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



"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



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


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

David Alford

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

About the Othello characters


Othello: “The Moor”; commander of the Venetian Army; husband of Desdemona Iago: High-ranking soldier and trusted advisor of Othello; husband of Emilia Desdemona: Bold daughter of Brabantio; wife of Othello Emilia: Wife of Iago; attendant to Desdemona Cassio: Othello’s right-hand man; young and intelligent military officer

Othello Rap by Josh Rice [VIDEO]


Here upon is a story of a brother. And Josh will drop it like unto it will halt.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [PHOTOS]


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 photos from the opening night of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Be

Scallet named new producing artistic director

Rebekah Scallet | Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

After a six-month search, Rebekah Scallet, an Arkansas native, will become producing artistic director of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, starting Aug. 15. Dr. Mary Ruth Marotte will continue as executive director. “I am thrilled to have Rebekah as an artistic partner. Her experience in directing, teaching, and arts management will help AST reach new heights,” Marotte

“As You Like It” Opening Night [PHOTOS]


Click here to view photos from the opening night of “As You Like It” at The Village at Hendrix.

Interview with KUAR [AUDIO]

Artistic Director Matt Chiorini

Executive Director Mary Ruth Marotte and Artistic Director Matt Chiorini appeared on Arts Scene, presented by UALR College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and UALR Public Radio. Matt Chiorini’s interview begins at 16:05.

Thoughts from “As You Like It” Director Andrew Hamm

Andrew Hamm

As You Like It opens next Thursday, inaugurating the green at The Village at Hendrix as a theatre space and launching the 2011 Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre season. Yesterday was a day off, concluding our second week of rehearsal, and it feels like the whole show teeters on a balance point.

Thoughts from the outgoing Artistic Director

Artistic Director Matt Chiorini

Artistic Director Matt Chiorini It’s a great group (as always) and I’m thrilled to be working with such an amazing group of artists.  I’ve been a theatre producer for 10 years now and I’ve found that the single most important consideration in putting together a company or cast or staff or team is whether or

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