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Journey Down “The Big Muddy”

The Mighty Mississippi

Since I was a kid, I always thought of the Mississippi River as magical.  I loved imagining the explorers making their way down the mighty Mississippi and “discovering” new lands and people.  My childhood reading of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, coupled with visits to Mud Island in Memphis, reinforced

Embarking on the 2012 Season

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Over the next several weeks, I will be posting about each of the plays in our upcoming summer season.  We’ll begin with the opening production—Tweflth Night. AST’s 2012 season was put together with the theme of journey in mind.  I suppose I had that theme on the brain after having just taken a journey myself—a

Set Sail with AST [PHOTOS]

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On behalf of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre Volunteer Guild, I’d like to thank everyone who came out to support live theatre in Arkansas. Enjoy! 

Auditions and Tech Interviews in Conway–November 19th!

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AST will hold auditions and tech staff interviews for our 2012 summer season on Saturday, November 19, in the Snow Fine Arts Center located on the University of Central Arkansascampus in Conway, AR. Auditions will begin at 9 am and conclude at 3 pm. We will be casting actors of a variety of ages and

Today in Athens, Arkansas….

Like AST, Artsfest is relatively young in Conway but is likewise growing as one of the most valued and valuable festivals Conway is lucky enough to call its own. My own involvement is inspired by remembrance of my grandmother, Lillie Belle Warren, of Morrilton.

Sail away with AST at our Fall Membership Party

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We are already gearing up for our 2012 summer season, and are looking for people to join us in the fun. Jeff and Mary Ruth Marotte are hosting an evening of food, drink, and merriment to support AST on Friday, October 21st at 7 pm. We will be serving appetizers, desserts, and drinks, all with a

Hiring Production Manager for 2012 Season

Taming of the Shrew | Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is seeking a Production Manager for our 2012 Season.  The Production Manager will oversee all aspects of physical production during the summer season, as well as help lay the groundwork for production prior to season’s start. 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [PHOTOS]

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The Biblical story of Joseph of Cannan is brought to life in one of Webber and Rice’s most irresistible stories filled with excitement, energy, and eclectic music. This Broadway musical is an uplifting experience for the whole family! Click here to view other photos of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

A Girl Named Othello [VIDEO]

Paul Menzer

Paul Menzer gives his audience a historical framework for the ways in which Othello has been cast, conceived, and performed over the past 200 years. His insights into the problematic nature of “black-face” interpretations of the character of Othello invite us to explore how the play has–from the moment it was first performed–forced audiences to

Q & A with Othello director, David Alford

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Why did you want to direct Othello? Well, it’s one of the masterpieces, I think, ranked right up there with Hamlet and Macbeth. And I think it’s probably the most intimate of his plays, from a psychological perspective. The major scenes are beautifully constructed, still very accessible to a modern audience.

“Othello” opening night [PHOTOS]

Othello Cast and Crew | Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

One of Shakespeare’s most honorable heroes is matched with his most vicious villain in this compelling tragedy about the power of love to bring out the best –and the worst – inside us all.

Othello: Lines to listen for

Derrick Parker

“She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them. This only is the witchcraft I have used.” Othello (Act I, Scene iii) “With a little web as this will I ensnare a great a fly as Cassio.” Iago (Act II, Scene iii) “I will wear my

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