TheatreSquared Presents a One-Man Mystery

UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL
By Glen Berger | Directed by Shana Gold
with Craig MacDonald as “The Librarian”

February 26–March 14, 2010

Fayetteville, AR—January 27, 2010—TheatreSquared announced today the final casting and creative team for Underneath the Lintel, the theatrical one-man mystery making its Northwest Arkansas debut at T2 on February 26. The production will be directed by Shana Gold, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab whose past directing credits include performances at The Kennedy Center and The Public Theatre in New York. Craig MacDonald, a veteran of more than 150 productions in his native New York and on stages around the country, will interpret the role of "The Librarian." Underneath the Lintel, by Glen Berger, traces the story of a librarian who sets out on an international quest to find the culprit who has returned a book to the overnight slot 113 years late. Performances are scheduled Friday, February 26 through Sunday, March 14, 2010 in the Studio Theater at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St, Fayetteville). Tickets are $22 ($18/seniors, $10/ under 30) and can be purchased by visiting the Theatre's website at theatresquared.org or calling the Box Office at 479.571.2728.

Underneath the Lintel has been hailed by critics and audiences at theatres nationwide. "[It’s] Dewey Decimal meets DaVinci Code,” observed The New York Times review, while Seattle Times called the play "one of a handful of great plays written in the last five years… an astonishingly beautiful piece of writing."

"It’s the kind of brilliant comic-mystery that any playwright would aspire to create—intimate, mind-bending and richly satisfying," said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. "And we are delighted to be able to showcase, here in Northwest Arkansas, the work of such incredibly talented artists. Our region is quickly becoming not only a home, but a destination for artists of all persuasions."

The production team for Underneath the Lintel includes: Ashleigh Burns (props); Morgan Hicks (costume designer); Shawn Irish (scenic and lighting designer); Kathy Mellinger (stage manager); Richard Rew (sound designer); and Steve Wilhelm  (technical director).

During its three-week run from February 26—March 14, performances are scheduled Thursdays at 7:30; Fridays at 7:30; Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30; and Sundays at 2:00. Tickets for Underneath the Lintel are $22 for adults ($18/seniors, $10/under 30), and can be purchased by calling the T2 Box Office at 479.571.2728 or by visiting the Theatre's website at theatresquared.org. Special prices are available for groups.

TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’s professional theatre company, dedicated to creating exceptional theatre and innovative educational programs. For further information, contact TheatreSquared at 479.445.6333 or visit the Theatre's website at theatresquared.org.


PRINCIPAL ARTISTS

Shana Gold
(Director) Directing credits include: The Storyteller by Nathalie Handal (The Kennedy Center), Lameece Isaaq’s Food and Fadwa (New York Theatre Workshop’s ASWAT/UNHEARD VOICES Series), Stanton Wood’s At the Pole (Urban Stages), Twelfth Night (Long Island University), and In the Crossing by Leila Buck (The Public Theatre).  Her production of Circumference of a Squirrel received the Austin Critics Table Award for Best New Play and Best Director.  Her work in new play development has also been seen at: Vassar College/New York Stage and Film, Dartmouth University, Soho Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theatre J, Silk Road Theatre Project, and Manhattan Theatre Club’s Sloane Series.  Shana is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Lark’s Playground, NYU’s MFA Playwrights’ Resident Company, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. 

Craig MacDonald (The Librarian) has worked as an actor, director and theater artist for 35 years and currently teaches in the Syracuse University BFA Acting Program.   He has performed on stages from Off-Broadway to regional theaters to tours, as well as on camera for both television and film.   He recently performed the roles of Gaston in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the Constable in Fiddler on the Roof for Syracuse Stage.  Other recent roles include Horace in Hello, Dolly! for the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, and Pa Joad in the Cornell URTA production of The Grapes of Wrath. He also sings, plays drums and guitar, and records with the group “Old Scots.”   He has directed and produced theater as well, most recently directing  Karl Gregory in his Syracuse Salt Award-winning performance in Fully Committed for the Kitchen Theater in Ithaca.

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