The festival will feature staged reading performances of four professional plays, a showcase of 10-minute plays by Arkansas high school students, and Northwest Arkansas’s sixth annual 24-Hour Play-Off.
“The Arkansas New Play Festival is the state’s only dedicated professional outlet for the development of new work, and seeks to give voice to emerging playwrights whose stories resonate with the shifting demographics of mid-America,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford.
“This year’s lineup is incredibly exciting — with music, bold storytelling and strong Arkansas ties. I can’t wait to hear the conversations they spark.”
Northwest Arkansas Performance Schedule:
Friday, May 18
7:30 p.m. — Uprooted by Clinnesha D. Sibley ($7)
Saturday, May 19
6 p.m. — The Spiritualist by Robert Ford ($7)
8 p.m. — The Ballad of Rusty and Roy by Janelle and Troy Schremmer ($7)
Sunday, May 20
1 p.m. — Arkansas Young Playwrights Showcase (FREE)
3:30 p.m. — The Football Project by Samuel Brett Williams ($7)
6 p.m. —The 24-Hour Play-Off ($10)
Tickets are $7 (staged reading performances), $10 (The 24 Hour Play-Off) or $30 for a New Play Pass including all six events and can be reserved by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479-443-5600 or online at waltonartscenter.org.
The lineup of events in Northwest Arkansas will take place at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville.
Each new play reading will be followed by a conversation with the playwright, director and cast.