Farr Best announces schedule

August 1, 2021
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The Farr Best Theater is excited to announce its 2021-22 season, with a packed schedule of 16 shows between October and February.

“We're changing the way we program shows at the Farr Best this season,” Rosalie Gilbert, the Cultural Arts Supervisor for the City of Mansfield said. “Instead of one to two shows each month, we'll have four themed months of programming with four to five shows each month.”

The fun begins in October with four Halloween-themed shows and events, highlighted by a Monster B-Movie double feature with film director Christopher Mihm. November’s theme is Freedom, with shows celebrating every aspect of liberty. January 2022 kicks the new year off with The Classics, including the critically acclaimed, internationally touring Pandolfi-Deutsch Duo. February is Black History Month with shows celebrating African-American heritage, led by a weekend of performances of the Pulitzer prize-winning play “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage.

“We're excited to have more shows than ever scheduled for our 2021-22 season,” said Gilbert. “We have something for everyone: music, movies, live theater, storytelling and magic for audiences of all ages.”

Tickets for all shows are available at FarrBestTheater.com. Tickets include all fees, as well as a premium concession item.

The Farr Best Theater, a 158-seat venue in downtown Mansfield, is a gem of Mansfield history.

It was opened on Oct. 10, 1917, by Milton May Farr who became one of the city’s most prominent citizens and oversaw the installation of the first electric lights in the city and a modernized water system. He named the theater the Best Farr Theatre and then in 1950 it became known as the Farr Best Theater. For 58 continuous years, it was operated by Milton and Annie Farr and their nine children.

The Farr Best Theater has seen several owners and uses since then, but was purchased in 2017 by the City of Mansfield to preserve the building and return it to its intended use as a theater. It is undergoing a revitalization to retain and enhance its original historic charm. It operates as a community arts venue, hosting concerts, movies, theatrical productions, lectures, dance, magic, and a variety of community events.

The theater was placed on the National Register of Historic places on Sept. 12, 1996.

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