Play Festival is supported by a $30,000 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.  “It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. NEA-supported projects, such as this one at TheatreSquared, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

Additional key support for the Festival comes from the 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.

Among the Western Dinka
by Russell Sharman
Roland Cole, eminent historian and chair of the African Studies program at a rural state university, is caught up in a scandal involving the creation of fake classes to pass star athletes. He must choose between his dean’s advice to do what is best for the university, and his daughter’s urgent call to fight for his students and dismantle a system he himself may have helped to create. A play about race, class, college football—and the marriage practices of the Western Dinka. Performs Sunday, June 10, 2pm, at Crystal Bridges and Saturday, June 16, 3pm, at TheatreSquared.

About the Playwright: Russell Leigh Sharman is a writer, filmmaker and anthropologist. His play, The Small of Her Back, was produced by Jaradoa Theater Company Off Off Broadway and later adapted for screen. He has worked as a writer for various studios and production companies, including Warner Bros., Fox, and Disney, among many others. He has written and directed a number of short films and documentaries that have screened across the United States and around the world. He has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Oxford University. He lives, writes and teaches in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Black Book
by Austin Ashford
Freshly returned from multiple national recognitions at the 2018 Kennedy Center ACTF, Austin Ashford, writer of 2017’s I(sland) (T)rap, presents his newest one-person play: a tour-de-force dramedy at the intersection of Speech and Debate. At Tolson High School, students are reeling from a recent incidence of violence—and a former Great Debater has arrived to teach a master class on public speaking.  Performs Sunday, June 10 at 11am at Crystal Bridges and Sunday, June 17, at 1pm at TheatreSquared.

About the Playwright: Austin Ashford returns to TheatreSquared, having recently appeared in All The Way, The Champion, and T2’s Arkansas Schools Tour with his one-person play, I(sland) (T)rap, which was also featured at the 2017 Arkansas New Play Festival. In 2018, he received the Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award, the Hip-Hop Theatre Creator Award, and earned a certificate for Distinguished Achievement by the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for I(sland) (T)rap. He has earned 21 national titles in Forensics in such events as dramatic interpretation, poetry interpretation, prose interpretation, and impromptu speaking. He holds the three-year running title 'Most Valuable Performer' from the Denzel Washington/Melvin B. Tolson Forensics Society. He was also the winner of HBO's Brave New Voices—Individual World Poetry Slam. Originally from Oakland, Calif., he holds a BA from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, and is an MFA candidate in acting at the University of Arkansas.

Crossing Mnisose
by Mary Kathryn Nagle
Sacajawea’s face sits on the U.S. dollar coin, but few know her full story as she guided the U.S. Corps of Discovery up the Mnisose (or what Europeans named the "Missouri River"). In 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement to allow a pipeline to cross the very same river. Although 212 years separate these controversial crossings, both reveal the continued survival of Tribal Nations in the face of colonial conquest. Crossing Mnisose draws a line from Lewis and Clark's historic encampment at Fort Mandan to the present day, as descendants of the Dakota and Lakota Nations continue their fight to ensure that the Mnisose, and the lands that contain the burials of their ancestors, are preserved for future generations.

Performs Thursday, June 14, 7:30pm at TheatreSquared. Selections will also be featured on Friday, June 15, 4:00pm, The Record in Bentonville, for attendees of the 2018 Native American Cultural Symposium.

About the Playwright: Mary Kathryn Nagle has successfully pursued two careers, both as a lawyer and as a nationally recognized playwright. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and an honorary member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Her plays include Miss Lead (Amerinda, 59E59), Fairly Traceable (Native Voices at the Autry), Sovereignty (Arena Stage), and Manahatta (developed at The Public Theater and premiering this summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival). In 2019, the Rose Theater (Omaha, Neb.) will produce her new play Return to Niobrara, and Portland Center Stage will produce the world premiere of Crossing Mnisose after its workshop here at the Arkansas New Play Festival.

Staging The Daffy Dame
by Anne García-Romero
In the present, on the campus of a California public university, Lupe, a Latinx theatre professor, directs a production of the 1613 Spanish Golden Age comedy, La Dama Boba (The Daffy Dame), by Lope de Vega. Personalities collide onstage and off as the company grapples with the issues of race, class, and gender raised by the play. As opening night approaches, national politics begin to invade the personal lives of the company, and they begin to wonder: will love help them overcome differences and find a new kind of knowledge? Performs Sunday, June 10, 5pm at Crystal Bridges and Friday, June 15, 7:30pm at TheatreSquared.

About the Playwright: Anne García-Romero’s plays include Provenance (Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), Paloma (National Latino Playwriting Award runner-up), Earthquake Chica (National Latino Playwriting Award finalist), Mary Domingo (Goodman Theatre Commission), Mary Peabody in Cuba (National Latino Playwriting Award finalist), and many others. Her plays have been developed and produced Off Broadway and at regional theatres across the country. She has adapted her play Mary Peabody in Cuba, for screen with actor/director/producer, Andy Garcia. She holds an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, a PhD in theatre studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and currently is an associate professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.

Until Just Moistened: A One-Woman Show with Crumbs
by Crescent Dragonwagon, with songs by Bill Haymes
Living, love, loss, and cornbread. Bestselling author and James Beard Award-winner Crescent Dragonwagon mixes all four in her brand-new one-woman show, featuring live music by her old friend Bill Haymes. Melding original stories, music, and history, ingredient by ingredient, in three short acts, Dragonwagon travels with audiences on a provocative, thoughtful, redemptive, funny, happy-sad journey about reinvention, myth, friendship, corn, grief, and breaking cornbread with those you love.

In partnership with Ropeswing Group in Bentonville, T2 will kick off 2018 festival performances with a limited-seating staged reading of Ms. Dragonwagon’s new play at The Preacher’s Son in Bentonville — complete with a serving of the restaurant’s specialty blue cornbread.

STAGED READING
Saturday, June 9, 1pm, The Preacher’s Son, Bentonville
Presented with a serving of cornbread. Passholders must reserve seats in advance.  

WORKSHOP PERFORMANCES
Saturday, June 16, 7:30pm, TheatreSquared
Sunday, June 17, 4:00pm, TheatreSquared
Passholders must reserve seats in advance.

About the Playwright: Crescent Dragonwagon, who lived in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for 32 years before moving to Vermont, is a New York native. Primarily known for her children’s books (like the Coretta Scott King Award-winner, Half a Moon and One Whole Star), novels (like the New York Times Notable, The Year It Rained) and cookbook-memoirs (like the James Beard Award-winning Passionate Vegetarian). With her late husband, Ned Shank, and her creative collaborator, Bill Haymes, she co-owned Dairy Hollow House, a country inn in Eureka Springs. There, she prepared thousands of skillets of the cornbread at the heart of this show. Until Just Moistened is Dragonwagon's first play—but a lifetime in the making.

Arkansas Young Playwrights Showcase
Featuring Scratch That! by the Latin/x Youth Theatre Project

TheatreSquared is proud to present, for the seventh year, the Arkansas Young Playwrights Showcase. This year, T2 will feature two original short student works as well as an encore performance of Scratch That!, a devised theatre piece by the Latinx Youth Theatre Project. The LYTP promotes literacy, performing art, and other projects that focus on giving a voice to the Latin American community in Northwest Arkansas. Their inaugural work, Follow Me @ Tio Sam, was featured in the 2017 Arkansas New Play Festival. The group has received support for its work from the  Walton Family Foundation, University of Arkansas Brown Chair of Literacy, Arts Center of the Ozarks, and Northwest Arkansas Community College. Performs Saturday, June 16, 11am at TheatreSquared. Free admission.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

SATURDAY JUNE 9
1:00pm – Until Just Moistened: A One-Woman Play with Crumbs (The Preacher’s Son)

SUNDAY JUNE 10
11:00am – Black Book (Crystal Bridges)
2:00pm – Among the Western Dinka (Crystal Bridges)
5:00pm – Staging the Daffy Dame (Crystal Bridges)

THURSDAY JUNE 14
6:30pm – Artists’ Reception (T2)
7:30pm – Crossing Mnisose (T2)

FRIDAY JUNE 15
4:00pm – Selections from Crossing Mnisose (The Record in Bentonville)
Free admission to attendees of the 2018 Native American Cultural Symposium

7:30pm – Staging the Daffy Dame (T2)

SATURDAY JUNE 16
11:00am – Young Playwrights Showcase (T2)
Featuring NWA Latinx Youth Theatre Project’s Scratch That!

3:00pm – Among the Western Dinka  (T2)
7:30pm – Until Just Moistened: A One-Woman Play with Crumbs (T2)

SUNDAY JUNE 17
1:00pm – Black Book (T2)
4:00pm – Until Just Moistened: A One-Woman Play with Crumbs (T2)

TICKET & PASS INFORMATION

Tickets are $10 (readings), $15 (workshops), or free (Young Playwrights Showcase, Crossing Mnisose at The Record), with all-access passes granting admission to 12 events available for $50.  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.

Subscriptions to TheatreSquared’s upcoming 2018/19 season are also now on sale. Six-play packages are available for purchase at theatre2.org or (479) 443-5600, beginning at $97 for the Preview Saver Series.

ABOUT THEATRESQUARED

TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for 45,000 patrons each year in its home venue and in schools throughout the state. TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s ten most promising emerging theatres. TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold in the past five years. The theatre is currently engaged in construction and a capital campaign for its future, 50,000-square-foot home, with designs and more information available at ournextstage.org. For further information or press tickets, contact TheatreSquared at (479) 445-6333 or visit theatre2.org.

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The 2018 Arkansas New Play Festival is made possible with lead support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Happy Hollow Fund at Fayetteville Area Community Foundation, and by Barbara Shadden, in memory of Harry Shadden.

Major funding for TheatreSquared Season 12 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; by the Walmart Foundation; by the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation; by the Shubert Foundation; by the Windgate Charitable Foundation; by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage; and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 12 is provided by the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission. Media sponsors include Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville Flyer, Cox Communications, KNWA, AMP Sign & Banner, CitiScapes, KUAF, and Mailco USA.

It’s “the moor the merrier” as Holmes meets hilarity in 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'

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Opening this week

On stage April 25–May 27, 2018

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—April 23, 2018—This week, a lighting-quick comedy takes the stage at TheatreSquared in the “gut-bustingly hilarious” (The Times) The Hound of the Baskervilles, a new adaptation that simultaneously spoofs and reveres Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated mystery. In this highly theatrical adaptation by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, Sherlock Holmes and Watson set off to the moors to debunk a family "curse,” and encounter dozens of suspicious characters who may be too much for Sherlock—or, for that matter, a cast of three—to handle. TheatreSquared’s production is produced in partnership with Virginia Stage Company and directed by Mark Shanahan (Peter and the Starcatcher). Performances are April 25-May 27 at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville. Tickets are on sale now from $17-$48 at (479) 443-5600 or theatre2.org.

“Peter O’Toole once said, ‘Dying is easy, comedy is hard’. In Baskervilles, the actors do both brilliantly—seven times a week,” said T2 Artistic Director Bob Ford.  “What better way to end the season than with a belly laugh? Or a hundred.”

“I'm happy to report that excitement for this show has been so far beyond elementary,” said T2 Executive Director Martin Miller, “that, even before it opens, we've already extended it a week.” Performances will now continue beyond the scheduled closing date of May 20 through Sunday, May 27.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is recommended for ages 8 and older, with parental guidance for occasional language.

The play has been met with acclaim in London and New York:

“Hysterical, my dear Watson.” – The Telegraph

“Sweetly silly.”   – The New York Times

“A reminder that the same country that gave us William Shakespeare also gave us Benny Hill.” – The Virginian-Pilot

Director Mark Shanahan returns to TheatreSquared, having helmed Peter and the Starcatcher, Around The World In 80 Days, and the workshop of The Quest For Don Quixote. His directorial work has been seen on numerous stages across the country, including the Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Fulton Opera House, Arkansas Rep, Merrimack Rep, Penguin Rep, Florida Studio Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, Hangar Theatre, Florida Rep, Westport Country Playhouse and others. His New York acting credits include the Broadway hit The 39 Steps (American Airlines, Cort Theatre); Small World (59E59); The Shaughraun and Tryst (Irish Rep); Checkers (The VineyardTheatre); As Bees In Honey Drown (Lucille Lortel Theatre); Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Roundabout); and many more.

The cast of The Hound of the Baskervilles reunites three TheatreSquared veteran performers: Patrick Halley (Peter and the Starcatcher); Steven Pacek (Peter and the Starcatcher); and Bruce Warren (The Ding Dong, Peter and the Starcatcher, Around the World In 80 Days).

The creative team for The Hound of the Baskervilles includes scenic designer Charlie Corcoran, lighting designer John Ambrosone, costume designer Jeni Schaefer, sound designer Sean Hagerty, Assistant Director/Choreographer Stephanie Card, and production stage manager Shannon Jones.

TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from lead show sponsors Greenwood Gearhart Inc. and Nick & Carolyn Cole, along with show sponsors Leigh Hopkins, Ben & Christine Clark, and Roger Collins.

Performance Schedule

Performances are scheduled April 25-May 27, Tuesdays through Sundays, at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios.

Tuesday–Friday: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket 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 information, visit theatre2.org/lights-up.

Opportunities to Engage

The three-person cast of The Hound of the Baskervilles will host a free public workshop at the Fayetteville Public Library on May 10th from 2-5pm to explore how scenes in the play are brought to physical, emotional and especially comic life. Participants should expect to engage in physical comedy exercises. Register in advance at faylib.org; participation is limited to allow for an immersive course.

About T2

TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for more than 45,000 patrons each year in its 175-seat space and in schools throughout the state. TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s 10 most promising emerging theatres. TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold during the past five years. The theatre recently broke ground on a new 50,000-square-foot facility to be completed in mid-2019, and launched the $34 million Our Next Stage Campaign to support construction and a sustainable transition. Designs and campaign information are online at ournextstage.org.

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Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 12 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts; the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation; the Walmart Foundation; the Windgate Charitable Foundation; and by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 12 is provided by Experience Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville Flyer, Cox Communications, KNWA, CitiScapes, KUAF, and MailCo USA.

Acclaimed play ‘Vietgone’ takes the stage 03.14–04.08

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Vietgone – An Arkansas love story. With ninjas.

Acclaimed play takes the stage 03.14–04.08

Written by Arkansas native Qui Nguyen. Directed by Kholoud Sawaf.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—The irreverent new comedy and recent off-Broadway hit Vietgone will begin performances at TheatreSquared on March 14. Set in 1975 after the Fall of Saigon, this New York Times Critics’ Pick is a stranger-than-fiction true love story between two refugees: he’s lost his wife; she’s lost her fiancé—and now, they just might find each other on the other side of the world. Qui Nguyen, now a playwright and screenwriter for Marvel, deploys hip-hop, fight sequences, and up-to-the-minute pop culture references to tell his own origin story as his parents “meet cute” in the repurposed barracks of a relocation camp in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. The production will be directed by T2 artist-in-residence Kholoud Sawaf. Performances are scheduled Wednesdays through Sundays, March 14-April 8, at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville. Tickets are on sale now from $17-$48 at (479) 443-5600 or theatre2.org.

“With echoes of Hamilton, ‘70s biker road flicks, ’80s rom-coms—and a few ninjas thrown in—Vietgone is a joyous, impetuous mash-up that simply can’t be missed,” said Ford. “It’s rendered with a gorgeous, ripped-from-the-comic books production design. And how thrilling is it, after acclaimed debuts on both coasts, to bring it back home to Arkansas, just miles from where it actually happened?”

Qui Nguyen—an Arkansas native from El Dorado, whose writing has garnered him an Obie Award, and Emmy Award, and a job writing for the super heroes at Marvel Studios—gleefully hijacks and subverts cultural stereotypes while blending genres in his work. Vietgone tells a story that its playwright never witnessed growing up, in which his parents are cool, strong, sexy—and are also displaced immigrants. Unafraid of anachronisms, Nguyen’s characters rap and banter more like modern American teenagers than refugees from another era, showcasing the strength of the characters’ journeys as they veer from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. The play is at once an irreverent romantic comedy and a moving account of one family's unlikely, inspiring origin story in the Natural State.

Vietgone plays March 14-April 8 at TheatreSquared, in residence at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios at 505 West Spring Street in Fayetteville. The play contains mature language and content and is recommended for ages 14 and older, with parental guidance. The production has been met with acclaim on both coasts:

“ A riotous theatrical cartoon that won me over with its simple honesty.”
The Los Angeles Times

“A raucous, immensely moving comedy with a fresh, impish voice.”
The New York Times

“Four stars! A high-energy triumph.” – The Guardian

T2 artist-in-residence Kholoud Sawaf will direct. Most recently, she assistant directed Vietgone at the Manhattan Theatre Club and at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, both under the direction of May Adrales. She is a recipient of the 2017 Classical Directing Fellowship from the Drama League in New York.  She was also a Lab Company Fellow at Hangar Theatre and collaborated on four productions with Shakespeare & Co. in Massachusetts and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York. She was instrumental in TheatreSquared’s three-year $250,000 grant award from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and is developing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in contemporary Syria. Born and raised in Damascus, she worked with the Al Qabbani and Al-Hamra theatres at an early age and attended the Performing Arts Program at American University in Sharjah, where she also collaborated with Skyline Theatre. She is a member of the Nihna Cultural Group in Damascus and holds an MFA in Directing from University of Arkansas.

The cast of Vietgone includes Cory Censoprano, Rebecca Hirota, Edward Hong, David Huynh, and Jolene Kim. The creative team includes scenic designer Chika Shimizu, lighting designer Emily Clarkson, projection designer Joey Moro, costume designer Ruby Kemph, sound designer Michael Prieto, choreographer Casey Robinson, fight choreographer Scott Russell, properties master Brodie Jasch, and production stage manager Shannon Jones.

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

Performance Schedule

Performances are scheduled March 14 to April 8, Wednesdays through Sundays, at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios.

Wednesday–Friday: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m.

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 information, visit theatre2.org/lights-up.

About T2

TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for more than 40,000 patrons each year in its 175-seat space and in schools throughout the state. TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s 10 most promising emerging theatres. TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold during the past five years. The theatre recently broke ground on a new 50,000-square-foot facility to be completed in mid-2019, and launched the $34 million Our Next Stage Campaign to support construction and a sustainable transition. Designs and campaign information are online at ournextstage.org.

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Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 12 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts; the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation; the Walmart Foundation; the Windgate Charitable Foundation; and by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 12 is provided by Experience Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville Flyer, Cox Communications, KNWA, CitiScapes, KUAF, and MailCo USA.

TheatreSquared unveils celebratory 2018/19 Season

Capstone season in founding venue blends “laughter, reinvention, joy”

Six-play packages now on sale, start at $97

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — March 28, 2018 — TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today announced the 2018/19 TheatreSquared Season, a yearlong lineup of acclaimed new plays celebrating redemption and reinvention to close out T2’s tenure in its founding venue, even as its new home takes shape across the street. Season packages are on sale today, with six-play packages starting at $97 by phone at 479-571-2785 or online at theatre2.org/subscribe.

“From the stirring first chords of Once to the dazzling finale of The Legend of Georgia McBride, this season is a celebration of transformation—full of human reinvention of every variety,” said Ford. “What better way to close our founding chapter in our current home?”

“For those who sign on to join us for it, we’re happy to offer a singular benefit,” said Miller. “Our 18/19 Season subscribers will get first priority to lock in their seats — permanently — in our new, world-class venue the following year. With a record number of sell-out shows this current year, we’ve also made the decision to add a Tuesday night series for the first time next year as an affordable weeknight option for new subscribers.”

The 2018/19 Season launches in August with the 2012 Tony® Award-winner for Best Musical, Once. On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship quickly evolves into a powerful and complicated love story. Featuring songs including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” and a Grammy-winning score performed by a talented ensemble of actor/musicians, Once is a singular live experience which will be memorably reimagined in TheatreSquared’s intimate setting. Based on the motion picture by John Carney, the musical features a book by Enda Walsh, with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Performances are August 22–September 23, 2018.

In October, TheatreSquared will stage Skeleton Crew, the blistering new comedy-drama from Dominique Morisseau, one of America’s most acclaimed contemporary playwrights (and co-producer of Showtime’s Shameless). In Detroit’s last exporting auto plant, sparks fly on the production line — and in the breakroom. As rumors surface about the factory’s closing, new power dynamics emerge. When the line between blue collar and white collar blurs, how far across are they willing to step? Performances are October 10–November 4, 2018.

For the holiday season, TheatreSquared will offer Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Margot Melcon and Lauren Gunderson.  As family gathers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy to celebrate Christmas, Mary Bennet—the bookish middle sister—finally has her day. Set two years after the events of Pride and Prejudice, this winning sequel with period style and modern wit is sure to delight Jane Austen fans and newcomers alike. Performances are November 28–December 30, 2018.

After the New Year, T2 transitions to the 2016 New York Times Critics’ Pick, Every Brilliant Thing. This “gloriously funny and exceptionally warm” (Time Out London) new one-person play is a comedy unlike any other, as its performer rediscovers in the midst of devastation everything that’s brilliant in the world. To set the scene for this soul-warming story during the coldest month of the year, TheatreSquared will entirely transform its seating and stage arrangement for the first time in eight years. Every Brilliant Thing, an intimate, immersive, and life-affirming new work by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, is on stage January 16–February 10, 2019.

In March, TheatreSquared will stage the 2017 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe. From the safety of the suburbs, a girls soccer team navigates life's big questions and wages their own tiny battles—with all the "bark and bite" (Vulture.com) of a pack of adolescent warriors. What results is a “smart, hilarious, delightful meditation on society, sex and soccer” (The Village Voice) —a portrait of the pursuit of happiness for nine American teens who just want to score some goals. Performances are February 27–March 24, 2019.

TheatreSquared’s 2019 Arkansas New Play Festival will be performed for the first time in spring, replacing its typical summer berth. The state's flagship celebration of bold new plays 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 March 28–April 9, 2019.  

Closing out Season 13—and its residency at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios—T2 will stage The Legend of Georgia McBride, by Matthew Lopez. This hilarious, heartwarming, unlikely new comedy comes to T2 fresh from an extended off-Broadway run. Casey is young, broke, and impersonating Elvis at a run-down bar in the Florida Panhandle. When the owner hires a drag show to attract more customers, he’s suddenly out of a job—or, is he? Filled with music, humor, and plenty of sequins, this joyful new play reminds us that the path to prosperity and fulfillment may sometimes take an unexpected star turn. Critics agree—Legend is “a stomp-your-feet, snap-your-fingers, singalong joy” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Performances are May 1–May 26, 2019.

Subscription packages for TheatreSquared's 2018/19 Season are on sale now, giving subscribers the first opportunity to book seats before single tickets go on sale in summer 2018. Subscription options include six-play packages starting at $97, with four- and five- play flex packages starting at $69. Series options include Tuesday 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.

The 18/19 Season will also see the public launch of T2’s popular new young patrons program, NexT2. “In fall of 2017, we launched a ‘beta,’ closed-circle program with a group of young patrons—and it’s proven a fast hit,” said Miller. “NexT2 is our add-on program for young patrons over 21 who also enjoy social networking in person.” NexT2 members enjoy exclusive benefits such as complimentary beverages, behind-the-scenes experiences, and parties in the fall and spring. Membership is a $30 add-on for all young patron subscribers.

Additional 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).

All T2 subscriptions also include membership in National Stages, offering subscriber ticket pricing at 20 theatres ranging 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 15%, prime seating reserved before single tickets go on sale, free unlimited exchanges, and same-day discounts of up to 20% at T2 Restaurant Partners including Arsaga’s Depot, Bordinos, Cork and Keg, Fresco Restaurant, Rolando’s, Woodstone Pizza.  Subscribers also receive special rates at the Dickson Street Inn and 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.

T2 will also tour more than 70 Arkansas schools in the 2018/19 Season with Who Dunnit? Shakespeare!, an irreverent and informative exploration of the greatest mysteries and murders in Shakespeare's canon. Arkansas teachers who are interested to host this free performance at their junior high or high school should contact Morgan Hicks, director of education and program development, at 479-445-6333.

TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for 45,000 patrons each year in its intimate space and in schools throughout the state. TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, as one of the nation’s ten most promising emerging theatres. TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold in the past five years. The theatre is currently in the final design phase for a new 50,000 square-foot facility to be completed in 2019. For further information or press tickets, contact TheatreSquared at 479-445-6333 or visit theatre2.org.

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Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 13 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts; the Walker Charitable Foundation; the Walmart Foundation; and by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 13 is provided by the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville Flyer, Cox Communications, KNWA, CitiScapes, KUAF, and MailCo USA.

Tony Award-winner 'The Humans' takes the stage 01.24

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2016 Tony Award-winner for Best Play ‘The Humans’ takes the stage Jan. 24-Feb. 18

Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam to visit NWA

Tickets and subscriptions are now on sale

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas—January 4, 2018— The winner of the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play, Stephen Karam’s The Humans, begins performances on January 24 in Northwest Arkansas. In its 2016 Broadway production, the play was a breakout critical and popular success, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and called the “best play of the year” by nearly a dozen top publications ranging from The New York Times to the Washington Post. Performances are scheduled January 24-February 18, and tickets are on sale now from $17-$48 at (479) 443-5600 or theatre2.org.

“Choosing the TheatreSquared season is made so much easier when an exceptional play emerges,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “The Humans is a brilliant new comic drama—funny, profound, even frightening at times. We may not know the Blakes, but we certainly know this family. The Humans has been universally praised as one of most deeply resonant new American plays of the past decade, and I’m thrilled that Northwest Arkansas is home to one of the first independent productions since its New York debut.”

Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and share a Thanksgiving dinner in his daughter’s new basement apartment in Lower Manhattan. The movers haven’t arrived, so they make do with folding chairs, paper plates, and—eventually—emergency lighting. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle split-level duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night, and the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic.

The Humans is the winner of five major national awards for Best Play and four Tony Awards®, and it was honored as a 2016 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Review highlights include:

“The finest new play of the Broadway season. The Humans is a major discovery, a play as empathetic as it is clear-minded, as entertaining as it is honest. A bright light shines forth from it, the blazing luminescence of collective artistic achievement.”
The New York Times

"It's hard to think of another play that has dealt with the realities of life with such compassion. Truly remarkable and exceptionally moving. Few writers of Karam's generation have achieved anything quite like The Humans."
Chicago Tribune

The Humans will be directed by T2 veteran Shana Gold, who returns following last season’s Intimate Apparel. Her previous T2 credits include Rapture Blister Burn, Reasons to be Pretty, 4000 Miles, Proof and Underneath The Lintel, as well as Uncle and Transatlantic for the Arkansas New Play Festival. 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); and In the Crossing (The Culture Project). Her regional credits include Hkeelee, Talk To Me (Arena Stage/Mosaic Theatre); The Storyteller, (Kennedy Center); Detroit (TheatreWorks); Circumference of a Squirrel by John Walch (Zach Scott Theatre Center) and Foot (NYU—Abu Dhabi’s Voices Festival). Her work in new play development has been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Sloane Series, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, and The Public Theatre’s New Work Now, among others.

The cast of The Humans includes returning actors Katherine Forbes (Transatlantic), Rick Holden (Tigers Be Still), and Halley Mayo (Fun Home, Sundown Town), as well as Deven Kolluri, Laurie Larson, and Molly McAdoo.

The creative team for The Humans includes scenic designer Kim Powers, lighting designer Shawn Irish, costume designer Ruby Kemph, sound designer Nok Kanchanabanca, properties master Brodie Jasch, and production stage manager Shannon Jones.

TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from show sponsors Fred and Barbara Frye, Bob and Diane Shaw, and Tod Yeslow and Jackie Telfair.

Performance Schedule

Performances are scheduled January 24 to February 18, Wednesdays through Sundays, at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios.

Wednesday–Friday: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: 2:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: 2:00 p.m.

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 information, visit theatre2.org/lights-up.

Opportunities to Engage

Tony Award®-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam will visit Northwest Arkansas through a special partnership with the Fayetteville Public Library and the Arkansas Arts Council. Karam will participate in several free public events on February 14th, including a limited-seating scene study workshop at 3 p.m. and a special T2 Artists’ Forum at 6 p.m., hosted by Ozarks at Large producer Kyle Kellams. For more information and to sign up for the workshop, visit www.faylib.org.

About T2

TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for more than 40,000 patrons each year in its 175-seat space and in schools throughout the state. TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s 10 most promising emerging theatres. TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold during the past five years. The theatre recently broke ground on a new 50,000-square-foot facility to be completed in mid-2019, and launched the $34 million Our Next Stage Campaign to support construction and a sustainable transition. Designs and campaign information are online at ournextstage.org.

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Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 12 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts; the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation; the Walmart Foundation; the Windgate Charitable Foundation; and by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 12 is provided by Experience Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville Flyer, Cox Communications, KNWA, CitiScapes, KUAF, and MailCo USA.

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play starts 11.29

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A Live Radio Play

Comes to life on stage 11/29 through New Year’s Eve

Tickets and subscriptions are now on sale

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — November 6, 2017 — TheatreSquared will begin performances of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, inspired by Frank Capra’s classic film, on November 29th.  Performed as a 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, the show will run for five weeks, with special performances on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. In Joe Landry’s celebrated adaptation, it’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and six actors have gathered in a studio at WMAQ, ready to take on dozens of characters and recreate Bedford Falls with live foley sound effects and virtuosic, high-energy performances. Through a redemptive story that has proven timeless, George Bailey, standing on the brink of despair, famously learns that "no man is a failure who has friends.”

“It’s remarkable how much joy, humanity and warmth still radiates from this classic, 70 years on,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “You can’t help but root for George Bailey, whose boundless dreams and good-heartedness crash against the hard indifference and greed of Mr. Potter. That memorable moment, when he stands above the waves on a snowy bridge—and then everything shifts—shines a powerful light on how hope, hard choices, love, and friendship can ultimately win out over our darker currents. That’s a worthy beacon in any era.”

Joe Landry’s inventive, theatrical, live radio reimagining of Frank Capra’s classic has become a fast holiday favorite for audiences and critics across the country. The New York Times called it “evocative and heartwarming,” while the Chicago Tribune recommended it as “one of the best holiday shows around.”

Seven weekly performances are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, November 29-December 31, 2017, with single tickets now on sale at theatre2.org or (479) 443-5600. Season packages are also on sale, with four-play packages ranging from $67-164.

T2’s production is directed by JEFF CHURCH, producing artistic director of The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, which, during his tenure, was named among the top five children’s theatres in the U.S. by Time Magazine. His Coterie highlights have included producing the “Great Books/Banned Books Season,” which included the U.S. premiere of The Lord of the Flies. He also created the Lab for New Family Musicals, and the version of Seussical he developed there is now the most performed musical in educational theatre in the U.S. Recently, he transferred The Coterie’s Lucky Duck with its Kansas City cast to the New Victory Theatre in New York.  Other favorite credits include The Rocky Horror Show, which ran for nine months at Woolly Mammoth in Washington, DC. For the Kansas City Repertory, he helmed The Drawer Boy, and, for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seussical and The Wrestling Season (which also played at the Kennedy Center), as well as Quentos at the Denver Center. For the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, he has directed 10 productions, including Love! Valour! Compassion!, bare, The Judas Kiss, Next Fall, Laramie Project, Sister Mary Ignatius, and others. It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is Mr. Church’s first work at TheatreSquared.

The creative team for It’s a Wonderful Life includes scenic designer Kiah Kayser, lighting designer Caitlin Rapoport Smith, costume designer Ruby Kemph, sound designer Jae Shanks, properties master Brodie Jasch, and production stage manager Shannon Jones.

TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from show sponsors Bob and Becky Alexander and show sponsors Scott and Shizuko Price, Stout Executive Search, and the Walmart Museum.

Performance Schedule

Performances are scheduled November 29-December 31, 2017, Wednesdays through Sundays at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville, AR).

Wednesday–Friday: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.

Special additional holiday-week performances are scheduled Friday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m. There is no 7:00 p.m. performance on December 24.

The show runs 110 minutes with one intermission.

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 the rest of TheatreSquared's 2017/18 Season are also on sale. Subscription options include four-play packages starting at $67. 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. Subscriptions can be reserved by calling (479) 571-2785 or by visiting theatre2.org/subscribe.

Opportunities to Engage

The T2 run of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play includes these additional opportunities to peek behind the scenes and celebrate the best of the season:

Meet the Director of It’s a Wonderful Life,  Jeff Church: Mon., November 20
@ The Bar at Whole Foods, Fayetteville
Part social hour, part behind-the-scenes preview, this event will give you the chance to to get up close and personal with our director and get answers to those burning questions you've always wanted to ask.

Holiday Eve Celebration Performances: Sunday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31
Join us for special holiday performances on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies for our audience before the show.

Pure Joy Matinees
Following a tradition of Ice cream at the theatre that dates back more than a 100 years, T2 will partner with Pure Joy Ice Cream have custom, local ice cream flavors at every Saturday and Sunday matinee in December of It’s a Wonderful Life.

About T2

TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for 40,000 patrons each year in its 175-seat space and in schools throughout the state. TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s 10 most promising emerging theatres. TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold in the past five years. The theatre recently broke ground on a new 50,000-square-foot facility to be completed in mid-2019, and launched the $34 million Our Next Stage Campaign to support construction and a sustainable transition. Designs and campaign information are online at ournextstage.org.

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Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 12 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts; the Walker Charitable Foundation; the Walmart Foundation; the Windgate Charitable Foundation; and by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

It’s a Wonderful Life is made possible in part with support from show sponsors Bob and Becky Alexander and show sponsors Scott and Shizuko Price, Stout Executive Search, and the Walmart Museum.

Major marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 12 is provided by Experience Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville Flyer, Cox Communications, KNWA, CitiScapes, KUAF, and MailCo USA.