By Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts; directed by Sean Patrick Reilly
On stage April 2 – April 26, 2015
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — March 6, 2015 — TheatreSquared will conclude its 2014/15 Season with the dark comedy Superior Donuts, the newest work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts. Sean Patrick Reilly, a member of the play’s original Broadway company, returns to T2 to direct, following his 2014 record-breaking production of Hamlet. In this provocative new play, Arthur, the deadbeat owner of a run-down donut shop, hires Franco, an ambitious teenager, to mind the counter. Between Franco’s big ideas to modernize and the sudden appearance of threatening strangers, Arthur begins to suspect that he’s gotten more than he bargained for — but it may be too late to stop change from coming. This redemptive new comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts will feature a formidable ensemble cast, including Grant Goodman (Hamlet), Bill Rogers (Sons of the Prophet), Thomas Brazzle (Look Away), Bryce Kemph (Hamlet), Jenny McKnight, Kris Pruett (Reasons to Be Pretty), Nadine Pruvis Schmidt, Ross Stoner and Ryan Brooke Taylor. Performances are scheduled April 2 through April 26, Thursdays through Sundays, at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville, AR 72701).
“Donuts is crackling good drama,” said T2 Artistic Director Bob Ford, “– sharply observed – and complete with high stakes, brilliant comedy, and hard-won redemption. It’s from one of America’s top playwrights, Tracy Letts who wrote the awards-sweeping August: Osage County. A great closer to what’s been a terrific ninth season at T2.”
Director Sean Patrick Reilly has worked as an actor and director in venues throughout the country, including scores of professional credits on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in television and film. For TheatreSquared, he directed Hamlet, Period of Adjustment, and appeared in The Spiritualist and Good People. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was educated at Harvard and Oxford. Playwright Tracy Letts won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his drama August: Osage County, and is also a Tony Award-winning actor and member of the Steppenwolf ensemble.
The creative team for Superior Donuts includes scenic designer Michael Riha, lighting designer Shawn Irish, costume designer Ruby Kemph, sound designer Will Eubanks, properties coordinator Brodie Jasch and stage manager David Loranca.
The performance will run 140 minutes and contains mature language and themes. Tickets are on sale now via Tickets Northwest Arkansas at (479) 443-5600 or by visiting theatre2.org. The play is made possible in part by production sponsors Malcolm and Ellen Hayward.
Monday — Wednesday No Performances
Thursday — Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 2:00pm; 7:30pm
Tickets range from $15-$40 ($10/Under 30) and are available through Tickets Northwest Arkansas at (479) 443-5600 or online at theatre2.org.
TheatreSquared’s is Northwest Arkansas’s professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for 30,000 patrons each year in its 175-space space. 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. A resident company with Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold in the past five years. The theatre recently released its Vision 2017 report with its priorities supported by a three-year, $1.03 million grant. For further information or press tickets, contact TheatreSquared at (479) 445-6333 or visit theatre2.org.
Superior Donuts is sponsored in part by Malcolm and Ellen Hayward..
Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 9 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.
Additional season support is provided by the Shubert Foundation; by the John and Robyn Horn 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 9 is provided by the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission. Media sponsors include NWA Media, Fayetteville Flyer, CitiScapes, KUAF, and Mailco USA.