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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
    May262014

    2014 Arkansas New Play Festival

    TheatreSquared announces
    2014 ARKANSAS
    NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

    in Fayetteville and Little Rock

    June 7-15, 2014

    Major expansion for sixth annual festival adds fully staged workshop production

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — April 30, 2014 — TheatreSquared Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller announced today the lineup of new plays for TheatreSquared's sixth annual Arkansas New Play Festival. For the first time, the festival will include a fully staged workshop production — B Side: Myself, a new play with rock music by Arkansas playwright Jamey McGaugh. Staged reading performances will include Just Like Us by Karen Zacarías, What God Had Wrought by John Walch, and Disfarmer by Werner Trieschmann. Performances will be held in Little Rock in partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre on June 7-8, 2014, and in Fayetteville at TheatreSquared (505 W. Spring St.) June 12-15, 2014. New Play Passes granting access to all Northwest Arkansas performances are on sale now for $35 at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, and may be reserved by calling (479) 443-5600 or visiting theatre2.org. A PDF of the Festival schedule is available for download here.

    "New plays are the lifeblood of the American theatre," said Ford. "For three weeks in June, we give playwrights the unparalleled opportunity to develop new scripts in close collaboration with professional actors, dramaturgs and directors. At the end of this intensive creative process, audiences in Fayetteville and Little Rock will be given unusual access to these bold new plays before they take the national stage — and directly impact how they are shaped."

    "As Arkansas's only professional outlet for playwrights to develop new work, this festival is incredibly important to us and to our audiences," said Miller. "We are thrilled to have new support to the festival to include a fully staged production for the first time this year," said Miller. The 2014 Arkansas New Play Festival is supported by a $15,000 ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by a major gift from TheatreSquared patron Barbara Bennett Shadden, in memory of Harry S. Shadden. 

    B Side: Myself by Jamey McGaugh will feature original music performed by a live rock band and will be fully staged. It’s the musician’s nightmare: the audition of a lifetime with a deep-pocketed record producer and an international rock star, but the rest of the band is nowhere to be found. This fully staged workshop production will be directed by Sean Patrick Reilly and feature cast members Jim Goza, Kieran Cronyn, Bob Hart, Maggie Ferran, and Coleman Clark as well as musicians Kate Knox, Dan Robinson, Brian McCue, and Bryan Tamara. Thursday 6/12, 7pm; Saturday 6/14, 8pm; Sunday 6/15, 6pm.

    Three new works will receive rehearsed staged readings at the 2014 Arkansas New Play Festival. Just Like Us by Karen Zacarías, who is playwright-in-residence at Arena Stage, was originally premiered in Denver and is being substantially reimagined for the festival. Based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book, this new play follows four Latina girls whose immigration status begins to erode their opportunities — and their friendships. Directed by Tlaloc Rivas. Friday 6/13, 6pm.

    Zacarías will also be the featured guest for the Fayetteville Public Library's Author Series in June, and will lead a free playwriting workshop at the library (6/12, 12pm) as well as a public discussion forum hosted by Ozarks at Large host Kyle Kellams (6/11, 6pm). More information is available on the library's website.

    Disfarmer, by Werner Trieschmann, returns for its third year of development at the Arkansas New Play Festival (2009, 2011) in newly expanded form. Based on a true story, this comedic portrait tells the tale of an eccentric photographer from Heber Springs, Arkansas, who in the early forties charged townsfolk and visitors to have their pictures taken—and decades later caused a minor speculative mania when New York gallery owners “discovered” his work and descended on the small Arkansas town. Directed by Keira Fromm. Friday 6/13, 8pm.

    What God Hath Wrought, by John Walch, is a "transatlantic farce" with original music. Customer Service Superagent Meg Chambers can handle any request — she’s the last stop on the Habañero’s service line, dealing with escalated complaints about everything from exploding burritos to too-weak salsa. But when a mysterious Morse code message comes in from, apparently, 1857, she may finally have met her match.  New York-based playwright John Walch is the winner of the American Theatre Critics Association’s Osborn Award. Directed by Shana Gold. Saturday 6/14, 4pm.

    Special performances at the 2014 festival will include the Arkansas Young Playwrights Showcase, featuring six ten-minute plays by Arkansas high school students (Saturday, 6/14,  2pm); and the eigth annual 24 Hour Play-Off, pitting teams of artists against each other to come up with the best original ten-minute play with just 24 hours to write and rehearse (Sunday, 6/15, 6pm).

    The performance schedule for June 7-8 in Little Rock will be announced in early May, with tickets on sale at that time via the Arkansas Repertory Theatre at (501) 378-0405 or therep.org.

    New Play Passes for TheatreSquared's 2014 Arkansas New Play Festival performances in Fayetteville are on sale now for $35 through the Walton Arts Center Box Office. Passes grant access to all performances, including special events and an opening reception catered by Table Mesa Bistro. To reserve passes, patrons should call (479) 443-5600 or visit theatre2.org. A limited number of "30 under 30" passes for patrons under the age of 30 are available as well ($15). Single tickets for individual performances will go on sale in mid-May.

    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.

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    The 2014 Arkansas New Play Festival is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and by Barbara Bennett Shadden, in memory of Harry S. Shadden.

    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.

    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.

    Monday
    May262014

    Announcing Season 9

    Announcing SEASON 9

    TheatreSquared unveils
    2014/15 lineup of professional
    theatre in Northwest Arkansas


    "Blockbuster" five-play season launches in
    August, includes world premiere

    Subscription packages on sale now

    Download season brochure >

    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+), the  Preview 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.

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    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.

    Friday
    Apr042014

    TheatreSquared presents "Hamlet"

    TheatreSquared presents
    HAMLET
    by William Shakespeare

    Directed by Royal Shakespeare Company alum Sean Patrick Reilly
    Starring veteran Shakespeare performer Grant Goodman

    On stage April 10 – May 4, 2014

    Grant Goodman as Hamlet

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — March 23, 2014 — On April 10, TheatreSquared will launch its first mainstage Shakespeare production with the playwright's signature drama, Hamlet, starring Grant Goodman. The production is helmed by director Sean Patrick Reilly and features a professional cast including T2 associate artistic director Amy Herzberg. As Hamlet begins, the king has been poisoned by his own brother, who now claims the throne and queen. Visited by his father's ghost, Prince Hamlet learns of his uncle's treachery — and vows revenge. TheatreSquared's original production is on stage from April 10 through May 4, 2014, at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville (505 W. Spring Street). Tickets range from $15-36 ($10/under 30) and are on sale now via the Walton Arts Center Box Office by calling (479.443.5600) or visiting theatre2.org.

    "Maybe you've heard of this one," said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. "At TheatreSquared, we love great plays — and every one of them is measured against Hamlet. Shakespeare's powerful drama mixes murder, gallows humor, intrigue, romance and revenge with the most extraordinary language ever written. In the 175-seat Studio Theatre, we're bringing Northwest Arkansas this epic story at its most intimate."

    The title role of Prince Hamlet is played by Grant Goodman, whose more than 50 Shakespeare appearances nationally include roles at Lincoln Center, The Old Globe, The Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Chicago Shakespeare Theater,  Theatre for a New Audience, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and many others. Goodman is joined by T2 Associate Artistic Director Amy Herzberg, Bryce Kemph, Kathy Logelin, James Odom, Courtneay Sanders, Jason Shipman, John T. Smith and Troy Schremmer.

    TheatreSquared's production of Hamlet is directed by Broadway veteran Sean Patrick Reilly, who previously directed Period of Adjustment and appeared in The Spiritualist and Good People for T2, and whose many professional credits include fourteen productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The creative team includes scenic designer Michael J. Riha, director of the design program at the University of Arkansas; lighting designer Shawn D. Irish, head of lighting design at UA; T2 resident costume designer Ruby Kemph; T2 resident sound designer Will Eubanks; properties designer Ashleigh Burns; stage manager Joseph Fletcher; technical director Josh Tillotson; assistant stage manager Emily Bohannan; and master electrician Sandra Bunch.

    Tickets are on sale now at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, and can be reserved by calling (479) 443-5600 or by visiting theatre2.org. Performances are scheduled Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets range from $15 to $36. A limited number of $10 tickets are also available for patrons under the age of 30 through the theatre’s “30 Under 30” program. The performance will run two hours and twenty minutes with one intermission and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

    TheatreSquared’s locally produced and nationally acclaimed productions reach 24,000 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.

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    TheatreSquared's production of Hamlet is sponsored in part by Malcolm and Ellen Hayward and by Susan and Orville Hall, in memory of Leo Van Scyoc.

    Monday
    Nov042013

    "A Christmas Carol" Begins December 5

    "Marley was dead: to begin with..."

    "A Christmas Carol" BEGINS December 5
    TheatreSquared premieres new live stage adaptation

    On stage December 5-29, 2013 in Northwest Arkansas

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — November 5, 2013 — TheatreSquared Artistic Director Robert Ford and Managing Director Martin Miller announced today the cast and creative team for the theatre's original adaptation of Charles Dickens's holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Directed by Morgan Hicks (Noises Off, Boeing-Boeing), this world premiere stage adaptation will feature eight professional actors performing more than 40 roles.  Performances are scheduled for December 5-29, 2013, in the 175-seat Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville. Tickets range from $22-36 ($10/under 30) and may be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at (479) 443-5600 or visiting theatre2.org.

    "Charles Dickens himself performed A Christmas Carol hundreds of times, playing every role from Scrooge to Fezziwig," said Robert Ford.  "He started a grand tradition.  His story — of four ghosts rudely waking a miser and taking him, literally, on the ride of his life — has justly become one of the world's best-known holiday tales. We're delighted to bring Northwest Arkansas its first original, professional stage production of this enduring classic."

    In A Christmas Carol, heartless and shrewd Ebeneezer Scrooge spends his days amassing a fortune and scorning the company of others in grimy Victorian London. On Christmas Eve, he is deeply unsettled by the appearance of four ghosts at his bedside who warn him that a dire fate is in store unless his life changes course — and soon. Charles Dickens’s classic tale of redemption, rediscovered each year by generations of families, is newly reimagined for the stage by TheatreSquared in a holiday gift for Arkansas audiences of every age and walk of life.

    The professional cast for A Christmas Carol includes Jeffrey Baumgartner, Noah Chacon, Jenny Guy, Bryce Kemph, Kathy Logelin, Justin Scheuer, John T. Smith, and Nate Stahlke. The creative team includes Morgan Hicks (director), Megan Truscott (scenic designer), David Stoughton (lighting designer), Holly Payne (costume designer), Will Eubanks (sound designer), Ginny Headrick (properties designer), Joseph Fletcher (stage manager), Emily Bohannan (assistant stage manager), and Josh Tillotson (technical director).

    Tickets are on sale now at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, and can be reserved by calling (479) 445-6333 or by visiting theatre2.org. Performances are scheduled Thursdays at 7:30, Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30, and Sundays at 2:00 and 7:30.  Tickets range from $22 to $36. A limited number of $10 tickets are also available for patrons under the age of 30 through the theatre’s “30 Under 30” program.  The performance will run 90 minutes with no intermission and is suitable for all ages.

    TheatreSquared’s locally produced and nationally acclaimed productions reach 22,000 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.

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    Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 8 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; by The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation; by Joel and Lynn Carver; by 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 8 is provided by the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission. Media sponsors include NWA Media, CitiScapes, KUAF, Mailco USA and The Fayetteville Flyer.

    Friday
    Oct182013

    TheatreSquared 2013 Gala for Education

    THEATRESQUARED ANNOUNCES
    2013 GALA FOR EDUCATION
    November 21, 2013, 6:30pm, Fayetteville Town Center

    Judy and Bill Schwab to Receive 2013 Arts Advocate Award

    Broadway Veterans Rob Sutton and Rita Harvey to Perform
    FOR
    IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    For Further Information, Contact Martin Miller, Managing Director
    479.445.6333
    martin@theatre2.org
     
    Gala Release PDF
    and Press Photos >

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—October 8, 2013—TheatreSquared announced today its 2013 Gala for Education, the theatre’s signature annual celebration supporting arts-in-education outreach to 14,000 students throughout Arkansas. The 2013 event will be held on November 21, 2013, at 6:30pm at the Fayetteville Town Center and will feature a 30-minute command cabaret performance by Broadway veterans Rob Sutton and Rita Harvey and a three-course dinner catered by Bordinos Restaurant. Judy and Bill Schwab will receive the 2013 Arts Advocate Award, recognizing their longstanding dedication to arts and education in Northwest Arkansas. Individual tickets to the evening’s event are $125; individual sponsor tickets are $250. Tables for up to ten guests range from $1,000 to $5,000. Guests are invited to RSVP to (479) 445-6333 or online at theatre2.org/gala.

    2013 Honorary Gala Co-Chairs include: Terrye and Patric Brosh, Lynn and Joel Carver, Carolyn and Nick Cole, Catherine and Bill Corley, Rosemary and George Faucette, Denise and Hershey Garner, Tracey and Jason Hendren, Ann and Morriss Henry, Susan and Anthony Hui, Joan and Bruce Johnson, Linda and Steve Nelson, Billie Jo Starr, Pattie and David Williams, and Rolf and Ceri Wilkin.

    Judy and Bill SchwabAt the event, the 2013 Arts Advocate Award will be presented to Judy and Bill Schwab. Before serving as associate vice chancellor for administration at the University of Arkansas — and helping manage the $1 billion Campaign for the Twenty-First Century — Judy Schwab taught English at Fayetteville High School, where she launched the Advanced Placement Language and Composition program and the literary magazine Connotations. Among other recognitions, she and was honored as Fayetteville Public Schools Teacher of the Year. A past president of the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, she currently serves as vice chair of the Walton Arts Center Board of Directors. As a scholar, Bill Schwab is the author of four books and numerous articles, focusing most recently on the Arkansas Hispanic community and on undocumented children and youth. As dean of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, he advocated for a renewed emphasis on the arts, supporting efforts to transform the campus into an “All Steinway Campus” and to establish sUgAR, a student art gallery in Bentonville. Since 2010, he has served as the university’s liaison with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bill and Judy have been married for 27 years and are passionate about the arts and education — as well as good books, exceptional food, wonderful friends, and travel. The 2013 Arts Advocate Award recognizes their indelible contributions to the arts and to the greater Northwest Arkansas community through leadership, inspiration, and hard work.

    Rita Harvey and Rob SuttonFeatured performer Rita Harvey recently starred in TheatreSquared’s production of Next to Normal. On Broadway, she appeared as Hodel in the Broadway revival Fiddler on the Roof and made her debut performing the lead role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, after two years performing the role with the second national tour. She has also starred off-Broadway, in major regional theatres and in concerts around the world. Ms. Harvey will be joined by Mountain View native Rob Sutton, who co-starred in TheatreSquared’s Next to Normal. On Broadway, he understudied and performed the roles of Beast and Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast and starred as Sam Carmichael in the Las Vegas company of Mamma Mia!

    Tickets and tables for the 2013 Gala for Education can be reserved by calling (479) 445-6333 or visiting theatre2.org/gala. Individual tickets are $125, sponsor tickets are $250, and table sponsor levels range from $1,000 to $5,000. Guests may also take part in the 2013 Sparkling Wine Raffle, awarding one lucky winner a $1,500 gift certificate to Romance Diamond Co. and a collection of exceptional wines selected by Bordinos Restaurant and The Wine Cellar. Dress is cocktail attire.

    TheatreSquared’s education programs will reach 14,000 students and teachers this year. Initiatives include: the Arkansas Schools Tour, bringing live educational performances to high schools throughout the state; the T2 Professional Development Institute for Arkansas educators; the Word/Play literacy intervention program, engaging at-risk students in NWA and the Arkansas Delta through in-school residencies and curriculum integration; and deeply discounted performances year-round at the theatre.

    TheatreSquared's locally produced and nationally acclaimed productions reach 24,000 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.

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    Major funding for TheatreSquared Season 8 is provided by the Walton Family Foundation and by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Support for TheatreSquared's educational outreach programs is provided by the Arkansas Arts Council, the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the Nadine L. Baum Charitable Foundation, Harps Food Stores, Target, and Walmart Stores, Inc. Media partners for the 2013 Gala for Education include NWA Media, CitiScapes, KUAF, and MailCo USA.

    In-kind partners for the 2013 Gala for Education include ARCare, Bordinos Restaurant, Flora, Jammin' Java, McBride Distributing, New Belgium Brewing, Romance Diamond Co., and The Wine Cellar.
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