Swordplay, romance, laughter, and tears are all part of AST's 2019 season. This "lucky" 13th summer festival will run June 7-July 7, 2019 with performances of Shakespeare’s raucous comedy The Comedy of Errors, his complex and intriguing Macbeth, the beloved musical Guys and Dolls, and a family adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that will be presented in Reynolds Performance Hall and also will tour around the state.
The season will take place in Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus and in front of McAlister Hall across from the UCA President’s home.
“Looking towards my eighth year as the artistic leader of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, I wanted to have a repertory season that was exciting and fresh, that truly allowed the productions to be viewed in dialogue with each other, and also one that would capture audiences’ imaginations and challenge them to think about their lives. I think these four shows do just that,” said Producing Artistic Director Rebekah Scallet. Scallet selected the productions based around the theme of fate and chance.
Actors, designers, and crew will arrive in Conway in early May to begin the process of creating the four shows to play in repertory. The Comedy of Errors will kick off the 2019 season on the lawn of McAlister Hall on the UCA campus.“With this outdoor venue, we hope that theatregoers in Arkansas will recognize AST’s dedication for producing exciting and accessible art for all ages,” said Dr. Mary Ruth Marotte, AST’s executive director. “Our outdoor shows have drawn huge crowds, and our audiences look forward to the show and the entire experience of Shakespeare under the stars.”
The remaining productions will be performed at Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus, where AST makes its home. The season will close on July 7th. Tickets for the season go on sale in April, 2019. Auditions will be held in December, 2018, in Conway, Little Rock, and Chicago.
For more information about all of the above call 501-852-0702. To book the touring production of Romeo and Juliet, contact Mary Ruth Marotte at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-269-9428.