FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.: TheatreSquared (T2) has announced its 2020-21 season, featuring 8 productions.
“Our fifteenth anniversary feels like a very special occasion—a testament to this region’s hunger and appreciation for remarkable live theatre, done well and with passion,” said artistic director Robert Ford in a statement.
The season will begin with the world premiere of Designing Women (Aug. 12-Sept. 13), a comedy based on the television series of the same name about the female partners in Sugarbaker’s, an Atlanta-based interior design firm.
Next up will be Violet (Sept. 30-Oct. 25), with book by Brian Crawley and music and lyrics by Jeanine Tesori. The musical follows a young scarred women who journeys to Tulsa via a Greyhound bus to seek healing from a TV evangelist.
Following will be Bryna Turner’s At the Wedding (Nov. 4-Dec.13), a comedy about a wedding guest doing her best to not get drunk or steal the bride. The play, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre, was developed at T2’s Arkansas New Play Festival in 2019.
Just in time for the holidays will be A Christmas Carol (Dec. 2-27), adapted by Amy Herzberg and Ford from Charles Dickens.
The new year will kick off with Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls Or, the African Mean Girls Play (Jan. 27-Feb. 21, 2021), a comedy that follows a new student who disrupts the social hierarchy at an exclusive boarding school in Ghana.
Next up will be Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (March 10-April 14, 2021), a gender-bending comedy that follows shipwrecked twins.
Following will be Lauren Gunderson’s Half-Life of Marie Curie (March 25-April 19, 2021), about the real-life friendship of scientist Marie Curie and engineer Hertha Ayrton.
The season will conclude with American Mariachi (May 19-June 13, 2021), by José Cruz González, a music-filled comedy about a woman who forms an all-female mariachi band after a mariachi album sparks her ailing mother’s memory.
Also part of the programming will be the 2021 Arkansas New Play Festival (June 2021), featuring two weekends of performances.
TheatreSquared, founded in 2005, produces contemporary plays and musical year-round to audiences in Northwest Arkansas.
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