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    Press releases for TheatreSquared programs and events follow below.  For media inquiries, please use our contact form to contact Martin Miller, Managing Director.

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    Monday
    Nov212016

    T2 presents Great Expectations

    TheatreSquared stages "whirlwind" holiday adventure

    Charles Dickens's

    Great Expectations

    A world premiere by Robert Ford
    directed by Amy Herzberg

    For all ages
    On stage November 30 - New Year's Day

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — November 18, 2016 — TheatreSquared announced the full cast and creative team for its upcoming holiday feature, a world premiere stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. After a startling Christmas Eve encounter, Pip’s life will never be the same. Plucked from poverty and thrust into the Victorian upper class, he strives to discover himself and find true love while untangling a web of secrets. Six actors portray more than 30 characters in this virtuosic retelling for the stage. Performances are scheduled for November 30through New Year’s Day, with tickets ($15-$45) available at theatre2.org or (479) 443-5600.

    “What a joy to reimagine Dickens’s timeless coming-of-age tale for the stage,” said T2 artistic director Robert Ford. “There’s a question at the heart of so many great holiday stories, from Wonderful Life to Christmas Carol: what matters more, worldly advancement or true human connection? Pip’s dreams and journey — and often missteps — are at the center of a theatrical whirlwind as this talented cast keeps the adventure humming. Great Expectations is a heady mix of heart, hope and Dickensian shadow, with a redemptive message that resonates today more than ever.”

    T2’s premiere adaptation of Great Expectations is directed by Associate Artistic Director Amy Herzberg, whose previous work at T2 includes audience favorites One Man, Two Guvnors, Amadeus, Next to Normal, Good People, The Last Five Years, Moonlight and Magnolias, and the company’s inaugural production, Bad Dates. Playwright and adaptor Robert Ford, the theatre’s artistic director, previously premiered The Spiritualist, ‘Twas the Night, Look Away, Fault, and My Father’s Warat T2.

    The cast for Great Expectations includes Mason Azbill (Around the World in 80 Days, Sons of the Prophet), Stephanie Bignault (Rapture, Blister, Burn), Kieran Cronin (Around the World in 80 Days, Good People), Bryce Kemph (Peter and the Starcatcher, All the Way, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and many others), Steven Marzolf (All the Way, Amadeus, The Spiritualist, The Fall of the House) and Michelle Shupe. The lead creative team includes assistant director Kholoud Sawaf, scenic designer David Arsenault, lighting designer Caitlin Smith Rapoport, sound designer Daniel Baker of Broken Chord, costume designer Ruby Kemph, properties master Brodie Jasch, fight choreographer Scott Russell, dialect coach Kathy Logelin, and stage manager David A. Loranca.

    TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from lead show sponsors Bob and Becky Alexander and Margaret and Dick Rutherford, as well as show sponsor The Walmart Museum.

    Performance Schedule

    Performances are scheduled November 30–New Year’s Day, 2016, Wednesdays through Sundays at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville, AR).

    MondayTuesday No Performances

    Wednesday–Friday 7:30pm

    Saturday 2:00pm7:30pm

    Sunday 2:00pm

    An added performance is scheduled on Friday, December 23 at 2pm. There is no performance on Sunday, December 25.

    Great Expectations is appropriate for all ages, and recommended for ages 8+. The approximate running time is two hours and fifteen minutes with one intermission.

    Ticket & Subscription Info

    Tickets range from $15-$45 ($10/Under 30) and are available at (479) 443-5600 or online at theatre2.org.

    Subscriptions to TheatreSquared’s upcoming 2016/17 season are also available. Four-play packages are available for purchase at theatre2.org or (479) 443-5600, ranging from $60 for the Preview Saver Series to $150 for Opening Night.

    TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for 40,000 patrons each year at the theatre 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 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.

    Friday
    Nov042016

    Our Next Stage

    TheatreSquared unveils designs for future permanent home


    50,000 square-foot building unites two intimate theatres, design workshops, offices, dedicated artist housing, and always-open public spaces

    Detailed designs and backstory are now online at ournextstage.org

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    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — November 3, 2016 — Earlier tonight, together with 350 community members assembled for the annual Gala for Education, TheatreSquared Executive Director Martin Miller and Artistic Director Robert Ford unveiled the finished designs for the company's future permanent home. London-based theatre planners Charcoalblue joined the presentation along with New York-based Marvel Architects to present the vision for the 50,000 square-foot theatre building. 

    Miller described a significant expansion of the company's artistic and public capacities for the assembled guests: "TheatreSquared’s new home will unite two state-of-the-art theatres, the company’s first dedicated rehearsal space right on the corner, staff offices, education and community space off the lobby, on-site design workshops, eight dedicated guest artist apartments in a separate building, outdoor public spaces at three levels, and an always-open café/bar at the active corner of West & Spring."

    "I’m proud to say that this is one of the most intimate, yet immersive theatre spaces Charcoalblue has yet designed," said Charcoalblue senior project manager Clem Abercrombie. "We started our design process from the inside out: with the theatre itself. Charcoalblue worked to preserve and enhance the sense of panoramic immersion in the current space, adding 100 seats to theatre’s base seating capacity while only deepening the room by the equivalent of one row. In the new theatre, in fact, the front row is even closer to the stage."

    "
    On my first trip to Fayetteville, I met Bob and Martin at Arsaga’s at the Depot," said Marvel. "I asked them to tell me the most important quality they wanted to capture in their new home. They immediately said, the intimacy. Nearly before I could answer, a woman walked up and interrupted us. She said — Bob, Martin, I’ve heard you’re thinking of building a new theatre. That’s wonderful! But please, whatever you do, don’t lose the intimacy.  I got the message!"

    The building's board-form concrete theatre volumes create an acoustical envelope, isolating the performance spaces from even the blast of the A&M freight train that passes through downtown Fayetteville.  Both the theatres and the rehearsal space are projected from the building's facade, emphasizing the centrality of live theatre to any passersby.  Outdoor areas on each level — a patio on Spring St., a bar terrace on West, and a rooftop terrace — underscore the organization's ethos of transparency to the community.  

    Architect Jonathan Marvel began his career under Richard Meier, working on the Getty Museum and the High Museum; today, he leads a team at New York-basedMarvel Architects that has won more than 60 national and international design awards. Marvel’s designs include a new Brooklyn Public Library, the national competition-winning entry for the new Constitution Gardens on the National Mall, a master plan for Playwrights Horizons, and, in collaboration with Charcoalblue, the beautiful new home for the storied New York theatre company, St. Ann’s Warehouse. The firm has assembled a team to design TheatreSquared’s new building led by founding principal Jonathan Marvel, founding partner Lissa So, and associate Zachary Griffin. 

    Charcoalblue has been hailed as one the most innovative players in the international performing arts design field. As the theatre consultants and acousticians of choice for many of the world’s most renowned theatre companies, their portfolio ranges from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Stirling Award-winning Everyman Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, and U.S. companies Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Baltimore Center Stage. The firm is currently leading theatre design for the new, REX-designed performing arts building at the World Trade Center site. 

    Plans for a new home began to take form in early 2015, when the TheatreSquared Board charged a special community task force to recommend a long-term facilities plan for the company. The task force made a strong recommendation, which was then unanimously approved by the T2 Board: to launch an exploratory process toward building a new home. 

    In fall 2015, TheatreSquared was selected as an inaugural participant in the Walton Family Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program. The program provides financial support to develop space for public purposes, with funds earmarked for all phases of design work. More information on the program can be found at waltonfamilyfoundation.org/design.

    On June 7, 2016, the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to approve a 100-year lease on a 0.8 acre site at the corner of West Ave. and Spring St. in downtown Fayetteville — directly across from the theatre's current venue in a converted warehouse at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios.The site is steps from dozens of restaurants and bars, blocks from the University of Arkansas campus, and across the street from a new 250-space garage. The theatre will directly connect to the Razorback Greenway, the regional bike trail linking Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, and every stop in between.  

    TheatreSquared has launched a detailed website with design images, backstory, and process galleries which is now public at 
    ournextstage.org.

    Friday
    May132016

    TheatreSquared Announces Major Grant

    TheatreSquared Announces Major Grant

    $250,000 award from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts will fund creation of Romeo & Juliet: Damascus     

     

    Shakespeare’s story of love and civil strife will be reimagined in collaboration with Syrian director Kholoud Sawaf

    Readings planned in Bentonville, Fayetteville during Arkansas New Play Festival in June

      

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — May 13, 2016 —TheatreSquared Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller announced today a $250,000 grant from the Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts (DDFIA). This major, three-year grant will help TheatreSquared reimagine Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in contemporary Damascus, Syria, through a free adaptation that will be developed in collaboration with Syrian theatre director Kholoud Sawaf. The first phase of the project will be a three-week workshop presented as part of the five-play 2016 Arkansas New Play Festival, with staged reading performances at 7:00pm on June 17 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville and at 8:00pm on June 23 at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville (Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios). This reading is the first step towards a fully staged production as part of a future season.

    “The tension between love and violence—between the will of a group and an individual’s choice to defy fate—in a city where any spark can ignite conflict,” said Ford, “these are timeless themes in Romeo and Juliet, and they’re as relevant on the world’s stage today.”

    “The story is very human and very universal,” said Sawaf. “Our job at the first workshop is to dig deep into Shakespeare's words and examine them through the lens of modern Syria. How do two young people fall in love in the divided world of Damascus, and bridge the chasm between their families? In Shakespeare’s world and in ours, the peaceful flag of a love story asks us to pause and reconsider each other.”

    “In a world fraught with divisive problems, the work of creative people can be a powerful conduit to one another, a way to connect and see each other more clearly,” said Zeyba Rahman, senior program officer for the DDFIA Building Bridges Program. “We are proud to support this fresh idea and look forward to watching it unfold.”

    Kholoud Sawaf, director and co-adapter, is emerging artist-in-residence at TheatreSquared. She was born and raised in Damascus, Syria, where she worked with Al Qabbani and Al-Hamra theatres and is a member of the Nihna Cultural Group. She recently assistant directed Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone at Oregon Shakespeare Festival under director May Adrales. She attended the American University in Sharjah and holds an MFA in directing from the University of Arkansas.

    Over the course of the three-year development and production of R&J: Damascus, TheatreSquared will lead public conversations with local partners including Interfaith Arkansas, the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, the Fayetteville Public Library, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and others. These forums will help initiate dialogue inspired by the production among diverse audiences.

    The cast and creative team for the June 2016 workshop of R&J: Damascus also includes playwright and actor Leila Buck, as both a script consultant and cast member, and Victoria Nassif, who will play Juliet. Additional team members will be announced in late May.

    Passes for the 2016 Arkansas New Play Festival are on sale now for an early bird price of $40 and include admission to four staged readings and a workshop production over two weekends in Bentonville and Fayetteville. The full lineup will be announced on May 16 and tickets for individual performances will go on sale soon.

     

    Subscriptions to TheatreSquared’s upcoming 2016/17 season are also on sale. Six-, five-, and four-play packages are available for purchase at (479) 443-5600 or theatre2.org.

    About TheatreSquared

    TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’s professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for 35,000 patrons each year. 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. TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold in the past five years. For further information or press tickets, contact TheatreSquared at (479) 445-6333 or visit theatre2.org.

    About the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

    The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) is an operating foundation funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). The mission of DDFIA is to promote the study, understanding and appreciation of Muslim arts and cultures. Based in New York, the Building Bridges Program is the grant-making program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and supports national efforts to advance relationships, increase understanding, and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org/what-we-fund/building-bridges.

    About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

    The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org

    Monday
    Feb152016

    Public invited to take part in new theatre design

    Public invited to take part in new theatre design

    Charcoalblue & Marvel Architects to lead community workshop

    February 23, 6:30pm, Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — February 15, 2016 — The award-winning designers Charcoalblue and Marvel Architects will lead an open, public design workshop at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville at 6:30pm on February 23.  TheatreSquared’s full design team, including London-based theatre planners Charcoalblue, will be present to lead small-group conversations, and feedback will be incorporated into the architectural vision at this crucial early design stage.  Members of the public are invited to reserve a spot for this free, open forum by emailing rsvp@theatre2.org

    “We're extremely excited to hear from the community in a region that we’ve fallen in love with,” said Jonathan Marvel, founding principal of Marvel Architects. “From the art and architecture of Crystal Bridges, to one-of-a-kind, intimate spaces like the Dickson Street Used Bookstore — surrounded by the beauty of the Ozarks — this is clearly a very special part of the world. Please join us in conversation to help shape a design for this ambitious new cultural project in Northwest Arkansas.”

    City parking lot at the corner of West Ave. and Spring St. in downtown Fayetteville.

    "Having joined the audience for many of TheatreSquared's shows over the past 15 months, and sharing time with the artists that have created the fabulous productions, we're delighted to have this opportunity to now hear what the audience wants from T2's new theatre spaces," said Clemeth Abercrombie, Charcoalblue's Team Leader.

    Schematic designs for a planned 50,000-square-foot theatre building are expected to be unveiled in late spring 2016. This community round-table workshop is an opportunity for local residents to have an impact on these designs as they take form. 

    Plans for a new home for NWA’s regional theatre began to take shape in early 2015, when a community task force was charged with creating a long-term facilities plan for the company. This committee was supported by Charcoalblue, who, in evaluating T2’s current facilities, found infrastructure challenges, operating constraints, and a capacity ceiling that will soon limit the company’s growth. Recognizing these challenges—and with a strong desire to offer artists and local audiences a still-higher standard of excellence—the task force made a recommendation which was then unanimously approved by the T2 Board: to launch an exploratory process toward building a new home.

    In August, TheatreSquared and the City of Fayetteville were awarded a highly competitive Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to explore potential sites and begin dialogue about how a new home for T2 might serve the city’s vision for creative placemaking in its downtown arts district.

    In September, T2 was selected as an inaugural participant in the Walton Family Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, providing financial support for all phases of design work to develop space for public purposes. Charcoalblue were selected to lead the team and run a design team selection process on behalf of the T2 board, reflecting the company's desire to place the theatre design at the heart of the project,. Marvel Architects were then chosen from a pool of 70 internationally accomplished architects through an intensive review, shortlisting, and interview process.

    In October, the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to support TheatreSquared’s top site candidate, the current city parking lot located at the southwest corner of West Ave. and Spring St. in downtown Fayetteville. “We believe the impact of an expanded, unique professional theater in the downtown can be a significant draw for tourism and economic development,” said City of Fayetteville Development Services Director Jeremy Pate at the time. “In combination with the Walton Arts Center expansion and the amenities that downtown Fayetteville has to offer, this facility, if fully realized, will add to the Northwest Arkansas region’s arsenal of cultural amenities, thereby fueling tourism and spending in our economies.”

    “We're delighted to extend our collaboration with Jonathan Marvel and his team; following hot on the trail of our wonderful St Anns Warehouse Theatre in Brooklyn that opened to wide acclaim in 2015,” said Andy Hayles, Managing Partner of Charcoalblue. Andy has over 25 years in theatre production design and has contributed to the designs of over 100 theatres and concert halls around the world.  In 2014 he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts by Sir Paul McCartney for his outstanding contribution to theatre.

    Since its founding in 2004, Charcoalblue has gone on to win over 150 awards for its performing arts projects and has been hailed as one the most innovative players in the international performing arts design field as the theatre consultants and acousticians of choice for many of the world's most renowned theatre, opera and dance companies.  Their UK portfolio includes several venues for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House, the Young Vic, two new venues at London's National Theatre, and the 2014 RIBA Sterling Award-winning Everyman Theatre. Current global highlights include leading the theatre design for the new, multi-million dollar performing arts building at the World Trade Center site in New York, new venues for 2 different Chicago theatre companies and two new spaces for Sydney Theatre Company right under the iconic harbor bridge.The Charcoalblue team for T2 includes their New York Studio Principal John Owens and Team Leader, Clemeth Abercrombie.

     

    Architect Jonathan Marvel began his career under Richard Meier, working on the Getty Museum and the High Museum; today, he leads a team at New York-based Marvel Architects that has won more than 60 national and international design awards. Marvel’s designs include a new Brooklyn Public Library, the national competition-winning entry for the new Constitution Gardens on the National Mall, a master plan for Playwrights Horizons, and, in collaboration with Charcoalblue, the beautiful new home for the storied New York theatre company, St. Ann’s Warehouse. The firm has assembled a team to design TheatreSquared’s new building led by founding principal Jonathan Marvel, founding partner Lissa So, and associate Zachary Griffin. 

    Marvel Architects, Charcoalblue and TheatreSquared will work throughout the design and construction process with Northwest Arkansas-based architect Larry Perkin, senior partner with Hight Jackson Associates, a firm whose projects include the James Turrell Skyspace at Crystal Bridges and the new Fayetteville High School campus. 

     

    TheatreSquared (T2) is Northwest Arkansas's regional professional theatre, staging 220 annual performances for an audience of over 35,000. The company was named one of the nation's ten best emerging theatres by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. T2 is inviting community input at every stage of the design process. For more information, visit theatre2.org

    Monday
    Nov232015

    TheatreSquared selects design team

    TheatreSquared selects design team
    for intimate, permanent home


    Jonathan Marvel of Marvel Architects
    and
    celebrated theatre planners Charcoalblue will collaborate to design
    a world-class theatre for Northwest Arkansas

     

    Jonathan MarvelNORTHWEST ARKANSAS — November 23, 2015 — TheatreSquared Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller announced today the selection of its lead design team members for a future permanent home. London-based theatre planners Charcoalblue — who served as theatre planners for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new Courtyard Theatre, the Young Vic, two new venues at London’s National Theatre, and the 2014 RIBA Sterling Award-winning Everyman Theatre, among many others — will lead the design team. Jonathan Marvel of New York-based firm Marvel Architects will design the 51,000 square foot theatre building. The firm was shortlisted from more than 70 architects who submitted to the Walton Family Foundation's Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, and then selected by TheatreSquared through an RFP and interview process.

    TheatreSquared announced the selection of Marvel and Charcoalblue to a record 400 community members in attendance at the company’s Tenth Anniversary Gala. John Owens, head of the U.S. office for Charcoalblue, spoke to guests. “When we first visited TheatreSquared and watched Bob Ford’s Look Away, we were amazed to find, here in Northwest Arkansas, one of the best performances we’d seen all year,” said Owens. “That work deserves — and, after touring Crystal Bridges, I can tell you this region is ready for — a world-class theatre building.”

    Architect Jonathan Marvel began his career under Richard Meier, working on the Getty Museum and the High Museum; today, he leads a team at New York-based Marvel Architects that has won more than 60 national and international design awards. Marvel’s designs include a new Brooklyn Public Library, the national competition-winning entry for the new Constitution Gardens on the National Mall, a master plan for Playwrights Horizons, and, in collaboration with Charcoalblue, the beautiful new home for the storied New York theatre company, St. Ann’s Warehouse. The firm has assembled a team to design TheatreSquared’s new building led by founding principal Jonathan Marvel, founding partner Lissa So, and associate Zachary Griffin. This team will also be joined by a Northwest Arkansas-based architect, with interviews to fill this role now underway.

    Charcoalblue has been hailed as one the most innovative players in the international performing arts design field. As the theatre consultants and acousticians of choice for many of the world’s most renowned theatre companies, their portfolio ranges from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Donmar Warehouse, and U.S. companies Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The firm is currently leading theatre design for the new, $200 million performing arts building at the World Trade Center site.

    With TheatreSquared’s selection as an inaugural participant in the Walton Family Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, concept design will begin immediately. The program provides financial support to develop space for public purposes, with funds earmarked for all phases of design work. More information on the program can be found at waltonfamilyfoundation.org/design.

    Plans for a new home began to take form in early 2015, when the TheatreSquared Board charged a special community task force to recommend a long-term facilities plan for the company. This task force was supported by the Charcoalblue team, who traveled to Fayetteville to study T2’s current venue. Charcoalblue’s in-depth study, conducted over a period of several months, found significant infrastructure challenges, systemic operating constraints, and an immediate capacity ceiling that will soon limit the company’s growth. Recognizing these challenges—and with a strong desire to offer artists and local audiences a still-higher standard of excellence—the task force made a strong recommendation, which was then unanimously approved by the T2 Board: to launch an exploratory process toward building a new home.

    In August, TheatreSquared and the City of Fayetteville were awarded a competitive Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to explore potential sites and begin dialogue about creative placemaking. The Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously in early October to support TheatreSquared’s top site candidate, the 0.8 acre city parking lot located at the corner of West Ave. and Spring St. in downtown Fayetteville.

    TheatreSquared is inviting community input at every stage of the design process. For more information, visit theatre2.org.


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