U of A Faulkner Center Welcomes 'Josephine' to the Stage Tomorrow Night

Roberto Gonzalez

The Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas welcomes Josephine, the award-winning burlesque cabaret dream play, for a performance tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 30.

Josephine is a biographical musical that combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century. Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles and sexuality in this intimate, charming and haunting cabaret with a twist.

"Through our FPAC Presents series, we are able to bring diverse musicians and performances to our area and cultivate a meaningful discussion around an array of topics," said Nicole Leachman, managing director of the Faulkner Center. "We are excited to bring 'Josephine' to our part of the world."

Josephine Baker was born in St. Louis in 1906 and achieved only moderate success in the United States but became an international superstar after moving to Europe in 1924. She starred alongside white romantic leading men in films in the 30s, had multiple interracial marriages and homosexual relationships, and performed in men's clothing before the term "drag" was commonly used/known. She was a spy for the French Resistance in WWII, a civil rights activist, and mother to 12 adopted children. Her success often gave her the opportunity to live free from the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in America.

On Thursday, Jan. 30, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center, Josephine will take the stage. The show is intended for adult audiences, as it contains adult content and nudity. This show runs approximately 85 minutes with no intermission.

To purchase tickets to the performance, please visit www.UarkArtsTickets.com or the FPAC Box Office, in person Monday through Friday 1:30-5 p.m. or call 479-575-5387.

For additional information about "Josephine," the FPAC Presents series, and much more, please visit www.faulkner.uark.edu.

About the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center: The newest performing arts center at the University of Arkansas — a renovation of the old Field House — is named the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center, in honor of the couple's major gift to the project. Completed in September 2017, this world-class performance venue is 39,400 square feet, with seating for 587, and a stage that can accommodate as many as 250 performers. The center is the main performance venue for the university's J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Department of Music and hosts guest musical activities for the university and Northwest Arkansas community.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs.

Contacts

Nicole Cotton-Leachman, managing director
Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center
479-575-5692, ncotton@uark.edu

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