Two Little Rock theatre groups present offerings to heat up cold winter nights this weekend.
The Weekend Theatre, in its 20th anniversary season, presents award winner Adam Rapp’s play Metal Children. Rapp, who is one of the most prolific playwrights today, tells the story of a small town ripped apart by a debate over a book.
When a young adult novel about teen pregnancy is banned by the local school board, it ignites a fierce and violent debate over abortion, religious beliefs, and modern feminism. A directionless New York City author arrives in town to defend the book and finds that it has inspired a group of local teens to rebel in strange and unexpected ways. The book also inspires a swarm of teenage pregnancies, a horde of pig-masked vigilantes terrorizing the populace, a suicide, and at least one murder attempt. A timely and unforgettable drama about the failure of urban and heartland America to understand each other, The Metal Children explores what happens when fiction becomes a matter of life and death.
The play is directed by Justin A. Pike (who most recently directed Annie for the Royal Players in Benton). The cast includes Don Bright, Wendy Darr, Anna Findley, Augusta Fitzgerald, Duane Jackson, Grace Lytle, David Monteith, Samantha Porter, Donna Singleton and Evan Tanner.
The production opened last weekend and continues on Fridays and Saturdays through January 26. The shows take place at the Weekend Theatre located at 7th and Chester.
One of Little Rock’s newest theatre groups, Precipice Theatre, presents Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winner A Streetcar Named Desire. The world of Blanche, Stanley, and STELLLLLLLAAAAA are brought to life amid the sweltering heat of New Orleans. Things are hardly what they seem in a world where a paper lantern is used to transform a plain lightbulb and light may hide more than the darkness.
The show opened last night and continues on through Sunday, January 27. There are two performances today (2pm and 7:30pm) and a matinee tomorrow at 2pm. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. Streetcar is being performed at the Public Theatre located at 616 Center Street. To reserve tickets, send an email to LRprecipicetheatre@gmail.com and let us know your name, number of seats needed, and which performance you will be attending.
The production has been directed by Paul Seminara, Cory Cotham and Jennifer S. Walker. The cast includes Heather D. Smith, Ricco Ardemagni, Rachel Bland, Paul Seminara, Brent Wood, Caitlin Selacavich, Jennifer S. Walker, Steve Sullivan, Cory Catham, Andy Stanley and Tracy Crain.