Our 2013-2014 Season:
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“We found our theme for the season in a quote by August Wilson where he described something as ‘All you need in the world is love and laughter. That's all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.’ Five years into a Recession and after a long election cycle, I want to laugh more, I know our patrons want to laugh more, and we will!” - Todd Olson, Artistic Director for American Stage Theatre Company
The season opens with THE BIRDS by the acclaimed Irish Playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer) delivering an emotionally stirring thriller. In November, American Stage delivers a party on stage where everyone is on the A-list with A MARVELOUS PARTY! THE NOEL COWARD CELEBRATION where the performances are always different. We then kick-off the new year with our 7th installment of our August Wilson Cycle, 2 TRAINS RUNNING noted as being one of Wilson’s most comedic moments. The unique and hilarious exploration builds with AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. The 29th Annual American Stage in the Park continues with THE WIZ, a musical that takes you on a multi-cultural journey and winner of 7 Tony Awards. Harling’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS is destined to be the feel-good hit for the summer and concluding our season of love and laughter with GOD OF CARNAGE, a Tony Award winner by Yasmina Reza.
FOLLOWING IS THE DETAILED LIST OF
AMERICAN STAGE 2013-2014 SEASON PRODUCTIONS
THE BIRDS by Conor McPherson
from the short story by Daphne du Maurier
Previews October 2 and 3
October 4 thru October 27, 2013
"Amazing…truly frightening…a night in the theatre that should not be missed." -Tippi Hedren
“Deliciously chilling…spring-loaded with tension." -Irish Independent
Based on the short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's legendary film, this suspenseful adaptation by acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer) is an emotionally stirring thriller. In a seaside town, masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving two strangers to take refuge in an abandoned cottage. With no electricity and little food, hope wanes…then a mysterious young woman shows up, and the struggle for survival really begins.
A MARVELOUS PARTY! THE NOEL COWARD CELEBRATION
by David Ira Goldstein, Carl Danielsen, Mark Anders, Patricia Wilcox, and Anna Lauris
Previews November 20 and 21
November 22 thru December 22, 2013
“Life is a cabaret, old chum, and you are cordially invited to partake of a splendid evening!” -Broadwayworld.com
Imagine a party as sparkling as a newly-popped bottle of champagne, a scintillating evening of ravishing melody and witty repartee—all courtesy of that personification of British wit and sophistication, Noël Coward. Drawn from his songs, plays, and journals, this effervescent revue is a whimsical, lighthearted romp featuring 33 songs and a bevy of sketches, anecdotes, writings and musings. The perfect holiday treat for everyone!
2 TRAINS RUNNING by August Wilson
The 7th installment in our stunning Century Cycle
Previews January 22 and 23
January 24 thru February 23, 2014
Finalist 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
NY Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best American Play”
"Its stunning monologues are gorgeous, funny and savage." -LA Times
"The most comic of the Wilson cycle so far." -The Christian Science Monitor
It is 1969, and in the aftermath of the riots, Dr. King’s assassination, and the rise of the black power movement, a young man named Stirling comes to Memphis Lee’s diner where customers have gathered for decades to share their struggles, faith, and hopes. But this diner has been slated for demolition in the city’s new redevelopment plan, and what unfolds is Wilson’s most compassionate and humorous work about lives in transition, evolving social awareness, and spirits rising.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS by Mark Brown after Jules Verne
Previews March 19 and 20
March 21 thru April 13, 2014
"A wildly whacky, unbelievably creative, 90-miles-an-hour, hilarious journey! A ton of fun for all ages." -Tolucan Times
Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's new adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time!
American Stage in the Park:
THE WIZ by William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls
Previews April 9 and 10
April 11 thru May 11, 2014 (Gala is on April 11)
Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
"A carnival of fun!" -Time
"Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat." -NY Post
"A virtual musical circus...driving rhythms, soaring songs!" -WABC TV
Dorothy is going to the Land of Oz and she’s walking on a road paved in rock, gospel, and soul! This beloved Broadway musical – winner of 7 Tony Awards (including “Best Musical”) is a dazzling multi-cultural journey that will take you to the most fantastical places…and back home again. The perfect night for families and theatregoers to see American Stage under the stars…downtown St. Petersburg’s cool spring tradition for almost 30 years.
STEEL MAGNOLIAS by Robert Harling
Previews May 21 and 22
May 23 thru June 15, 2014
“You laugh and cry with this beautiful tribute to friendship, community and the power of the human spirit.” -Chicago Critic
Shelby’s wedding day nears, so the beauty shop ladies of Chinquapin Parrish, Louisiana - delicate as magnolias but tough as steel – have a lot to talk about. From the new assistant who announces, “I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair”, to the town matron who declares, “I'm not crazy…I've just been in a very bad mood 40 years!”…Steel Magnolias is alternately hilarious and touching, sure to be the feel-good hit of the season!
GOD OF CARNAGE
by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
Previews July 16 and 17
July 18 thru August 10, 2014
Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for “Best Play”
London’s Olivier Award for “Best New Comedy”
“Incites the kind of laughter that comes from the gut, as involuntary as hiccups or belching.” -NY Times
When two 11-year-old boys have a playground fight, their parents come together for cocktails, hoping to discuss the situation civilly - to "practice the art of co-existence" rather than "slaughter each other with insurance claims." But the veneer of polite society quickly falls away, and the evening deteriorates into a laugh-out-loud train wreck of finger-pointing, tantrums, and tears. And that's before they break out the rum. The hilarious God of Carnage is the ultimate comedy of manners without manners!
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