About the Gridiron

The Northwest Arkansas Gridiron was established in the tradition of the Washington Gridiron Club, providing performances that satirize the politics and cultural trends of the day.

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Then-Gov. Mike Beebe at the 2012 performance.

It has nothing to do with football, save that the writers occasionally find ample reason to rib the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The NWA Gridiron is written, directed and performed by regional journalists each October. The show began in 1978 and continued for 13 years, using a variety of venues such as the Rodeo Community Center and Arts Center of the Ozarks, both in Springdale. It was on hiatus for the next 14 years and returned in 2004 with the help of members of the American Association of University Women. Since then, the show has been performed at the Victory Theater in downtown Rogers.

Politicians from local mayors to state representatives, senators and governors have attended the show to watch themselves be lampooned and skewered. And that’s half the fun for the audience.

About the Victory Theater

The Victory Theater was built in 1927 and designed by local architect A.O. Clark. The theater served as a community gathering place and was renovated several times as a movie and vaudeville theater before closing its doors in the early 1970s. Among the many performers who graced its stage was Will Rogers, whose wife was from the town of Rogers.

In 2008, generous help from the Wal-Mart Foundation and contributions from donors allowed the city of Rogers to purchase the Victory Theater and make it a home for community theater, now overseen by the Arkansas Public Theatre, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.