AST announces new season

The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre recently announced its 13th season of professional theatre will run Friday, June 7, through Sunday, July 7.

Performances of Shakespeare’s raucous comedy “The Comedy of Errors,” his complex and intriguing “Macbeth,” the beloved musical “Guys and Dolls,” and a family adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” will be presented in Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas, in front of McAlister Hall across from the UCA President’s home and also will tour the state. 

“Looking toward my eighth year as the artistic leader of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, I wanted to have a repertory season that was exciting and fresh, that truly allowed the productions to be viewed in dialogue with each other, and also one that would capture audiences’ imaginations and challenge them to think about their lives. I think these four shows do just that,” said Producing Artistic Director Rebekah Scallet, who selected the productions based around the theme of fate and chance.

Actors, designers and crew will arrive in Conway in early May to begin the process of creating the four shows to play in repertory. “The Comedy of Errors” will kick off the 2019 season on the lawn of McAlister Hall on the UCA campus.

“With our outdoor venue, we hope that theatregoers in Arkansas will recognize AST’s dedication for producing exciting and accessible art for all ages,” said Dr. Mary Ruth Marotte, AST’s executive director. “Our outdoor shows have drawn huge crowds, and our audiences look forward to the show and the entire experience of Shakespeare under the stars.” 

The remaining productions will be performed at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall, where AST makes its home.

Season ticket packages and individual performance tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit or call 501.852.0702. To book the touring production of “Romeo and Juliet,” contact Mary Ruth Marotte at [email protected] or call 501.269.9428.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is the state’s only professional Shakespeare company and is proud to make its home on the UCA campus. Each summer, AST offers full productions of a range of Shakespeare’s works, as well as other plays and musicals that help fulfill AST’s mission to entertain, engage and enrich the community.

The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will open its 13th season on Friday, June. 7.