TheatreSquared’s New Play Fest to continue Aug. 7

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TheatreSquared will continue to work on new shows as part of its annual New Play Festival, though things are working a little bit differently this year.

Theatre officials have been workshopping new shows over Zoom instead of in person, and next up comes a performance of playwright Russel Leigh Sharman’s new show, The Interrogator at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7.

The new show is described as a World War II thriller based on transcripts of the actual interrogations carried out at Fort Hunt, a top-secret prisoner of war camp code-named P.O. BOX 1142.

“The Interrogator is not only gripping storytelling—but also deeply resonant with our society today,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “Opening space to share these works in progress—and supporting playwrights as they prepare these brilliant new works for their world premieres—sets the stage for an exciting return to live performances.”

Earlier this summer, T2 workshoped Clinnesha D. Sibley’s Love Be Like…, which reached more than 600 audience members.

Upcoming new plays include Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy by Sara Gancher, directed by Jared Mezzochi; Weightless, by the Kilbanes, directed by Tamilla Woodard; and Heroes & Monsters, by the LatinX Theatre Project. Specific dates for the upcoming plays will be announced at a later date.

The Interrogator will be available to stream for free, with a suggested donation. Arkansas New Play Festival passholders will receive free encore access to the full festival lineup and to exclusive online experiences throughout.

Play Fest passes are $45, and are on sale now