by Robert Ford
In the aftermath of a severe quake along the New Madrid Fault, Gabriel Baptiste, star safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, defies a government quarantine and returns alone to his family farm in the Arkansas River Valley. Discovered by a scientist with secrets of her own, they’re drawn into a dangerous game of mutual recrimination. This new work by T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford will receive its world premiere production in TheatreSquared’s 2015/16 season.
Meet the Playwright
Robert Ford (Artistic Director) is co-founder of T2 and the Arkansas Playwrights Workshop. His most recent play, Look Away, premiered at T2 in February after workshops at the Arkansas New Play Festival and Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Southern Writers Project. The Spiritualist, which premiered at T2 in 2013, will be performed next month at Houston's Stages Repertory Theatre, with T2 Associate Artistic Director Amy Herzberg in the lead role.
Recent productions of his work include The Fall of the House (T2, Alabama Shakespeare Festival— Edgar Award nominee), Girl Band in the Men’s Room (Hollywood Fringe—Best Theatre Award), Hackensack (Syracuse University), and ‘Twas the Night (T2, published by Playscripts). His play My Father’s War (T2, 2008) has appeared in England, Italy, and Germany. His novel The Student Conductor was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a “Hidden Gem” on NPR’s Morning Edition. He directed It’s a Wonderful Life and Drawer Boy for T2. Also a faculty member at the University of Arkansas Department of Theatre, his work at T2 is made possible in part by financial support from Fulbright College. He holds an M.Mus. from Yale and MFAs in Acting from Rutgers and in Playwriting/Screenwriting from UT Austin.