University of the Ozarks will be the host site for the 2014 Arkansas Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).
The festival will include fully-staged productions from four colleges in Arkansas and Oklahoma and will run from Nov. 6-8 in the University’s Seay Theatre, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center. The festival is sponsored, in part, by the Walton Arts & Ideas Series and there is no cost for admission to the plays.
Last year, the University of the Ozarks Theatre’s production of "In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play," was awarded the top two honors at the state festival, the Respondent’s Choice Award and the Director’s Choice Award. The play was also chosen to compete in the regional festival.
The first play of the 2014 festival is the University of the Ozarks Theatre’s "Rabbit Hole," which will be performed at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6.
On Friday, Nov. 7, Eastern Oklahoma State College will perform "Endgame," at 1 p.m. and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will present "Delta-V," at 8 p.m.
The festival’s final performance will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, with Pulaski Technical College’s production of "Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy With A (Somewhat) Happy Ending."
The festival will also include several performance, design and playwriting workshops.
Each production will be viewed by out-of-state respondents who will recommend at least one production be considered for entry in the KCACTF Region VI Festival. The design respondent for this year’s festival is Philip Heckman, an Emmy-nominated costume designer for daytime television’s "As the World Turns." The performance respondent for the festival will be Jonathan Burwell, who has done numerous stage and television work, including national commercials for Bayer Aspirin, Pepsi and the National Football League.
Region VI includes colleges and universities from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
The play "Rabbit Hole," will be the University Theatre’s entry in the 2014 Arkansas Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which will be held Nov. 6-8 on the U of O campus.