The 2015 Season

Coming in June: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and AS YOU LIKE IT.

 

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

"Every member of the cast is extraordinary...brings out the best in one of Shakespeare's earliest plays." —The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

 

The Comedy of Errors

"...A great success!... A packed-house audience was delighted by the twists and turns of this tale of mistaken identity." —The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

 

Hamlet

"I was...completely blown away....I have read Shakespeare most of my life but nothing compares to seeing it acted on the stage." —Sharon K., audience member of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre 2014 season

 

Pippin

"...amazing performance. The show was perfectly cast and simply outstanding! Bravo!"--Michelle C., 2014 AST Audience Member

 

Director’s Note: “Richard III”

Richard-III---Square

Richard III was one of the biggest crowd pleasers of its day.  A poster for one of the first performances listed the full title as The Tragedy of Richard III: Containing the Treacherous Plots Against His Brother Clarence, the Pitiful Murder of His Innocent Nephews, His Tyrannical Usurpation, with the Whole Course of His Detested

Synopsis: “Big River”

Big-River

With The Adventures of Tom Sawyer behind him, Huckleberry Finn settles into a “civilized” life with the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson in St. Petersburg, Missouri. However, the demanding expectations of the town prove too much for a reckless and adventuresome Huck.

Director’s Note: “Big River”

Big-River

Mark Twain first introduced The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to U.S. audiences in 1885.  I’m sure most of us have read the novel at some point (most likely in English class), and it’s no surprise that this story of friendship and adventure continues to hold up over time. 

Synopsis: “Twelfth Night”

Twelfth-Night

Regarded as one of William Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, Twelfth Night or What You Will brilliantly unsettles many common notions regarding gender, class, and social order prevalent during Shakespeare’s time.

Director’s Note: “Twelfth Night”

Twelfth-Night

The first time I encountered Twelfth Night was as a college sophomore.  Home to spend my summer vacation in Little Rock, I got a “job” (unpaid student labor) as the stage manager for the Shakespeare Festival of Arkansas’s production of the comedy, presented outdoors at McArthur Park. 

Performances this week | June 3 – 9

Meet the cast & crew: Hart Denton

Denton

Hart Denton this is Hart’s second year to work with AST and it has been an incredible experience for him.

Meet the cast & crew: Tim Sailer

Tim Sailer

Tim Sailer is originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has spent three seasons at the Commonweal Theatre Company, appearing in An Enemy of the People, The Rainmaker, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Death and the Plowman, and John Gabriel Borkman.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre season kicks off June 7

Dan - As You Like It

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s sixth season opens June 7 with William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The professional theater company will offer more than 25 performances of the four productions throughout the month of June.

Meet the cast & crew: Josh Rice

Josh Rice

Josh Rice is a Theatre Artist who has trained throughout the United States, England and Canada. In addition to his work on stage, he is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for AST. 

Meet the cast & crew: Michael Susko

Michael Susko

Michael Susko is thrilled to be a part of AST this summer!

Meet the cast & crew: Dan Matisa

Dan Matisa

Dan Matisa is thrilled to be returning to Conway, and to AST, for his sixth season of making great theatre with this fine company.

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