Arthur & Esther

Written by Ross Howard
Performed by Taylor Hanes
Produced by Valley Arts Alliance

Arthur & Esther is a two-act play, taking place over one long day, about a man who loses his job as a community librarian and must realize how he will cope with the loss.

For Arthur, working at the library is a passion, a calling, something in his bloodline. It is one of the strengths of Ross Howard's script that simple, common, everyday things of life take on personal, specific meaning. He highlights the personal in the ordinary, and he does this throughout the play. Because of the loss of his job, Arthur is forced to face other losses he has experienced in his life, one of which is the loss of his wife Esther, which cut him very deeply. He doesn't know what he will do, and his facing the losses he has endured and learning what he will do forms the conflict and the action of the play.

Arthur and Esther, the dark comedy that won acclaim at the 2007 New York Fringe Festival and at the Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco, will make its Alaska debut on Friday, March 21, 2008 in Palmer, followed by a second performance on Saturday, March 22 in Wasilla. It probes the delightfully rich and wacky world of Arthur Huey. It’s the story of one man’s spectacular and unorthodox attempt to reconcile the ghosts of the past with the promise of the future.


Arthur and Esther lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes one 10 minute intermission. It will be performed only once in Palmer, and only once in Wasilla.  Admission fee is $10 at each location.

In Palmer, the performance is on Friday, March 21, 2008 at 7pm at the Red Beet Cafe, 320 E. Dahlia Street. Tickets for this performance are available at Fireside Books (745-2665), Side Kicks (746-4438) and Non-Essentials (745-2258), all in Palmer, or at the door.

In Wasilla, the performance is on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 7pm at Make-A-Scene, in the Meta Rose Square below the clock tower. Tickets for this performance are available at Make-A-Scene (373-2698) at the Meta Rose Square in Wasilla, or at the door.

Taylor Hanes

Taylor Hanes appears as Arthur, the role he originated and performed at the Cherry Lane Theatre at the New York Fringe Festival. Taylor has been a regular guest artist for the last seven seasons with the Nevada Conservatory Theatre where he has appeared in over a dozen productions including “Hamlet”, “Six Degrees of Separation”, “Fuddy Meers”, “A Man For All Seasons, “Machinal”, “The Balcony”, “You Can’t Take It With You”, “The Laramie Project”, “Inherit The Wind” and “The Foreigner”. Taylor began his acting career in 1982 when he took his first acting class at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Since then he has studied at the University of Tennessee. Seattle Pacific University (B.A.) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.A.Theatre). Taylor has now appeared in over 60 productions across the country and most recently appeared in the New York Fringe Festival and the Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco as Arthur in “Arthur and Esther”. He is a teacher for the Clark County School District of Las Vegas and also holds masters degrees in education as well as administration.

Ross Howard

Ross Howard, originally from the northwest of England, recently graduated from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas (UNLV) with an M.F.A. in playwriting. His work has been performed at the Contact Theatre in Manchester, England; and in Alaska, Nebraska, Minnesota, California, Connecticut and New York. His writing credits include 'Something Stupid', 'Tennessee´s Delilahs', 'Chapman', 'Relinquish', 'Who We Found Instead', 'Kovalyov' and 'The Loggerheads of Lambhuna Drive'. He is a member of the Dramatist's Guild and is currently in his second year of teaching theatre at California State University, Fresno.