April 17-May 5, 2019
Opening Night on Friday, April 19, 2019

by Karen Zacarias
directed by Steve H. Broadnax III

What makes a good neighbor?

When a young, up-and-coming Latinx couple move in next door to an older, well-established white couple, everything is downright neighborly until it’s discovered that the fence separating their backyards is over the property line — a property line that cuts right through a prize-winning flowerbed! Cultures and generations clash with comedic results in this hip and hysterical new play written by one of the nation’s leading Latina playwrights, Karen Zacarias.

Audiences will love this sidesplitting contemporary comedy that critics have called a “‘woke’ DICK VAN DYKE SHOW for the stage.”

Zacarias is one of the most produced playwrights in the nation. She is one of the inaugural Resident Playwrights at Arena Stage in Washington D.C, and is a core founder of the LATINX THEATRE COMMONS. She is founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning company that teaches playwriting in public schools in Washington D.C.

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Preview Performances

Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.*

Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m.

*Pay What You Can Night
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 two per person.

Regular Performances

Wednesdays-Thursdays at 7 p.m., April 24-25, May 1-2

Fridays at 8 p.m., April 19 and 26, May 3

Saturdays at 2 p.m., April 20 and May 4

Saturdays at 8 p.m., April 20 and 27, May 4

Sundays at 2 p.m., April 21 and 28, May 5


Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance

Steve H. Broadnax III* (Director) is currently a Professor of Theatre at Penn State University. His director credits include: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hattiloo Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, People’s Light, Apollo Theater (NYC), The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Atlantic Theater Company (NYC), Detroit Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Black Theatre Troupe (Arizona), Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Moore Theatre, The Market Theatre (South Africa), The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Scotland), National Arts Festival (South Africa), and Adelaide Arts Festival (Australia).

The Hip Hop Project, an award-winning, full-length original play directed, choreographed, and conceived by Steve, has toured nationally and was showcased at The Kennedy Center. Other writings include American Taboo, Camouflage (Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist), and Inside Ashland, Or Troublemaker (2019 world première at People’s Light). 

Steve is also a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and the National Theatre Conference. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The Conservatory at Webster University and a master’s degree from Penn State.

Colin JB* (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to be back in Arkansas working with The Rep! Favorite Rep credits: Chicago, Santaland Diaries, Gridiron 2016 & 2018, Sister Act, SPAMALOT, Bridges of Madison County, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Little Mermaid. Other Regional and New York Credits: My Eyes Went Dark with the Brits Off-Broadway Festival (PSM), DRAGUS MAXIMUS with Heartbeat Opera (PSM), Boy at the Edge of Everything with Long Wharf Theatre (PSM), The Gospel at Colonus with The New York Shakespeare Festival (PA), and A Taste of Things to Come with The York Theatre (PA). Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Holly Payne (Costume Designer) currently serves as the Costume Designer at Hendrix College. She has also designed for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre (Milwaukee), Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks (Milwaukee), Delaware Theatre Company, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Florentine Opera Company (Milwaukee), Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Riverside Theater (Vero Beach, Fla.), 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, TheatreSquared and Argenta Community Theater. She’s a proud Union member of USA Local 829. She thanks her impressive family and her sweet husband, Aaron.

Lynda J. Kwallek (Properties Designer) is in her 14th year at Arkansas Rep. 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).

Yael Lubetzky (Lighting Designer) has designed productions in New York City and regionally including the Broadway production of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. Previous designs at The Rep include MAMMA MIA!, Godspell, Windfall, The Bridges of Madison County, August: Osage County, Wait Until Dark, Les Miserables and Clybourne Park.  Recent designs include: Her Portmanteau (American Conservatory Theatre); Cabaret (Paramount Theatre, Illinois; Joseph Jefferson Award nomination); South Pacific (Drury Lane Theatre); Downtown Race Riot (The New Group); Christmas in Hell (The York Theatre Company); The Three Musketeers (Syracuse Stage); Stuffed (WP Theatre); Evita, Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller (Riverside Theatre; Vero Beach, Fla.). Off-Broadway design credits include productions at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Theatre at St. Clement’s, The Cherry Lane Alternative, The Duke on 42nd Street, INTAR Theater, New Ohio Theatre, Bleecker Street Theatre. Regional designs include productions with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Pioneer Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, and the Clarence Brown Theatre.

Joshua Marchesi (Production Manager) is joining the Rep after 10 years as Production Manager for South Coast Repertory in Southern California. During his time there he was responsible for guiding the development of over 170 productions, including world premieres of over 50 new plays, many of which have gone on to New York and Regional productions. Among his favorites were A Doll’s House Part 2, Vietgone, The Language Archives, and Office Hour. Originally from San Francisco, Joshua graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in 1981. He has been working full time as a production manager since 1995, including stints at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Walton Arts Center, Marin Theatre Company, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Joshua loves being able to straddle the practical and artistic worlds through production management and looks forward to new discoveries here at The Rep.

Luke Mitchell (Sound Designer) is new to the world of theatre and is extremely humbled and grateful to be a part of the Rep team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in recording industry from Middle Tennessee State University and is looking forward to bringing creative, immersive sound design to Rep productions. Luke would like to thank his wife, Anita, for her never-ending support and the crew at Bylites, without whom he would not have this opportunity.

Mike Nichols (Resident Set Designer/Technical Director) is grateful for the clutch support of Rep patrons and backers from all over Arkansas before and during the recent unpleasantness. He looks forward to resuming the work he began in 1982 with your continued support.

Neighbors: True Stories of Fences and Friendships

Friday, April 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Rep Annex (518 Main St., Little Rock)
Tickets: $15 online and $20 at the door
Hosted by The Yarn Storytelling & Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Neighbors. We all have them. Perhaps we are separated by a fence, a street, a hallway, or a cubicle, but the question remains; "What makes a good neighbor?" At this event, we will explore this question in a storytelling performance all about neighbors - what divides us and what connects us. Join us to hear stories about funny, outrageous, sweet, or challenging neighbors, stories about someone who makes the place they live a better place to live, and more! The event will be emceed by Aurora Leonard, the actress playing Tania in The Rep's production of Native Gardens. Storytellers include:

Gabriel Peña- Actor playing Pablo in The Rep's production of Native Gardens 
Paige & Anna Reynolds - Mother and daughter 
Merit Glover - Production Assistant at The Rep 
Eva Woodward
Melissa Hite
Rachel Brackins
Jennifer Cobb - Parent of a Rep Young Artist 
Amy Hopper
Marck Beggs

Salsa Night

Thursday, April 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cranford Co. (512 Main St., Little Rock)
$5 at the door or FREE for The Rep's 601 Club and $75+ donors
Ages 21+

In the spirit of Native Gardens, we're bringing neighbors together for this fun event! Mix and mingle on Main Street, learn dance moves from Latin dance instructors Rick and Sarah Pinedo, enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks, and put your new salsa skills to use on the dance floor. Singles and couples welcome. 

Director’s Talk

Wednesday, April 17, 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 18, 6:15 p.m.

Clinton School of Public Service Distinguished Speaker Series

Thursday, April 18, 12 p.m.

Join members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this production.

Beer Night with Diamond Bear Brewing Co.

Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m.
Sponsored by Arkansas Times and Diamond Bear Brewing Co.

Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Diamond Bear Brewing Co.

Opening Night - Dinner with Lupita's Original Mexican Food Truck

Friday, April 19
6 p.m.

Grab dinner before the show from Lupita's Original Mexican Food Truck, which will be parked outside The Rep.

Opening Night Champagne Reception

Friday, April 19

Celebrate with the cast after the Opening Night performance. Enjoy a special champagne toast and light hors d’oeuvres.

Pay Your Age Night

Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Little Rock Soiree and Zetêo Coffee

If you’re age 22-40, you can pay your age at The Rep! Enjoy great theatre at a great price. Plus, enjoy complimentary beverages from Zetêo Coffee. There are 50 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to four per household. Purchase through the Box Office in person or by phone (sorry, no online sales). Ticket price is based on the age of the oldest person in the group. Proof of age for each member of the party is required at time of pick-up. Offer is based on seating availability.

Post-Show Talk Back

Wednesday, May 1, immediately following the performance

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 Brewing

Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m.
Sponsored by Stone's Throw Brewing

Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Stone's Throw Brewing.

Because each individual theatregoer is different, The Rep offers suitability suggestions for every production. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness, or stage effects that might have a bearing on your comfort, please call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.


Characters Smoke Onstage Yes Cigarettes
Characters Drink Beer Onstage Yes  
Drug Use Depicted No  
Violence Depicted/Referenced No One comedic moment of physical violence
Partial Nudity No  
Sexual/Suggestive Content No  
Profanity (including non-English profanity) Yes puta (2), cojones (4), culiado, pinche, ballsy, schlong, jerk, testicles, spic (Latinx slur), bitchy, sons of bitches, screw, bastards, hell


ONSTAGE Gunshots No  
OFFSTAGE Gunshots No  
Fog/Smoke TBD  


The exact use potentially sensory-disturbing production elements are not determined until at least one week prior to the opening of the show. 


Yes Bright lights onstage, no strobe lights, dark in audience seating
Sounds Yes Onstage yelling
Music Yes Intermittently


Topics of Discussion in the Play: Alcohol, pregnancy, immigration, cultural differences, politics, drug trafficking, boarder control, property rights, discrimination, work place discrimination, gender differences, privilege, racism, classism, ageism, environmental issues, colonialism, xenophobia, perceptions of ethnicity, homosexuality


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