Arkansas Public Theatre Unveils Season 35

Published Thursday, January 23, 2020

Arkansas Public Theatre (APT) hosted SeasonLeaks! to announce the Season 35 show line-up on Friday, January 17 at The Victory Theater in downtown Rogers during their annual Season Announcement Party.

APT’s Season 35 features once again a mix of new, straight-from-Broadway productions, Tony Award winning shows and long-standing classics and events for the whole Northwest Arkansas Community that were chosen with APT’s growing and diverse audience in mind.

There is something for all ages in Season 35 at APT.

SWEENEY TODD

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!

THE WAVERLY GALLERY

Gladys, has run an art gallery in a small Greenwich Village hotel for many years. The management wants to replace her less-than-thriving gallery with a coffee shop. Always irascible but now increasingly erratic, Gladys is a cause of concern to her daughter, her son-in-law, and her grandson, from whose point of view this poignant memory play is told. A wacky and heartrending look at the effect of senility on a family."

A CHRISTMAS STORY

This holiday favorite follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself! The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, in this Christmas classic.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: THE MUSICAL

Capturing the historic flavor of disco-mania in New York City, this energetic musical is based Norman Wexler’s 1977 film. Told through the eyes of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing, Saturday Night Fever: The Musical explores relationships on and off the dance floor with humor, conflict, style and unforgettable swagger; powered by the chart-breaking hits of the Bee Gees.

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN

When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: When identity matters and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?

HILLARY AND CLINTON

In an alternate universe light-years away from our own is a planet called Earth. It looks a lot like our Earth, except it’s slightly different. And living on this other Earth is a woman named Hillary. Hillary is trying to become the president of a country called the United States of America. It’s 2008 and she’s campaigning in a state called New Hampshire. She’s not doing very well in the polls. She needs more money to keep the campaign going, so she calls her husband for help. He offers her a deal, a tough deal, but when she gets his help, she gets more than she bargained for. You may think you know where this story is going, but you don’t. After all, the play takes place in an alternate universe where anything can happen.
 
THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT
 
Jim Fingal is a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy—an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact check D’Agata’s essay, the two come head to head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth.
 
THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
 
This happy-go-lucky view of small-town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona’s cozy bordello, until that Puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.
 
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