The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Aug. 31 – Oct. 2, 2016
Opening Night on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016
Book & lyrics by Eric Idle | Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle | A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
| From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry
Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Pain | Directed by Melissa
From the deliciously twisted minds of Monty Python’s Flying Circus
comes the irreverent, sidesplitting Broadway smash musical that proves
that you should always look on the bright side of life, especially if
you’re not yet dead.
wizards, killer bunny rabbits with big pointy teeth and the French
(naturally!) are just a few of the epic obstacles that Arthur and his
brave knights (and Sir Robin) must vanquish on their eternal quest to
find the Holy Grail; and create a hit stage show in the process.
Blending the most quotable parts of the cult comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with a lovingly savage satire of the entertainment industry, Spamalot will have you rolling in the aisles and buying shrubberies in the gift shop on your way out of the theatre.
always compelled and inspired to work on great comedy,” said Director
Melissa Rain Anderson. “I think the tag line says it best: ‘Lovingly
ripped from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail.’
The Pythons are famous for their silly, quirky comedy and I'm a big fan
of their style. Though the humor is irreverent, the tone is still very
buoyant. There's a sweet spot with delivering that type of humor. The
key is committing to that zone and playing within that very specific
it’s all on the page,” Anderson continues. “There’s no need to comment
or call attention to the jokes. It's a wonderful tight rope to walk, and
I am committed to maintaining that honesty. It's a joyous event of a
show, and I'm thrilled to be working on Spamalot, again!”
One of the wackiest musicals to ever win three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” Spamalot will delight even the most jaded theatregoer!
Oct. 26 – Nov. 13, 2016
Opening Night on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
Play by Arthur Miller | Directed by Paul Barnes
its premiere in 1953, master playwright Arthur Miller’s chilling
portrayal of the historic Salem Witch Trials has become an American
stage classic as well as a terrifying metaphor for modern times. The Crucible
explores the insidious dangers of paranoia, mass hysteria and
prejudice, all potent issues which could be ripped from today’s
a rash of mysterious illnesses and rumors of strange behavior among the
young girls of Salem, Mass., suspicions of malevolent forces at work
begin to cloud the judgment of the town’s citizens and they pledge to
root out the evil in their colony.
children’s games soon turn deadly as the people of Salem are whipped
into a bloodthirsty frenzy by fear and distrust. Neighbor turns against
neighbor, whispers become testimony and lies become truth.
the minds of the townsfolk become poisoned by anxiety and doubt, even
upright farmer and family man John Proctor is falsely accused of
witchcraft and must fight a corrupt court to protect the virtue of his
“Arthur Miller, one of the great American moralists, wrote The Crucible,
a play about the 17th Century Salem, Mass. witch hunts and trials,
during another period of witch hunts and trials in America: the mid-20th
Century Joseph McCarthy-led HUAC Congressional hearings,” said Director
Paul Barnes. “It is fascinating to view our new century through the
probing moral questions that permeate Miller’s work: How do we define
manhood? What does it mean to have a conscience and to let it guide us?
How can we be better human beings? I'm thrilled to revisit Miller's
great play at this tumultuous time in our country's history and
continuing evolution, and in this centenary anniversary year in which
Arthur Miller is being so widely honored and remembered.”
by the “McCarthy Red Scare” of the 1950s, Miller’s white-hot play is a
powerful testament to the injustices that can be committed in the name
of patriotism and to the self-destructive nature of intolerance.
A Christmas Story
Nov. 30 – Dec. 24, 2016
Opening Night on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Play by Philip Grecian | Based on the motional picture A Christmas Story, 1983 Turner Entertainment Co.
Directed by Mark Shanahan
Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is an Official Red Ryder
Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in
the stock, and this thing which tells time. All his parents can say in
response? “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
Based upon the memoirs of Jean Shepherd, the 1983 film A Christmas Story
has become a modern holiday classic. This winter, relive your favorite
moments from the movie as they come to life onstage at The Rep!
Ralphie’s hilarious misadventures as his family struggles to enjoy an
All-American Christmas on the brink of World War II. Armed with an
overactive imagination and the wide-eyed optimism of childhood, he
creates fantastic schemes to guarantee that he will find a BB gun under
the tree, which backfire with hysterical results.
his salty Old Man, even a store Santa, all conspire to prevent Ralphie
from attaining his heart’s desire in this bittersweet, quirky slice of
life from a more innocent time. In the end, nothing can defeat the
spirit of Christmas when you are surrounded by a family who loves you,
warts and all.
got a wonderful present to wrap up and put under the tree this year at
The Rep,” said Director Mark Shanahan. “Audiences will be delighted as
this classic Christmas tale comes to life in a uniquely theatrical way. A Christmas Story
transports us to the bygone era of the 1940s and the recollections of a
family Christmas like no other. Full of wit, imagination and heartfelt
nostalgia, A Christmas Story is a holiday gift you’ll remember all year-round.”
We triple-dog dare you to keep a straight face at A Christmas Story.
This raucous, heartwarming yuletide favorite will have the whole family
rolling in the aisles. It is not for the fra-gee-lay of heart!
Jan. 25 – Feb. 26, 2017
Opening Night on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
Music by Alan Menken | Lyrics by Glenn Slater | Book by Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane | Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard | Directed by Cliff Baker
your voice with The Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of
Perpetual Faith in this rapturous new musical based on the 1992 hit
movie starring Whoopi Goldberg!
witnessing a violent crime committed by her mobster boyfriend,
flamboyant lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier is placed deep undercover
in the witness protection program. Posing as a young nun in a convent,
she struggles to fit in with the Mother Superior’s strict rules and
her love for music, she injects modern panache into the choir’s stodgy
performances. This soon turns their struggling church on its head and
teaches the sisters the meaning of soul, and in return, they teach her
the meaning of community.
A hilarious fish-out-of-water story with an infectious score by Alan Menken, the composer of Little Shop of Horrors and The Little Mermaid, Sister Act was nominated for five Tony Awards in 2011, including “Best Musical.”
“Shake off those post-holiday blues and jump into 2017 with me as I direct Sister Act the Musical,” said Cliff Baker, Sister Act Director
and The Rep’s founding Artistic Director. “A good number of years ago I
saw this show when it was still in previews in London. I immediately
thought Rep audiences would love this! The show joyfully celebrates our
foibles and follies. It is suitable for the whole family, but it's not
Disney, it's Whoopi!”
The Rep promises to raise the roof with this effervescent production that is sure to move your feet and your heart.
Jar the Floor
Can we get an “Amen”?
March 29 – April 16, 2017
Opening Night on Friday, March 31, 2017
Play by Cheryl L. West | Directed by Gilbert McCauley
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.
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.
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
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 and Holiday Heart, Jar the Floor is a turbulent celebration of the ties that bind the family, no matter how dysfunctional it may be.
May 31– June 25, 2017
Opening Night on Friday, June 2, 2017
Book by John Michael Tebelak | Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Conceived and Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak | Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew
Created in partnership with 2 Ring Circus | Directed by Donna Drake
ye the way for this irresistible, groundbreaking rock musical that
blends the Gospel According to St. Matthew with an unbridled sense of
joyous play. Timeless, haunting and full of humor and heart, Godspell is a celebration of the best of our humanity and shines a beacon of light in a dark and weary world.
by visionary director Donna Drake as a Southern parable set in a
down-on-its-luck circus during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Godspell
will transform your spirit and inspire you to journey out into the
world and build a more Beautiful City. A hunted prophet and peacemaker
are taken in by a traveling family of entertainers lost in a world of
political and religious unrest. Over the course of their brief time with
this miraculous man, they rediscover new hope in a simple song and
salvation in basic acts of kindness and brotherhood.
production team is joined by the aerial wizards of 2 Ring Circus, who
created the spellbinding effects for last season’s family favorite The Little Mermaid. This talented team will transform The Rep’s stage into a wondrous big top where your wildest dreams will come true.
“I am overjoyed to be returning to The Rep next season as director of the newly conceived cirque/aerial version of Godspell,
a new and thought-provoking spin on an age-old story,” said Director
Donna Drake. “I wanted to develop and work on this production at The Rep
because I know I will be surrounded by extraordinary talent, brilliant
design, a supportive team and dear friends; all the tools needed to
create magic. From Mary Poppins to Godspell, each production is a unique story of humankind being transformed by the teachings of love and compassion.”
June 04, 2014 - June 29, 2014
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Directed by Nicole Capri
“This genial, determinedly goofy production...speaks, quite loudly, to the sophomore in all of us...with a gung-ho vitality that is often impossible to resist.” – New York Times
Life is short. The complete works of Shakespeare are long. Now all of the bard’s most familiar pieces are condensed into one hilarious rollercoaster spoof! Ending The Rep’s season is an entertaining romp on stage June 4 – June 29, 2014, as audiences will see all of Shakespeare’s plays, reduced in madcap fashion, in less than two hours.
Directed by Resident Director Nicole Capri, The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) is a parody of the plays of William Shakespeare, with all of them being performed in shortened and sidesplitting form.
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield and first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987, The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) later played at the Criterion Theatre in London, where it ran for nine record-breaking years.
Rep Resident Director Nicole Capri
It has become one of the world’s most popular shows, playing frequently in a variety of languages, and is most notable for holding the (self-proclaimed) world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at just 43 seconds. You don’t have to be a fan of Shakespeare, or even familiar with his plays, to enjoy this inventive, fast-paced comedy!
Avery Clark, Patrick Halley and Ethan Paulini. Photography by John David Pittman.
PERFORMANCES & SPECIAL EVENTS
PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT
Wednesday, June 4 | 7 p.m.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night” on Wed., June 4 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. Tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.
PRESHOW DIRECTOR TALKS
Wednesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 5 | 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
A preshow talk will take place on the set of The Compleat Wrks Of Wlm Shkspr Abridged with Director Nicole Capri, Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and members of the creative team.
CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series
Thursday, June 5 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock
Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr Abridged for a panel discussion on this hilarious roller-coaster spoof of a play!
Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239(501) 683-5239 for reservations.
Friday, June 6 | 8 p.m.
Opening Night for The Compleat Wrks Of Wlm Shkspr Abridged will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
Member Event: Shakespeare 411
Monday, June 9 | 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet
6:00 p.m. Discussion begins
Join Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he presents an interesting and humorous abridged history about Shakespeare, his life and his works. Event is free to Members and $10 for non-member. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Schlafly Tasting sponsored by the Arkansas Times
Thursday, June 12 | 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy this exciting new brew from Golden Eagle, lite bites and live music in Foster's Bar sponsored by The Arkansas Times before The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) on The Rep's MainStage at 7:00 p.m.
The performance of The Compleat Wrks Of Wlm Shkspr Abridged on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. will be sign interpreted for the hearing impaired.
The Compleat Wrks Of Wlm Shkspr Abridged will run for four weeks with performances from June 4-June 29, 2014, Wednesday through Sunday.
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday evening performances 8 p.m. Sunday Matinees performances 2 p.m.