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2018-2019 Season Announced: Life. Out Loud.

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FROM PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, STEPHANIE GULARTE:

The Urban Dictionary describes living out loud as “Living on purpose, loving others and yourself, living passionately for your values, no matter what. Letting others see your light shine, and not being afraid to be different or worry about others’ opinions of you. Living a life you’re excited about, with purpose, on your terms. Inspiring others to do the same.”

At American Stage we are committed to telling stories that impact our hearts and minds, honor our diversity, embrace our differences, and rejoice in our shared experience of what it is to be a human being.  Our season theme LIFE. OUT LOUD. reflects our passion for Powerful Stories, Boldly Told and our dedication to promoting connection and unity in our community through the power of live theatre.  Our 2018-19 season features characters laughing, crying, loving, rebelling and soaring out loud.  These are sit-up-and-take notice stories that will dare you to lean forward and be transported.

Join us in celebration and contemplation of Life. Out Loud.

 

 

MS1 - BR&C

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY
Tampa Bay Premiere
October 3 – November 4, 2018
Winner! 2015 Pulitzer Prize

HUSTLE. OUT LOUD

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY tells the story of ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his newly paroled son Junior. They have spent a lifetime living between Riverside and crazy.  The dog is a nuisance, the landlord wants him gone, and the NYPD is demanding a settlement on an outstanding lawsuit. After an enlightening encounter, Pops decides to take things in his own hands with a final ultimatum, while everyone else hustles to get what they think they deserve.

“Somewhere south of cozy and north of dangerous, west of sitcom and due east of tragedy.” -Ben Brantley, The New York Times

 MS2 - MB C@P
MISS BENNET:  CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
November 28 – December 30, 2018
Tampa Bay Premiere

LOVE. OUT LOUD.

A sequel to Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE set two years after the novel ends, MISS BENNET continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.

“…a perfectly constructed love story…fizzy comedy, sweet spirit…destined to populate future holiday seasons…” —San Francisco Chronicle. 


 MS3 - PL

PIPELINE
By Dominique Morisseau
January 23 – February 24, 2019
Tampa Bay Premiere

TEACH. OUT LOUD.

Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities he’ll never have.  With profound compassion and lyricism, PIPELINE brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore in this deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future — without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.

“Pipeline is at once an homage to such authors as Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes and Amiri Baraka and yet firmly the product of a unique, deeply resonant sensibility.” – Deadline 

THE ROOMMATE
By Jen Silverman
March 13 – April 7, 2019
Tampa Bay Area Premiere

REBEL. OUT LOUD.

Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

“Equal parts nuanced and comically exaggerated, The Roommate addresses themes of aging, femininity and identity in a fresh, humorous way.” – WFPL 


American Legacy Series
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
By Eugene O’Neill
May 29 – June 30, 2019
Winner! 1957 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Winner! 2013 Olivier Award, Best Revival
Winner! Tony Award for Best Play

HOPE. OUT LOUD.

The second play in our American Legacy Series, this Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork spills out over a single day at the Tyrones’ Connecticut summer home, as a series of blistering revelations test the ties that have tenuously bound a couple and their sons through the years. Charting their descent as day turns to night and the fog rolls in from the sea, this devastating production is a vibrating study of love, illness, and addiction— to drink, drugs, and the shadows of the past.

“It is a stunning theatrical experience.” – NY Herald-Tribune 


MS6 - FH

FUN HOME
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Music by Jeanine Tesori
July 17 – August 18, 2019
Winner of the 2015 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book

GROW UP. OUT LOUD.

Winner of the 2015 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, FUN HOME is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways, in this refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

“Heart-gripping and cathartic, FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up” – The New York Times 


 

ADDITIONAL 2018-2019 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:

School Tour & Family Series
Coming to our Mainstage this Fall, American Stage Education presents the Family Series: WINNIE THE POOH. This production will also hit the road in September as the American Stage School Tour.

American Stage will present the School Tour in Fall 2018 to more than 19,000 students, grades K-5, in Pinellas & Hillsborough Counties.  For over a generation, School Tour has engaged students with live performance and is offered at no charge to all participating public schools in Pinellas County.

 

Playwright-in-Residence (NEW)
Natalie Symons
Playwright of LARK EDEN, THE BUFFALO KINGS, & NAMING TRUE
St. Pete playwright Natalie Symons will develop a new play in collaboration with American Stage leadership and artists.  Beginning with a series of private readings with professional actors over the course of the season, the play will be presented to an audience in a staged reading and ultimately, through an American Stage workshop production.

 

American Stage in the Park Presents:
MAMMA MIA!
Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus | Benny Andersson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Directed by Stephanie Gularte
APRIL 10 – MAY 12, 2019
GALA UNDER THE STARS – APRIL 12
The magic of American Stage in the Park and the timeless pop-hit songs of ABBA come together in this up-beat musical set on a tropical Greek Island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. This enchanting tale of love, laughter, family and friendship features a large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers for an unforgettable night under the stars!

Visit www.americanstage.org/18-19 for additional Season Announcement Media

 

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