Arts & Culture
TheatreSquared Welcomes Back Audiences
With world premieres and Tony Award-winning musicals
Staff Report | Photos courtesy of Tim Hursley and TheatreSquared
The state’s leading professional theater is returning to in-person performances after a year of virtual evnts. TheatreSquared, which was featured among the Top Theatres of 2020 by The New York Times, is welcoming audiences back to its new two-venue facility.
“We are thrilled that our audiences will be able to enjoy live theater, and we’re also taking every possible step to ensure their safety,” says Martin Miller, executive director. “We’ve worked closely with an infectious disease specialist and our public-health protocols have received a stamp of approval from multiple safety boards. We’re also excited to continue offering our high-definition, digital streaming all year.”
T2’s protocols exceed national standards with air changes more than six times per hour, a high level of outside air supply, MERV-13 filtration, universal PPE requirements and frequent testing of artists and crew.
Located inside T2, The Commons Bar/Café is launching a brand new menu for the spring and summer to feature the best of the Ozarks. Through partnerships with local restaurants, the café offers a full bar with craft cocktails, pizzas, a custom blend of Arsaga’s coffee, house-made pastries, artisan sandwiches on toasted bread and salads with fresh greens. Sixteen taps at The Commons feature rotating local and national craft beers alongside cocktails and premium wines.
The remainder of the year at T2 includes a performance schedule filled with humor, magic and music. Due to continued distancing protocols at the theater, tickets for in-person attendance is extremely limited. Those interested in attending should act quickly!
“At the Wedding” premieres April 28. Carlo is going to be really well behaved. She’s not going to get drunk. She’s not going to give any long-winded speeches. She’s definitely not going to try to steal the bride back. This funny and heartfelt exploration of falling short of our best intentions will make us all remember “those” wedding guests. This is a strictly limited show, and streaming is limited to Northwest Arkansas.
Next on stage, “My Father’s War” is a funny and deeply moving time-traveling adventure starring Amy Herzberg. When she puts on her father’s 1940s helmet, Amy plunges back into a world at war, surviving one near-death experience after another. This show takes the stage from May 26 to June 20.
“Matilda the Musical” will be the first theatrical performance at the expanded Fayetteville Public Library. Fresh from its hit Broadway run, this is the story of an extraordinary girl who is armed with a vivid imagination, a sharp mind and books. She dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Patrons can see this performance from June 23 to July 18.
“American Mariachi” by Jose Cruz Gonzalez will take the T2 stage from August 4 to August 29. It is a hilarious and heartwarming new comedy filled with joyous music. In what the Denver Post calls “a musical tug at the heartstrings,” a group of young women defy tradition — and their parents — by secretly launching an all-female mariachi band.
In September, patrons can see the world premiere of “Designing Women” by Linda Bloodworth Thomason. It’s 2020 and Julia, Suzanne, Mary Jo and Charlene are on the verge of a radical decision. With headline buzz from national press, this timely, whip-smart, southern comedy is set to take the theater world by storm. This show is running at T2 from September 22 to October 24.
“Violet” is on stage from November 17 to December 12. When Violet hops onto a Greyhound bus traveling across Arkansas towards a miracle in Tulsa, it turns into the journey of a lifetime. This New York Times Critic’s Pick was a five-time Tony Award nominee.
Finally, a holiday celebration will be in order. December will see the return engagement of T2’s signature holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.” This time, T2 will bring the stunning, magic-filled holiday literary classic to another artistic residence at the Fayetteville Public Library.
You don’t want to miss these incredible productions!
Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now and can be reserved by calling (479) 777-7477 or by visiting theatre2.org/subscribe. T2 is open Tuesday through Sunday and guests can visit commonsbarcafe.com to pre-order online or call for details.