March 29, 2017 - April 16, 2017
Play by Cheryl L. West | Directed by Gilbert McCauley
Four generations of African-American women gather to celebrate their beloved, outrageous matriarch’s 90th birthday. The trouble is, recently widowed MaDear would rather watch her soap operas and read her Bible than blow out the candles on her cake.
Tempers flare and ugly secrets are revealed in this furiously fractured family portrait. Yet, even in the midst of so much turmoil, rollicking humor bites its way through the cycles of guilt and blame passed on from mothers to daughters.
Fierce and funny, Jar the Floor is a heartfelt comedy that proves blood is thicker than water and the ghosts of the past should not rob us of the moments we have together in the here and now.
“In addition to the thrill of returning to direct my eighth production at The Rep, it's always exciting to work on a good play,” said Director Gilbert McCauley. “It's even more fun to return to a good play more than once; this is the case for me with Jar the Floor. Each time I come back to this piece, I am pleasantly surprised by the appreciation and delight that audiences express as they peek into this special day-in-the-life of these four generations of women. I get the sense that audiences enjoy it because the writing reflects an admiration for
human resilience coupled with a compassion for human frailty. While it is filled with raucous and often poignant humor, the playwright, Cheryl West, says her play is also about "making peace--with one's scars, with one's history and...one's mother."
From Cheryl L. West, the award-winning playwright of Before It Hits Home, Pullman Porter Blues andHoliday Heart, Jar the Floor is a turbulent celebration of the ties that bind the family, no matter how dysfunctional it may be.
CeCelia Antoinette* ... MaDear
Joy Lynn Jacobs* ... Lola
Maya Jackson* ... Vennie
Shannon Lamb* ... Maydee
Erikka Walsh* ... Raisa
Lighting Designer: Dan Kimble
Dan is in his sixth season with Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Originally from Cumberland, MD, he has his Bachelor of Science in Theatrical Production & Design from Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD) and his Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL). He was the Master Electrician (2008-2010) and Resident Lighting Designer (2011) for West Virginia Public Theatre (Morgantown, WV) and was a Lighting Assistant for the first National Tour of In the Heights (The Producing Company).
Design credits include: The Whipping Man, Macbeth, An IIliad, Elf, and The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) (The Rep); Cats, Chicago, and Oliver! (West Virginia Public Theatre); Rent and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Florida State University).
Stage Manager: Danny Kuenzel*
This is Ms. Kuenzel’s fourth production with Arkansas Rep this year having already managed The Crucible, A Christmas Story and Sister Act. Overall, this is her six season at The Rep which she considers an accomplishment worthy of a happy dance.
During the summer months Danny can be found at Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck, Michigan where she has been the production stage manager for thirteen seasons.
Other regional credits include: Pioneer Theatre Company, Northern Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, The Alley Theatre, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival.
Of her friends growing up, Danny was the one with the functional family - something for which she is forever grateful.
Properties Designer: Lynda J. Kwallek
Lynda J. Kwallek (Properties Designer) is in her 10th year at Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
Lynda holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Kent State University in Ohio, and an MFA in Theatre from Illinois State University in Normal.
Lynda spent many years in Houston at the Alley Theatre, where she held a variety of positions in the properties shop, including properties master, assistant and shopper. During her tenure at the Alley, Lynda worked on approximately 200 productions in the prop and scenic shops. Some of the memorable shows Lynda has worked on include Not about Nightingale’s, Angels in America, Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War and House and Garden.
Prior to the Alley, she was staff designer at the University of Houston Clear Lake School of Theatre and Dance and served as designer/ technical director for the Houston Shaw Festival. While in Houston, Lynda worked with the Shakespeare Festival and the Children’s Festival at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park in the properties department.
Lynda is a member of the Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M).
Sound Designer: C Andrew Mayer
Andrew is a Minneapolis-based designer. Off Broadway: Pure Confidence (59E59) (winner of 2009 Audelco Award for Best Sound Design). Regional: Love And Information (ACT- San Francisco); Stage Kiss, Born Yesterday, The Primrose Path, 9 Parts of Desire, Third, numerous others (Guthrie Theatre); The Shining, The Manchurian Candidate, Silent Night, the Grapes of Wrath, numerous others (Minnesota Opera); Jungle Theatre; History Theatre; Children's Theatre Co.; Mixed Blood; Philadelphia Opera; Seaglass Theatre (Los Angeles); numerous others. 2008-09 McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow. Producing director, Acadia Repertory Theatre, Mount Desert Island, Maine.
Director: Gilbert McCauley†
Gilbert is glad to be back at The Rep which he considers his “artistic-home-away-from-home.” Presently he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theater at the University of Massachusetts. He has directed Off-Broadway and at regional theatres around the country including Arena Stage, Arkansas Repertory Theater, Goodman Theatre, New Century Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the National Theatre of Ghana. His recent directing credits include, The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez, Gees Bend by Elyzabeth Gregory-Wilder, Hell In High Water and Jesus Moonwalks The Mississippi by Marcus Gardley, Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon, The Piano Lesson and Fences by August Wilson, Charles Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.
Resident Set Designer/Technical Director: Mike Nichols
Mike is a natural born Arkansawyer. He has served in his current position with The Rep since August of 1982.
Costume Designer: Holly Payne
Holly is currently the Costume Director here at The Rep, she has designed for Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Skylight Opera (Milwaukee), Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks (Milwaukee), Delaware Theatre Center, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Florentine Opera (Milwaukee), Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Riverside Theater (Vero Beach, FL), First Stage Children’s Theater (Milwaukee), University of Tulsa, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, University of Arkansas, Parkview Arts and Science High School, Wildwood Park for the Arts and TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AR) and Argenta Community Theater. She’s a proud Union member of USA Local 829. She thanks her impressive family and her sweet husband Aaron.
PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT
Wednesday, March 29 | 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night.” Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. There are at least 100 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.
PRESHOW DIRECTOR TALKS
Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 | 6:15 p.m.
Get exclusive insight into this powerful production from Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany and Director Gilbert McCauley before the start of the preview performances.
CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
Thursday, March 30 | 12 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock
Join Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany and members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this powerful comedy-drama.
BEER NIGHT WITH LOST FORTY AND ARKANSAS TIMES
Thursday, March 30 | 6 p.m.
Sponsored by Arkansas Times and Loft Forty
Before the start of the second preview of Opening Week, enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Lost Forty Brewing.
OPENING NIGHT PARTY WITH THE CAST
Friday, March 31 | Immediately following the performance
Opening Night for Jar the Floor will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d'oeuvres by RSVP Catering will be provided.
PAY YOUR AGE NIGHT
Sunday, April 2 | 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Little Rock Soiree, Colonial Wine and Spirits, The Ride 106.7/The Point 94.1
If you’re age 22-40, pay your age at The Rep! Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting provided by Colonial Wine and Spirits. Tickets on sale now.
BEER NIGHT WITH STONE’S THROW BREWERY
Thursday, April 6 | 6 p.m.
Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Stone’s Throw Brewery.
BROWN BAG LUNCH LECTURE AT MOSAIC TEMPLARS
Friday, April 7 | 12 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th Street, Little Rock
Join The Rep as we host a discussion about mother-daughter relationships in African American literature.
LIVE FROM FOSTER’S
Friday, April 7 | 6 p.m.
Get your evening started early with live pre-show music in Foster’s. Ticket not required for pre-show music.
SIGN INTERPRETER NIGHT
Wednesday, April 12 l 7 p.m.
The Wednesday, April 12 performance of Jar the Floor will be sign interpreted. In an effort to make The Rep more accessible, a special Sign Interpreter Section has been set up and the interpreter, Raphael James of UALR, will be positioned in front of the new section and sign directly for those who need his services. Deaf patrons should contact the Box Office to reserve their seat.
Saturday, April 15 | Immediately following the performance
Stick around after the performance for drinks and look for members of the cast to make an appearance in Foster’s. Ticket not required for the After-Party.