TheatreSquared's 18th season is an exciting and ambitious one, featuring eight new productions and the return of the rapidly-growing Arkansas New Play Festival!
The recently Obie Award-winning TheatreSquared has garnered attention worldwide but still sticks to its regional theater roots, locally producing nationally acclaimed shows for upwards of 80,000 audience members each year. The largest theatre in Arkansas, TheatreSquared calls Fayetteville, AR home, producing 350 events and performances each year on the 50,000 square foot, award-winning, state-of-the-art TheatreSquared campus. With two small theatres and ample open space in the lobby, TheatreSquared maintains the intimate, immersive experience audiences have come to expect, harkening back to their days as a small black box theater.
TheatreSquared's upcoming season will begin in August 2023 with performances scheduled through June 2024.
Announced titles include:
Dial M for Murder - August 16-September 10, 2023
From the play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s crime thriller, TheatreSquared presents a brand-new, edge-of-your-seat adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher (TV’s Columbo). Is this twisty mystery of forbidden romance, blackmail, and betrayal the perfect crime—or will Scotland Yard’s best detective crack the case?
The Band's Visit - October 11-November 5, 2023
In a town way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrives lost, out of the blue, and in the wrong town. Under the spell of the desert sky and with beautiful music filling the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. An extended hit in its Broadway debut and winner of ten 2018 Tony Awards - including Best Musical - The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music can make us laugh, cry, and ultimately bring us together.
A Christmas Carol - November 29-December 24, 2023
The inventive, magic-filled T2 original production of A Christmas Carol has quickly become a Northwest Arkansas family tradition. 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?
What the Constitution Means to Me - January 17-February 25, 2024
Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition and a deep love of the Constitution by winning nationwide debate competitions. All grown-up, she hilariously reimagines how this living document served four generations of women and what it will mean for the future of America. This Tony Award nominee and 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist was written by Heidi Schrek.
Cambodian Rock Band - February 28-March 24, 2024
Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this darkly funny, electric new play tells the story of a father who escaped a murderous regime returning home after 30 years in search of his wayward daughter. As the play toggles back and forth in time, father and daughter face the music of the past.
Laughs in Spanish - March 27-May 5, 2024
Art Basel is about to begin, and Mariana, the director of a swanky modern art gallery, has a problem: her showroom is an active crime scene. Part caper comedy and part telenovela, Laughs in Spanish shows how far Mariana will go to save the show—even if it means accepting help from her mother, a larger-than-life film-and-television star who always steals the spotlight.
Fat Ham - April 17-May 12, 2024
Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this deliciously funny send-up of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is "a hilarious yet profound tragedy smothered in comedy." When the ghost of Juicy’s father demands that Juicy avenge his murder, fatal intent doesn't come easy to this sensitive, self-aware young Black man in search of his own happiness and liberation. From an uproarious Southern family cookout emerges a compelling examination of love and loss, pain and joy, revenge and karaoke.
Responders - June 5-June 30, 2024
The season closes with a World Premiere of a dark comedy by Arkansas native Joseph Scott Ford. Two small-town paramedics are the first to arrive at a deadly scene. Since the cops got a flat, and there’s no help to render, all they can do is wait—until they realize every school bus in the county is about to drive right by. Things go from bad to ridiculous when the local star reporter (and the senior paramedic’s ex-wife) arrives to film the whole fiasco.
Show descriptions courtesy of TheatreSquared.
As the final show of the season takes the stage, so does the 2024 Arkansas New Play Festival! The state's flagship celebration of bold new plays will return to Fayetteville in June 2024, with two weekends of performances in Northwest Arkansas. The festival is a rare opportunity for fans of theatre to see new plays built from the ground up and has grown in popularity each year.
To learn more about the shows, festival, ticket purchases, and season subscriptions, please visit theatre2.org.