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  • "Tiny Beautiful Things" On Stage now
    by Martin Miller on October 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    When life is bitter, turn to Sugar.TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGSBased on the book by Cheryl StrayedAdapted for the stage by By Nia VardalosDirected by Kim McKeanStarring Rebecca Harris as SugarTheatreSquared’s Tiny Beautiful Things begins October 20, and is based on the true story of Cheryl Strayed (Wild) from her time as the beloved anonymous advice columnist, "Dear Sugar." Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award-nominated writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has adapted Strayed’s journey for the stage to widespread critical acclaim. High-definition streaming will be available starting November 12. A celebration of the simple beauty of being human, this story is a funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience. Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for words of wisdom, compassion, and hope. At first unsure, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and heartrending questions from her readers. A NYTimes Critics’ Pick, Tiny Beautiful Things was called "a theatrical hug in turbulent times." by Variety and "provocative, poignant and rich" by New York Daily News. T2 favorite Rebecca Harris (The Half-Life Of Marie Curie, Good People, Blind Dates) leads the show as Sugar. Called "impeccable, compelling, and entirely believable" (Wall Street Journal) in her performance as Marie Curie last fall, she is sure to bring the same level of performance to the regional premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things. The cast is rounded out by three Letter Writers, featuring Broderick Clavery (Shakespeare in Love, Skeleton Crew), Francisca Muñoz (American Mariachi), and August Forman in an exciting T2 debut. Kim McKean will direct Tiny Beautiful Things, returning to T2 after directing the hit, extended production of Ann in 2020. The creative team also includes Edward T. Morris (scenic designer), Tanner McAlpin (costume designer), Emma Deane (lighting designer) and Cricket S. Myers (sound designer). Tiny Beautiful Things kicks off T2’s Season 16. After TheatreSquared’s return to live performance in April, T2 celebrated its best-attended production in its 15-year history with Matilda: The Musical presented at Fayetteville Public Library, with the smash-hit world premiere of Designing Women now on stage. The return to in-person performance comes after a year of streaming work featured among the "Top Theatre of 2020" by The New York Times along with recognition as an "outstanding drama company" by The Wall Street Journal. Tickets Performances of Tiny Beautiful Things are scheduled Tues-Sat at 7:30pm, and Sat and Sun at 2pm at TheatreSquared in 477 W. Spring Street in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas. Tickets range from $18 -$58. All fees are included, with no additional charges at checkout. Subscription packages for TheatreSquared include full seven-play packages starting at $119, with four-to-six-play flex packages starting at $89. Benefits for season ticket holders include savings of up to 20% on every show, free unlimited exchanges, discounted reserved parking, and same-day discounts in the Commons Bar/Café and other T2 Restaurant & Hotel Partners. Through T2’s Lights Up! For Access program, supported by the Walmart Foundation, SNAP benefit recipients can purchase $1 tickets, while students and patrons under the age of 30 can purchase $10 tickets. Fully subsidized, free tickets are also available for clients of a number of local community service organizations. For more information, visit Subscription packages and single tickets can be reserved by calling TheatreSquared at (479) 777-7477 or by visiting

  • Elevated Entry Requirements Through 10/31
    by Joanna Bell on September 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Proof of vaccination or negative test is required through October 31. Since the beginning of the public health crisis, TheatreSquared has worked to provide safe options to continue to experience our original productions, from live streaming to your home, to state-of-the-art outside air exchanges, to fully matching CDC mask requirements once in-person performances returned. Recently, TheatreSquared completed a survey of our audience and found that 97% of regular attendees reported being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Since March, the theatre has also had a full vaccine requirement for all artists and staff as well.As of September 1, TheatreSquared temporarily expanded these health and safety measures. Through the end of October, all patrons are required to provide a confirmation of their fully vaccinated status or the results of a negative antigen test performed within 72 hours of their performance date. This elevated entry requirement will expire on October 31.Those who are unable to comply with the vaccination or testing requirement will be offered the option to stream from home or may request a refund through September 10 (for all performances through 10/31).Ticket holders will receive further details on how to confirm vaccination status prior to their show date.

  • Announcing the cast of "Designing Women"
    by Martin Miller on August 26, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    The debut cast for the show includes actors from stage and screen. Broadway’s Carmen Cusack (Wicked, Bright Star, South Pacific), a Tony Award nominee, plays the indomitable Julia Sugarbaker. Amy Pietz (Caroline in the City, The Office) will portray Suzanne Sugarbaker. Actor and comedian Sarah Colonna (Shameless, Chelsea Lately) takes on the role of Mary Jo Shively, while Elaine Hendrix (Dynasty, Parent Trap) plays Charlene Frazier to round out the iconic quartet. Joining the Sugarbaker design firm is Cleo Bouvier—played by Carla Renata (Hart of Dixie, Avenue Q)—the cousin of Anthony who has taken over his stake in the business, and Haley McPhee—played by Kim Matula (The Bold &The Beautiful, LA to Vegas) who is just starting out as the new receptionist. Finally, the cast will also include newcomer Elizabeth Ofodile playing Cleo's daughter, Alfie.

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  • Cirque Mechanics Brings the Circus to Walton Arts Center
    by Jennifer Wilson on November 10, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Enter the most unlikely setting for a circus - a factory where the workers are acrobats and the machines are circus props. Welcome to Birdhouse Factory! See a contortionist perform on a turntable powered by unicyclists. Be captivated by the trapeze artist powered by the spins of an acrobat inside […]

  • Music Made of Memories
    by Jennifer Wilson on November 5, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Have you ever heard an old song and immediately been transported to different a place and time? Maybe you’re pushing a grocery cart through the store and a song suddenly floods your memory with images of your high school prom. Perhaps you’re getting your teeth cleaned when a song takes you […]

  • Up Close and Personal with Hasan Minhaj
    by Jennifer Wilson on November 5, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Hasan Minhaj If you had the opportunity to sit down with a famous person and ask them anything, what would you want to know? Obviously, it would depend on who it was and what earned them their status as a celebrity. On Monday, Nov. 8, at 7 […]



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  • Sharon Killian Receives Inaugural Creative Impact Award
    by Artists360 on November 11, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Mid-America Arts Alliance Announces Recipient of Artists 360’s New $25,000 Award Sharon Killian, artist, advocate, educator, and arts leader, has been selected as the first recipient of the new Creative Impact Award from Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA). The Creative Impact Award recognizes an exceptional artist who has contributed to and The post Sharon Killian Receives Inaugural Creative Impact Award appeared first on Artists 360.

  • Artists 36O Announces 2021 Grantees
    by Artists360 on October 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Twenty-Five Northwest Arkansas Artists Selected for M-AAA’s Artists 360  Diverse cohort includes new Community Activator grant recipients Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), combines grantmaking and professional development to strengthen the careers of individual artists of all disciplines in Northwest Arkansas. In elevating this network of local artists, Artists 360 has selected its The post Artists 36O Announces 2021 Grantees appeared first on Artists 360.

  • Artists 3 60 Grant Info Sessions Announced
    by Artists360 on June 1, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Join us for upcoming information sessions to learn more about the grants, eligibility, and application process. Staff from Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange (CACHE) will join to discuss the Artists 360 grants for 2021. Click on links below to register now. General Information Session  Friday, June 4 – 10-11:30am The post Artists 3 60 Grant Info Sessions Announced appeared first on Artists 360.

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