Cheap Thrills in Rock City – The Weekend Theater
For a city with a population of approximately 186,000, Little Rock has a great variety of entertainment options. One of those is the multitude of live theaters, such as The Weekend Theater.
The Weekend Theater opened in 1993, and those who run the it strive to teach the community how to care about others. According to www.weekendtheater.org, to accomplish their goal, they choose plays “of social significance, with themes in which people learn through such things as suffering, cruelty, and insensitivity.”
All aspects of The Weekend Theater are run by volunteers, including the Board of Directors, staff and actors. This is an important part of their mission, because they “attempt to be a true community of people dedicated to the teaching, learning and practice of kindness, respect and honor.”
Each season The Weekend Theater offers a variety of shows, including the upcoming Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, by August Wilson. The show deals with music and racism in 1920s Chicago. Other shows this season include The Hanging of David O’Dodd, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Good Boys and True.
All shows run on Friday and Saturday only, with a curtain time of 7:30 p.m. Musicals are an exception; they also feature a 2:30 p.m. Sunday showing. Most shows run for three weekends, unless otherwise specified.
Regular tickets are $14, and students get in for $10 (or $18/$14 for musicals). Tickets can be purchased on the website, www.weekendtheater.org, or by calling 501-374-3761. Reservations are strongly encouraged.