New York Times Critics' Pick and 2016 OBIE Award-winner 'Skeleton Crew' On-Stage In NWA

On-Stage At TheatreSquared October 10–November 4, 2018

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—October 10, 2018—The blistering comic drama Skeleton Crew begins performances on October 10 at TheatreSquared, bringing to Northwest Arkansas a new work by one of America’s most acclaimed contemporary playwrights. Dominique Morisseau, a Steinberg Playwright Award-winner and two-time NAACP Image Award honoree, is “one of the rising talents in American drama” (NYTimes) and “a rising star” (L.A. Times), described by critics as a modern-day successor to 20th-century giants Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, and August Wilson. Skeleton Crew is set in Detroit’s last exporting auto plant, where sparks fly on the production line—and in the breakroom. As rumors surface about a closing date, new power dynamics emerge. When the line between blue collar and white collar blurs, how far over are they willing to step?  Performances are scheduled October 10–November 4, and tickets are on sale now from $17-$48 at (479) 443-5600 or theatre2.org.

Skeleton Crew is Death of a Salesman for the modern era,” said Bob Ford, artistic director. “With empathy, humor and electricity, it shares the story and struggle of four American workers, as they’re forced to ask—along with the audience—what the future will look like as life and work changes for all of us, wherever we are and whatever we do.”

“Warm-blooded, astute, and very fine—a deeply American play.” — The New York Times

"In the Arthur Miller vein, an absorbing, rewarding comedy-drama with a heart.” — Washington Post

Skeleton Crew is directed by Kimille Howard, who is currently collaborating with Morisseau as assistant director to Des McAnuff for Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations in advance of its spring 2019 Broadway debut (Ahmanson Center, LA; Kennedy Center; Berkeley Rep; Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto). She is a resident director at The Flea Theater, and recent credits include The Girl With No Hands by Charly Evon Simpson, TRIGGERED by Gabriel Jason Dean at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

The cast of Skeleton Crew features Broderick Clavery, Anton Floyd, DeAnna Supplee, and Cherene Snow (All the Way). The creative team includes scenic designer Kim Powers, lighting designer John D. Alexander, costume designer Ruby Kemph, sound designer Luqman Brown, and projection designer Yee Eun Nam.

TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from show sponsors Sandy Edwards and Peter & Anne Leer.

Performance Schedule

Performances are scheduled October 10 to November 4, Tuesdays through Sundays, at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios.

Tuesday–Friday: 7:30 pm

Saturday: 2:00 pm; 7:30 pm

Sunday: 2:00 pm

Recommended for Ages 13 and Up.

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 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 13 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 13 is provided by Experience Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville Flyer, Cox Communications, KNWA, CitiScapes, KUAF, and MailCo USA.

Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress Liz Callaway to star in 'Every Brilliant Thing'

On-Stage At TheatreSquared January 16–February 10, 2019


NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—October 2, 2018—TheatreSquared today announced that Liz Callaway—a veteran Broadway performer, Tony® nominee and Emmy® Award-winner—will take the stage in Northwest Arkansas for Every Brilliant Thing in January 2019. This moving, insightful, and often hilarious one-person play was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and will feature Callaway in a limited four-week run at TheatreSquared January 16 through February 10, 2019. Tickets are currently available only to current and new season subscribers, and will go on sale to the general public on November 14 at 10am.

“We are so lucky to have Liz Callaway joining us to tell this wonderful story, “ said Bob Ford, Artistic Director. “It’s a play that brings together the audience in a way that I’ve never seen, and to help do so, we’re completely reimagining the setup of our theatre. Liz brings deep pathos, a mischievous sparkle, and profound talent to this heart-wrenching, funny, and deeply hopeful play about our beautifully imperfect world”

“I love this play,” said Callaway. “From ‘people falling over’—number 7—to ‘cycling downhill’—number 997—it’s about recognizing how small, ordinary things can add up to something extraordinary, if you’ll just let them.  When I traveled here for TheatreSquared’s Gala last year, I really fell for Northwest Arkansas. This play will be a wonderful reunion.”

Every Brilliant Thing is an immersive experience, and the creative team will completely transform T2’s theatre space into an in-the-round, intimate setup for the production.  Performances begin on January 16 in Northwest Arkansas and the engagement is strictly limited. The final performance is February 10.

“This is an unusual opportunity for Northwest Arkansas audiences, and we know there will be a lot of interest,” said Executive Director Martin Miller. “Those who are interested in subscribing to the 18/19 Season can call now to reserve seats for Every Brilliant Thing as part of their package.  Single tickets will go on sale to the general public in November.”

Subscriptions for the rest of the season start as low as $85, with prime seats reserved for subscribers at a 15% discount.  New subscribers can call (479) 443-5600 or visit theatre2.org to arrange for seats.

Tickets available to the general public on November 14, 2018 at 10am, and are priced from from $17-$54.50 at (479) 443-5600 or theatre2.org.

Critical Acclaim

“Heart-wrenching, hilarious-and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.” — The Guardian

“Sincere but not sentimental, Every Brilliant Thing shines gentle theatrical light on the way sweetness and sorrow are both magnified by tragedy.” —Los Angeles Times

Performance Schedule

Performances are scheduled January 16 through February 10, Tuesdays through Sundays, at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios.

Tuesday–Friday: 7:30 pm

Saturday: 2:00 pm; 7:30 pm

Sunday: 2:00 pm

Ticket & Subscription Info

Tickets range from $17-$55 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.

TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from lead show sponsors Margaret and Dick Rutherford along with show sponsors Tod Yeslow and Jackie Telfair.

About Liz

Liz Callaway is a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats. She has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love.

Off-Broadway she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons), and also appeared in Brownstone (Roundabout), No Way to Treat a Lady, Marry Me a Little, and Godspell. Other New York appearances include the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center, A Stephen Sondheim Evening, Fiorello! (Encores!), and Hair in Concert.  Regionally, she starred as Venus in the Chicago Ovations! production of One Touch of Venus, in Elegies at Reprise! in Los Angeles, and Fascinating Rhythm at Hartford Stage. She also played Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at Pittsburgh CLO.

Ms. Callaway has also established a major career as a concert and recording artist. The award-winning Sibling Revelry (created with sister Ann Hampton Callaway) was presented to great acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Boom!, a celebration of the music of the 60’s and 70’s, also created with her sister was recorded live at Birdland and has toured the country. She had the pleasure of singing "Chances Are" with singing legend Johnny Mathis, co-starred with Jimmy Webb & Paul Williams in their critically acclaimed engagement at Feinstein’s in New York and joined Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder at Hal David’s 90th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.  Her extensive US symphony work includes appearances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, and The Hollywood Bowl. Worldwide, she has performed in China, Australia (with Stephen Schwartz), New Zealand, Vietnam, Iceland, Estonia, France (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris), South Korea, and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu where she premiered a new concert featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim.

Liz sang the Academy Award®-nominated song “Journey to the Past” in the animated feature Anastasia and is the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves and The Return of Jafar. Other film work includes the singing voice of the title character in The Swan Princess, The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride, Beauty and the Beast, Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.

She received an Emmy Award for hosting Ready to Go, a daily, live children’s program on CBS in Boston.  Other TV credits include In Performance at the White House, Inside the Actor’s Studio: Stephen Sondheim, Christmas with the Boston Pops, The David Letterman Show, and Senior Trip (CBS Movie of the Week).

Liz has released six solo recordings: Passage of Time, The Beat Goes On, The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway On and Off-Broadway, Anywhere I Wander: Liz Callaway Sings Frank Loesser, Merry and Bright and her newest album The Essential Liz Callaway.  Her numerous other recordings include Sibling Revelry,  Boom! Live at Birdland, The Maury Yeston Songbook, Dreaming Wide Awake: The Music of Scott Alan, A Stephen Sondheim Evening, Hair in Concert, the original cast album of A Christmas Story and the complete recording of Allegro produced by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.

Every Brilliant Thing  at TheatreSquared will be directed by Dan Foster. Dan Foster is a co-founder of Hudson Stage Company. He has directed several productions for the company including Shining City, You Will Remember Me (American Premiere), Outside Mullingar, 4000 Miles, Talley’s Folly,  A Number, Stones in his Pockets, Murderers, Mary’s Wedding, Love Song, Boston Marriage,  and Rabbit Hole. He has also produced, directed, and appeared in productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally.

Opportunities to Engage

Through a special partnership with the Fayetteville Public Library, Callaway will participate in several free public events on January 22nd, including a limited-seating Master Class at 3 p.m. and a free public Artists’ Forum at 6 p.m., featuring a moderated conversation led by Ozarks at Large producer Kyle Kellams. Those interested to RSVP for the workshop can sign up at www.faylib.org beginning November 14.

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 13 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 13 is provided by Experience Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville Flyer, Cox Communications, KNWA, CitiScapes, KUAF, and MailCo USA.

Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award-winning 'Once' takes the stage at TheatreSquared

National cast of actor-musicians bring Broadway and first-class credits to reimagine the acclaimed musical for T2’s intimate space

August 22–September 23, 2018 in Fayetteville


NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—August 22, 2018—The winner of the 2012 Tony Award® for Best Musical, a powerful love story, Once, begins performances on August 22 in Northwest Arkansas at TheatreSquared. The play is based on the surprise hit independent film by John Carney, adapted for stage with input from the original stars of the movie, songwriters Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, along with renowned Irish playwright Enda Walsh. TheatreSquared’s production of Once is led by Associate Artistic Director Amy Herzberg, who returns to the helm after last season’s sold-out production of Fun Home.

Once starts our final season in our founding venue with a flourish,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford, “with exhilarating melodies, dynamic performances, and young people in love who you can’t help but root for. It reminds us to listen to our inner voice and find strength in human connection—while being a sheer, dance-in-your-seat delight.”

“And make sure to arrive early,” he added. The cast of actor-musicians are planning a high-energy Irish folk song-swap, with drinks, in the lobby starting a half hour before each show.

Due to high demand for seats, TheatreSquared has already added a week of performances, with shows scheduled August –September 23. Tickets are on sale now from $17-$48 at (479) 443-5600 or theatre2.org.

The music of Once made history by winning the Tony Award and a Grammy Award, as well as an Academy Award for the song “Falling Slowly.” The play won a trifecta of the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier Award for Best Musical. Critical acclaim was widespread:

“A love story played with fierce sincerity and unexpected honesty. Go!” – The Wall Street Journal

“As vital and surprising as the early spring.” – The New York Times

The cast of Once includes veterans of the the Broadway, touring, and regional production companies: Jeanne T. Arrigo, Annette Berning, Ashton Michael Corey, Barry DeBois, Elisabeth Evans, Craig MacDonald, Cat Patterson, Jon Patrick Penick, Adam Huel Potter, Cassidy Stirtz, Daniel Tepper, and Grant Alan Watkins, as well as Zooey Emery, Jade Holland, and Cora Kemph.

The creative team for Once includes music director Jason Burrow; choreographer Steve Pacek; scenic design Team Shawn Irish, Kim Powers, and Ashleigh Burns; lighting and projection designer Shawn Irish; costume designer Ruby Kemph; sound designer Michael Prieto; dialect coach Kathy Logelin; and production stage manager Shannon Jones.

TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from lead sponsors Greenwood Gearhart Inc. and George & Rosemary Faucette; along with show sponsors Stout Executive Search and Ben & Christine Clark.

Performance Schedule

Performances are scheduled August 22-September 23, Tuesdays through Sundays, at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios

Tuesday–Friday: 7:30 pm
Saturday: 2:00 pm; 7:30 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm

Once includes some strong language and adult conversations. While the play is recommended for patrons aged 13 and up, TheatreSquared invites patrons and parents to make their own decisions regarding content. Questions? Call (479) 445-6333.

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 Fayetteville Roots Festival, in keeping with its community outreach mission, is partnering with TheatreSquared’s Lights Up! For Access program to present a special, free student performance of Once on Tuesday, August 28 at 10:30 AM. To inquire about arranging for students to attend this free performance call (479) 445-6333.

The cast members of Once will also appear at TheatreSquared’s Season Kickoff party on August 28th hosted by Kirk Thompson and Brett Burch. T2's annual end-of-summer fête will also feature live music, hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Case Dighero, hand-packed Yarnell's ice cream courtesy of the Walmart Museum, a summer selection of wine and beers, and a special performance by the multi-talented stars of Once. Information and tickets to the Season Kickoff are available at theatre2.org/season-kickoff/.

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 13 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 13 is provided by Experience Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville Flyer, KNWA, CitiScapes, KUAF, and MailCo USA.

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 T2

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.