Arkansas Rep is the state’s largest non-profit professional theatre company. Since its foundation in 1976, it has presented nearly 300 productions – including many world premieres – in its 354-seat MainStage theater and its 99-seat black-box SecondStage, both located in a historic building in downtown Little Rock. With an operating budget of more than $3 million, the company employs resident designers, technicians, and administrators, as well as guest artists from across the country. The repertory ranges from contemporary plays and musicals to the classics of dramatic literature.
In addition to performances at its home base, the company regularly “relocates” in an attempt to serve all Arkansans. For example, its biennial Free Shakespeare in the State Parks program brings theater to outdoor venues in areas with little or no access to professional arts programs.
The Rep is known for bestowing the Kaufman and Hart Prize for New American Comedy and for having initiated “The Legacy Project,” a two-year program to develop new, younger, and minority audiences. Another of its popular initiatives is “Going to the River,” a festival focusing on the dramatic works of Latin- and African-American playwrights and on the artistic growth of young Arkansas artists among these minority populations.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (easily accessible by buses 2, 5, 6, 11, 14, 16, 19, and 20 at East 6th Street/Louisiana Street)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: 7–8 productions per season, each from 2 weeks to a month in length
- Ticket Prices: Prices vary depending on seat selection ($25–$60), with discounts for advance ticket purchase (before opening day of the season: $20–$50)
- Subscriptions: The Rep offers a number of subscription options. A 6-play series subscription is available, with prices varying ($175–$240) according to night of the week and additional options. A 6-play flexpass is also available, allowing the holder to see whatever plays he/she wishes ($240); Student series or flex passes (under 21 w/ID) available for $100. Subscriber benefits include ticket exchange and insurance policies, as well as discounts on additional tickets.