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Arkansas New Play Festival

Join us at the Museum as we host the first weekend of Arkansas’ flagship festival of bold new plays for the American stage! More than 40 professional artists will come together in Northwest Arkansas to create and present never-before-seen scripts in advance of their national premieres. With two full weekends of performances, the festival includes both fully-staged new work and staged reading performances at TheatreSquared and Crystal Bridges. You’re invited to sit in for the performances and an intimate conversation with the playwright and cast. Help shape new works from the ground up!

Festival pass prices range from $36 to $42. Passes can be purchased at http://theatre2.org/.


The Arkansas New Play Festival is held Friday, June 17 through Thursday, June 26. A Festival Pass grants entry to two weekends of performances, including three staged readings, a staged workshop production, and the Young Playwrights’ Showcase. The second weekend will be held at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


ROMEO AND JULIET: DAMASCUS by William Shakespeare

Directed and co-adapted by Kholoud Sawaf

On the streets of Damascus, a brawl breaks and an edict is handed down: whoever incites the next uprising will be sentenced to death. A young man and woman from rival families fall passionately in love, but know their relationship is forbidden and that violence may result. They choose to defy fate and their families in one of the most enduring love stories of our time.


Supported by a major three-year grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, this first workshop of a new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet will reimagine Shakespeare’s classic within the present-day civil strife of Syria’s capital city.

June 17, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:
Great Hall