After a four-year hiatus, 75 local attorneys and legal professionals are making plans to again take the Arkansas Repertory Theatre stage to present Gridiron Gridlock — the lawyers’ biannual musical production spoofing Arkansas people and politics.
Its first show will premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 with a special offering of light bites and complimentary beer and wine. Four shows will follow on Thursday (8 p.m.), Friday (7 p.m. and 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 p.m.).
Tickets are on sale now!
Gridiron traces its origins back to 1916 when a few theatrically inclined lawyers banded together to write and perform a vaudevillian-style dinner show. The show was an immediate success and became an annual event. It’s now close to celebrating its 100th anniversary. Some believe it is the longest-running production of its kind in the nation.
In the 1963, the late Griffin Smith took up the mantel of Gridiron and began an extended and mutually beneficial association with the Pulaski County Bar Association, which saw the production grow in production quality and popularity.
This year’s show will be produced by the Gridironers, themselves, some of whom have been in Gridiron for more than 30 years. The cast is all volunteer, but the show is professionally produced by The Rep.
It’s not only fun to watch, but a chance for these legal professionals to get to know eachother outside the courtroom.
It’s also something else: a way for the lawyers to give back to the community. The funds raised through ticket sales support some deserving local non-profits. This year, the lawyers intend to donate the net proceeds to The Rep and the Pulaski County Bar Association in appreciation for the support both institutions have given to Gridiron over the years.
Ticket prices for the Wednesday Premiere Night will be $65 for “A” seating and $60 for “B” seating. Ticket prices for all other performances will be $35 for “A” seating and $30 for “B” seating.
For ticket information, call The Rep’s box office at (501) 378-0405. For more information about the show, contact Joe F. Kolb at (501) 804-4939 or email