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.”


  • 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.

Local Lawyer’s Gridiron Show Returning to The Rep Stage, Tickets on Sale Now

GridironThe lawyers are back at it!

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.

Joyful spa timeIn 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