by David Ramsey
Fayetteville’s TheatreSquared last week announced the lineup for its eighth season. The five-play season will feature the world premiere of “The Spiritualist” by Robert Ford; “4,000 Miles” by Amy Herzog, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize; Charles Dickens’s holiday classic “A Christmas Carol”; “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire; and Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Five-play packages start at $105. Call the Walton Arts Center for more information at 489-571-2785, or visit their website at theatre2.org/subscribe.
More information about the plays from the press release, after the jump.
The 2013/14 Season launches with the World Premiere of THE SPIRITUALIST, a new comic drama by Artistic Director Robert Ford. The play introduces Rosemary Dunn, an English widow who cooks for the school lunch service and communes with the spirits of dead composers. When a crusading American newspaperman tries to unmask her as a fraud, he finds more to the so-called spiritualist than meets the eye. Inspired by true events, The Spiritualist reveals an unlikely intersection between art and commerce, sanity and the hope for transcendence. Directed by Kevin C. Fox (Sundown Town, The Fall of the House) and featuring Amy Herzberg as Rosemary Dunn.
August 29-September 15, 2013 (recommended for ages 13+).
The season continues with 4,000 MILES, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winner by Amy Herzog. After a disastrous coast-to-coast bike ride, 21-year-old college dropout Leo arrives at his communist 91-year-old grandmother’s Greenwich Village apartment. Over a month’s time, these unlikely roommates find each other at turns infuriating and bewildering—but ultimately discover unexpected kinship in this humorous and critically acclaimed portrayal of two outsiders finding their way in the world. September 26-October 13, 2013 (recommended for ages 13+).
For the holiday season, T2 presents a new, original stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Shrewd and heartless Ebeneezer Scrooge, who spends his workdays scorning joy and saving shillings in Victorian London, is deeply unsettled by the appearance of four ghosts at his bedside on Christmas Eve. Dickens’s classic tale of redemption, rediscovered each year by generations of families, is newly re-imagined for the stage in a holiday gift for Arkansas audiences of every age and walk of life.
December 5-29, 2013 (for all ages).
In 2014, Season 8 continues with Pulitzer Prize-Winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE, recipient of the 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. In South Boston, sharp-tongued single-mom Margie has lost her job at the Dollar Store. Scrambling to make ends meet, she tracks down an old high-school flame—who is now successful, married and living well—but a favor turns to blackmail when a dark secret surfaces in this humor-laced new drama.
February 13—March 9, 2014 (recommended for ages 13+).
The 2013/14 Subscription Series concludes with TheatreSquared’s new production of HAMLET, by William Shakespeare. The king is dead—murdered by his brother, who claims the throne and the widowed queen. The world moves on, but Prince Hamlet cannot, and vows to take revenge. Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy is equal parts ghost story, political intrigue, doomed romance and murder mystery, driven by one of literature’s most intriguing, enigmatic and controversial characters.
April 10—May 4, 2014 (recommended for ages 13+).
The 2014 ARKANSAS NEW PLAY FESTIVAL, Arkansas's premiere celebration of new works for the stage, will be held June 12-15, 2014, with dates and titles for the celebration of new works to be announced in February 2014. Now in its sixth year, the festival seeks to give voice to emerging playwrights whose timely and relevant stories resonate with the shifting demographics of mid-America, and will be staged both at T2’s home venue in Fayetteville and at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock.
June 12-15, 2014