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  • Prelude to a Kiss-
    April 29, 30 @ 7:00pm
    May 1, 2 @ 7:00pm
    May 3 @ 2:00pm
  • Eric Bibb
    May 12 @ 7:00pm
  • Double Wide -
    June 13, 19, 20 @7:30
    June 14 & 21 @ 2:00pm

Prelude to a Kiss

Empathy. The ability to put yourself in another person's shoes, to imagine what it would be like to look out at the world through another person's eyes. Most of us have no gift for it -- although that doesn't keep us from believing other people should spend a lot more time thinking about how it feels to be us.

"Prelude to a Kiss" is a play about two people who accidentally put themselves into each other's bodies and souls, and although it could probably do more with its story, what it does is gentle and moving. The play is fairly hard to categorize, which is one of its strengths.

The play opens with love at first sight, between a guy who works at a Chicago publishing company (John Gripka) and a woman who tends bar (Julie Atchley). They smile and their eyes light up, and in an astonishingly short time they know they must be married to one another.

At the wedding, a strange thing happens, an old man appears, who nobody seems to know, and he wishes the young couple well, and kisses the bride on the lips. And then . . .

But we know who the old man is. His name is Julius (Bryan Miller), and he lives in Berwyn with his daughter and son-in-law, and after his wife died he just sort of vegetated. On this day he got up, walked to the train station, and took the next train, which happened to be going to Lake Forest.

And he walked into the wedding and kissed the bride.

On his honeymoon, Peter begins to realize something has gone wrong. His bride looks the same, but she isn't the same. There are subtle clues in her behavior. Things she wouldn't ordinarily 

say. Eventually Peter realizes that someone else is inside her. She is not the woman he married.

It's the setup for some unusually thoughtful stage dialogue, and a final scene of genuine emotional power.  "Prelude to a Kiss" is the kind of play that can inspire long conversations about the only subject really worth talking about, the Meaning of It All.

Where: Live at the Lyric Theatre

When: April 29th, 30th and May 1st,2nd@ 7pm. May 3rd @ 2pm

General Admission: $10 and $5 for students with ID.





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A Unique Opportunity

The Ozark Arts Council has been given a unique opportunity, so we are passing that opportunity on to you!

Heralded acoustic blues guitarist/vocalist Eric Bibb has long been a favorite of Ozark Arts Council blues fans…but it’s awfully difficult to see him these days, since he spends most of his time in Europe (he now lives in Sweden). When he does venture back to the United States, he is in high demand and his normal guaranteed performance rate would require $50-60 tickets in a venue the size of the Lyric.

But…Eric Bibb loves coming to Harrison and playing at the Lyric! And…Eric Bibb has been nominated for (another) Blues Music Award, so he will be in the USA and able to come and play for us…and is willing to do so for a reduced fee! So…

Here’s the Opportunity: For the Ozark Arts Council Board of Directors to be good stewards of your membership dues and gifts, we are going to PRE-SELL 100 seats for an appearance at the historic Lyric Theater on Tuesday evening, May 12, 2015. During this pre-sale, the minimum purchase is four seats at only $25 per seat. If you want to see Eric Bibb—and the likelihood of our being able to get other performers of a similar caliber increased—please respond to this emailimmediately. Only once we have sold those hundred seats will we officially commit to paying Eric Bibb to come to Harrison.

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Beside Seats, You Get: your name (or business name) included in the program for the evening as a sponsor of the show and in other publicity. In other words, if you would buy a ticket once they are in the general sale anyway, buying in the pre-sale gets your business some free advertising.

(NOTE: You can bundle with another individual/couple/family to buy a four seat block; seats do not have to be in multiples of four, but must be at least four per purchase—that is, if you want five, you can get five, we don’t force you to take eight!)

If you have a small business, please don’t sleep on this: once the hundred seats are gone, we can’t guarantee there will be space to list you; if a larger company ‘swoops in’ and buys fifty seats (for $1250), they are going to get space in the program commensurate with such a show of support.

TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY please email OACWebUpdate@gmail.comimmediately with the number of seats you want to reserve, your name and phone number, and the name you want listed in our advertising. Remember, there is a four seat minimum at this stage of the game. There will not be such a minimum once the other 275 seats go on sale…but those seats will go very quickly, if Eric Bibb’s past ticket sales are any indication.

[Please Note: Some of the 100 seats have already been purchased, so don't delay!]






About the OAC…

The Ozark Arts Council is a cultural treasure created with money, labor, materials, and support from the entire community and is dedicated to enriching lives by promoting the arts in Harrison and North Arkansas. Since its founding in 1996, the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization has touched the lives of many through exhibitions, performances, and education. The OAC is the proud owner and operator of the historic Lyric Theater, which was built in 1929, and the operator of the Oak Leaf Gallery and GiftShop. The OAC supports four member organizations: The Theatre Company, Northark Drama, The Twentieth Century Club, and Woman’s Book Club. Educational Programs include the Ozark Children’s Choir and Ozark Writers’ Block. Support for the Ozark Arts Council is provided by foundations, local businesses, and individuals. The OAC is a member of the Historic Harrison Business Association, the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence, and Arkansas Museums Association.





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