Local Lawyer’s Gridiron Returning to Rep Stage in August

GridironLogoThe Arkansas Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce that more than 80 lawyers, judges and legal professionals will once again take The Rep stage with their production of Gridiron 2016: Bake America’s Cake Again.  The biennial musical production spoofing Arkansas and national politics and people will run Aug. 2-6.  Opening night on Tuesday, Aug. 2 will feature a reception with lite bites and complimentary wine and beer before the curtain at 8 p.m.  Four shows will follow on Wednesday, Aug. 3 (7 p.m.), Thursday Aug. 4 (7 p.m.), Friday, Aug. 5 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 6 (8 p.m.).

Gridiron traces its origins back to 1916 when a few theatrically inclined lawyers banded together to write and perform a Vaudevillian-style luncheon show.  The show has been a success and this year celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

“We believe that our Gridiron may be the longest running production of its kind in the nation,” said Judge Mary Spencer McGowan, Gridiron’s producer for 20 years.  “Gridiron has evolved over the years from a male-only cast performing at luncheons at the Marion Hotel to a full-fledged professional production at The Rep with Director Jana Beard and Musical Director Lori Isner.”

Tickets

  • Tuesday Opening Night, including reception and show  |  $65 for “A” seating; $60 for “B” seating
  • Additional performances  |  $35 for “A” seating; $30 for “B” seating

For tickets to Gridiron 2016:  Bake America’s Cake Again, call the Rep’s Box Office at (501) 378-0405 or visit TheRep.org.

Windfall Sign Interpreter Night on June 22

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 Windfall performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22. There are still seats available! Any open seats in the section will be released to the public at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, so get your seats now!

Interested in a subscription for ASL night? We are currently renewing and selling new subscriptions for our 2016-17 MainStage Season!

Contact the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to book your Series Subscription (which guarantees one seat for each show) or reserve your seat at our upcoming interpreter nights and get more details at www.therep.org/attend.

VIDEO: The Plot of Windfall with Jason Alexander & Scooter Pietsch

A new play by Scooter Pietsch and directed by Jason Alexander, Windfall is a dark comedy Rep audiences will get to experience first!

Watch our latest From Script to Stage video below to hear as Director Jason Alexander and Playwright Scooter Pietsch explain the plot of the show and why they think Arkansas audiences need to experience it.

Tickets are on sale now at www.TheRep.org or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ‪#‎WindfallatArkRep‬ ‪#‎ArkansasRep‬

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.

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!