LITTLE ROCK, ARK.: Arkansas Repertory Theatre has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring six productions.
“Variety is once again the watchword at the Rep,” said producing artistic director John Miller-Stephany in a statement. “Our 2018-19 season will see the production of two very different musicals, a Shakespearean comedy, a classic American drama, the stage adaptation of a popular award-winning film, and a hilarious contemporary play. I feel passionate about each and every one of these stories, and I am truly excited about the combination.”
The season will begin with The Glass Menagerie (Sept. 5-23), by Tennessee Williams, a memory play about a family living in St. Louis during the Great Depression. Miller-Stephany will direct.
Next up will be Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Oct. 24-Nov. 11), by Todd Kreidler, based on the screenplay by William Rose. The play follows a family dinner that puts a liberal couple’s beliefs to the test when their daughter introduces her black fiancé. Cliff Fannin Baker will direct.
The season will continue with Little Women (Dec. 5-30), with book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, the musical is about four sisters patiently waiting for their father’s return from the Civil War. Miller-Stephany will direct.
Next will be Shakespeare’s As You Like It (Feb. 6-24, 2019), a comedy about Rosalind, who flees persecution in her uncle’s court and finds love in the Forest of Arden. Giovanna Sardelli will direct.
Following will be Million Dollar Quartet (March 27-April 21, 2019), with book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, about a recording session that happened in 1956 with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis in Memphis, Tenn. Hunter Foster will direct.
The season will conclude with Wendy MacLeod’s Women in Jeopardy! (June 5-23, 2019), a comedy about a middle-aged woman whose friends are concerned about her questionable new beau.
Founded in 1976, Arkansas Repertory Theatre produces classic plays, contemporary works, including in its time 40 world-premiere productions.