TheatreSquared begins free public performance series

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

TheatreSquared will soon begin a series of free one-time public performances inside the newly opened venue on Spring Street in downtown Fayetteville.

The series is called New Voices and will include readings of new plays-in-progress, conversations with visiting playwrights and artists, and devised theatre performances.

The first event is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 with “Dairy Queen” by Sarah Loucks, a first-year M.F.A. candidate in playwriting at the University of Arkansas.

Tickets are not required. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early to explore the new Commons bar and cafe before the reading begins.

About the play “DAIRY QUEEN,” by Sarah Loucks
Karen and Lee have nothing in common except for one thing: they’re both teenage employees at the local Dairy Queen, where they’re stuck working the 4th of July. Karen is determined to run away from their small, rural town, while Lee is determined to climb the ranks of Dairy Queen all the way to the top. When they discover their manager has abandoned them, Karen and Lee begin plotting a future neither of them imagined. Reigning over a large quantity of ice cream and some hidden vodka, two teenagers imagine adventure, salvation, and America beneath the fluorescent lights of a Midwest Dairy Queen.

The reading is directed by Jeremiah Albers, a recent alum of the M.F.A. program in Directing in the Department of Theatre and features actors from the M.F.A. program in Acting, including: Ana K. Miramontes, Edwin Green, Leah P. Smith.