TheatreSquared unveils 2014/15 lineup of professional theatre in Northwest Arkansas
"Blockbuster" five-play season launches in August, includes world premiere
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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — April 18, 2014 — TheatreSquared Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller announced today the 2014/15 lineup of professional theatre in Northwest Arkansas, TheatreSquared Season 9. The new season launches in August 2014 with "the funniest show in the western world" (The Daily Mail) One Man, Two Guvnors, and continues with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof, the theatrical adventure Around the World in 80 Days, the world premiere of Look Away, and the comic drama Superior Donuts. Subscription packages are on sale now via the Walton Arts Center Box Office at (479) 571-2785 or online at theatre2.org/subscribe.
"We’re thrilled to unveil our 2014/15 lineup of professional theatre in Northwest Arkansas," said Ford. "From high comedy to provocative drama — from a race around the world to a dark night in Wilson, Arkansas — this is a blockbuster season."
"Our best seats are on sale now to subscribers," said Miller. "After a 40% leap in our attendance this year, with more sold-out performances than ever, subscribing is the best way to guarantee great seats at each of these shows. We've got new packages and add-ons to make it easier than ever to enjoy a night out — with the option to reserve parking, lunch, and even kids' club passes for parents to bring young ones along for classes during the show."
The season begins in August with One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, a new adaptation of Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters that won widespread acclaim in London, on Broadway and in its recent international tour. Francis Henschall is an amiable fellow with a love of good food — and to fund his favorite pastime he's taken on two full-time jobs. His increasingly desperate attempts to keep his two "guvnors" straight — with a live skiffle band, mistaken identities and plenty of physical comedy in the mix — make One Man, Two Guvnors a glorious celebration of the power of live theatre to make you laugh out loud. August 28 – September 21, 2014.Recommended for ages 13 and up.
In October, TheatreSquared will stage one of the 21st century's most acclaimed dramas — David Auburn's Proof, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. Catherine is the caretaker for her father, a genius mathematician whose mind slowly unraveled. Upon his death, his former student Hal arrives to survey the cryptic notebooks that are left behind. A romance begins to kindle until Hal makes a startling discovery. Catherine faces a quandary: how much of her father’s genius—or madness—has she inherited? And who can she really trust? October 16 – November 2, 2014.Recommended for ages 13 and up.
For the holiday season, TheatreSquared will present the family theatrical adventure Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, in a new adaptation by Mark Brown. When Phileas Fogg makes an outrageous wager that he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, he sets out with his clever servant Passepartout—but his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he’s a criminal on the run. Danger, romance, comedy and theatrical magic mix in this whirlwind adventure for audiences of every age — the original amazing race. November 26 – December 21, 2014.For all ages.
In the new year, TheatreSquared will stage Look Away, a world premiere by T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. It's the dead of summer in Wilson, Arkansas, 1936. Matty and Alonzo are young black men accused of a crime they didn’t commit, and there’s a mob on their heels. Running through the dark fields, they slip into the kitchen of Roy Wilson, whose name means power in these parts. Bottled up for the long night awaiting Mr. Wilson’s morning verdict, they find they’re not alone. Based on true events from an oral history recorded by University of Arkansas historian Jeannie Whayne. January 29 – February 22, 2015.Recommended for ages 13 and up.
The 2014/15 Subscription Series will conclude with Superior Donuts, the newest work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts. Arthur Przybyszewski, the cantankerous proprietor of a run-down donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, may have met his match in Franco, an ambitious teenager with plans to modernize the shop. But when the young would-be entrepreneur’s past catches up with him, Arthur finds more than his livelihood may be in danger. A redemptive and provocative new comedy drama from the author of August: Osage County. April 2 – 26, 2015.Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Subscribers may also add specially discounted passes to the 2015 Arkansas New Play Festival, the state's flagship celebration of bold new plays, in June 2015. This year, the festival will include a fully staged premiere, three staged readings of brand new work, and a host of exclusive behind-the-scenes events over two weekends from June 18-28, 2015.
Tickets for TheatreSquared's 2014/15 Season are on sale now to subscribers only. Subscription options include five-play packages starting at $115 and four-play packages starting at $97. Series options include the popular Prime Weekend Series, with reserved seating for either Friday and Saturday evening performances ($151+), the Thursday and Saturday matinee series ($129+), thePreview Saver Series ($97+), and the Opening Night Series—including a champagne toast and a catered reception with the cast ($169+). New this year, the Dine Around Series includes three-course meals before each performance at a selection of top restaurants ($213+ including tax and gratuity). A limited number of "30 under 30" subscriptions for patrons under the age of 30 are available as well ($45+).
Add-on options available for T2 Season Subscribers include discounted reserved parking at the Deck at the Dickson ($3.75 per show); a Kids’ Club Pass, allowing one child (4+) to join in theatre classes at Nadine Baum Studios while the parents enjoy the show ($15 per show); and the New Play Fest Pass, offering subscribers 15% savings on all-access passes to the 2015 Arkansas New Play Festival ($34).
Complementary benefits for all T2 subscribers include savings of up to 15% on each ticket, prime reserved seating, free unlimited exchanges, and same-day discounts at T2 Partners. Partners include Arsaga's at the Depot, offering 20% off entrees; Bordinos, offering a $20 3-course meal with wine pairing; Fresco Café and Pub, with a $12 meal including soup or salad, entrée, and beer or wine; Greenhouse Grille, offering 25% off; Table Mesa, offering a $20 four-course meal; and The Wine Cellar, offering 50% off food orders. Subscribers save 15% on taxi service to the theatre and back with Green Cab Co., a 20% savings on nights stayed at the Dickson Street Inn, and — new for Season 9 — a special $89 rate at the Chancellor Hotel.
Subscriptions are on sale now at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, and can be reserved by calling (479) 571-2785 or by visiting theatre2.org/subscribe.
TheatreSquared’s locally produced and nationally acclaimed productions reach 28,000 patrons each year. The company is Northwest Arkansas’s only year-round professional theatre, offering a unique audience experience in its intimate 175-seat theatre at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. In 2011, TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s ten most promising emerging theatres. For further information, contact TheatreSquared at (479) 443-5600 or visit theatre2.org.
Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 9 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; by The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation; by Joel and Lynn Carver, Margaret and Dick Rutherford and Nick and Carolyn Cole; 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 9 is provided by the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission. Media sponsors include NWA Media, CitiScapes, KUAF, Mailco USA and The Fayetteville Flyer.