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.

Opening week of The Little Mermaid: Engage with Us!

Arkansas Repertory Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid. photos by STEPHEN B. THORNTON

The cast of Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of The Little Mermaid. Photo by STEPHEN B. THORNTON

It’s the Opening Week of our blockbuster holiday musical, The Little Mermaid, the third production in The Rep’s landmark 40th MainStage Season!

Now that we are in our first week of December (can you believe it?), we are excited to get our big musical started and give our patrons engaging activities.

Here is this week’s lineup of fun events:

Wednesday, December 2:

  • 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!
  • Pay What You Can Night, 7 p.m.: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night” on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. Tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.

Thursday, December 3:

  • 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!
  • 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, December 4:

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

Sunday, December 6:

  • Pay Your Age Night, 7 p.m.: Little Rock Soiree presents The Rep’s “Pay Your Age Night” on Sunday, Oct. 18. 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 December 2- January 3 here and book your tickets by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

Closing Week of The Whipping Man: Engage with Us!

Ryan Barry as Caleb (from left), Damian Thompson and Michael A. Shepperd. Photo by Stephen Thornton.

Ryan Barry as Caleb (from left), Damian Thompson and Michael A. Shepperd. Photo by Stephen Thornton.

Can you believe it? It’s the last week of our latest production, The Whipping Man!

An extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance, The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez opened off-Broadway in 2011 to critical acclaim, winning the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the NY Outer Critics Circle and becoming one of the most produced plays in the country.

It’s a week definitely not to be missed here at Arkansas Repertory Theatre (and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center)– there are special engagement and standing surround events almost every night this week.

Here is what you can take part in:

It’s in the Bag: Lunch ‘n Learn Series at Mosaic Templars
Tuesday, February 3 | 11:30 a.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s quarterly lunchtime series will be a panel discussion, moderated by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp, featuring The Whipping Man cast, alongside Jim Pfeifer, AIA.  After the discussion, tour MTCC’s new exhibit, “Freedom! Oh, Freedom! Arkansas’ People of African Descent and the Civil War: 1861-1866.” Bring your lunch and drinks will be provided. Free!

Girls Night Out with The Design Group
Tuesday, Feb. 3 | 5 p.m.
Sponsored by The Design Group, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Brown Sugar Bake Shop and Arkansas Black Hall of Fame
Mix and mingle in The Rep lobby with yummy treats and fabulous shopping from 5 – 7 p.m. and enjoy a special talk-back discussion immediately following the performance. Post-show discussion moderated by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp, featuring the cast of The Whipping Man and Lottie Shackelford, former Mayor of Little Rock. The special Girls Night Out event is free and open to the public. Tickets to the performance are $35. Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to get your tickets!

Talk-Back Series
Thursday, February 5 | 9:30 p.m.
Post-show discussions that explore the themes present in this production. Free!beerglasses

Live from Foster’s with Crossroads
Friday, February 6 | 6:30 p.m.
Get your evening started early with live pre-show music from Crossroads in Foster’s. Free!

The After-Party
Saturday, February 7 | 10:30 p.m.
Stick around after the show for drinks and look for members of the cast to make an appearance at The Rep’s lounge Foster’s. Free!

Get your tickets now for this thought-provoking drama. Purchase yours online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405. Learn more about this incredible play with our study guide here. We hope to see you here!

Engage with Us: The Whipping Man

THEREP_THE WHIPPINGMAN (no credits)-page-001Now that our holiday musical is over, we are gearing up for our next production, The Whipping Man, taking The Rep stage from Jan. 23-Feb. 8.

A tale of faith in a time of war, the drama is set during Passover 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. One of these homes sits in ruins. As Jewish confederate officer Caleb DeLeon returns from the war, badly wounded, to find his family missing and only two former slaves remaining, Simon and John, the two men are forced to care for him.

In addition to seeing this thought-provoking drama, there are plenty of ways to engage with us about the content of the show. For The Whipping Man, the National Endowment for the Arts recommended The Rep for a $10,000 grant to support the production and to collaborate with community partners on related audience engagement activities.

Here is a rundown of the community engagement events the public can take part in:

PRESHOW DIRECTOR TALKS
Wednesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 22 | 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
A preshow talk will take place on the set of The Whipping Man with Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and members of the creative team.

CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series
Thursday, January 22 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of The Whipping Man for a panel discussion on this post-Civil War drama.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239 for reservations.

OPENING NIGHT
Friday, January 23 | 8 p.m.
Opening Night for The Whipping Man will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

The World Turned Upside Down: The South at the End
Member Night with Dr. Carl Moneyhon

Monday, January 26 | 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Carl Moneyhon, a Civil War expert with the UALR History Department, will discuss historical content relative to this production. Admission for members is free, while non-members are $10. Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to reserve your spot!

Talk-Back Series
Thursday, January 29 and Thursday, February 5 | 9:30 p.m.
Post-show discussions that explore the themes present in this production.

It’s in the Bag: Lunch ‘n Learn Series at Mosaic Templars
Tuesday, February 3 | 11:30 a.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s quarterly lunchtime series will be a panel discussion, moderated by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp, featuring The Whipping Man cast, alongside Jim Pfeifer, AIA.  After the discussion, tour MTCC’s new exhibit, “Freedom! Oh, Freedom! Arkansas’ People of African Descent and the Civil War: 1861-1866.” Bring your lunch and drinks will be provided.

Live from Foster’s with Crossroads
Friday, February 6 | 6:30 p.m.
Get your evening started early with live pre-show music from Crossroads in Foster’s.

The After-Party
Saturday, February 7 | 10:30 p.m.
Stick around after the show for drinks and look for members of the cast to make an appearance at The Rep’s lounge Foster’s.

Purchase tickets to The Whipping Man by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 or by visiting TheRep.org.

Behind the Curtain Q&A: Special Events Coordinator Ronda Lewis

With the start of a new MainStage season, we want to showcase the people behind the Rep stage in a series called “Behind the Curtain.” This weekly Q&A series highlights staff members who keep the Arkansas Repertory Theatre running on a daily basis.

Someone who helps with special events surrounding our MainStage productions– including our biggest gala of the year, Saints & Sinners– is Ronda Lewis, our special events coordinator.

Here is what she has to say about her theatre experience here at The Rep:

How long have you worked at The Rep? One year, three months

Education/training: Bachelor of Science in Marketing

How’d you get into the theatre biz: It’s not a interesting story. I applied for the job because I love the fact that theatre is so diverse.

Why your job rocks: Planning special events is eventful in itself! The satisfaction of knowing that I participate in making an event successful and the overall feeling of knowing that I contribute to helping keep the theatre moving forward.

Best work day ever: When I cross every goal for the day off of my to-do list and we have a membership gathering with wine (wink). Also, meeting the actors during Meet & Greet.

Favorite Rep show you’ve worked on and why: I have not worked on any shows but my favorite show so far was Clybourne Park.

One thing people would be surprised about your job: I think people would really be surprised to know how the staff literally juggles 15 things at once. Also, how dedicated we are as a staff and how much the actors LOVE the staff and our Southern hospitality.

Favorite seat in the house: Orchestra-F15

Best job perk: Wine—duh! Drinking on the job and all of the great talented actors and staff who you meet. Getting to see the creativity from beginning to end; whether it’s a show or putting together small or big events and seeing the final product. P.S. I am not a alcoholic!

Be sure to check back every week to get a glimpse at a different member of The Rep staff. Buy your tickets to Wait Until Dark here!

Memphis The Musical: Engage With Us

With our 39th Season having opened last Friday (Sept. 5) with Memphis, we have a full month of opportunities to engage with The Rep and the musical currently on our MainStage. From shopping and a beer tasting to a concert and after-party with the cast, we have special programming and events for everyone.

Read below for full details about what’s happening this month at The Rep.

The After-Party sponsored by Heartbeat1919091_356731151104_7709067_n
Saturday, September 13
After the show – until the party stops!

Stick around after the show for drinks, and look for members of the cast of Memphis to make an appearance in Foster’s.

Girls Night Out with Beehive sponsored by Inviting 10511285_618969088217835_7659425666994540551_nArkansas
Thursday, September 18
5 – 7 p.m.
Complimentary champagne pour from 5 – 6 pm; Cash bar from 6 – 7 pm

Shop ’til you drop with Little Rock boutique Beehive in Foster’s before show time.

Live from Foster’s with Christopher Key CashUntitled
Friday, September 19
6 p.m.

Get your evening started early with live pre-show music from musician Christopher Key Cash in Foster’s.

 

Beer Night with O’Fallon Brewery sponsored by Arkansas Times and Golden EagleOFallonBrewery
Thursday, September 25
5:30 p.m.

Join the Arkansas Times and Golden Eagle before the show to have a beer from O’Fallon Brewery.


Great seats are still available for Memphis.  Purchase yours online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.