TheatreSquared’s 17th season will feature eight new productions, as well as another installment of the Arkansas New Play Festival.
Though the company continues to grow, TheatreSquared still sticks to its roots, locally producing nationally acclaimed shows for upwards of 55,000 audience members each year. The 50,000 square foot, award-winning, state-of-the-art campus that TheatreSquared calls home still maintains the intimate, immersive experience audiences have come to expect by utilizing two small theaters for productions.
The upcoming season will begin in August 2022 with performances running through July 2023. Announced titles include:
It Came From Outer Space - August 24-September 18, 2022
When an astronomer encounters a spaceship in the desert, everyone just laughs—until some townspeople start acting very strange. Are the aliens here to conquer the Earth? Or… do they come in peace? Full of raucous music, over-the-top comedy, and virtuosic performances, It Came from Outer Space is a co-production premiere with the Tony Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Detroit ’67 - October 12-November 6, 2022
In 1967 Detroit, Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. Winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama.
Stones in His Pockets - November 9-December 18, 2022
Hollywood comes to rural Ireland when Charlie and Jake are hired as extras in an epic American movie, but when a famous actress takes a shine to Charlie—and tragedy strikes—chaos ensues. In this Olivier Award-winner for Best New Comedy, two talented actors will virtuosically portray more than a dozen roles.
A Christmas Carol - December 1-December 24, 2022
A Northwest Arkansas holiday tradition returns in this inventive, magic-filled T2 original. Three spirits come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and take him on a fantastic journey through past, present, and future. But will it be enough to save him?
Poor Yella Rednecks - January 25-February 19, 2023
Written by Arkansas native, Emmy Award winner and co-writer of Raya and the Last Dragon, Qui Nguyen. The journey of an immigrant family’s bumpy road to the American dream, filled with infectious music and unexpected humor! This brand-new play is a sequel to Vietgone, the raucous comedy that showed during T2’s 2017-2018 season.
Sanctuary City - March 1-April 9, 2023
A New York Times Critics’ Pick and “Best Theatre of 2021” selection, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok tells the remarkable story of two teenagers struggling “with two kinds of unreciprocated love: the kind they feel for each other and the kind they feel for their country.”
Chicken & Biscuits - April 19-May 14, 2023
Fresh off the Broadway stage! Rival sisters, Baneatta and Beverly, are trying to bury their father—without killing each other first. When a family secret is revealed at the church altar, things go from bad to bonkers. With fast-paced jokes that will have audiences rolling in the aisles—and Dad turning over in his grave—this dysfunctional family comedy is even more satisfying than its namesake.
Violet - June 7-July 2, 2023
The 2022/23 season closer, a New York Times Critics’ Pick, is an out-of-the-ordinary modern musical! When Violet hops onto a Greyhound bus traveling across Arkansas towards a miracle in Tulsa, it turns into the journey of a lifetime. Winner of Lucille Lortel, Obie and Drama Critics’ Circle Awards.
Show descriptions provided by TheatreSquared
In conjunction with the end of the subscription season, fresh new plays take the stage in June for the 2023 Arkansas New Play Festival. Attendees can look forward to two weekends of performances, local craft beers, community events, and celebrations of boldness and creativity in playwriting!
To learn more about the shows, festival, ticketing options, and season subscriptions, visit theatre2.org.