From Script to Stage: Macbeth Original Score

Arkansas Repertory Theatre's production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. photos by Stephen B. Thornton

The cast of The Rep’s production of Macbeth.
Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

To set the atmospheric tone for a show like Shakespeare’s Macbeth, it takes an eerie, beautiful and at times, haunting, score.

For the first time ever, The Rep enlisted to help of Musical Director Mark Binns to compose an original score for a production

We have launched a brand-new video series From Script to Stage and for the third in the series, we had a chance to sit down with Binns to look at the inspiration of the score, his process, what he enjoyed most and a few samples of the pieces you’ll hear during the production. Check it out below!

The Shakespeare drama takes The Rep stage through Sept. 27! Book your tickets to Macbeth by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

Sign Interpreter Night for Macbeth on Sept. 23

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.

We are gearing up for our next sign interpretation night, which will be the Macbeth performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23. There are still seats available! Any open seats in the section will be released to the public at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, so get your seats now!

Here are the remaining sign interpreter performances:10653652_10152240681971105_882036142166987126_n

  • 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28
  • The Little Mermaid: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16
  • Peter and the Starcatcher: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
  • 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.

From Script to Stage: Macbeth Costume Design

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The cast of Macbeth. Photo by Stephen B. Thornton.

From the leather armor and tunics to the moccasins, helmets and other pieces, there is no doubt much time went into planning and crafting these incredible pieces. And the woman behind these extensive costumes is returning costume designer Marianne Custer, the resident costume designer for the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn. and head of the MFA design program at The University of Tennessee.

We have launched a brand-new video series From Script to Stage and for the second in the series, we had a chance to sit down with Custer on the inspiration behind the incredible costumes, the patterns and fabrics used, as well as a look at the badges on the armor, the moccasins and more. Check it out below!

The Shakespeare drama takes The Rep stage Sept. 11-27! Book your tickets to Macbeth by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

Macbeth Monday: Did You Know?

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Michael Stewart Allen as Macbeth in The Rep’s production of Macbeth. Photo by John David Pittman.

Our 40th Season is here!

And a new show means a new blog series. To highlight all of the cool aspects of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth— our first show of the season– we have launched a week blog series called Macbeth Mondays!

This week, we are looking at a few things you may not know about the Bard, himself, and Macbeth, not to mention a few interesting stats.

Here you go!

Did you know?

  • Over 80 variations on the spelling of Shakespeare’s name have been discovered. Even the Bard himself couldn’t decide how to spell his name, it seems—in surviving signatures, we can see that he used “Willm Shaksp,” “William Shakespe,” and “Wm Shakespe,” among others.
  • The records from Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-up on-Avon show the baptism of baby William Shakespeare on April 26, 1564 (since infant baptisms typically occurred 3 days after birth, Shakespeare’s birthday is traditionally dated April 23, 1564). Coincidentally, he died on the same day 52 years later: April 23, 1616.
  • Shakespeare is credited with introducing some 3, 000 new words to the English language. Scholars estimate that he had up to an astonishing 29,000 words in his vocabulary– that’s at least twice as many words as used by the average speaker.
  • Over the course of his wildly successful career, Shakespeare authored 37 (some say 38) plays, 154 sonnets, and 5 narrative poems. Another way of looking at it? Shakespeare wrote 884, 647 words and 118,406 lines.
  • Shakespeare was worried enough about his final resting place that he wrote an epitaph to curse anyone who dared to disturb his body:
    Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear
    To dig the dust enclosed here:
    Blest be the man that spares these stones
    And curst be he that moves my bones.
    Though it was customary to dig up the bones from previous graves to make room for others, the remains in Shakespeare’s grave are still undisturbed.

By the numbers:

  • 2,113: Number of lines in uncut version of Macbeth
  • 24: Number of times the word “blood” appears in the play
  • 1623: Year Macbeth first appears in print (First Folio)
  • 681: Number of lines spoken by Macbeth
  • 80: Percentage of play written in blank verse (not much prose)
  • 1606: Year Macbeth is written

Pulled from the Macbeth study guide, prepared by Paige Reynolds.

Check back every Monday to uncover a new aspect of this incredible Shakespearean tragedy and book your tickets by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

And learn everything else you need to before seeing the drama by checking out our study guide here!

Opening Week of Macbeth: Engage With Us!

Michael Stewart Allen as Macbeth. Photo by John David Pittman.

Michael Stewart Allen as Macbeth. Photo by John David Pittman.

Can you believe it? It’s the Opening Week of Macbeth and the kickoff to The Rep’s landmark 40th MainStage Season!

Now that Labor Day weekend is over and the summer is coming to a close, we are excited to get this season started and give our patrons engaging activities in addition to our productions.

Here is this week’s lineup of fun events:

Wednesday, Sept. 9

  • Macbeth 101, 12-1 p.m.: Dramaturg and Assistant Director Paige Reynolds leads a brown bag lunch that enriches your play going experience. CLICK HERE to RSVP.
  • Preshow Director Talk, 6:15-6:45 p.m.: Get exclusive insight into our production of Macbeth from Director Bob Hupp and the creative team before the start of the preview performances. FREE!
  • Pay What You Can Night, 7 p.m.: Patrons are invited to attend the first preview of Opening Week by paying 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 opens at 9 a.m. There are 100 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to (2) two per person.

Thursday, Sept. 10

  • 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 production. RSVP by emailing the Clinton School of Public Service. FREE!
  • Preshow Director Talk, 6:15-6:45 p.m.: Get exclusive insight into our production of Macbeth from Director Bob Hupp and the creative team before the start of the preview performances. FREE!

Friday, Sept. 11:

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

Sunday, Sept. 13

  • Pay Your Age Night, 7 p.m.: Little Rock Soiree presents The Rep’s “Pay Your Age Night” on Sunday, Sept. 13. If you’re age 40 or under, you can pay your age at The Rep! Tickets are limited to four per household. Proof of age for each member of the party is required at the time of pick-up. Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to book your tickets!

Check out our full lineup of surround events during the show’s run from Sept. 11-27 here and book your tickets by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

And learn everything else you need to before seeing the drama by checking out our study guide here!

Macbeth Monday: Q&A with Costume Designer Marianne Custer

Our first show of the 40th Anniversary MainStage Season is opening this week!

And a new show means a new blog series. To highlight all of the cool aspects of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, we are launching a week blog series called Macbeth Mondays!

This week, we are highlighting the elaborate costumes you see onstage– from the handcrafted leather armor to the plaid capes, linen tunics, moccasin shoes and more. Dramaturg and Assistant Director Paige Reynolds had the chance to talk with costume designer Marianne Custer about her inspiration.

Here is what she had to say:

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Designer Marianne Custer’s sketch of a Macbeth soldier complete with a plaid and fur-lined cape, leather armor, handcrafted moccasin shoes and linen tunic.

Q: What did you find most compelling about designing Macbeth?

A: Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most produced plays. I’ve designed it once before rather long ago, so it was interesting to me to work on it again from today’s perspective. I think the use of technology in this production will make the supernatural elements of the play more believable and reduce the potential for unintentional humor. The play is a grand ghost story, with hauntings, witches and murder. It’s also a play about how a guilty conscience will betray one’s worst secrets. Would it be the same play if the ambitious Macbeths had been able to rise to power and commit their murderous acts without fear or regret, as today’s ambitious power mongers seem to do?

Q: What can you tell us about your inspiration? Where did you go to cultivate your vision for the overall look?

A: Because this production is to be set in the early Romanesque centuries, my research and inspiration was Celtic costume of this era. Very little change occurred in costume during the first thousand years after Christ. Fashion didn’t exist and news didn’t travel very
fast. The costumes are designed to appear primitive to support the primitive greed and superstition that lead to Macbeth’s undoing.

I wanted to emphasize the Scottish in the play through use of “plaid” fabric and kilts. Early kilts were not made of the clan tartans that we know today, but were solid or plaid, probably depending upon the wealth of the wearer. Shreds of fabric from graves have come to prove that plaid and checked fabrics existed among the Celts during Roman times. (The term “plaid” in the discussion of Scottish kilts can lead to confusion, as plaid is the proper term for the upper body covering of the ancient kilt and the term used for the strip of “tartan” cloth worn diagonally over the torso in more modern times.) Kilts were originally long lengths of cloth that could also serve as blankets. Scots would place their belts on the ground, pleat their blankets over the belt, lie down and belt the pleated cloth around their waists. The bottom would serve as the kilt and the top could be pulled over one shoulder or draped over the head as protection from cold and rain.

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Custer’s sketch of another soldier complete with a plaid cape, leather armor, handcrafted moccasin shoes and linen tunic.

The only clothing materials that existed in Scotland at the time were wool, linen, leather and fur. The Thanes in Macbeth are knights and warriors. They live rough and battle hard, as the prologue to our production will demonstrate. The warrior’s clothing is rough, battle worn, and dirty. They were not great bathers. Though metal armor existed during this period, we are using leather armor in an effort to make the costumes appear even more primitive. Long hair with braids, full beards and long mustaches also help to emphasize the primitive nature of our characters.

Q: Is there one particular element of the design that you are especially excited about? Why?

A: I just hope to be able to make all the elements of the costumes work together. The costumes are, in part, invented, so making them all seem part of the same world is a my imperative. I also hope to find a place with the actors in which the elements of the costumes support their characters and the action without them feeling buried in “the Look”. This will be one of my most important challenges in this production. “The Look”, however, is important to maintain, not just in terms of establishing a primitive culture and helping to set the time and place, but because several actors play multiple roles, “ the Look” aids in changing the appearance of the actor from one role to the next.

Q: Where are you from? How often do you work at the Rep?

A: I am from Minneapolis. I left long ago to design costumes and teach. I am a professor of 42 years at the University of Tennessee, where I developed and still head a highly successful MFA program in design for theatre. I believe Macbeth is my tenth production
at the Rep. I love working here with Bob Hupp, Cliff Baker and other talented directors. Working on August Osage County was truly a privilege. I saw the production on Broadway, saw the movie, and believe The Rep’s production better than either. I love working with the Rep’s staff, which I find welcoming, talented and always willing to give their best to help
create a vision.

Pulled from the Macbeth study guide, prepared by Paige Reynolds.

Check back every Monday to uncover a new aspect of this incredible Shakespearean tragedy and book your tickets by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

And learn everything else you need to before seeing the drama by checking out our study guide here!

From Script to Stage: Fight Choreography

20848584996_4378699ee9_zA lot goes into the intense fighting in our production of Macbeth and it couldn’t be done without the expertise of Fight Director Geoffrey Kent, resident fight director for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

We are launching a brand-new video series From Script to Stage and to kick things off, we had a chance to sit down with Kent on what goes into creating fight choreography, the kind of swords that the actors use onstage, what patrons can expect to see and more. Check it out below!

The Shakespeare drama takes The Rep stage Sept. 11-27! Book your tickets to Macbeth by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

Macbeth Monday: A Rundown

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Seth Rabinowitz as Macduff in Macbeth. Photo by John David Pittman.

Our first show of the 40th Anniversary MainStage Season is upon us!

A new show means a new blog series. To highlight all of the cool aspects of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, we are launching a week blog series called Macbeth Mondays!

To kick things off, we thought it would be a good idea to look at the synopsis, characters and really why Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp wanted to bring this show to The Rep stage to start our landmark season.

Synopsis 

Featuring eerie witch-like figures conspiring in riddles and chants to the backdrop of a great battle coming to an end, the beginning of Macbeth promises a story that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.  A captain reports the details of the battle to King Duncan, praising the bravery of two generals, Macbeth and Banquo.  As Macbeth and Banquo travel home, they encounter the “Weird Sisters,” three witches who prophesy great honors in store for both men.  They tell Macbeth that he will become the Thane of Cawdor, and eventually, the king.  They tell Banquo that although he will not be king, his descendants will.  The first prophesy is fulfilled immediately when Duncan awards the title of Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth in return for his successful military service in the preceding battles.  He writes of the witches’ predictions to his wife, who begins strategizing how she will help her husband claim the crown.  When they find out the king plans to spend a night at their castle, the Macbeths decide to murder him in his sleep.

Malcolm and Donalbain, Duncan’s sons, run away in fear of their own lives, and Macbeth becomes king.  The rest of the play reveals the personal and political consequences of Macbeth’s act of regicide:  he and his wife, his former “partner in greatness,” drift apart, he plots murder after murder to cover up his initial crime, he desperately seeks out further help from the witches, he is plagued with insomnia, and he is terrified by the haunting of a ghost.  Lady Macbeth, too, suffers for her part in the murder of the king—she experiences distressing episodes of sleepwalking, and ultimately, deteriorates to the point of death.  In the end, Macbeth’s tyranny is brought to an end when he is defeated in battle by Macduff and Malcolm, who claims his right to the throne.  The play seems less interested in the eventual restoration of order than itis in the cost of corruption to the human soul.

“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.”

Characters

  • Macbeth: a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true. 
  • Lady Macbeth: Macbeth’s wife, a deeply ambitious woman who lusts for power and position. 
  • The Weird Sisters: three “black and midnight hags” who plot mischief against Macbeth using charms, spells, and prophecies.
  • Banquo: The brave, noble general whose children, according to the witches’ prophecy, will inherit the Scottish throne. 
  • Duncan: the good King of Scotland whom Macbeth, in his ambition for the crown, murders. 
  • Macduff: a Scottish nobleman hostile to Macbeth’s kingship from the start. 
  • Malcolm: the son of Duncan, whose restoration to the throne signals Scotland’s return to order following Macbeth’s reign of terror. 
  • Fleance: Banquo’s son, who survives Macbeth’s attempt to murder him.
  • Lennox, Ross, Menteith, Angus and Caithness: Scottish noblemen.
  • The Murderers: a group of ruffians conscripted by Macbeth to murder Banquo, Fleance (whom they fail to kill), and Macduff’s wife and children.
  • A Porter: the drunken doorman of Macbeth’s castle.
  • Lady Macduff: Macduff’s wife.
  • Macduff children: Killed by the murderers.
  • Donalbain: Duncan’s son and Malcolm’s younger brother.
  • Siward: Earl of Northumberland and uncle to Malcolm and Donalbain. Aids Malcolm in defeating Macbeth.
  • Young Siward: Son of Siward. Killed by Macbeth.

The Shakespeare drama takes The Rep stage Sept. 11-27! Book your tickets to Macbeth by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

And learn everything else you need to before seeing the drama by checking out our study guide here!

The Rep and Stone’s Throw Partner for Macbeth Beer: Vote CLOSED!

stones-throw-brewing-coming-to-little-rock-ar-L-nrEb8pAre you a beer lover? Well, you’re in for a special treat!

With our production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth taking The Rep MainStage in September, we have teamed up with the popular brewery to create a special beer for the dark drama– a Scottish Red Ale with a small inclusion of rye that adds spice. And guess what? We need your help naming it!

Starting Monday, Aug. 17, The Rep is launching its Macbeth Beer Naming Contest, where we will be accepting entries for the special beverage.

With a reddish hue that pays tribute to the battles of Macbeth, it’s a malty, full-bodied beer that is easy to drink.

After we chose our top five favorite names, then, you, the fans, will vote for your favorite! The winner will receive a growler of the beer and a pair of tickets to see Macbeth!

Here is how the contest will work:

1. Submit your awesome beer name from Monday, Aug. 17 to Friday, Aug. 21.

2. Our top five favorite names will be selected and fans will be allowed to vote for their beer-closeupfavorite on our Facebook page from Monday, Aug. 24 to Wednesday, Aug. 26. 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 beer and a pair of tickets to see Macbeth!

The special beer will be on tap at Stone’s Throw, located at 402 E. Ninth St., Little Rock, throughout the run of the show from Sept. 11-27 and will also be incorporated into a special ice cream flavor created by Loblolly Creamery. The ice cream will be sold at Loblolly Creamery, located inside the Green Corner Store, 1423 Main St., Suite D, Little Rock, and at The Rep throughout the run.

Don’t miss your chance to try this one-of-a-kind brew celebrating one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies and get your tickets to Macbeth online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.

 

The Rep Announces 40th MainStage Season Lineup

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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.