Art Heist in Bentonville

Art Heist

DATE: May 20-23

LOCATION: 21c Hotel in Bentonville

TICKETS: Starting at $25

Masks are required during this event.


ABOUT:

Put your “NCIS,” “CSI” and “Law & Order” skills to use and solve a ripped-from-the-walls, real-life mystery of the robbery of thirteen works of art, valued at half a billion dollars. Based on a true story, Art Heist is a true crime walking show where socially distanced groups move through five walkable locations to gather clues. The amateur investigators interact with a wild group of wily career criminals – slimy con men, rumpled art recovery specialists, a possible inside man, a gentle psychopath and the larger-than-life (but definitely real) self-proclaimed "Greatest Art Thief of All Time". 

This interactive experience is based on the biggest art heist in history. On March 18, 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers entered Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the middle of the night, telling guards they were investigating a disturbance. The $500 million pieces – including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet – and the robbers remain at large today.

Through conversations and scenes, actors will reveal clues to the detectives in the audience... but then again, a red herring or two might present itself. Sharp sleuths will guess who the liars are and hopefully solve the case. No two performances will ever be the same as the actors improvise every interaction. The experience ends with an opportunity for you and your friends to become living art!

Performer bios:

Alicia Earls (Rick Abath/APC) is thrilled to be back with the Art Heist experience! She previously joined the Art Heist family in Dallas, Houston and Austin, where she currently resides. She has been performing with The Paramount Story Wranglers since 2015, which has given her the amazing opportunity to participate in the Moontower Comedy Festival and SXSW – including this year's all-digital festival. She previously performed with The Murder Mystery Company (where she committed over 300 murders) and appeared in It Came From Your Brain – an all improvised 1950's Sci-Fi/Horror experience. Alicia graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in '09 with a BA in Theatre.

Cedar Valdez (David Turner) received his BFA in musical theatre from Ouachita Baptist University and is excited to be joining the Charleston Stage team for Season 44! Some of his previous credits include Legally Blonde the Musical (Carlos), A Doll’s House (Torvald Helmer), Junie B. Jones the Musical (Daddy), Oklahoma! (Will Parker) and Fiddler on the Roof (Motel). Cedar is originally from Rogers, Ark. and he wouldn’t be where he is today without his family, friends and teachers that helped him get there. Remember to have fun and “do it with love!” @cedarvaldez / cedarvaldez.com

Haley Zega (Bob Whittman) Born and raised in Fayetteville, Haley Zega began acting at age 13. She attended Pace University in New York City, where she earned a bachelor's degree in acting and international performance ensemble. After college, Haley remained in NYC where she appeared in many theatrical productions, multiple independent film projects and several tours, both domestic and international. She recently starred in the feature film Cowgirls vs. Pterodactyls, which can be streamed on Amazon Prime. Haley returned to Northwest Arkansas during the COVID-19 pandemic and is happy to be home. Instagram: @haleyzega / YouTube: Haley Zega

Jason Suel (Harold Smith) is a teaching artist, professional actor and television host who holds an MA in theatre and film from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is originally from Camden, Arkansas. As an actor, Jason has toured nationally and internationally with multiple plays created by Trike Theatre and produced by Walton Arts Center. He is also a founding member of two comedy improv troupes in Northwest Arkansas, Phunbags Comedy Improv and Rodeo Book Club. Jason co-hosts “Good Day NWA,” a Northwest Arkansas-based lifestyle show that airs Monday through Friday on the NBC affiliate, KNWA. He also produces and hosts a late-night show “Later with Jason Suel” for the Northwest Arkansas Fox affiliate, Fox 24. As a theatre director, Jason has worked with multiple casts ranging from experienced to novice and in a variety of types of plays and musicals. Most recently he has directed Balloonacy for Trike Theatre and Jane Eyre for Arts Live Theatre. He has also directed in the UK with a premiere production of The Wind in the Willows at the Courtyard Theatre in Hereford, England. Jason has served on the Board of Directors for the Fayetteville Film Festival since its inception and was the Executive Director from January 2011 to January 2013. Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @JasonSuel

Laura Shatkus (Brian McDevitt) is an actor, director, producer and writer originally from Chicago. She received an MFA in acting from the University of Arkansas in 2015 and has since appeared in numerous films, commercials and theater pieces in Northwest Arkansas and beyond. Most recently, Laura co-created and produced Hold Fast, a piece designed for and performed in backyards and front yards of households in isolation during the pandemic. Laura was honored to be named a “Visionary Arkansan” by The Arkansas Times and “One To Watch” by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She hopes not to do something stupid while you’re looking. Instagram/Facebook @shatkus

Tyler Crosby (Myles Connor Jr.) is an actor, theater-maker and filmmaker from New Jersey. This is his third run of Art Heist after appearing in the Austin and Dallas casts. As an actor, he has recently appeared in Lear's Nightmare (Shake on the Lake Perry, NY) and Live! From the Murder Room (Dixon Place, NYC). As a filmmaker, he has directed/produced several short films that have appeared at the Indie Street Film Festival, Bicycle Film Festival and ProjectFX, among others. He has also directed three music videos for the artist MOZIAH. He is extremely excited to embark on a new Art Heist adventure in a new city!

Chris Tennison (Swing) serves as the Head of Academy for Trike Theatre, and holds a BA in theatre from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and an MFA in acting from the University of Arkansas. Credits: Shakespeare in Love, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, 2017 Arkansas New Play Fest (TheatreSquared); Last Gas (Shadowland Stages); Pine (Theater For One); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (NWA Shakespeare Festival);  As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew (Classical Edge); Beyond the Fringe (Main Street Theatre); Night and Her Stars (Town Center Theatre); Oleanna (Fan Factory); Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (Phoenix Inc.)

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Additional support provided by Artosphere Sustainer Circle members.