LITTLE ROCK, ARK.: The Arkansas Repertory Theatre has announced a return to in-person programming with its 2021 “Rep Outdoors” series. The series will feature two full productions and a concert in produced partnership with the City of Little Rock.
“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how much we all crave being out in the world and sharing experiences with our families, friends, and neighbors,” executive artistic director Will Trice said in a statement. “That’s exactly what live theatre provides, and these immersive productions give us the chance to enjoy our city’s beautiful community spaces in a whole new way.”
The series will begin with the play Marie and Rosetta by George Brant, featuring the music of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a native of Cotton Plant, Ark. The play follows Tharpe’s first rehearsal with protegé Marie Knight as they prepare for a musical tour. Steve H. Broadnax III will direct. The production will run July 13-Aug. 1 at War Memorial Park.
The series will continue with the world premiere of Primating by Jennifer Vanderbes. The play follows Desmond and Eve, two of the world’s leading primatologists and ex-lovers, as they reunite on a chimpanzee reserve in Africa. Ari Edelson will direct. Primating will run Aug. 10-30 at the Civitan Pavilion at the Little Rock Zoo.
The series will also feature a free concert version of The Fantasticks by Tom Jones, with music by Harvey Schmidt, at Murray Park on Oct. 3.
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre aims to create vibrant and engaging theatrical experiences that are accessible for everyone in the community.
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