A Fayetteville company received the highest award a off-Broadway theater organization can receive last night.
TheatreSquared on Monday was awarded a special Obie Award for their digital-virtual hybrid co-production of their show Russian Troll Farm produced during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
The show, which was also named a New York Times Critic’s Pick and “Best of the Year” selection that year, was written by Sarah Gancher and developed as part of T2’s Arkansas New Play Festival. The show was developed during the all-virtual event held in June of 2020, just months after all in-person performances were indefinitely postponed. A few months later, T2 collaborated with TheatreWorks Hartford, in association with The Civilians, to co-produce play’s world premiere in a digital-virtual format that October.
Russian Troll Farm, which was directed by Jared Mezzocchi and Elizabeth Williamson, will be produced live and in-person by the same directing team at the Geva Theater in New York beginning this week.
The 66th Obie Awards were held for the first time in-person after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic on Monday night at Terminal 5 in New York City.
The Obie award received by T2 last night is the first to be awarded to a theater company in the state of Arkansas.
Next up for T2 is a production of Sanctuary City by writer Martyna Majoc, who was also honored at the Obie Awards last night.
Sanctuary City opens tomorrow, March 1 at TheatreSquared. For more information or tickets to the show, visit theatre2.org.