Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is proud to announce the productions selected for its 11th season, running June 9 through July 9, 2017.
Click here to watch the video announcement from Producing Artistic Director Rebekah Scallet.
AST will open its season with Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, presented outside on the lawn at the University of Central Arkansas. It is a witty romantic comedy that features an epic battle of sexes, as a group of young men who have sworn off women in favor of their studies find themselves falling in love. Love's Labour's Lost will be directed by AST producing artistic director Rebekah Scallet.
The following week, on June 16th, AST will open Meredith Willson's crowd favorite, The Music Man, the tuneful musical about a con man who shows up in a small Iowa town to sell band instruments.
On June 23rd, AST will open the acclaimed tragedy Julius Caesar, the famous retelling of the infamous leader's assassination and its aftermath. Both The Music Man and Julius Caesar will be produced in Reynolds Performance Hall in the same intimate on-stage seating arrangement AST has been become a hallmark of the company’s work.
AST's Family Shakespeare production for 2017 will be The Taming of the Shrew, a one-hour adaptation of Shakespeare’s epic battle of words that will have a limited run at Reynolds Performance Hall and will tour throughout the state. The season will run in rotating repertory through July 9.
AST producing artistic director Rebekah Scallet says of the season, "Our theme will be ‘The Power of Persuasion,’ as each of these shows features characters who use language to achieve their desires and shape their lives and their worlds."
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s 2017 season was announced at AST’s annual Fall Membership Party on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at the home of Mary Ruth Marotte in Conway. The night’s festivities included hors d’oeuvres, drinks, an art show and sale of local artists' work in coordination with Conway ArtsFest, and a special performance by cast members of AST's touring production of last season's Twelfth Night. "Central to the night, of course, was the announcement of next season's line-up, an exciting mix of some of Shakespeare's classic tales and a beloved American musical," said Mary Ruth Marotte, AST's executive director.
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre makes its home on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas and is housed in the College of Fine Arts and Communication. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-269-9428.