The Rep Participates in First-Ever Downtown Little Rock Culture-Cation

LR Staycation ImageAs central Arkansas residents head out of state for a week of sun and sand, many are choosing to spend their spring break at home exploring The Natural State.

In partnership with area art and cultural organizations, Arkansas Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce a “Culture-cation” package throughout the week of spring break, March 23 – 29. The package includes special deals for attractions located in downtown Little Rock.

The “Culture-cation” package will encourage residents staying home to venture downtown and enjoy all it has to offer. With so many deals available, visitors can be a tourist in their own town.

The “Culture-cation” package includes:

  • Arkansas Arts Center
    o $5 off a family membership
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  • Arkansas Repertory Theatre
    o $5 off student tickets
    o Currently Showing:

    • Mary Poppins
    • On stage through April 12, 2015
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  • Capital Hotel
    o Discounted room rates starting at $159/night, based on availability
    o Must present ticket from one of the “Culture-cation” institutions to receive the reduced rate
    o Information:

  • Clinton Presidential Center
    o Free kids admission with a kids card
    o Currently Showing:

    • “Pigskin Peanuts” and “Heartbreak in Peanuts”
    • On display through April 5, 2015
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  • Esse Purse Museum
    o 50% off admission price and 10% off museum store
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  • Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
    o 10% discount in museum store
    o Information:

  • Museum of Discovery
    o 15% off one item in the museum store
    o Currently Showing:

    • “Mindbender Mansion” – solve puzzles and brainteasers in this multi-station, hands-on exhibit
    • On display through September 7, 2015
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  • Old State House Museum
    o 10% discount in museum store
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For more information about the “Culture-cation” deals, click here.

The Rep Announces 40th MainStage Season Lineup

40thMainstageLogoCan you believe it?

Next season, Arkansas Repertory Theatre will be turning 40 and that means a stellar lineup to celebrate! On Monday, our Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp announced the landmark season, which will include Tony Award and Pulitzer prize-winning artistic experiences and family favorites that exemplify The Rep’s mission of producing diverse work of the highest artistic standards for its Arkansas audience.

And drumroll….here they are!

Macbeth

Sept. 11-27, 2015

Murder, madness and magic haunt every shadowy corner in the most powerful of William Shakespeare’s great tragedies.

After receiving an ominous prophecy on a blood-soaked battlefield, Macbeth and his ambitious wife claw their way to the Scottish throne, and damned be all who stand in their way! Each step closer to fulfilling his royal Fate leads Macbeth deeper and deeper into a fiendish quagmire of carnage and corruption, from which none can survive; not even him.

“The original House of Cards. It’s fitting to start off a milestone season with the English language’s greatest author,” said Bob Hupp, Producing Artistic Director at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. “Shakespeare keeps us honest, and tests our mettle when we seek to tell great stories that demand to live on a stage. I’ve been reading and seeing productions of Macbeth for more than 30 years, now I’m ready to direct it for you this fall.”

Join The Rep as we cast a spell on Arkansas audiences with this powerful production that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Oct. 16-Nov. 8, 2015

Music and lyrics by William Finn  |  Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman  |  Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Nicole Capri

From William Finn, the composer of Falsettos, A New Brain and Little Miss Sunshine, comes a Tony Award-winning look at the all-too-familiar world of adolescence, told with hilarity, catchy tunes and surprising poignancy.

The gloves are off in the take-no-prisoners, cold-blooded, dog-eat-dog world of competitive spelling as a menagerie of pre-pubescent misfits vies to d-e-c-i-m-a-t-e their young rivals on the cutthroat path to the national spelling bee championship.

Hormones rage and pulses pound as our awkward adversaries engage in feats of o-r-t-h-o-g-r-a-p-h-i-c prowess. The winner will receive a shining trophy and a luxurious DC hotel room with a big screen TV. The loser – nothing but a broken heart, a pat on the back and a juice box.

“A truly funny, unpredictable night of theatre,” said Bob Hupp. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is never the same musical twice. The actors’ wit and verbal agility are put to the test night after night as each new audience brings new hilarity to the performance. If you can spell “cow”, then this musical is for you.”

Join The Rep onstage (quite literally, since several lucky audience members will be asked to show off their spelling chops alongside the cast each night) as we bring you this sidesplitting, irreverent, interactive musical comedy hit!

Intended for adult audiences.

The Little Mermaid

Dec. 4, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016

Book by Doug Wright  |  Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and Disney film
Music by Alan Menen  |  Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater

From the creators of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Little Shop of Horrors, this enchanting musical features an infectious score that includes the popular songs “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.”

Adapted from the beloved fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson into one of Disney’s most popular animated films of all time, The Little Mermaid is now a lavish theatrical spectacle you won’t want to miss. Plunge into the colorful depths of an undersea wonderland as The Rep’s stage is transformed into an aquatic playground underscored by a funky Calypso beat.

A heart warming musical for the entire family,” said Bob Hupp. “From Hans Christian Anderson to Disney to The Rep, generations have fallen in love with the young mermaid who dreams of love and life on land. This musical has it all: a great story, lush designs and all the songs you sang with your kids.  You’ll certainly want to make The Little Mermaid part of your world this holiday season.”

Fall in love with The Little Mermaid’s bubbly sense of wonder, romance and rollicking fun all over again.

Peter and the Starcatcher, co-production with TheatreSquared in Fayetteville

Jan. 15-Feb. 7, 2016

Play by Rick Elise  |  Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Think you know all there is to know about Peter Pan? Think again.

In this swashbuckling prelude to J. M. Barrie’s fantasy classic, the secret history of the Boy Who Would Never Grow Up is revealed with theatrical panache. Based on the popular Dave Barry books, and mixing British pantomime with playful elements of childhood make-believe, this raucous adventure journeys into the forgotten realms of the imagination filled with mermaids, fierce natives, pirates and magical starstuff.

Embark upon a treacherous ocean voyage as Molly, a young Starcatcher aboard the good ship Neverland, races to escape the comical clutches of the dread pirate Black Stache. Accompanied by a trio of Lost Boys from a British orphanage, she is soon marooned on a not-so-deserted island filled with otherworldly enchantments and exhilarating danger around every turn. Each breathtaking adventure leads them closer to the mysterious origins of the Peter Pan you know and love.

Who was Captain Hook before he was Captain Hook? The answer might surprise you!” said Bob Hupp. “This rollicking new play with music is to Peter Pan what Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz. It was mesmerizing on Broadway: funny, touching and wildly inventive. This one is madcap fun: a dozen actors play over 100 parts. If you liked our production of The 39 Steps, you’ll love Peter and the Starcatcher!”

In 2012, Peter and the Starcatcher was nominated for nine Tony Awards.

Peter and the Starcatcher will be presented as a co-production with TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, Ark.  The Rep presents the regional premiere of this award-winning play as a perfect outing for young and old alike.

The Bridges of Madison County

April 8- May 1, 2016

Based on the novel by Robert James Waller
Music and lyrcis by Jason Robert Brown  |  Book by Marsha Norman

Fresh from Broadway, this amorous new musical from Jason Robert Brown, the acclaimed composer of Parade, Songs for a New World and The Last Five Years, will transport you to the soaring heights with its lush score and its all-too-human characters. The Rep is proud to present this breathtaking work of theatre, based on the runaway bestselling novel by Robert James Waller.

Italian-American wife and mother Francesca lives a dutiful life on a quiet Iowa farm, until a charismatic, handsome photographer sweeps into her world, reigniting her passion for life and reawakening her capacity for romance. Torn between her need to be loved and her promise to her family, Francesca must make the most difficult choice of her life. Either way, her world will never be the same again.

This one will melt your heart. It did mine,” said Bob Hupp. “Jason Robert Brown has written one of the finest musical theatre scores imaginable. I’m probably one of the few people who didn’t read the book or watch the movie. It didn’t matter; the first note captured me. This is the don’t-miss show of the season.”

Winner of the 2014 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, The Bridges of Madison County is an experience your heart won’t soon forget.

Fall head over heels with this poignant love letter for the stage, told through a mixture of pop, folk and country melodies that will ignite your soul.

Windfall

June 10-26, 2016

Play by Scooter Pietsch  |  Produced in partnership with John Yonover
Directed by Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame directs this world premiere production that rounds out The Rep’s 40th Season.

“I am thrilled and grateful that Arkansas Repertory Theatre is giving us the chance to bring this fascinating and funny play to their audience,” said director Jason Alexander.  “Within this play is what many would consider an American Dream and it becomes an American nightmare. To be able to make our world premiere in this beautiful theater and for this appreciative audience is a real gift and I am looking forward to it immensely.”

At a small data processing business in Columbus, Ohio, four coworkers toil under the heavy hand of their maniacal and deceitful boss. So far, camaraderie and mutual support have allowed them to survive his low wages, verbal abuse and unreasonable demands for perfection. But, when his manipulation escalates to ridiculous, unprecedented heights, they are driven to the brink of sanity.

Desperate to escape to live the lives they’ve dreamed of, they put it all on the line, betting every last cent they have playing the lottery. But the possibility of sharing the $300 million jackpot brings out the hysterically worst in these best friends. Compassion and human decency have no place in a world where money can buy happiness.

“I’m so excited to be working with Arkansas Repertory Theater on the world premiere of Windfall,” said Scooter Pietsch, playwright, Emmy nominated composer and TV producer.  “I think the theatergoers of Little Rock will love not only the humor of the play but its relevance to all of us who would love to strike it rich.”

Windfall is a dark, hilarious comedy that delves into how far any of us would go, how despicable we might become, in our attempt to have it all.

“Rep audiences will be the first to experience this dark, delicious comedy,” said Bob Hupp. “I laughed out loud when I read it, I can’t wait to see it come to life on our stage. We’ve read a lot about our state lottery in the local papers, so Windfall is truly ripped from the headlines! And we’re honored to welcome Jason Alexander to our theatre, and to our state.”

Pietsch’s music has appeared in thousands of television episodes and many movies, including: Pretty Little Liars, Sex and the City, Burn Notice, Van Wilder and American Idol.

Windfall is produced in partnership with John Yonover. Yonover has invested in more than 30 productions on Broadway, in Chicago and in London’s West End, including Memphis, Hair, The Addams Family and Catch Me If You Can.

Non-Subscription Productions

In addition to The Rep’s MainStage productions, special projects and educational programs round out the theatre’s calendar.

  • An Evening with Rebecca Wells and the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
    • February 11 – 14, 2016
    • Join author Rebecca Wells for this new one-woman show based on her No. 1 New York Times Bestseller “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.”
  • Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI): Broken Wings
    • March 1-12, 2016
    • Celebrating the beginning of their second successful decade, The Rep’s SMTI young artists will take the stage in a musical revue conceived and directed by Nicole Capri, Resident Director and Director of Education. With an encouraging message inspired by the Beatles song “Blackbird,” this piece will remind audiences that sometimes we have to break in order to breathe again.
  • The Second City: Hooking Up
    • May 3-15, 2016
    • America’s favorite comedy improv troupe is back at The Rep with this gaspingly funny revue that includes a modern mix of romance, rancor and everything in between.  Hooking Up with The Second City makes mirth out of missed connections, girls’ night out adventures and all the crazy things we do for love.

Season Subscriptions

Season Subscriptions are on sale now and will range from $198 – $276, making subscribing to The Rep the best way to get the best seats at the best price. Early Bird Discounts will be available through May 31, 2015. Single ticket sales open to the public in August 2016.

For more information on Season Subscriptions, call The Rep’s Box Office at (501) 378-0405 or visit www.therep.org.

Choose The Rep for #GivingTuesday; Be Our ‘Buddy’ This Month

Giving-Tues-Logo.jpgNow that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, nonprofits, businesses and communities across the world are coming together for one day to give: #GivingTuesday.

Today (Dec. 2), be a part of this global 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.

Your financial donation will ensure The Rep can continue provide:

  • Top-notch educational programming through our Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) program
  • Deeply discounted matinees, attended on a regular basis by students from 29 Arkansas counties

Take the next step and join as a donor here!BuddyLogo

If you can’t join in on the #GivingTuesday movement, though, no problem! We are accepting donations the entire month of December as part of our end-of-year “I’m a Buddy” holiday giving campaign.

Did you know that The Rep is one of 125 Blue Star Theatres across the country, which means that we offer a discount a discount for veterans and current members of the military? We love providing them with a discounted opportunity to experience live theatre their whole family will enjoy. With your donation, you’ll also be supporting these service men and women and their families who benefit from the Blue Star Theatre program.

And, every person who attends Elf will be given the opportunity to write a holiday card to a local military hero. In partnership with the 19th Force Support Squadron at the Little Rock Air Force Base, we will send these cards to active military serving overseas during the holidays!

Learn more and become our Buddy here.

Submit Your Scary Story on Alice 107.7’s ‘Thriller Thursday,’ Win Tickets to Wait Until Dark

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Halloween is upon us! What better way to get geared up for the scary holiday than by sharing your spookiest story on the radio?

Every Thursday in October is a “Thriller Thursday” with radio personalities Heather and Poolboy on Top 40 station Alice 107.7 FM and that means listeners can submit their favorite (and scariest!) ghost tale each Thursday throughout the month. And the best part?

Just by sharing your story, you have a chance to win a pair of tickets to see our upcoming thriller Wait Until Dark, taking The Rep stage from Oct. 24-Nov. 9!

Be prepared to be scared! Enter by submitting your spooky story via email heatherandpoolboy@alice1077.com or calling in to the show from 6-10 a.m. and sharing it with listeners!

Heather and Poolboy will choose their scariest story and the winner will win two tickets to see the suspenseful drama that was adapted for film in 1967 with icon Audrey Hepburn, which ranked 10th on Bravo’s “100 Scariest Movie Moments.”

Learn more about the show here and “Thriller Thursday” here.

The Rep’s Bob Hupp Directing Disfarmer for ACANSA Arts Festival

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Mike Disfarmer

Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp is stepping out of the theatre and directing a special production Disfarmer for the first-ever ACANSA Arts Festival in central Arkansas this week.

The production, which is written by award-winning Arkansas playwright Werner Trieschmann, will premiere at 8 p.m. today (Sept. 25) at Argenta Community Theatre, 405 Main St, North Little Rock.

The production is a comedic portrait that tells the story of Mike Disfarmer, an eccentric photographer from Heber Springs, Ark., who charged townsfolk and visitors a quarter to have their picture taken in the early ’40s—and caused a minor mania decades later as New York gallery owners “discovered” his work and descended on the small Arkansas town.

Disfarmer will run every night through Saturday (Sept. 27). Showtime is at 8 p.m.

General tickets for the show are $30, with additional student and VIP options. Get ticket prices and purchase online here.

Get more information about the show here.

Memphis Adds Saturday Matinee; ‘Ladies Day Out’ to Offer Special Perks

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Due to popular demand, Arkansas Repertory Theatre has added an additional performance on Saturday, Sept. 27 to its four-week run of Tony Award-winning musical Memphis.

Touted as “Ladies Day Out,” the matinee will offer complimentary mimosas to ticketholders 21 years and older. Those who show school spirit by wearing their team colors to the performance will be entered into a raffle for a one-hour massage. Plus, groups of 10 or more will receive $5 off per ticket. Showtime is 2 p.m. and doors will open at 1 p.m.

Memphis opened on The Rep stage on Sept. 5 to rave reviews from audiences and critics with Little Rock Soiree saying “The chemistry of the entire cast glowed on stage, making the jokes more hilarious, the trials more tragic and the music more meaningful,” while the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette raving that it’s a “145-minute rhythm-and-blues roller coaster ride– one we didn’t want to end.”

In the Beale Street nightclubs of 1950s Memphis simmers a new sound, born of the blues, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll and birthed in the Delta. It takes a young DJ, a white man in a black world, to catapult this new sound to the airwaves of Memphis radio and into the living rooms of white Memphis. What follows is a major cultural divide that tests the boundaries of racial tension and the igniting of a musical revolution that grips the entire country.

Tickets

  • $55 for “A” seating; $40 for “B” seating
  • $5 off tickets for groups of 10 or more

For tickets to the matinee, call The Rep’s Box Office at (501) 378-0405 or visit www.therep.org.

Eat Out at Macaroni Grill for Special Fundraiser Night Sept. 10

Macaroni+Grill+Giveaway+(4)Next week, The Rep will be having its first Macaroni Grill Fundraiser night, where the restaurant will donate a percentage of its sales back to the theatre.

It’s happening ALL DAY from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 and we are inviting you to come dine in at Macaroni Grill, located at 11100 W. Markham St., Little Rock.  Bring in the TheRepBW attached flyer or show it on your smart phone anytime that day.

They will keep track of the sales. In return, they will donate the following percentage according to our turnout:

Accumulated Spending                  Percentage Donated To Your Cause

$1.00 to $1,000                                                      10%

$1,001 to $5,000                                                    15%

$5,001 and above                                                  20%

For more information, email Ronda at rlewis@therep.org.

State of the Arts in Arkansas Starting to Shine

Arkansas Repertory Theatre has amazing donors. Wow! And thank you! The last few years, and the last few months, have been inspiring. Arkansas has always been a generous state, and the state of the arts in our community is really starting to shine.

Need proof? Here are just a few recent examples.

Beginning in 2008 and finishing in early 2011, The Rep completed a $6 million capital campaign, successfully, during the worst economic downturn in recent history. Step through our front doors on Main Street to see the impact of these gifts. Every public space in the theatre was updated. Critical upgrades were made behind the scenes. A new scenic shop was purchased downtown. The Rep’s two apartment buildings were renovated, for housing guest artists. A much needed face lift for The Rep.

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During the 2012-2013 season, as we embarked on a new strategic plan, major donors began to step forward with us. New gifts were committed. Existing annual gifts were increased. We began to make progress toward a more stable fiscal reality. Amazing support from incredible arts patrons.

Then at the end of May we had a challenge. A $50,000 matching gift would help us finish the fiscal year strong on June 30, 2013. We asked our audience to help us get there, and wow, did you ever! We raised over $63,000 during the month of June. Giving came from many, including almost 100 brand new donors to The Rep. We have great fans!

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The summer wasn’t over yet. With growing excitement for an expanded arts corridor on Main Street, we had set a goal of raising $400,000 by August 15, in order to expand educational programming with a new young artist training facility across the street.

A longtime dream, this vision became possible with the help of 145 donors in July and August. A fast and furious campaign was supported by longtime Rep patrons, and by many of our young artist families already being impacted at The Rep. Now we are thrilled that we’ll be able to reach more young artists. Planning is underway.

We would like to give a huge Thank YOU to Matt DeLuca and the Bank of American Foundation for their support of our student matinee programs! Their $5000 donation will help to support The Rep’s student matinee program.
We would like to give a huge Thank YOU to Matt DeLuca and the Bank of American Foundation for their support of our student matinee programs!  Their $5000 donation will help to support The Rep's student matinee program.

 

Thanks to our donors, The Rep is well positioned for the future. Exciting changes are underway. A new membership program launched in the 2013-2014 season, with expanded donor benefits at every level. We want you to know how much we appreciate you, our donors.

Philanthropy is a vital part of Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Ticket sales make up half of our annual budget, and your charitable gifts make up the rest. I have full confidence in The Rep’s future, as support from you, our amazing donors, continues to grow.

With your help, we will continue to fulfill our mission, and continue to produce vibrant artistic and educational programming for Arkansas.

Members Event – Wednesday, October 16th

RED Hot Flights with Donnie Ferneau

Wednesday, October 16 @ 6:00 pm at Cellar 220 long red wine

Members are invited to learn more about RED, Mark Rothko, and red wine before the opening of The Rep’s production. Join us at the new Cellar 220 restaurant for a fun evening with Chef Donnie Ferneau, Sommelier Jeff Yant, and Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp. Explore flights of red wine paired with small plates designed by Chef Donnie Ferneau. Hear Director’s notes from Bob Hupp to get the inside story before you see RED!

Cellar 220, 220 West 6th Street, Little Rock

$35.00 per person, limited seating, RSVP to Membership

Learn more about RED at The Rep

Announcing The Rep’s 38th Season!

Season includes vibrant new artistic experiences, including two world premieres

Arkansas Repertory Theatre (The Rep), the state’s largest nonprofit professional theatre, is proud to announce its 38th MainStage Season. The new season will include vibrant new artistic experiences that exemplify The Rep’s mission of producing diverse work of the highest artistic standards for its Arkansas audience.

“We welcome you to experience a variety of bold plays, new artistic experiences and vivid stories that will engage and entertain in our most vibrant season yet,” says Bob Hupp, Producing Artistic Director at Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

THE 2013-2014 MAINSTAGE SEASON

PAL JOEY

Sept. 6 – Sept. 29, 2013

Taking the stage Sept. 6 – Sept. 29, 2013 is a re-conceived version of the Rodgers & Hart 1940 classic Pal Joey. After an enthusiastically received concert reading at Pasadena’s prestigious Boston Court Theatre last year, Director Peter Schneider was encouraged by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization to move forward with a fully realized production.

With direction by Peter Schneider, a book by Patrick Pacheco based on the short stories and “Pal Joey” libretto by John O’Hara, and musical supervision and arrangements by Michael Reno, this new incarnation explodes with timeless jazz favorites, stunning tap dance numbers and plenty of sparkle while exploring morality, race, class and the timeless relationship between power and sex. The new score has been enhanced with other memorable songs from the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart catalogue.

Such classics as “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Sing for Your Supper,” and “Glad To Be Unhappy” are now intermingled with gems from the original 1940 show like “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and “I Could Write a Book.” Also included is the song “What is a Man?” This Pal Joey answers that question in the most provocative and unexpected ways.

Peter Schneider is the Tony-Award-winning producer of the internationally acclaimed  Broadway musical, The Lion King, the director of Sister Act, The Musical in London and My Life with Men…and Other Animals, starring Maria Cassi. He produced the award-winning documentary, “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” about Disney Animation from 1984 – 1994, and served as President of Animation and Chairman of the Studio for the Walt Disney Company for 17 years.

“Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the perfect environment for the artistic collaborative process required to reinvent a musical,” says Schneider. “I am thrilled to partner with Arkansas Rep and Bob to present the world premiere of this exciting new version of Pal Joey.”

Joey has the voice of an angel and a devilish charisma. When the ambitious young black singer lands at a white Chicago nightclub in 1948, he intrigues the sassy chorus girls, the jazz-loving pianist and, most dangerously, a rich beautiful socialite. Hungry to headline at his own glittering club, Joey is willing to do whatever he can to get there.

“It’s exciting to introduce this classic American musical to our audience,” says Hupp. “Edgy for its time, Pal Joey is perhaps best known for the film version starring Frank Sinatra. Peter Schneider’s production breathes new life into this classic tale and brings new relevance to the story that unfolds amidst this powerful score.”

RED

Oct. 25 – Nov. 10, 2013

In partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center’s upcoming exhibit “Mark Rothko in the 1940’s: The Decisive Decade,” we are thrilled to announce the production of the revealing Rothko bio-drama Red, on stage Oct. 25 – Nov. 10, 2013.

Directed by Rep Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp, Red will star Rep favorite Joe Graves (Othello, The Tempest, Of Mice and Men, Moonlight and Magnolias) as the abstract artist Mark Rothko.

Written by John Logan and set in Rothko’s studio on the Bowery, Red drops you squarely inside the world of the painter and sets your heart pounding, chronicling the tormented artist’s two-year struggle to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan’s exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. This production provides a rare glimpse of an artist through the lens of his relationship with his naïve young assistant, who must choose between appeasing his mentor—and changing the course of art history.

Amid the swiftly changing cultural tide of the late 1950s, Red is a startling snapshot of a brilliant artist at the height of his fame. When his new assistant challenges his artistic integrity, Rothko must confront his own demons or be crushed by the ever-changing art world he helped create.

“The Rep’s first-time partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center offers a depth of artistic exploration never before offered to Little Rock audiences,” says Hupp.

BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE

Dec. 6 – Dec. 29, 2013

A world premiere musical brings a Tony Award-winning creative team to Little Rock this holiday season. On stage Dec. 6 – Dec. 29, 2013, Because of Winn Dixie, with book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and music by Duncan Sheik, is a new musical based on the popular 2000 novel by Kate DeCamillo.

Taran, an Irish Wolfhound (pictured below), has been cast in the title role of “Winn-Dixie,” trained by Broadway’s foremost animal trainer, Bill Berloni. This will be the first pre-Broadway musical starring a live dog as the central character.

This unique production will include music by Duncan Sheik (Tony and Grammy Award Winner for Spring Awakening), lyrics and book by Nell Benjamin (Tony Nominee for Legally Blonde), direction by John Tartaglia (Tony Nominee for Avenue Q) and animal direction by Bill Berloni (a 2011 Tony Honor recipient).

“It has always amazed me the reaction animals have on an audience,” says Berloni, “My theory is we all know anything onstage is an extension of reality. We love when actors go up on lines and become real. We love seeing two partners in real life play characters onstage. So when a dog or cat comes onstage, our collective reality is ‘Wait a minute, you can’t get an animal to act, what is it going to do?’ And it brings the audience closer into the piece. While you can create animals as main characters in film, it has never been tried onstage.”

Because of Winn Dixie tells the story of lonely young girl who moves to Florida with her father. She goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket and comes out with a large stray dog who helps her rekindle an almost lost relationship with her father.

“We were honored that the creative team of Winn Dixie approached us for this world premiere. I think this project has tremendous potential to introduce a significant new work into the American musical theatre canon,” says Hupp. “Duncan Sheik is my favorite contemporary Broadway composer and this story will melt your heart. It’s a departure from what we’ve been doing for the holidays these past few years, but the themes and family friendly nature of this new musical will be a cause of celebration for the theatre and our patrons.”

CLYBOURNE PARK

Jan. 24 – Feb. 9, 2014

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a bitingly funny and fiercely provocative new play about the volatile combination of race and real estate.

On stage in the new year from Jan. 24 – Feb. 9, 2014, written by Bruce Norris and directed by Rep founder Cliff Baker, this ferociously sharp play is inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s popular classic A Raisin in the Sun.

Clybourne Park portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play and is loosely based on historical events. In 1959, a white couple sells their home to a black family (the Younger family from A Raisin in the Sun), causing an uproar in their middle-class neighborhood.

Fifty years later in 2009, the same house is changing hands again, but the stakes have changed. As neighbors wage a hilarious and pitched battle over territory and legacy, Clybourne Park reveals just how far our ideas about race and gentrification have evolved.

When our houses become our homes, and our neighborhoods become our identities, what will we do to protect them? As hidden agendas unfold, an unforgettable story is revealed without good guys or bad guys, just real people with real concerns about the future of their community.

“The impact of this play is immediately relevant to our lives in Little Rock. This is a play about neighborhoods and identity. I never thought real estate could be the subject of life changing drama, but after seeing Clybourne Park a few years ago, I knew it belonged on The Rep stage,” says Hupp. “Its searing wit, intriguing plot twists and hard hitting social commentary make Clybourne Park a theatrical tour de force not to be missed.”

LES MISERABLES

March 7 – March 30, 2014

A co-production with Arizona’s Phoenix Theatre, Les Miserables returns to The Rep stage March 7 – March 30, 2014, directed by Rep Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp and featuring an all new set design.

The Rep is pleased to announce the return of Douglas Webster to The Rep stage as Jean Valjean in the world’s longest-running musical, Les Miserables, seen by over 60 million people in 42 countries and now an Academy Award-winning major motion picture.

Les Miserables features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, an English-language libretto by Herbert Kretzmer and is based on the novel of the same name by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo.

Discover a nation in the grip of revolution, where convict Jean Valjean is on the run. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole, he must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Jean Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves.

This legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s classic sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction in 19th century France. “The recent film illustrates that star power is no substitute for vocal power, or the emotional connection of experiencing the epic Les Miserables on The Rep’s intimate stage,” says Hupp.

THE SECOND CITY

April 21 – May 4, 2014

The Second City Touring Company loads up the tour bus and heads to Little Rock April 21 – May 4, 2014. Hilarious, fast-paced and always topical, and highly interactive with priceless audience interactions, The Second City has audiences rolling in the aisles all across the country. No institution escapes the satiric eye of The Second City – from the blowhards of the Beltway to the Hollywood elite.

“From John Belushi to Tina Fey to Stephen Colbert, The Second City alumni define comedy in America,” says Hupp. “You’ll want to be the first to check out the rising new stars on their all-new tour.”

THE COMPLEAT WRKS OF WLM SHKSPR ABRIDGED

June 6 – June 22, 2014

Life is short. The complete works of Shakespeare are long. Now all of the bard’s most familiar pieces are condensed into one hilarious roller-coaster spoof. Ending The Rep’s season is an entertaining romp on stage June 6 – June 22, 2014, as audiences will see all of Shakespeare 37 plays in only 97 minutes.

Directed by Rep Director of Education and Resident Director Nicole Capri, The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) is a parody of the 37 plays written by William Shakespeare, with all of them being performed in shortened, and side-splitting, form.

The play was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, former founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 and later played at the Criterion Theatre in London, where it ran for nine record-breaking years.

It has become one of the world’s most popular shows, playing frequently in a variety of languages. The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) is most notable for holding the (self-proclaimed) world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at just 43 seconds.

EDUCATIONAL WORK AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

In addition to The Rep’s MainStage productions, educational work and community partnerships fill The Rep’s calendar.

The extremely popular Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) workshops for young artists will be held July 7 – July 20, 2013. SMTI, under the direction of Nicole Capri, The Rep’s Resident Director and Director of Education, is an intensive, audition-based theatre training program designed exclusively for motivated young artists who are serious about the arts and musical theatre.

From equity-card carrying actors living and working in New York, to LA where graduates are pursuing film careers as actors, writers and film-makers, to Nashville where they are recording artists and video stars, to national and international tours, teachers, choreographers, directors and even a third SMTI finalist on American Idol, the most talented young artists in the state have made The Rep’s Young Artists Program a success.

“SMTI has experienced tremendous growth and success over the past eight years,” says Capri. “Our fan-base has grown by leaps and bounds and our alumni graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers as working professionals in the performing, visual and creative arts.”

Now Capri is taking the program in another direction, and plans to create a brand new, all-original musical with a life potential beyond Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s stage. The goal for the original musical is to produce a diverse and “culture-current” musical score and soundtrack that could be heard on any radio station across the country, to introduce new songs from almost every genre of music (contemporary-alternative, acoustic-folk, urban-rock, indie-pop, jazz-fusion, Nashville-sound, progressive-Broadway and sunshine-pop) and to develop a relevant and relatable original project.

Young artists ages 16 – 23 selected for the program will workshop the original production from July 7 – July 20 and perform their show on July 20. Ages 10 – 15 will workshop from July 21 – August 3 and take the stage on August 3.

“This does mean no fall SMTI Mainstage production,” says Capri. “The creative team, comprised of myself, Bobby Banister, Conly Basham, Mark Binns, Sam Clark, Robert Frost, Jimmy Landfair and Charity Vance, will continue to work for an additional eight to ten months to revise and refine our product.”

Ballet Arkansas will return to The Rep stage in April 14 – April 20, 2014, and the Little Rock Film Festival will return to 601 Main Street in May 13 – May 18, 2014, with spring dates for the Arkansas New Play Fest at the Oxford American Magazine’s Main Street venue to be announced at a later date.

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS

Advance Season Subscriptions are on sale now and will range from $180 – $260 through March 31, making subscribing to The Rep the best way to get the best seats at the best price ahead of sellout shows. Subscription pricing will go up in April. Single ticket sales open to the public in August.

Call The Rep’s Box Office at (501) 378-0405 for more information on Season Subscriptions or visit www.therep.org.