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Nov. 29 – Dec. 24, 2017
Opening Night on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

A new musical by Jeffrey Hatcher, Maggie-Kate Coleman and Andrew Cooke
Directed by John Miller-Stephany  

"Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.” 

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of a new chamber musical based upon O. Henry’s beloved holiday story. Unwrap a new tradition in this tender tale of love and sacrifice, told with fresh intimacy on The Rep stage. Acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Tuesdays with Morrie, Three Viewings) is joined by composer Andrew Cooke and 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient Maggie-Kate Coleman (lyricist).  

Jim and Della may not have much, but they have each other. As December 25th approaches, they each lament their modest means and search for the perfect gift for their beloved spouse. A joyous, bittersweet and life-affirming fable, The Gift of the Magi will warm your heart this winter. 
 
“This beloved and ageless Christmas story has been copied, adapted and parodied countless times since it first appeared in print in 1905," Miller-Stephany said. "Although there are a number of stage versions available for licensing, my colleagues and I are eager to create a brand new musical specifically for The Rep’s loyal holiday audience.” 

  • SYNPOSIS: The story tells of a young married couple, James, known as Jim, and Della Young. The couple has very little money and lives in a modest apartment. Between them, they have only two possessions that they consider their treasures: Jim's gold pocket watch that once belonged to his father and his grandfather, and Della's lustrous, long hair .

    On Christmas Eve, with only $1.87 in hand, and desperate to find a gift for Jim, Della sells her hair for $20 to a nearby hairdresser. She then can buy a fob for Jim's watch. Satisfied with the perfect gift for Jim, Della runs home and begins to prepare Christmas Eve dinner.

    That night, Jim walks in and immediately stops short at the sight of Della. Della admits to Jim that she sold her hair to buy him a present. Jim gives Della her present – a set of combs, useless now that her hair is short. Della then gives Jim the fob she bought for him, to which Jim says he sold his watch to get the money to buy her combs. Although Jim and Della are now left with gifts that neither one can use, they realize how far they are willing to go to show their love for each other, and how priceless their love really is.

    The story ends with the narrator comparing the pair's mutually sacrificial gifts of love with those of the Biblical Magi.
  • LANGUAGE: The only adult language used is one instance of “damn.”
  • SMOKING: Yes.
  • DRINKING: Yes. 
  • SEX: None.
  • VIOLENCE: None.
  • RATING: If it were a film, this production would be rated “G” and is suitable for all ages.

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION 
Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10 a.m.
Breakfast sponsored by Zetêo Coffee
$5 for Non-members/FREE for Members of The Rep and The 601 Club
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
RSVP to ahodge@therep.org  |  BUY TICKETS
Enhance your theatre-going experience by joining us for an insightful discussion into this production with Producing Artistic Director and production Director John Miller-Stephany and members of the cast and creative team.

PRE-SHOW DIRECTOR TALKS 
Wednesday, Nov. 29 and Thursday, Nov. 30 | 6:15 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Get exclusive insight into this powerful production from Producing Artistic Director and production Director John Miller-Stephany and members of the creative team before the start of the preview performances.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT 
Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock

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.

CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
Thursday, Nov. 30 | 12 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock
Join Producing Artistic Director and production Director John Miller-Stephany and members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this holiday production.

 BEER NIGHT WITH LOST FORTY AND ARKANSAS TIMES
Thursday, Nov. 30| 6 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Arkansas Times and Lost Forty
Before the second preview of Opening Week, enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Lost Forty Brewing.

OPENING NIGHT DINNER
Friday, Dec. 1 | 6 p.m.  
Dinner curated by Catering to You
Dinner and drinks are $55 per person
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
To make reservations, call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405. Performance tickets are not included.
Join in the Opening Night excitement by attending sumptuous cocktail supper before the performance. Held in our Rehearsal Hall, enjoy pre-dinner libations and dine with Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany, members of the creative team and other special guests.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY WITH THE CAST
Friday, Dec. 1 | Immediately following the performance
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by RSVP Catering and La Marca Prosecco
Opening Night for THE GIFT OF THE MAGI will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary toast provided by La Marca Prosecco and light hors d'oeuvres by RSVP Catering will be provided. 

PAY YOUR AGE NIGHT
Sunday, Dec. 3 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Little Rock Soiree, Legacy Wine and Spirits, The Ride 106.7/The Point 94.1
If you’re age 22-40, you can pay your age at The Rep! Top off your weekend with great theatre at a great price. Plus, enjoy a complimentary wine tasting provided by Legacy Wine and Spirits. There are 50 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to (4) four per household. Proof of age for each member of the party is required at time of pick-up. Tickets on sale now.

EPILOGUE: A CONVERSATION WITH THE ACTORS
Wednesday, Dec. 6 | Immediately Following the performance
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Want to learn more about the show you’ve just seen? Stay after the performance for a discussion with members of the cast. Epilogue talkbacks will take place in the theatre and are free with your show ticket.

BEER NIGHT WITH STONE’S THROW BREWERY
Thursday, Dec. 7 | 6 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Stone’s Throw Brewery.

SIGN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
Wednesday, Dec. 13 |  7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Join us for our ASL performance where a Sign Interpreter will be positioned in front of a special section signing directly for those who need his services. Call the Box Office to book your tickets.

EDUCATION NIGHT 
Tuesday, Dec. 19| 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Support The Rep's Education Scholarship Fund, celebrate the holidays with theatre friends, warm up with a festive signature drink, win exciting $1 raffle prizes, and enjoy The Gift of the Magi on December 19.

THE AFTER-PARTY
Saturday, Dec. 23| Immediately following the performance

Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Enjoy a drink or two after the evening performance and look for members of the cast to make an appearance in Foster’s. Ticket not required for the After-Party.

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