FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.: TheatreSquared (T2) has announced its 2019-20 slate, its first season in its new home. The lineup will contain seven productions across two performance spaces.
“This is a phenomenally exciting season for us,” said T2 artistic director Robert Ford in a statement. “It’s the chance to test the wide-open possibilities provided by two new, incredibly intimate, state-of-the-art theatres,”
The season will open with Shakespeare in Love by Lee Hall (Aug. 14-Sept 8). The play is an adaptation of the Oscar-winning film, which has a screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. In it, a young William Shakespeare has writer’s block and falls in love with a noblewoman named Viola.
Following will be Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías (Oct. 2-Nov. 10). The play follows a young Latinx couple who move into a house next to an older, white couple, and the two families get into a dispute over their backyards.
For the holidays, T2 will present a world premiere adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol by associate artistic director Amy Herzberg (Nov. 20-Dec. 22).
To start off the new year, T2 will present The Royale by Marco Ramirez (Jan. 22-Feb. 16, 2020). The play is inspired by boxer Jack Johnson, who became the Heavyweight Champion of the World during the Jim Crow era.
Next up will be Ann by Holland Taylor (Feb. 19-March 26). The one-woman show is about Ann Richards, former governor of Texas.
During the spring T2 will present the 2020 Arkansas New Play Festival (April 10-19), which will feature readings of new plays.
Then, artistic director Robert Ford will present his play My Father’s War (March 25-April 19). In it, a young woman learns more about her father, who fought in World War II.
The season will close with the musical Matilda, by Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly (May 20-June 21). The Tony-winning show is based on the Roald Dahl book about a young girl with magical powers.
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