ARTS & CULTURE
Arts One Presents Kicks Off Its Second Season
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Photo by Meredith Mashburn
In its first year under a new moniker, Arts One Presents wowed audiences with a contemporary take on the Shakespeare classic Romeo + Juliet and Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. More than 140 members of the Northwest Arkansas community were involved in these productions, making up the cast, crew, musicians and volunteers. Partnering organizations and local businesses like Don Tyson School of Innovation, Pink House Alchemy and Pearl’s Books joined the efforts to engage communities through the power of art, connecting mediums of printmaking, literature and culinary arts to theater.
A nonprofit organization that offers visual and performing arts experiences, Arts One Presents is kicking off its second season with the epic rock musical, Green Day’s American Idiot, Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 at The Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville.
Green Day’s American Idiot, a Broadway musical that has won both Tony and Grammy awards, follows the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans, led by friends Johnny, Tunny and Will, as they struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world, borne along by Green Day’s electrifying score. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Michael is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album American Idiot, as well as several songs from the band’s follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.
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Teen Dad, Photo Courtesy of Adrienne Dawes
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Green Day’s music is used to illustrate life experiences, substance abuse, parenthood, military service in times of war, love, loss and everything in between. Green Day’s American Idiot is a compelling look at how adolescents transition into adulthood, the steps people take to numb pain and enhance pleasure, and the never-ending battle with loneliness and acceptance.
Arts One Presents’ production of Green Day’s American Idiot is directed by Taylor Dolan. Tickets are on sale now at www.artsonepresents.org.
Teen Dad, written by Adrienne Dawes, is a show filled with wit and humanity as self-proclaimed emo-goth teenager Abby brings her mother, Tanya, and birth father, Tom, together for a surprise reunion and attempts to reconcile their turbulent past. Abby’s plans completely derail when Tom arrives with his new girlfriend, Alisha. Can this family confront their past traumas, “deal and heal?” Teen Dad shares a heartfelt, comedic exploration of generational trauma and recovery in a mixed-race Black and Latinx family.
Dawes is a graduate student in playwriting at the University of Arkansas. She received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and studied sketch and improv with The Second City in Chicago. Dawes is an Afro-Latina writer, producer and teaching artist originally from Austin, Texas. Directed by Trey Smith, Teen Dad will run March 9-12 and 16-19, 2023.
To cap off the season, Arts One Presents returns to the Pat Ellison Performing Arts Center at the Don Tyson School of Innovation to pay homage to the late Stephen Sondheim with a summer production of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Sweeney Todd has become a bloody worldwide success since receiving eight Tony awards, including Best Musical, for its Broadway premiere. Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.
In 19th-century London, the unjustly exiled barber, Sweeney Todd, seeks vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to open a new barber practice above Mrs. Lovett’s failing pie shop. Mrs. Lovett’s luck shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires a new ingredient for her meat pies that has the people of London lining up...and the carnage has only just begun. You can catch Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street July 20-23 and 27-30, 2023, at Don Tyson School of Innovation in Springdale.
Arts One Presents empowers artists, enriches business and engages community through accessible and inclusive visual and performing arts experiences. The organization promotes a community committed to artistic integrity and inclusion, representing diverse voices of Northwest Arkansas. Through the local production of shows like Green Day’s American Idiot, Teen Dad and Sweeney Todd, Arts One Presents inspires, challenges and supports those who are passionate about using their creative works to impact society.