ArtWorks XXVIII is Saturday! Here’s Your Guide

18202038165_fa78db5b98_kArt is the star of our special event coming this Saturday: ArtWorks XXVIII!

Are you a college graduate just building your art collection, a young family ready to dress the walls or a collector wanting to add a piece or two to your collection? This lively art auction is just what you need!

In its 28th year, the super-fun event taking over The Rep (601 Main St., Little Rock) will feature artwork from 90 of central Arkansas’ most notable artists that patrons can bid on in 18014288390_d40455f663_ksilent and live auctions throughout the night. For the first time ever, The Rep is using the online bidding system, Bidpal, to allow patrons to place bids during the silent auction. Get the rundown on how to use the program here!

Come a little early to make note of your favorite pieces while you enjoy lively music from The Goat Band. And while you’re taking in the art and enjoying the music, feast on light appetizers from local eateries, including Three Fold Noodles & Dumpling Co., The Southern Gourmasian, Bravo! Cucina 18203194481_a881113152_kItaliana, RSVP Catering and Sufficient Grounds (check out the food offered on Inviting Arkansas‘ blog here!). There will be bars set up throughout the theatre with drinks from L&L Imports, Rocktown Distillery, Ozark Brewing Co. and Public House Brewing Company.
The live auction will take over The Rep MainStage for the first time ever and will feature an awesome lineup of guest emcees (including cast members from Hooking Up with The Second City) who will be introducing each beautiful piece of art. Special guest emcees include:

  • Charlie Coleman, Attorney with Wright, Lindsey and Jennings LLP and The Rep Board Member
  • Alyson Courtney, KATV Anchor
  • Daniel Robinson, Senior Regional Investment Officer at Arvest Bank and The Rep Board Member
  • Drew Mitchell and Amber Glaze, Co-Hosts of “HotMess in the Morning” on 106.7 The Ride
  • Alan Rail, Lead IT Specialist at Southwest Power Pool
  • Bridget Davis, Former 17579383124_2739177f69_kYoung Artist
  • The cast of Hooking Up with The Second City:
    • Ali Barthwell
    • Katie Kershaw
    • Martin Morrow
    • Casey Whitaker
Schedule for the evening:
6:30 p.m. | Lite Bites, Drinks, Music by The Goat Band & Silent Art Auction
7:30 p.m. | Live Art Auction
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling The Rep Box Office at (501) 378-0405.
Get more info here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016-2017 Student Matinee Dates Announced!

23899861173_2e884ef157_kArkansas Repertory Theatre’s 41st MainStage Season is lined up and we are excited to share the magic of theatre with students from across the state with our MainStage Student Matinee Series.

Did you know that the program allows more than 6,000 school children from across the state to see our professional performances each season for as little as $8 a seat? It’s almost time to get your school booked in for next season!

Check out the student matinee dates for each production on our website here.

You may reserve seats for the following shows beginning May 9, 2016:

  • Monty Python’s Spamalot
  • The Crucible
  • A Christmas Story

You may reserve seats for the following shows beginning Jan. 1, 2017:

  • Sister Act
  • Jar the Floor
  • Godspell

All student matinees are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. To reserve seats for your class, view dates here and email KTanner@TheRep.org with this:

  • Name
  • School name
  • School address
  • Best way to reach you (phone, email)
  • Group size with chaperones, drivers and teachers who plan to attend with you

If a performance fills to capacity, we will keep a waitlist and you will be notified if seats become available! For more information about the program, click here.

Sign Interpreter Night for The Bridges of Madison County Wednesday

IKcjgzqMcqn an effort to make Arkansas Repertory Theatre more accessible, we have a Sign Interpreter section for the deaf on the third Wednesday of every production run through the season.

Raphael James, an instructor in the Interpreter Education program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will be positioned in front of the section, located on the First Mezzanine. He will sign directly for those who need his services.

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Raphael James

We are gearing up for our next sign interpretation night, which will be the The Bridges of Madison County performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. There are still seats available! Any open seats in the section will be released to the public at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, so get your seats now!

Here are the remaining sign interpreter performances:

  • Windfall: 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Contact the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to reserve your seat at our upcoming interpreter nights and get more details at www.therep.org/attend.

Choose The Rep for #ArkansasGives Day on April 7!

imagesThis spring, nonprofits and communities across Arkansas are coming together for one day to give: #ArkansasGives Day.

On Thursday, April 7, be a part of this statewide celebration of a new tradition of generosity by making any size monetary donation to Arkansas Repertory Theatre to help keep live professional theatre alive and well in central Arkansas.

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Faith Sandberg (Molly Aster), Steve Pacek (Peter), Nathaniel Stahlke (Prentiss) and Garrett Houston (Ted) in The Rep’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by Stephen Thornton.

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Arkansans across the state are encouraged to grow the love for Arkansas’s nonprofit organizations by making a donation to the charity of your choice. ArkansasGives is our state’s opportunity to say thanks to its many philanthropic organizations!

By making a gift to Arkansas Repertory Theatre during this 12-hour giving period, your impact will be DOUBLED!

So, how will your impact be doubled?  Thanks to a generous gift from the family of longtime Rep supporter and advocate, Betty Brown, The Betty Brown Memorial Challenge Gift will match dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 on this day of giving when you choose to give to The Rep.

And make your dollars count even more! On ArkansasGives Day, each nonprofit is eligible to qualify for additional dollars through a matching pool of funds from Arkansas Community Foundation. All participating nonprofits will receive a portion of the matching pool. The more a nonprofit raises, the more bonus dollars it will receive.

How to Give

  • On April 7, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., visit ArkansasGives.org to make your online gift to Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
  • To give to the theatre, CLICK HERE or select Arkansas Repertory Theatre in the drop-down menu when making your gift.

Your financial donation will ensure The Rep can continue provide:

  • Top-notch educational programming
  • Deeply discounted matinees, attended on a regular basis by students from 29 Arkansas counties
  • New and classic works created right on The Rep stage just for you!

Take the next step and join as a donor here!

For more information about ArkansasGives Day, click here.

Sign Interpreter Night for An Iliad This Wednesday

IKcjgzqMcqn an effort to make Arkansas Repertory Theatre more accessible, we will have a Sign Interpreter section for the deaf for every production run throughout the season.

We are gearing up for our next sign interpretation night, which will be for An Iliad in our brand-new Black Box Theatre in The Rep Annex  at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. There are still seats available in our reserved section.

Linda Stauffer of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be positioned on the front row. She will sign directly for those who need her services.

Here are the remaining sign interpreter performances:

  • Bridges of Madison County: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016
  • Windfall: 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Contact the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to reserve your seat at our upcoming interpreter nights and get more details at www.therep.org/attend.

An Iliad Presents Arkansas Stories of War

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What has really changed since the Trojan War?

The Poet, played by Rep veteran Joseph Graves, helps answer this question in our latest production, An Iliad, the inqaugural production in our newspace, The Annex, located at 518 Main St.

Running now through March 5, the play adapts Homer’s Trojan War epic into a compelling monologue that captures both the heroism and horror of warfare.

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Joseph Graves (The Poet) in The Rep’s production of An Iliad. Photo by John David Pittman.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, An Iliad will include Arkansas Stories of War, a series of six talkbacks featuring local service members and their families who will share their personal stories of war. From deployment and returning home, to triggers and the impact war has on their families, these talkbacks will allow participants to share their personal stories and create a dialogue with the greater community.

Don’t miss these insightful conversations immediately following performances on:

  • Thursday, Feb. 25
  • Saturday, Feb. 27
  • Wednesday, March 2
  • Friday, March 4

Single tickets are $25 and $40 for a combo pass that includes admission to An Iliad and Bill Clinton Hercules, which runs March 24-26 in The Annex. Get your tickets here or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Get the scoop on this powerful production here:

 

Peter and the Starcatcher Sign Interpreter Night Wednesday

IKcjgzqMcqn an effort to make Arkansas Repertory Theatre more accessible, we have a Sign Interpreter section for the deaf on the third Wednesday of every production run through the season.

Raphael James, an instructor in the Interpreter Education program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will be positioned in front of the section, located on the First Mezzanine. He will sign directly for those who need his services.

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Raphael James

We are gearing up for our next sign interpretation night, which will be the Peter and the Starcatcher performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. There are still seats available! Any open seats in the section will be released to the public at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, so get your seats now!

Here are the remaining sign interpreter performances:

  • Bridges of Madison County: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016
  • Windfall: 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Contact the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to reserve your seat at our upcoming interpreter nights and get more details at www.therep.org/attend.

Peter and the Starcatcher: 8 Fun Facts

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Faith Sandberg (Molly Aster), Steve Pacek (Boy/Peter), Nathaniel Stahlke (Prentiss) and Garrett T. Houston (Ted) in The Rep’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Just 12 actors play more than 100 characters onstage. Photo by Stephen B. Thornton.

We are in the middle of our run of Peter and the Starcatcher and to highlight some of the history and interesting trivia about the Peter Pan story, we thought it would be fun to share eight fun facts that you maybe didn’t know!

Here they are:

  1. One of the reasons that adult women played the role of Peter Pan in the first half of the 20th century was to avoid British child labor laws that prevented child actors from working on stage after 9 pm.
  2. Aerial effects company Flying by Foy earned its international reputation based on the flying effects it created for stage versions of Peter Pan, beginning in 1950.
  3. In stage versions of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell is often created only by a spotlight and the sound of bells.
  4. In Peter and the Starcatcher, 12 actors play more than  100 roles onstage.
  5. Jungian psychologists refer to the “Peter Pan Syndrome,” in which an adult male’s  mental maturity seems to be stalled in adolescence as Puer aeternus, which is Latin for “eternal boy.”
  6. In the 1978 dark comedy ‘dentity Crisis by Christopher Durang, the character of Jane delivers a monologue about attending an absurd, accident-prone production of Peter Pan in which the actress playing Peter Pan accuses the children in the audience of not clapping hard enough and, therefore, killing Tinker Bell.
  7. As Smee, Borle featured a tattoo on his left arm that is the Mandalorian crest from the Star Wars universe, which is the same symbol featured on bounty hunter Boba Fett’s armor in the Star Wars films.

Information compiled by Dramaturg Robert Neblett.

Read more about Peter and the Starcatcher in our Study Guide here.

Tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher are on sale NOW! Purchase yours online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. And it’s your lucky day– we’ve added two additional Tuesday night performances on Feb. 2 and 9!

 

Opening Week of Peter and the Starcatcher: Engage with Us!

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Hugh Kennedy as Black Stache in The Rep’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by Beth Hall.

It’s the Opening Week of our Tony Award-winning show, Peter and the Starcatcher– the fourth production in The Rep’s landmark 40th MainStage Season!

Now that we are in our third week of January (can you believe it?), we are excited to get this Peter Pan prelude started and give our patrons engaging activities, despite the looming winter weather slated for Thursday night.

Here is this week’s lineup of fun events:

Thursday, Jan. 21:

  • Preshow Director Talk, 6:15-6:45 p.m.: Get exclusive insight into our production of The Little Mermaid from Director Bob Hupp and the creative team before the start of the preview performances. FREE!

Friday, Jan. 22:

 

  • Clinton School Speaker Series, 12-1 p.m. Clinton School Join Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this musical. RSVP by calling the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239. FREE!

 

  • Opening Night performance and post-show party, 8 p.m.: Opening Night for Peter and the Starcatcher will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Sunday, Jan. 24:

  • Pay Your Age Night, 7 p.m.: Little Rock Soiree presents The Rep’s “Pay Your Age Night” on Sunday, Jan. 24. Are you age 22 – 40? Pay Your Age at The Rep! Top off your weekend with great theatre at a great price. Plus, enjoy a complimentary wine tasting provided by Colonial Wines and Spirits. Tickets are limited to four per household, Proof of age for each member of the party is required at time of pick-up.

Check out our full lineup of surround events during the show’s run from Jan. 22- Feb. 14 here and book your tickets by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

Help Name Special Beer for Peter and the Starcatcher

PeterandtheStarcatcherWith our production of Peter and the Starcatcher taking The Rep MainStage here in January, we have teamed up with Stone’s Throw Brewing to create a beer for the swashbuckling production.

And guess what? We need your help naming it!

Here is the scoop on the beer contest:

Beer Naming Contest

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 13, The Rep is following up with a Peter and the Starcatcher Beer Naming Contest, where we will be accepting entries for the brew– a “Dark Mild” English-style brown ale with light to medium roasted notes

Here is the rundown of the contest:

1. Submit your clever beer name from 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15  Bonus points if you include “Rep” somewhere in the name! Enter here.

2. Our top five favorite names will be selected and fans will be allowed to vote for their mild-ale-2favorite on our Facebook page from 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18. The name with the most ‘Likes’ at the end of the voting period will be the winner!

3. The winner will receive a growler of the special flavor and a pair of tickets to see Peter and the Starcatcher!

The special brew will be on tap at Stone’s Throw Brewing, 402 E. 9th, Little Rock, and in Foster’s, located on the First Mezzanine at The Rep, during the run of the show, Jan. 20-Feb. 14, 2016.

Don’t miss your chance to try this one-of-a-kind beer celebrating this magical prelude to Pete Pan and get your tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.

Vote for your favorite beer name here!