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GUYS AND DOLLS

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Book by Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows

 

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre 2019

Director : Jenna Tamisiea Elser

Set Design: Joe Klug

Costume Design: Erin Carignan

Lighting Design: Megan Turnquist

Sound Design: David Greenburg

Runyon's 1930's streets of the Broadway District, NY a search for belonging brings a pastiche of Runyon's most touching characters together. 

NEXT TO NORMAL

Music and book: Brian Yorkey & Tom Kitt

Next to Normal (2008) is a musical by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt,  about the price we pay in order to love. Costumes used modern silhouettes and color to represent Diana’s love throughout her struggle with mental illness and loss. As Diana’s struggles affect those she loves, their costumes take on colors similar to Diana’s color- a burgundy purple. After Diana has a final dance with her deceased son,  and as she breaks connections to memories of her love for him with ECT, costume colors fade to greyed versions representing faded memories. These colors eventually level out to clear blues and browns, with hints of Diana’s burgundy, as the family begins to heal.

CLYBOURNE PARK

By Bruce Norris

Clybourne Park is about gentrification in a suburban neighborhood in Chicago. It takes place in 1959 and 2003 as a modern continuation of  A Rasin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansbury. The design included elements derived from red-lining maps of Manhattan and chaotic paintings of Jackson Pollock. 

“We live in a society where speech is much more dangerous than activity – than action. … In the 50’s no one knows they should be embarrassed by what they are saying, 2009 everyone knows they should be embarrassed.” Playwright Bruce Norris 

WOMEN IN JEOPARDY

By Wendy MacLeod

A new play by Wendy MacLeod, Women in Jeopardy! poses the question, "Can three divorced moms find love and happiness - or at least avoid falling prey to a serial killer - in Salt Lake City and the red rocks of southern Utah?

DAIRY OF A WORM, SPIDER AND FLY

By DOREEN CRONIN

A musical is based on the children's books of the same name by Doreen Cronin. The challenge in this design was to create characters that were recognizable bug-characters but not so literally insect-like so they were identifiable by the children and minimally distracting from the story.

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

Featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, with a book written by Joe DiPietro, and based on material by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse.

Set in the 1920's, musical about a playboy and a bootlegger's unlikely romance. Many quick changes and fast paced musical numbers. 

NINE CIRCLES

BY BILL CAIN

Based on a true story, his play focuses on Private Daniel Reeves and trial for the murder and rape of civilians in Iraq during the war. There were many changes on stage and each actor played multiple characters. 

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