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    Wednesday
    Sep252013

    T2 Presents 4,000 Miles

    THEATRESQUARED STAGES PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST
    4,000 MILES
    New comic drama by Amy Herzog takes the stage
    September 26 – October 13 in Northwest Arkansas

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    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS— August 16, 2013—TheatreSquared will stage the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist, 4,000 Miles September 26 through October 13, 2013 in downtown Fayetteville. This new script from New York-based playwright Amy Herzog will be directed at TheatreSquared by Shana Gold, who most recently directed the world premiere of Food and Fadwa at New York Theatre Workshop. 4,000 Miles, the Obie Award winner for Best New American Play in 2012, finds humor and warmth in the story of college dropout Leo, who has bicycled from California to New York and landed on the doorstop of his 91-year-old grandmother, Vera. Tickets range from $22-$36 and are on sale now at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by phone at (479) 443-5600 or online at theatre2.org.

    "4,000 Miles was justly one of the most critically acclaimed productions of the past New York season, winning accolades and awards across the board," said TheatreSquared Artistic Director Robert Ford. "In the vein of past audience favorites like Stephen Karam's Sons of the Prophet, 4,000 Miles is at once humorous and touching, intimate and expansive. We're thrilled to bring this remarkable new comic drama to the stage at Northwest Arkansas's own professional theatre."

    In 4,000 Miles, after a disastrous coast-to-coast bike ride, Leo arrives unannounced at his grandmother Vera's
    Greenwich Village apartment. Over a month’s time, these unlikely roommates find each other at turns infuriating and bewildering, but ultimately discover unexpected kinship in this humorous and critically acclaimed portrayal of two outsiders finding their way in today’s world.

    The cast for 4,000 Miles includes Susan Greenhill as Vera, Michael Holding as Leo, Shannon Leigh Webber as Bec, and Missy Maramara as Amanda.  The production team includes director Shana Gold, stage manager Joseph Fletcher, Scenic Designer Shawn Irish, lighting designer Michael J. Riha, costume designer Ruby Kemph, properties designer Genevieve Headrick, assistant stage manager Emily Bohannan, and technical director Josh Tillotson.

    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 7:30, Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 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.

    TheatreSquared four-play subscriptions for the remainder of the 2013/14 Season are still available. Subscriptions begin at $84 for a four-play package, and may be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at (479) 571-2785 or visiting theatre2.org. Complementary benefits for all T2 subscribers include savings of up to 15% on each ticket, prime reserved seating, free unlimited exchanges, and same-day dining discounts at T2 hotel and restaurant partners.

    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) 445-6333 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 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.

    Wednesday
    Sep042013

    Research Partnership Brings Students to Theatre

    RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP BRINGS 1,400 STUDENTS TO THEATRE

    UA Professor will study effects of TheatreSquared field trips as culturally enriching experiences


    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS— September 4, 2013—More than 1,400 students in Northwest Arkansas schools will get the chance to attend a free TheatreSquared production as part of a research project at the University of Arkansas.

    Jay Greene, a professor of education reform, is paying for the tickets with funds from the endowed chair he holds in the College of Education and Health Professions. He is designing a study to compare what students learn from the experience of attending a live performance to what students learn who don’t see the play.

    The students in grades 7-12 will see either A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in December or Hamlet by William Shakespeare in April.

    An application for school groups to obtain the free theater tickets is available on the TheatreSquared website (http://theatre2.org/school-performance-app). There is an Oct. 1 deadline to apply.

    “We will look specifically at their understanding of the material itself,” Greene said. “Some students will only read Shakespeare and Dickens, and some will both read the plays and see performances. We can learn about how seeing live theater may add to what students learn from reading great dramatic literature.”
    Greene also plans to study how student interest in the arts, critical thinking skills, and values are affected by a culturally enriching school trip to the theater.  Greene and his students have been conducting similar research on school field trips to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Walton Arts Center. 

    “The addition of the TheatreSquared project,” Greene said, “is building a robust research program about the role of culturally enriching experiences in education.”

    Greene expects the number of applications to exceed the number of seats available, so that researchers will use a lottery to determine which school groups get the tickets. This allows the rigorous comparison of outcomes for students randomly assigned to the treatment group – those who get the tickets – to the “control group” students who do not get to see the performances by lottery. 

    According to Greene, “People in the arts and education have long believed that culturally enriching field trips have important educational benefits, but without rigorous random-assignment studies it has been hard to prove the causal connection between arts experiences and positive student outcomes. With this research, we can know with confidence that any differences observed between treatment and control group students are caused by seeing a live theater performance, which could be important in informing educational leaders, policymakers and philanthropists about how to allocate resources to culturally enriching activities.”

    All students who apply for the tickets will get a free ticket to attend another performance next year, so that even those not chosen for the treatment group in the study will be rewarded for completing a survey used in the research.

    TheatreSquared, now in its eighth season, offers 130 annual performances at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. The company is Northwest Arkansas’s only year-round, professional theatre company, and was honored in 2011 by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s ten most promising emerging theatres. 

    “It seems very clear, at least anecdotally, that people who value the arts in adulthood and see live theatre as something for them rather than for someone else are those who have watched, or even been involved in, performances at a young age,” said Martin Miller, managing director of TheatreSquared. “I hope this project will support that observation. And — perhaps equally important as any conclusion we reach — we’re excited to partner with Dr. Greene just to bring more young Arkansans to the theatre.”
    Culturally enriching field trips are in decline in the United States, Greene said. A survey by the American Association of School Administrators found that more than half of schools eliminated planned field trips in 2010-11.

    Reasons include financial pressures and the perception that field trips are an unnecessary frill along with a greater focus on raising student performance on math and reading standardized tests, Greene said. There has also been a shift from culturally enriching field trips to “reward” trips as school groups choose to visit amusement parks, sporting events and movie theaters instead of museums, historic sites and performing arts theaters.

    “We found in a survey of nearly 500 teachers last year that teachers with fewer years of experience were more likely to view the primary purpose of field trips as enjoyment while those with more than 15 years of experience were more likely to see field trips as providing a learning opportunity,” he said. “We wanted to see what is being lost as a result of this shift away from enriching field trips.”

    The Crystal Bridges field trip research was the first large-scale, randomized-control trial designed to measure what students learn from school tours of an art museum, Greene said.

    He worked with Brian Kisida, a senior research associate in the department of education reform, and Dan Bowen, a doctoral student in education policy, on the museum research. They surveyed nearly 11,000 students who were divided into two groups, one that went on the field trip and one that didn’t. They were surveyed on average three weeks after the treatment group went on the field trip. The survey assessed their knowledge about art and measures of critical thinking, historical empathy, tolerance and sustained interest in visiting art museums. Results will be announced at a news conference Sept. 16 at Crystal Bridges.

    To learn more about TheatreSquared's educational offerings, visit theatre2.org/learning.  To learn more about Dr. Greene's research at the College of Education and Health Professions, visit www.uaedreform.org.


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    Funding support for TheatreSquared's educational outreach programs is provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, and Harps Food Stores.

    Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 8 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; 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.

    Wednesday
    Sep042013

    TheatreSquared Presents The Spiritualist

    THEATRESQUARED STAGES WORLD PREMIERE OF
    THE SPIRITUALIST
    New Play by Robert Ford Begins Performances 8-29
    Comedic Drama About English Widow Who Channels Dead Composers is Inspired by Unlikely True Story


    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS— April 30, 2013—TheatreSquared (T2) will begin its eighth season of professional theatre with the world premiere of The Spiritualist, by Robert Ford, a comedic drama based on the strange-but-true story of an English widow who claimed to channel the spirits of dead composers. Inspired by news accounts of a 1970s-era psychic who found fame channeling the unfinished symphonies of Beethoven, Liszt and others, the production features Amy Herzberg as self-proclaimed spiritualist Rosemary Dunn and is directed by Chicago-area director Kevin Christopher Fox (Sundown Town, The Fall of the House). Performances will be held in the intimate Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, where new audience seats have just been installed, at 505 W. Spring Street in Fayetteville. Tickets range from $22-$36 and are on sale now at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by phone at (479) 443-5600 or online at theatre2.org.

    “It’s such a privilege to bring this brand new work to the stage here in Northwest Arkansas,” said playwright and T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “We’ve gotten a great response to this unusual story in readings here in Fayetteville, in Little Rock, in Los Angeles, and at the New Harmony Project in Indiana. The final product is packed with music, intrigue, comedy and theatricality — and it’s driven by an enigmatic character who insists that she’s an ordinary woman who just happens to see things we don’t. I’m proud to see its world premiere right here at TheatreSquared.”

    Based on the true story of a woman in 1970s-era London who found remarkable fame and success through her otherworldly communications, The Spiritualist stars Rosemary Dunn, an English widow who cooks for the school lunch service and communes with the spirits of dead composers. When a crusading American newspaperman tries to unmask her as a fraud, he finds more to the so-called psychic than meets the eye. The Spiritualist reveals an unlikely intersection between art and commerce, sanity and the hope for transcendence. The Spiritualist contains occasional adult language and is recommended for ages 13+.

    The new season will also mark the debut of new audience seating in TheatreSquared’s intimate performance venue. One hundred and seventy-five new theatre chairs, with contoured padding and ergonomic support, have been installed in the Studio Theatre over the summer months, together with backstage renovations that added dressing rooms for larger casts, state-of-the-art lighting instruments, and a new crew communication system.  “We’re very excited to see these improvements come to fruition — and it’s going to make a real difference in the theatre experience for both our artists and our audiences,” said T2 Managing Director Martin Miller.

    The cast for The Spiritualist features T2 Associate Artistic Director Amy Herzberg as Rosemary Dunn, who previously appeared in My Father’s War and has directed five productions for TheatreSquared including Next to Normal (2013). She is joined by Broadway veteran Sean Patrick Reilly (Superior Donuts, The Beauty Queen of Leenane on Broadway) as Roy; John T. Smith (Mauritius, Sundown Town, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at TheatreSquared) as Beethoven / BBC Host; Steven Marzolf (The Fall of the House at T2) as Liszt; Kristopher M. Stoker (Noises Off, My Father’s War, The 39 Steps, It’s a Wonderful Life at T2) as Peter Clifton; and Kathy Logelin (Mauritius, It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off at T2) as Margaret / Haynes / Clara Schumann.

    The creative team for The Spiritualist includes Kevin Christopher Fox (Director), who previously directed the world premiere of Sundown Town and Robert Ford’s The Fall of the House at TheatreSquared; as well as T2 veteran designers Shawn Irish (Scenic and Lighting Designer), Patricia Martin (Costume Designer), Genevieve Headrick (Properties Designer), Will Eubanks (Sound Designer / Assistant Technical Director), Emily Bohannan (Stage Manager), Melissa Haar (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) 443-5600 or by visiting theatre2.org. Performances are scheduled Thursdays at 7:30, Fridays at 7:30, Saturday at 7:30, and Sunday at 2:00 and 7:30.  Tickets range from $22 to $36, depending on the performance and seating section. A limited number of $10 tickets are also available for patrons under the age of 30 through the theatre’s “30 Under 30” program.

    TheatreSquared 2013/14 season subscriptions are also available. The theatre’s newly expanded subscription options include five-play packages as well as a new “Pick Four” option, offering all of the benefits of a full season package with the flexibility to choose four performances. Subscriptions begin at $105 for a five-play package, and may be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at (479) 571-2785 or visiting theatre2.org. Complementary benefits for all T2 subscribers include savings of up to 15% on each ticket, prime reserved seating, free unlimited exchanges, and same-day dining discounts at T2 Restaurant Partners.

    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 479.445.6333 or visit the theatre's website at theatre2.org.

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    TheatreSquared’s production of The Spiritualist is sponsored in part by Margaret and Richard Rutherford.

    Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 8 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; by The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation; 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.

     

    Saturday
    Jul132013

    Announcing Season 8

    THEATRESQUARED ANNOUNCES
    2013/14: SEASON 8
    Lineup Brings Together a World Premiere, a Holiday Classic, Two Acclaimed New Works and Shakespeare
    Five-Play Subscriptions Start at $105


    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS— April 30, 2013—TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Managing Director Martin Miller today announced TheatreSquared Season 8, the 2013/14 lineup of professional theatre at Northwest Arkansas’s nationally acclaimed regional theatre. The five-play season includes the World Premiere of The Spiritualist by Robert Ford; 4,000 Miles, a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist by Amy Herzog; a new stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol; David Lindsay-Abaire’s acclaimed new drama Good People; and
    Hamlet—TheatreSquared’s first subscription Shakespeare production. Five-play packages start at $105 and may be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center subscription line at (479) 571-2785 or by visiting theatre2.org/subscribe.

    “We understand why people go to the theatre,” said Ford. “You come for an experience that’s uncommon. The immediacy of the room, the skill of the performers, the quality of the set, and the story itself — each is crucial to achieve something exceptional. And we've brought these five shows together because they add up to a season of remarkable experiences.”

    "We've also added some compelling new reasons to subscribe, ” said Miller. "Prime seats, discounted tickets, priority service, and free exchanges—those benefits are here to stay. But we're adding new perks as well. Table Mesa is our newest Restaurant Partner, with its $20 four-course T2 Subscriber Menu joining a list of first-rate deals
    available only to TheatreSquared subscribers from Bordinos, BHK on the Square, Fresco, Greenhouse Grille and The Wine Cellar. We're also launching a Hotel Partners program, with The Dickson Street Inn as our first member, helping out-of-town subscribers plan a night away in NWA. Reserved subscriber parking at The Dickson is locked in at the same low price. And—new this year—the T2 Kids’ Club will be offered during every Sunday matinee, giving parents the option to enroll their kids in activity-packed theatre classes while they enjoy the show. Finally, we’re adding seats to the Sunday Dinner Series—a sell-out every year—so that more patrons can enjoy Chef David Lewis’s garden-to-table dinners before each show.”

    The 2013/14 Season launches with the World Premiere of THE SPIRITUALIST, a new comic drama by Artistic Director Robert Ford. The play introduces Rosemary Dunn, an English widow who cooks for the school lunch service and communes with the spirits of dead composers. When a crusading American newspaperman tries to unmask her as a fraud, he finds more to the so-called spiritualist than meets the eye. Inspired by true events, The Spiritualist reveals an unlikely intersection between art and commerce, sanity and the hope for transcendence. Directed by Kevin C. Fox (Sundown Town, The Fall of the House) and featuring Amy Herzberg as Rosemary Dunn.
    August 29-September 15, 2013
    (recommended for ages 13+).

    The season continues with 4,000 MILES, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winner by Amy Herzog. After a disastrous coast-to-coast bike ride, 21-year-old college dropout Leo arrives at his communist 91-year-old grandmother’s Greenwich Village apartment. Over a month’s time, these unlikely roommates find each other at turns infuriating and bewildering—but ultimately discover unexpected kinship in this humorous and critically acclaimed portrayal of two outsiders finding their way in the world. September 26-October 13, 2013 (recommended for ages 13+).

    For the holiday season, T2 presents a new, original stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Shrewd and heartless Ebeneezer Scrooge, who spends his workdays scorning joy and saving shillings in Victorian London, is deeply unsettled by the appearance of four ghosts at his bedside on Christmas Eve
    . Dickens’s classic tale of redemption, rediscovered each year by generations of families, is newly re-imagined for the stage in a holiday gift for Arkansas audiences of every age and walk of life.
    December 5-29, 2013 (for all ages).

    In 2014, Season 8 continues with Pulitzer Prize-Winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE, recipient of the 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. In South Boston, sharp-tongued single-mom Margie has lost her job at the Dollar Store. Scrambling to make ends meet, she tracks down an old high-school flame—who is now successful, married and living well—but a favor turns to blackmail when a dark secret surfaces in this humor-laced new drama. 
    February 13–March 9, 2014 (recommended for ages 13+).

    The 2013/14 Subscription Series concludes with TheatreSquared’s new production of HAMLET, by William Shakespeare. The king is dead—murdered by his brother, who claims the throne and the widowed queen. The world moves on, but Prince Hamlet cannot, and vows to take revenge. Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy is equal parts ghost story, political intrigue, doomed romance and murder mystery, driven by one of literature’s most intriguing, enigmatic and controversial characters.
    April 10–May 4, 2014 (recommended for ages 13+).

    The 2014 ARKANSAS NEW PLAY FESTIVAL, Arkansas's premiere celebration of new works for the stage, will be held June 12-15, 2014, with dates and titles for the celebration of new works to be announced in February 2014. Now in its sixth year, the festival seeks to give voice to emerging playwrights whose timely and relevant stories resonate with the shifting demographics of mid-America, and will be staged both at T2’s home venue in Fayetteville and at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock.

    June 12-15, 2014


    TheatreSquared 2013/14 subscriptions are now on sale. The theatre’s expanded subscription options include five-play packages and a new “Pick Four” option, offering the benefits of a full season subscription in a four-play package. The T2 Preview Saver Series, including a ticket to the final Thursday evening dress rehearsal of each new production, begins at $84. T2’s popular Opening Night Series—including prime reserved seats for the Friday night opening, an intermission champagne toast, and a catered reception with the cast—begins at $143. The T2 Prime Weekend Series, with reserved seating for either Friday and Saturday evening performances (excluding Opening), begins at $125. The T2 Thursday/Sunday Series, in which subscribers can choose seats for either Thursday night, Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening, begins at $116. The T2 Sunday Dinner Series, including prime seats at the Sunday evening performance and a three-course, seasonal dinner—opener, entrée, dessert and seasonal beverage—begins at $212.

    Add-on options available for T2 Season Subscribers include discounted reserved parking at the Deck at the Dickson ($4 per show); the T2 Kids’ Club Pass, a Sunday matinee subscription for parents that also enrolls one child (5+) in hands-on classes at Nadine Baum Studios during the performance ($15 per show); and the New Play Fest Pass, offering subscribers 15% savings on all-access passes to the 2014 Arkansas New Play Festival ($26).

    Complementary benefits for all T2 subscribers include savings of up to 15% on each ticket, prime reserved seating, free unlimited exchanges, and same-day dining discounts at T2 Restaurant Partners. Partners include BHK on the Square, offering 25% off; 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 25% off. Subscribers save 15% on taxi service to the theatre and back with Green Cab Co. and — new for the 2013/14 Season— a 20% savings on nights stayed at the Dickson Street Inn.

    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 22,000 patrons each year. The company is Northwest Arkansas's only year-round professional theatre, offering a unique audience experience in the 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 the TheatreSquared Season 8 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.; by The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation; 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.

    Thursday
    May162013

    T2 Announces 2013 Arkansas New Play Festival

    TheatreSquared Announces Lineup of Bold New Work
    THE 2013 ARKANSAS
    NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

    June 14-16, 2013 in Northwest Arkansas

    New Partnership with University Theatre
    Offers Patrons A Month of New Works in NWA

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    For Further Information, Contact
    Martin Miller, Managing Director
    479.445.6333, 
    martin@theatre2.org
     
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    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS— May 20, 2013—TheatreSquared today announced the lineup for the 2013 Arkansas New Play Festival, the theatre’s fifth annual celebration of bold new works for the stage. The festival will feature staged reading performances of four plays by professional playwrights, a showcase of ten-minute plays by Arkansas high school students, and Northwest Arkansas’s seventh annual 24-Hour Play-Off. For the first time, the Arkansas New Play Festival is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets are $7 (staged reading performances), $10 (The 24 Hour Play-Off), or $30 for a New Play Pass including all festival events, and can be reserved by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at (479) 443-5600 or online at theatre2.org.  Through a new “Month of New Plays” partnership with the University of Arkansas Department of Drama, New Play Pass buyers may also add admission to six new work performances by UA students for just $10. Performances will take place at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville). Each new play reading will be followed by a conversation with the playwright, director and cast.

    “Four leading playwrights are bringing scripts in raw form to Northwest Arkansas this June,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “We’re thrilled to match them with TheatreSquared’s artists and audience and help shape these bold new works. If you love storytelling and great theatre, this is a weekend you won’t want to miss.”

    Arkansas New Play Festival Performance Schedule:

    Friday, June 14 
          
    6:30pm – Don Chipotle by Juan Francisco Villa ($7)
    8:30pm – Raw Vision by Les Wade ($7)

    Saturday, June 15   
    2:00pm  – Arkansas Young Playwrights Showcase (Free)
    6:30pm – If I Did This by E.M. Lewis ($7)
    8:30pm – Swimming with Van Gogh by Susan Felder ($7)

    Sunday, June 16   
    6:30pm – The 24 Hour Play-Off  ($10)

    A lineup of additional new play performances by UA Department of Drama students is available at drama.uark.edu.


    Professional New Play Lineup:
    DON CHIPOTLE, by Juan Francisco Villa — Friday, June 14, 6:30pm
    Two 11-year-old boys—a hero and his sidekick—set out on a quixotic quest through the streets of the Lower East Side to locate the missing Twin Towers. A raw, comic fable that draws on the Columbian-American experience in New York, this new play shines a bright light on social hypocrisies and the adventurous spirit of youth.

    RAW VISION, by Les Wade — Friday, June 14, 8:30pm
    An African-American brother and sister, both 30-something, live a ramshackle existence well off the grid in southern Louisiana. She is the brilliant, if deeply conflicted, caretaker of her artist brother, whose paintings have recently begun to turn up on the New Orleans art scene.  When an outside interloper — who can't seem to keep his story straight — insinuates himself into their close-knit world, all three lives are changed forever. A gorgeously poetic drama, Raw Vision will remind many of the Oscar-nominated film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, in its heartfelt portrayal of a stubbornly offbeat way of life.

    IF I DID THIS, by E.M. Lewis — Saturday, June 15, 6:30pm
    A brainy, edge-of-your-seat thriller about a ghost writer, an acquitted murder suspect who is his subject, and the literary editor who may (or may not) be his best friend in the world. A brilliantly theatrical jigsaw puzzle, this play goes to the heart of the question, “What is truth?”  — or maybe, “Whose ‘truth’ is really true?” Part film noir, part theatrical tease, If I Did This will toy with your perceptions and touch your heart.

    SWIMMING WITH VAN GOGH, by Susan Felder — Saturday, June 15, 8:30pm
    Set in a lighthouse just off the coast of Lake Superior, Swimming with Van Gogh tells the story of a middle-aged painter who stumbles into sudden prominence, only to come face-to-face with her own worse doubts—not to mention an old flame, a mid-career artist who knows just how to keep her off-balance. When an adoring young art student invades her lighthouse retreat, the chemistry becomes overpowering. This play takes a profound look at the possibility, and impossibility, of originality and renewal as an artist.

    Special Performances:
    ARKANSAS YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS SHOWCASE — Saturday, June 15, 2:00pm
    In partnership with the University of Arkansas Brown Chair of Literacy, TheatreSquared is proud to present, for the fourth year, the Arkansas Young Playwrights Showcase. Students from across the state have been invited to submit scripts, and six will be selected for public readings at the Arkansas New Play Festival.

    THE 24-HOUR PLAY-OFF — Sunday, June 16, 6:30pm
    TheatreSquared is partnering with Fayetteville-based Ceramic Cow Productions to present the Northwest Arkansas 24-Hour Play-Off, a perennial favorite for artists and audiences alike. Teams of artists will write, rehearse, and perform a new ten-minute play, all within the space of 24 hours, in competition for a grand prize sponsored by local businesses. 

    Through a new partnership with the University Theatre at the University of Arkansas, the 2013 Arkansas New Play Festival will be offered together with six additional student performances scheduled throughout June by professional artists-in-training at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.   A $40 “Month of New Plays” Package will include admission to all TheatreSquared’s Arkansas New Play Festival events and to student performances scheduled at 7:30pm on June 7, 8, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, and 27. A complete listing of Department of Drama performances offered during the Month of New Plays is available at drama.uark.edu.

    Featured Playwrights:
    Juan Francisco Villa (Don Chipotle) is a Colombian-American actor and playwright, and a native of the Lower East Side of New York City. This summer he will appear in the World Premiere of Mojada by Luis Alfaro to be directed by Chay Yew at Victory Gardens. His nationally produced solo play Empanada for a Dream made the Best of 2012 list on the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader. He also received a 2012 ITB Patrick Lee Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and was a 2012 NY IT Award Nominee for Solo Performance and Original Full Length Script. Chicago credits: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Rivendell, SALSATION, 16th Street Theater, and Teatro Vista. NYC credits: Rattlestick, Mabou Mines, INTAR, terraNOVA Collective, Rising Circle, Monarch, HERO, Lark, Collaboration Town, BAX, 59E59, and La Mama. Los Angeles credits: Los Angeles Theater Center and Celebration Theater. He is an ensemble member of Teatro Vista in Chicago and InViolet in NYC. He is a member of AEA-SAG/AFTRA and a graduate of Maggie Flanigan’s Meisner Conservatory in NYC.

    Les Wade (Raw Vision) is an award-winning playwright and scholar of dramatic theory and criticism. His play, Raw Vision, was previously workshopped at Kitchen Dog Theatre's 2006 New Play Festival in Dallas and at 93 Feet East in London. Other plays include Shelter of Last Resort: Gonzo's Blue Dream (New Play Festival—Swine Place Theatre at Louisiana State University) and The purple Bird and the coler Tree (New Plays for the Next Century Festival—Atlanta's Horizon Theatre Company), which received a production by the LSU Department of Theatre. He is currently a faculty member at the University of Arkansas Department of Drama and holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

    E.M. Lewis (If I Did This) wrote the 2009 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award-winner Song of Extinction, which premiered in Los Angeles (Production of the Year—LA Weekly; Outstanding New Play—Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle) and has since received multiple productions and been published by Dramatics magazine and Samuel French. Other titles include Heads (2008 Primus Prize; Best of 2007—LA Times), Infinite Black Suitcase (available form Samuel French), and Strong Voice. She has developed work at the Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon, the William Inge Center for the Arts in Kansas, and HotCity Theater's Greenhouse Festival in St. Louis—where her most recent work, Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday, premiered in 2012. She is the recipient of a 2010-11 Hodder Fellowship in playwriting from Princeton University and a 2012 Playwriting Fellowship from the New Jersey Council for the Arts.  New projects underway include The Gun Show, The Stone Languages, and Magellanica: A New and Accurate Map of the World.  Member: Dramatists Guild.

    Susan Felder (Swimming with Van Gogh) has been a professional actor, director and educator for more than 20 years. Most recently, her play Wasteland received a critically acclaimed world premiere at Chicago's Timeline Theatre Company. Other scripts include Temple Spirit, which was workshopped by The House Theatre of Chicago; and Jumping Mouse, a short play written for Kids in Distress. Selections from her musical Waking Eden were chosen to be performed at the Royal George for Chicago Musical Theatre Works. As a director and actor, she has worked at theaters in Chicago—including Steppenwolf, Goodman, Northlight, Next, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Remy Bummpo and others—and throughout the country, including at Orlando Shakespeare, Indiana Repertory and Montana Shakespeare. She teaches theatre at Loyola and Northwestern Universities in Chicago.  She holds an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

    Tickets for The 2013 Arkansas New Play Festival are on sale beginning today at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, and can be reserved by calling (479) 443-5600 or visiting theatre2.org. Staged reading tickets are $7 and 24 Hour Play-Off tickets are $10, with a Play Fest Pass granting access to all TheatreSquared events available for $30 ($15/under 30), and a Month of New Plays Package granting admission to both the Arkansas New Play Festival and seven additional University of Arkansas Department of Drama performances for $40.

    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 479.445.6333 or visit the theatre's website at theatre2.org.

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    The 2013 Arkansas New Play Festival is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Major funding for the TheatreSquared Season 7 is provided by The Walton Family Foundation, Inc., and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

    Major marketing support for TheatreSquared Season 7 is provided by the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission. Media sponsors include NWA Media, CitiScapes, Fayetteville Flyer, KUAF and MailCo USA.

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