UA Little Rock to showcase plays about American life, family, and alternative experiences during ‘A Seat at the Table’

Lawrence D. Smith, Assistant Professor of Theater Arts. Photo by Ben Krain.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will showcase a three-day series of one-time performances March 3-5.

“A Seat at the Table” is a staged reading of three plays that present a diverse range of perspectives on contemporary life in the U.S. The plays will begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly March 3-5 in the Haislip Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts at UA Little Rock.

“We hope that this set of remarkable plays on family, America, and alternative experiences will serve to open up new perspectives on gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, power, and life in the U.S.,” said Lawrence Smith, assistant professor of theater arts and director of “A Seat at the Table.”

Each performance will feature a panel discussion beginning at 6:45 p.m. and a talkback and reception with the cast and crew following each play. The plays will be performed by UA Little Rock students and produced by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

The performances include:

Tuesday, March 3 – “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” by Quiara Alegría Hudes. This play presents a lyrical and poignant account of three generations of military service within a Puerto Rican family.

Wednesday, March 4 – “Hir” by Taylor Mac. “Hir” is an hysterical tragicomedy of suburban life in which a stay-at-home mom and her live-at-home transgender son upend the status quo of the nuclear family.

Thursday, March 5 – “Bootycandy” by Robert O’Hara. “Bootycandy” is an outrageous comedy centered around the coming-of-age experiences of a gay black playwright in a dysfunctional family in a dystopic world.

General admission tickets are $10. Tickets for UA Little Rock employees, college students, seniors, and members of the military are $5. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. The plays are for mature audiences only.

For more information, contact the box office at 501-569-3456.

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