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A-State Department of Theatre Kicks Off Season with "Gruesome Playground Injuries".

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Performances start September 23.

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State University Department of Theatre has announced its season for 2022-2023. "Gruesome Playground Injuries" opens the season, followed by "Little Women," "Peter and the Starcatcher" and "The Trail to Oregon!"

Tickets for all events are available in advance at AState.edu/Tickets. A-State student tickets are free at the box office with a student ID.

"Gruesome Playground Injuries" is one of the most intimate plays produced at A-State. Written by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Rajiv Joseph, this intense, dark-humored, contemporary drama spans the course of a 30-year relationship between two broken souls. It is a compelling and unconventional love story that reveals what can happen when two people drop their defenses and allow their wounds to show. Enjoy this life-affirming play in Fowler Center's Simpson Theatre on Sept. 23-24 and Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

The second fall production is an iconic story of resilience, ambition and sisterhood. Set in 1860s America, this powerful musical chronicles the coming-of-age journey of four young women during the turmoil of the Civil War. Based on Louisa May Alcott's wildly popular semiautobiographical novel, the fall musical production will be Alan Knee, Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein's adaptation of "Little Women." The production is Nov. 11 and 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in Fowler Center's Drama Theatre.

The first show of the spring semester features ingenious theatricality and character tracks that span up to half a dozen characters for a single actor. This inventive adaptation completely reimagines the origin story of one of the world's most beloved children's books. Rick Elice's "Peter and the Starcatcher" is a prequel for the familiar characters of the classic Peter Pan. This family favorite will be produced in Fowler Center's Drama Theatre Feb. 17-18 and 24-25 at 7:30 p.m.

The season will close with an irreverent musical satire based on the famous educational video game, "The Oregon Trail." "The Trail to Oregon!" by Jeff Blim, Matt Lang and Nick Lang are part of the master satirist collective known as Starkid Productions. This musical parody will make audience members laugh until their ox dies of dysentery! So laugh with others in Fowler Center's Simpson Theatre on April 14-15 and 21-22 at 7:30 p.m.

KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with Assistant Professor of Theatre DayDay Robinson and with student actors Gavin Wilson and Skyla Conger regarding the A-State Theatre Department production of the one-act play Gruesome Playground Injuries. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.
Marty Scarbrough has worked at KASU since 1992, and he serves as program director, overseeing the station’s content. Marty is a graduate of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and he has produced and hosted programs of classical music, jazz, bluegrass, and blues music. He also oversees KASU’s Bluegrass Monday concert series. When not at work, Marty loves spending time with his wife and his three sons, and he enjoys attending concerts of many different styles of music.