FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.: TheatreSquared has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring six productions.
The season will open with Fun Home (Aug. 23-Sept. 17), with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori. The musical, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, chronicles Bechdel’s upbringing as she struggled to relate to her closeted father while coming to terms with her own sexuality. Rita Harvey and Rob Sutton will star, and Amy Herzberg will direct.
Following will be the world premiere of The Champion (Oct. 11-Nov. 5), by Amy Evans, which follows Nina Simone and her band as they are accused of a crime they didn’t commit in a diner in 1962. Joy Jones will star, and Reginald Douglas will direct.
Just in time for the holidays will be It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Nov. 29-Dec. 31), adapted by Joe Landry from Frank Capra, about a group of five actors who gather on Christmas Eve in 1946 to recreate the Christmas magic of the classic film with foley sound effects.
Next up will be Stephen Karam’s The Humans (Jan. 24-Feb. 18, 2018), about a family whose secrets begin to unravel over the course of a Thanksgiving dinner.
The season will continue with Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone (March 14-April 8, 2018), a retelling of Nguyen’s parents’ love story that began in an Arkansas refugee camp in 1975, told through a hip-hop and pop culture lens. Kholoud Sawaf will direct.
The season will close out with The Hound of the Baskervilles (April 25-May 20, 2018), adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson from Arthur Conan Doyle, a comedy about detective Sherlock Holmes as he unravels the mystery of an ancient curse plaguing the Baskerville family.
The programming will also include the 2018 Arkansas New Play Festival (June 8-16, 2018), featuring five new works, talk backs with the playwrights and cast members, and free local craft beer.
TheatreSquared, founded in 2005, produces contemporary plays and musical year-round to audiences in Northwest Arkansas.