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    Thursday
    Oct082009

    TheatreSquared to Present The Crossing and Dream Act

    Staged Readings Part of “One Book One Community”
    October 18, 2009, 2:00pm at Fayetteville Public Library

    Fayetteville, AR—October 8, 2009—TheatreSquared announced today a special evening of free staged reading performances, featuring The Crossing and Dream Act by award-winning playwright James E. Garcia. The readings, presented in collaboration with the Fayetteville Public Library and the University of Arkansas’s One Book One Community Project, will take place on Sunday, October 18 at 2:00pm in the Fayetteville Public Library’s Walker Community Room. Admission is free and open to the public.

    The Crossing is a riveting 10-minute drama depicting what ensues between a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the young immigrant from Mexico he finds wandering in the Arizona desert. Dream Act, a longer accompanying work, tells the dramatic story of a pre-med student at the University of Arizona who must hide her status as an illegal immigrant in order to pursue her dream. The staged readings will feature a mix of student and community actors.    

    "The Crossing and Dream Act are intensely entertaining and refreshingly relevant," said TheatreSquared Artistic Director Robert Ford. "And we’re excited to bridge, in our cast and in the audience, several key communities here in Northwest Arkansas—the University, the Latino cultural community, local artists and regional arts audiences."

    Phoenix-based playwright and journalist James E. Garcia earned a Kennedy Center Award at the 2003 American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. for The Crossing.
     
    The subject matter of The Crossing parallels that of The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea, the non-fiction work chosen to kick off the One Book One Community Project, in which individuals and community groups across Northwest Arkansas are encouraged to read and discuss the same book. The project features dozens of events, including a visit by the author. See www.uark.edu/~univinfo/One_Book/events.html for complete information.

    TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’s regional 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.


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    Sunday
    Aug302009

    A Comedy of Shakespearean Proportions

    THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
    Kicks Off 2009/10 TheatreSquared Season
    September 4-20, 2009

    FAYETTEVILLE, AR—August 26, 2009—TheatreSquared (T2) kicks off its 2009/10 Season with the critically acclaimed comedy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) directed by Morgan Hicks. Created by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, The Complete Works reveals the hilarious insanity that ensues when three young wise guys attempt to perform all 37 of the Bard's timeless classics—in just 90 minutes. Performances are scheduled Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 20, 2009 in the Studio Theater at Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St, Fayetteville). Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by calling the TheatreSquared Box Office at 479.521.2728 or by visiting the Theatre's website at theatresquared.org.

    Following its smash hit premiere and multiple revivals at theatres around the world, The Complete Works at long last makes its professional debut in Northwest Arkansas. The 90-minute romp through Shakespeare's canon has been widely hailed by critics, called "irresistible" by the New York Times, "stupendous, anchorless joy" by The London Times and "the funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime" by the Montreal Gazette.

    TheatreSquared's new production of The Complete Works is staged by Morgan Hicks, T2 Director of Education and Program Development, who recently directed the Walton Arts Center and TheatreSquared co-production of Fully Committed (2009). The production features three local actors: Jim Goza, who returns to the stage in Fayetteville having most recently performed a leading role in T2 Associate Artistic Director Amy Herzberg's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (University Theater); Jordan Haynes, who has performed with Not-A-Penny Productions and studied at The Second City's school for improvisation in Chicago; and Liam Selvey, a professional juggler as well as actor, who recently appeared in the Boars Head Players production of Bleacher Bums.

    The production team includes production supervisor David Pickens, a founding T2 company member; scenic designer Shawn Irish (multiple T2 productions including The Drawer Boy and My Father's War); lighting designer and technical director Steve Wilhelm (multiple T2 productions); and Ashley D. Cohea, beginning her third season as T2's resident stage manager.

    During its three-week run from September 4-20, 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 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) are $22 and can be purchased by calling the TheatreSquared Box Office at 479.521.2728 or by visiting the Theatre's website at theatresquared.org. Discounts available for groups and patrons under 30. Single ticket purchases for The Complete Works can be applied towards a full season subscription, which start at just $60, upon request.

    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.
    Monday
    Jul132009

    T2 Welcomes New Managing Director

    Chicago-area Producer, a Fayetteville Native,
    Joins Leadership Team

    FAYETTEVILLE, AR—July 13, 2009—TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and the T2 Board of Directors announced today the hiring of a new managing director, Martin Miller, to co-lead the professional theatre company. A Fayetteville native, Mr. Miller has most recently served as Associate Producer for the 2008 Regional Tony Award winner Chicago Shakespeare Theater. After six years away, Mr. Miller is returning to Northwest Arkansas and will begin work immediately.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Martin to TheatreSquared,” said Alicia Ledlie, President of the Board of Directors and a senior director at Wal-Mart Stores. “His background and wide range of skills make him the perfect fit to help us build the area’s audience and its reputation for quality, professional theater.”

    While at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Mr. Miller led producing efforts including a bilingual Romeo and Juliet, The Second City’s Rod Blagojevich Superstar, and a hip-hop version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (Best Musical, 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival). As lead coordinator of the Theater’s annual Gala, he broke fundraising records twice in partnership with the city’s corporate leaders, raising over $1.5 million for the theatre’s arts-in-education programming. His concept for a new citywide holiday, “Talk Like Shakespeare Day,” was championed by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and profiled on news outlets from CNN, NBC and NPR to The Huffington Post and London’s Guardian. A graduate of Fayetteville High School and Carleton College, Mr. Miller holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from DePaul University.

    “Wherever I’ve gone, Northwest Arkansas has always been home,” said Mr. Miller. “It also holds great promise to be a home for the arts. The work that TheatreSquared creates is involving and profoundly imaginative – I’m excited to take part in the next chapter of their story.”

    Capping three years of growth in the burgeoning Northwest Arkansas cultural community, the hiring of a full-time managing director will also allow TheatreSquared to expand its arts-in-education outreach programming. T2 company member Morgan Hicks, who has served as part-time managing director since 2005, will lead the Theatre’s outreach as Director of Education and Program Development. “By expanding the leadership team, we have a wonderful opportunity to pursue innovative projects that we've been brainstorming for years. T2 produces the highest quality productions for our audiences, but also works to engage and enrich the lives of all members of our community. It’s an exciting time for our company.”

    Ms. Hicks will also direct the 2009/10 Season’s inaugural production, the two-hour Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. The virtuosic, modern take on the Bard opens September 4. Following The Complete Works, the season continues with the World Premiere of Artistic Director Robert Ford’s new play, ‘Twas the Night. In this holiday family production, an unlikely love story unfolds during a close-knit performing company's final yuletide radio show, featuring fresh takes on favorite stories and songs. After the New Year, T2 presents Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel, the hilarious and moving story of one man’s search for answers when an overdue library book is returned – 113 years late. In the spring, Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius— a sharp and suspenseful comedic drama that illuminates the darker side of stamp collecting—takes the stage, fresh from its Broadway debut. Finally, the Arkansas New Play Festival in late spring brings together some of the brightest lights shining in playwriting today to create and present new works.

    TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’s professional theatre company, creating original productions for area audiences in downtown Fayetteville. The company creates work in the belief that theatre, done well and with passion, can transform lives and communities. Subscriptions for TheatreSquared’s 2009/10 Season start at $60 and are on sale now at theatresquared.org. Single tickets to all productions will be available for purchase beginning in August. For further information, contact TheatreSquared at 479.445.6333.

    Tuesday
    Jul072009

    T2 Makes European Debut

    My Father's War to be Performed in Italy and Germany

    FAYETTEVILLE, AR—July 7, 2009—TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford announced today that his play, My Father’s War, which had its World Premiere in Fayetteville last year, will be performed in Italy and Germany this summer. The play will be presented in a staged reading in its original English in Berlin July 11-12, where a German cast will be joined by Associate Artistic Director Amy Herzberg reprising her lead role. In Italy, Compagnia Dei Demoni will present a full-scale production, translated to Italian, July 25 in Genoa at the Valle Christi Festival Internazionale before touring the play throughout Italy.

    My Father’s War is Robert Ford’s dramatization of the astonishing, true saga of Pfc Arthur Herzberg, whose adventures took him from the D-Day invasion of Normandy through to the Battle of the Bulge and left him the last man standing from his original platoon.Mr. Herzberg is the father of Amy Herzberg, who played both herself and her 19 year-old father in the May 2008 TheatreSquared World Premiere. The original production was made possible by a joint matching gift challenge from Hershey and Denise Garner and Jim and Nancy Blair.

    In Germany, the production will be read at Schloss Wartin outside of Berlin on July 11 and at the English Theatre Berlin on July 12. Amy Herzberg will join a cast of actors from throughout Germany to reprise her lead role. The reading is produced by Karen Cifarelli and will be read in its original English.

    In Italy, Compagnia Dei Demoni will mount a full-scale production of My Father’s War, presented as La Guerra di Mio Padre, premiering on July 25 at the Valle Christi Festival Internazionale in Genoa in preparation for a tour throughout the country. The script is translated by Kiara Pipino, directed by Mauro Parrinelli and will be performed by a company of actors from throughout Italy. The production is supported in part by the U.S. Consulate in Genoa. Travel for Mr. Ford and Ms. Herzberg is supported in part by the Fulbright College at the University of Arkansas.

    For tickets to either European production, contact TheatreSquared staff at 479.445.6333.

    TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’s professional theatre company, dedicated to creating exceptional theatre and innovative educational programs. Subscriptions for TheatreSquared’s 2009/10 Season start at $60 and are on sale now at theatresquared.org. Single tickets to all productions will be available for purchase beginning in August. For further information, contact TheatreSquared at 479.445.6333.

    Tuesday
    Jul072009

    T2 Announces 09/10 Season

    With The Compleat Works of Wllm Shakespeare (abridged), T2 kicks off the season with a fast-paced comedy that’s been called both “hilarious” and “side-splitting.” Shakespeare penned 37 plays in his lifetime. In a daring fit of insanity, T2 will perform all of them – in 90 minutes. This record-breaking marathon of Elizabethan virtuosity features three actors playing 63 roles in “the funniest, fastest ride ever through the Bard's bookshelf,” covering the comedies, the histories, the tragedies and some of the sonnets for good measure. T2 calls it “an an irreverent joy ride, perfect for Shakespeare fans and foes alike.”


    Just in time for the holidays, T2 brings a world premiere by award-winning playwright, and T2 Artistic Director, Robert Ford. Twas the Night explores the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious Chicago radio station. It’s Christmas Eve, 1954, the last night of a popular serial radio drama that’s on its way to television...but which performers will go, and which will be left behind?  T2 says, “This enchanting blend of nostalgic music, gorgeous storytelling and timeless charm is sure to become a holiday favorite.”


    T2’s third show, Underneath the Lintel, follows a small-town librarian from Holland, whose sheltered life is changed forever when the library receives a returned book, 113 years overdue. A note scribbled in the margin and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket spur him to break his daily routine to solve a mystery that spans continents and centuries. Underneath the Lintel, which ran Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse in 2001-02, is the funny and poignant story of one man’s stubborn search for an answer, and what happens when the answers turn into questions. 


    Mauritius, T2’s fourth offering, turns a darkly comic eye on greed, money, and...stamp collecting. In this 2007 Broadway thriller, the stakes are high when estranged half-sisters inherit a book of rare stamps that may include the "crown jewel" of the stamp-collecting world. Their battle for possession takes a dangerous turn when three rival collectors enter the sisters' world, willing to go to any lengths to stake their claim on the find. Mauritius is a gripping blend of sharp comedy and heart-pounding drama that combines the best of Hitchcock, Chandler and Mamet.


    T2 will complete its season with the second annual Arkansas New Play Festival, continuing its mission to develop new plays for the American stage. This year’s festival will feature staged readings of three new plays by professional playwrights and three by high school students throughout Arkansas.   

     

     

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