UA Department of Theatre to present show about book censorship

The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre this week presents its final production of the fall semester, The Metal Children by Adam Rapp.

The dark and funny play about censorship is directed by Jenny McKnight, instructor of theatre in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and performed by a cast of undergraduate and master of fine arts students.

From the department:

When a small Midwestern community decides to ban a controversial book involving teen pregnancy, the author travels to the town so that he can address the schoolboard and protest the decision. The result is a fierce debate that engulfs the entire community, and a rather unusual reaction from the town’s youth.

The Metal Children opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at the University Theatre in the Fine Arts Center on campus. Additional performances are scheduled for Nov. 16-19 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $16 for faculty, staff and seniors, and $5 for students and children under 18. UA students may attend the show for free on Wednesday and Thursday, or for $5 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Tickets are available online at or at the box office in the Fine Arts Center 90 minutes prior to each performance. For more information, call 479-575-6067.

Parking is available in the Stadium Drive parking facility and is free after 8 p.m. The facility’s elevator will take patrons to street level directly across from the Fine Arts Center.