TheatreSquared to debut Robert Ford original “The Spiritualist” Aug. 29

A new play by TheatreSquared artistic director Robert Ford is set to make its world premier this weekend.

The Spiritualist, a comedic drama based on a strange-but-true story of an English widow who claimed to channel the spirits of dead composers, will open with a preview performance on Thursday, Aug. 29, followed by a three-weekend run through Sept. 15.

“It’s such a privilege to bring this brand new work to the stage here in Northwest Arkansas,” Ford said. “The final product is packed with music, intrigue, comedy and theatricality — and it’s driven by an enigmatic character who insists that she’s an ordinary woman who just happens to see things we don’t. I’m proud to see its world premiere right here at TheatreSquared.”

The show is directed by Kevin Christopher Fox (Sundown Town), and the cast features T2’s associate artistic director Amy Herzberg, who previously appeared in My Father’s War and has directed five productions for TheatreSquared. She is joined by Broadway veteran Sean Patrick Reilly (Superior Donuts, The Beauty Queen of Leenane on Broadway), John T. Smith (Mauritius, Sundown Town, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol), Steven Marzolf (The Fall of the House), Kristopher M. Stoker (Noises Off, My Father’s War, The 39 Steps, It’s a Wonderful Life), and Kathy Logelin (Mauritius, It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off).

Performances will be held inside Studio Theatre at the Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios, where new audience seats were recently installed.

Tickets range from $22-$36 and are on sale now at the Walton Arts Center box office (479-443-5600) and at A limited number of $10 tickets are also available for patrons under the age of 30 through the theatre’s “30 Under 30” program.

For a full schedule of performances, visit