FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: TheatreSquared has announced a return to in-person performances following a year of digital theatre. The company will produce seven full productions through the end of 2021.
“We are thrilled that our audiences will once again be able to enjoy live theatre in person, and we’re also taking every possible step to ensure their safety,” executive director Martin Miller said in a statement. “We’re also excited to continue offering our high-definition digital streaming option all year long.”
To ensure the safety of audiences, TheatreSquared has adopted safety protocols, including MERV-13 filtration, with air changes more than six times an hour, as well as frequent COVID testing for artists and crew. Tickets will also be limited to enable social distancing.
The season began April 28 with At the Wedding, which will run through June 13. Bryna Turner’s play was originally developed during TheatreSquared’s 2019 Arkansas New Play Festival, and is also slated to be produced at Lincoln Center Theater. The play follows Carlo as she tries to keep her behavior under control at a wedding and try not to win the bride back. Keira Fromm will direct.
Next up will be My Father’s War (May 26-June 30) by Robert Ford. This time-traveling adventure follows Amy as she puts on her father’s 1940s helmet and is transported back to a world at war. Damon Kiely will direct.
The season will continue with Matilda the Musical (June 23-July 18), which will open the new venue at the Fayetteville Public Library. Adapted by Dennis Kelly from the book by Roald Dahl, Matilda follows an extraordinary young girl with the gift of telekinesis.
Following will be American Mariachi (Aug. 4-29) by José Cruz González. This music-filled comedy follows Lucha as she and her cousin try to create an all-female mariachi band in the 1970s.
Next up will be the world premiere of Designing Women (Sept 22.-Oct. 24) by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, based on the television series Bloodworth-Thomason created. The comedy follows Julia, Suzanne, Mary Jo, and Charlene on the verge of a radical decision during a divisive election and raging pandemic.
The season will continue with the musical Violet (Nov. 17-Dec. 12) by Brian Crawley, with music by Jeanine Tesori. The musical follows a young woman on a road trip to Oklahoma in the 1970s in search of a miracle.
The season will close with A Christmas Carol, adapted from the Charles Dickens classic by Amy Herzberg and Bob Ford. The show will be staged at the Fayetteville Public Library and dates will be announced in the future.
TheatreSquared is a playwright-led company that aims to offer bold new plays in an intimate setting.
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