Arkansas Repertory Theatre (The Rep), the state's largest nonprofit professional theatre, is proud to announce its 38th MainStage Season. The new season will include vibrant new artistic experiences that exemplify The Rep's mission of producing diverse work of the highest artistic standards for its Arkansas audience.
THE 2013-2014 MAINSTAGE SEASON
Sept. 6 - Sept. 29, 2013
Taking the stage Sept. 6 - Sept. 29, 2013 is a re-conceived version of the Rodgers & Hart 1940 classic Pal Joey.
Joey has the voice of an angel and a devilish charisma. When the ambitious young black singer lands at a white Chicago nightclub in 1948, he intrigues the sassy chorus girls, the jazz-loving pianist and, most dangerously, a rich beautiful socialite. Hungry to headline at his own glittering club, Joey is willing to do whatever he can to get there.
Oct. 25 - Nov. 10, 2013
In partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center's upcoming exhibit "Mark Rothko in the 1940's: The Decisive Decade," we are thrilled to announce the production of the revealing Rothko bio-drama Red, on stage Oct. 25 - Nov. 10, 2013.
Written by John Logan and set in Rothko's studio on the Bowery, Red drops you squarely inside the world of the painter and sets your heart pounding, chronicling the tormented artist's two-year struggle to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan's exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. This production provides a rare glimpse of an artist through the lens of his relationship with his naïve young assistant, who must choose between appeasing his mentor-and changing the course of art history.
Amid the swiftly changing cultural tide of the late 1950s, Red is a startling snapshot of a brilliant artist at the height of his fame. When his new assistant challenges his artistic integrity, Rothko must confront his own demons or be crushed by the ever-changing art world
he helped create.
BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE
Dec. 6 - Dec. 29, 2013
A world premiere musical brings a Tony Award-winning creative team to Little Rock this holiday season. On stage Dec. 6 - Dec. 29, 2013, Because of Winn Dixie, with book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and music by Duncan Sheik, is a new musical based on the popular 2000 novel by Kate DeCamillo.
Taran, an Irish Wolfhound, has been cast in the title role of "Winn-Dixie," trained by Broadway's foremost animal trainer, Bill Berloni. This will be the first pre-Broadway musical starring a live dog as the central character.
Because of Winn Dixie tells the story of lonely young girl who moves to Florida with her father. She goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket and comes out with a large stray dog who helps her rekindle an almost lost relationship with her father.
Jan. 24 - Feb. 9, 2014
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a bitingly funny and fiercely provocative new play about the volatile combination of race and real estate.
On stage in the new year from Jan. 24 - Feb. 9, 2014, written by Bruce Norris and directed by Rep founder Cliff Baker, this ferociously sharp play is inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's popular classic A Raisin in the Sun.
Clybourne Park portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play and is loosely based on historical events. In 1959, a white couple sells their home to a black family (the Younger family from A Raisin in the Sun), causing an uproar in their middle-class neighborhood.
Fifty years later in 2009, the same house is changing hands again, but the stakes have changed. As neighbors wage a hilarious and pitchEd Battle over territory and legacy, Clybourne Park reveals just how far our ideas about race and gentrification have evolved.
When our houses become our homes, and our neighborhoods become our identities, what will we do to protect them? As hidden agendas unfold, an unforgettable story is revealed without good guys or bad guys, just real people with real concerns about the future of their community.
March 7 - March 30, 2014
A co-production with Arizona's Phoenix Theatre, Les Miserables returns to The Rep stage March 7 - March 30, 2014.