New troop to play Rail Yard; UALR Professor Honored

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THEATER: new troop

Little Rock Theater Actorsa new professional theater group, billing itself as “the home of fearless works” that will produce “revolutionary theater” with “substantial community partnerships,” takes the stage with “Bard @ the Bar: A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 7 p.m. August 11 at the Rail Yard, 1212 E. Sixth St., Little Rock.

Production Art Director and Co-Founder Mark A. Burbank describes the production as “presenting [William Shakespeare’s comedy] in a whole new way”, in a relaxed setting and in 60 minutes. Co-founder Shelby-Allison Hibbs, the group’s executive director, leads. Admission is by free ticket (donations are encouraged); visit centralarkansastickets.com.

The show kicks off a seven-piece “Season Zero” by featuring the band ahead of the official start of its first calendar season in January 2023.

The rest of the range:

◼️ August 18: Off the Page: The Arkansas premiere of “Mrs. Phu’s Cleansing Juices (and also salads)” by Emily Witt, 7 p.m., Nexus Coffee and Creative, 301 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. The Off the Page series of one-night presentations offers “a chance to hear new or rarely produced plays that relate to today’s social and political issues,” says the theater’s opening announcement.

◼️ September 16-25: “The Wish: a manual for a last ditch effort to save abortion in the united states through Theatre” by Justice Hehir, Dena Igusti, Phaneisia Pharel, Nia Akilah Robinson and Julia Specht, place(s) of being determined, also with pop-up performance.

◼️ Sept. 28-Oct. Oct. 2 and 13-16: Artists Lab: “SkyWoman: A Conceived Piece,” created by the Artists Lab Ensemble, opening weekend at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia with a cast of HSU students and the second in Little Rock with a combined cast of HSU students and Little Rock residents.

◼️ Oct. 27-31: “The Rocky Horror Show”, book, music and lyrics by Richard O’Brien.

◼️ November, TBD: Micro Play Festival, premieres of new works by local playwrights based on prompts and themes directly related to central Arkansas.

◼️ 13-18 Dec. : “Black Nativity” by Langston Hughes, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock.

The theater will hold auditions by appointment, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., August 13 at Pinnacle View Middle School, 5701 Ranch Drive, Little Rock, and encourages artists of all ethnicities, races, gender identities, bodies and ages, as well as artists with disabilities, to audition. You must be 12 or older. Prepare a contemporary 60-second monologue and two contrasting songs that show your range and style as a performer. Bring sheet music for the accompanist.

To arrange another audition or to submit a video audition, send an email with the subject “2022 Season Auditions” to [email protected] A small stipend will be offered for most roles. Sign up at tinyurl.com/2nzcde6f. For more information, visit actorstheatrelr.org.

Representative Shift Schedule

The Arkansas Repertory Theater juggles its 2022-2023 performance schedule, changing the dates of two shows: Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” featuring Emmy-nominated actor Judge Reinhold, originally slated to kick off the season from Sept. 13 to October 13. 23, will now take the stage from January 31 to February 31. 19 at the theater, 601 Main St., Little Rock. And the solo show “Every Brilliant Thing”, by Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahoe, originally scheduled for January 31 to February 31. 19, is now Sept. 13-Oct. Curtain up 23 seasons.

A spokesperson for the theater explained that the change was the result of a scheduling conflict with one of the actors.

Previously announced performances of three other shows will take place as originally scheduled – the “Guys & Dolls” musicals, from November 29 to December 29. 30 and “Little Shop of Horrors”, from April 4 to 30; and Lynn Nottage’s comedy “Clyde’s,” June 6-25. Subscription packages are on sale; visit TheRep.org or call (501) 378-0405.

MUSIC: chamber concert

Faulkner Chamber Music Festival faculty membersa project of the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, will perform two free concerts at the Center for Humanities & Arts, University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock:

◼️ 5:30 p.m. Tuesday: “Even-ing Harmony” — violinists Geoffrey Robson and Er-Gene Kahng, violist Ryan Mooney and cellist Jeremy Crosmer play “String Quartet No. 3″, https://www.nwaonline.com /news/2022/jul/31/new-troupe-to-play-rail-yard-ualr-professor/”Mishima,” by Philip Glass. Katherine Williamson replaces Robson in the quartet for Anna Clyne’s “Shadow of the Words for String Quartet and Tape”. And Robson switches to the viola for the “String Quintet” in C major, op.29, by Ludwig van Beethoven.

◼️ Friday 7 p.m.: “Bartok & Brahms” — Williamson and Robson, violins; Mooney, viola; and Crosmer, cello, play Bela Bartok’s “String Quartet No. 2”. Kahng and Robson, violins; Mooney and Williamson, violas; and Crosmer, cello, play “String Quintet No. 2” in G major, op.111, by Johannes Brahms.

Call (615) 775-6744, email [email protected] or visit faulknerchambermusicfestival.com.

Faculty Honor

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock elevated Linda Holzer, a member of the music faculty since 1995, to the honorary title of “university professor”. She is only the second faculty member to receive the honor, joining sociology professor David Briscoe, who received the honorary promotion in 2021.

The university bestows the title “only on active professors in recognition of a long period of exemplary service in a spirit of collegiality for [the university] as well as a combination of service in their profession and to the public through their professional activities,” according to a press release.

Holzer, a pianist, will give a recital Sept. 23 at UALR, performing the Arkansas premiere of Gwyneth Walker’s “Riddle Variations” and pieces by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov and Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom.

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