Arkansas Repertory Theatre is thrilled to once again participate in TheatreSquared’s 2015 Arkansas New Play Fest. With the majority of the Play Fest being held in Fayetteville, two productions will be read at Arkansas Repertory Theatre on Saturday, June 27.
The two staged reading performances include Uncle by Lee Blessing (2 p.m.) and Dust by Qui Nguyen (7 p.m.) and will take place in The Rep’s Lobby, located on the ground level. Admission is free of charge and open to the public. Here is a little bit more about these stories:
- Uncle by Lee Blessing: From Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee Lee Blessing (A Walk in the Woods), a comedy about an academic sabbatical gone terribly awry. Dr. Paul Waymiller is facing a “publish or perish” deadline on his book about Chekov’s masterpiece, Uncle Vanya. With his career in the balance, he refuses to be distracted by anything—be it his imminent divorce, Vanya himself, or the interdimensional wormhole that’s opened up in his backyard.
- Dust by Qui NNguyen: Dust is the story of Thuy, a girl who sets out to find her ex-G.I. father—who has kept her existence a secret from his wife for 16 years. Blending live hip-hop, raw emotion and wry wit, Dust recasts the American dream through the eyes of an Amer-Asian teenager in this redemptive, cross-cultural coming-of-age story. It’s the newest work by Arkansas native Qui Nguyen (2014 Sundance Institute Fellow).
The Arkansas New Play Fest is a collaboration between The Rep and TheatreSquared, located in Fayetteville. The collaboration is designed to introduce promising new works for the stage to audiences in northwest and central Arkansas and to encourage conversation about the themes of these new plays. There will be a talkback session with the playwright and the cast following each reading.