Arkansas Repertory Theatre
601 Main Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203
Aug. 23 – Sept. 10, 2017
Opening Night on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
By Rebecca Gilman | Based on the novel by Carson McCullers
Directed by John Miller-Stephany
“This sure is a lonely town, you know it? I’d up and leave for sure if it wasn’t for you. I think you’re the only one around here understands a word I say.”
Based on Carson McCullers’ celebrated debut novel, this haunting Southern drama tells the story of a handful of misfits in a 1930s Georgia mill town. Deaf-mute John Singer becomes confidant and confessor to four of the town’s most colorful eccentrics, forever changing their lives by his sympathetic and gentle presence. Rebecca Gilman’s poignant adaptation for the stage captures all of the loss and longing of the original novel and combines it with a graceful theatricality. As the lost souls that gravitate towards Singer seek kinship in a harsh environment, he provides them with a calming companionship and helps each of them find a serenity of spirit that cuts through their savage, crippling loneliness.
“I’ve always had a great fondness for Southern writers so I’m particularly thrilled to have The Rep produce the area premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s brilliant adaptation of Carson McCuller’s stirring masterwork," Miller-Stephany said.
Time magazine calls The Heart is a Lonely Hunter “One of the Top 10 Best Plays of 2009.”
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m.
FREE for Members of The Rep and The 601 Club | $5 for non-members
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 creative team.
PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT
Wednesday, Aug. 23
Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Patrons are invited to attend the first preview of Opening Week by paying any amount they wish for their tickets. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office opens at 9 a.m. There are at least 100 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to (2) two per person.
CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
Thursday, Aug. 24, 12 p.m.
Join Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany and members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this production.
BEER NIGHT WITH LOST FORTY AND ARKANSAS TIMES
Thursday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m.
Sponsored by Arkansas Times and Lost Forty Before the second preview of Opening Week, enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Lost Forty Brewing.
PAY YOUR AGE NIGHT
Sunday, Aug. 27
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, Aug. 30, immediately following the performance
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.
SIGN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
Friday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 10, 2 p.m.
Join us for our ASL performances 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.
BEER NIGHT WITH STONE'S THROW BREWING
Thursday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m.
Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Stone's Throw Brewing.
LIVE FROM FOSTER’S WITH DUOVER
Friday, Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m.
Get your evening started early with live preshow music in Foster’s.
Sunday, Sept. 10 | Immediately following the performance
Enjoy a drink or two after the evening performance and look for members of the cast to make an appearance in Foster’s.
- SYNPOSIS: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter begins with a focus on the friendship between John Singer and Spiros Antonapoulous; two deaf men who have lived together for many years. Antonapoulous becomes mentally ill, misbehaves, and despite attempts at intervention from Singer, is eventually sent to live in an insane asylum.
Now alone, Singer rents a room in a family’s home. The remainder of the narrative centers on the struggles of four of John Singer's acquaintances: Mick Kelly, a tomboyish girl who loves music and dreams of becoming a composer; Jake Blount, an alcoholic labor agitator; Biff Brannon, the widowed owner of a diner; and Dr. Benedict Mady Copeland, an idealistic black physician.
Singer becomes an anchor for these four. All are completely convinced that Singer fully understands them, when, in reality, Singer is as isolated and confused by life as they are. Each pours their heart out to Singer, and he in turn touches their hearts in ways they could never imagine.
- LANGUAGE: Contains adult language. Specific words include: “motherogod,” “hell,” “nigger,” “whore,” “damn,” “rat-bastard,” “bastards,” “wops,” “chinks,” and “pussy.”
- SMOKING: There are instances where characters smoke onstage.
- DRINKING: There are instances where characters drink on stage and where drunkenness is depicted.
- SEX: There is a scene that alludes to teenagers having intercourse.
- VIOLENCE: There is one scene that includes self-violence in the form of suicide. Another scene references a prison cruelty resulting in dismemberment.
- THEMES: Topics of discussion in this play include: teen pregnancy, fascism, communism, Marxism, Nazi.
- RATING: If it were a film, this production would be rated “PG-13” for adult language and material.
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