Event date: July 24, 2022
Fresh new plays take the stage at TheatreSquared this July for the celebrated Arkansas New Play Festival! The series of trailblazing new works make their Fayetteville premiere the weekend of July 23-24, 2022.
Head to TheatreSquared, located in Fayetteville’s downtown entertainment district, to experience Arkansas’ flagship festival of innovative new plays! Attendees at the Arkansas New Play Festival can look forward to a full weekend of performances, local craft beers, community events, and celebrations of boldness and creativity in playwriting.
In addition to sitting in on performances and staged readings of brand new works, you’ll also have the opportunity to watch the intimate conversations between the play’s cast and crew and even take part by sharing your own thoughts with the creative team!
This summer, your visit to Fayetteville may well be where you see The Next Great American Play before anyone else.
Arkansas New Play Festival Schedule - Fayetteville
Saturday, July 23
Students from across the state have submitted one-act scripts, and the top submission will be selected for mentorship from a professional playwright and a public reading at the Arkansas New Play Festival. This is a free event, but reserving your spot is highly recommended.
2:00pm: El Camiòn de Ensueño - by LatinX Theatre Project
El Camiòn de Ensueño follows a group of traveling strangers as they make their way to Mexico for a community celebration of Dia De Los Muertos. Their stories of identity, social and economic hardships, grief and family turns their uncomfortable bus ride into a journey of self-reflection and acceptance.
6:00pm: Take My Hand and Wave Goodbye - by Tammy Ryan
When Stef is killed in a random act of gun violence, her niece, Cassie, begins dreaming her back into existence. In the months after the shooting each family member is confronted with the question: If they had done one thing differently would Stef still be alive? An examination of loss, told with humor and heart, Take My Hand And Wave Goodbye is about the impact of gun violence on one family in America and the difficult necessity of grief.
Sunday, July 24
1:00pm: Ashes of a Great Fire - by Tony Meneses
It's been months since Lorena and her bible study group have gotten together and the world has changed around them. As they return one fateful night, Lorena has brought someone new with her—someone definitely unexpected in a space like this— and when all the group's prayers start coming true, they start to wonder what, or who, is really behind their miracles.
4:00pm: Responders - by Joseph Scott Ford
After an unknown man mysteriously hangs himself by a highway in rural Oklahoma, two small-town paramedics beat the first responders to the scene. Since he’s already dead (and the cops got a flat) all they can do is wait. Which is fine until they realize every school bus in the county is about to drive right by. To make matters worse, a local reporter (the senior paramedic’s ex-wife) arrives to film the whole fiasco with her well-meaning camera guy. At least, that’s what she thinks is going to happen...Responders is a genre-bending dark comedy about trying to do the right thing. What begins with regular people wrestling human nature at its worst ends with a glimpse of humanity at its stumbling best, supplanting the worn-out trope of heroes with the more vital need for heroic moments along the way.
TheatreSquared has helped to develop and launch more than 60 new plays since the Arkansas New Play Festival began in 2009. Their mission in hosting the festival is to amplify the voices of playwrights who are creating contemporary, relevant stories that resonate with this moment in time - to us as a city, a region, a state, and a nation.
For more details about the Arkansas New Play Festival, including artist information and tickets, visit arkansasnewplayfest.com.