2019-2020 Season Announced: An American Dreamscape

By March 15, 2019 June 29th, 2019 19-20 Season, Premiere, Season Announcement

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A NOTE FROM OUR
PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, STEPHANIE GULARTE:

In an era that can seem more surreal than sublime, the 2019-2020 American Stage Mainstage Series explores the American spirit, our pursuit of happiness, our resiliency, and our unrelenting hope in An American Dreamscape.  The lineup of plays traverse a landscape of stories that explore the fantasy, the reality, the absurdity and the beauty of the American Dream. Like the American spirit, the season is rambunctious, ambitious, defiant, heartfelt and optimistic; introducing characters moving through the strange and incredible journey of the American experience.

If a dreamscape is a surreal fantasy, An American Dreamscape is an impassioned adventure toward an ideal that always feels within reach.

Join us and experience a season full of motion, music and moments of awe.

 

VIETGONE By Qui Nguyen
Regional Premiere
October 2 – November 3, 2019
WINNER! 2016 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award

An all-American love story about two very new Americans. It’s 1975. Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now in a new land, they just might find each other. Using his uniquely infectious style the story skips back and forth from the dramatic evacuation of Saigon to the here and now – playwright Qui Nguyen gets up-close-and-personal to tell the story that led to the creation of…Qui Nguyen.

“CRITICS’ PICK! – A raucous comedy… Nguyen’s fresh voice rarely lets up as he thumbs his nose at our expectations.” – The New York Times

 SILENT SKY By Lauren Gunderson
America’s most popular modern playwright
November 20 – December 22, 2019

 

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours”. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications in this luminous, witty and inspiring true story of a brilliant, history-making woman.

“…sheer magic…bursts of smart, infectious humor.” – San Francisco Chronicle

 

SKELETON CREW By Dominique Morisseau
Tampa Bay Premiere
January 22 – February 23, 2020

It’s 2008, and one of the last auto plants in Detroit is on shakey ground. The remaining factory workers are living paycheck-to-paycheck and now each of the workers must navigate the possibility of foreclosure. As power dynamics shift, and they are pushed to the limits of survival the line between blue collar and white collar gets blurred.  With moments of heartbreak and humor, SKELETON CREW is a beautiful homage to the American blue collar worker.

“CRITICS’ PICK! A deeply moral and deeply American play, with a loving compassion for those trapped in a system that makes sins, spiritual or societal, and self-betrayal almost inevitable.” – The New York Times

THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS By Natalie Symons (Playwright-in-Residence)
World Premiere
March 11 – April 5, 2020
21st Century Voices: New Play Festival – Mainstage Selection 

In Buffalo NY, Miles, an aging funeral home custodian lives with his middle-aged daughter Mabel, who spends her days writing letters to prison inmates. When a court-appointed guardian threatens to take away their home, Miles sets out to set Mabel up with Todd, an inept mortician. It is a father’s fierce determination not to accept his daughter’s fate that ignites an endearing human comedy about love, loss, loneliness, and the healing power of laughter.

ADMISSIONS By Joshua Harmon
Tampa Bay Premiere
Co-Production with Capital Stage
May 27 – June 28, 2020
WINNER! Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play

Bill and Sherri are the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions at a boarding school. Over the last fifteen years, they’ve worked to diversify the school’s population. But when their high-achieving son Charlie’s Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, the family’s reaction blasts open a deep rift between their public values and private decisions in this smart, thrilling, no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the contradictions of liberal white America.

“A smart, hilarious and provocative drama. ” – The Hollywood Reporter

NEXT TO NORMAL Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Music by Tom Kitt
American Legacy Series
July 15 – August 16, 2020
Winner! 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three 2009 Tony Awards

This powerful rock musical that took Broadway by storm is a tremendously moving, intimate and ultimately hopeful look at how a “normal” suburban family copes with the effects of mental illness. The Goodmans seem like a perfect family. The only problem is that sometimes mother Diana is, well … a little too happy. Her husband Dan worries all the time. Her daughter Natalie seems awfully intent on getting that scholarship to Yale. And her son Gabe, well … that’s another story entirely.

“Rock is alive and rolling like thunder…an emotional powerhouse.” – Rolling Stone


 

ADDITIONAL 2019-2020 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:

American Stage in the Park
Presented by Bank of America

FOOTLOOSE
April 15 – May 17, 2020
Gala Under the Stars is on April 17, 2020

 

School Tour & Family Series
Coming to our Mainstage in December, American Stage Education presents the Family Series: THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. This production will also hit the road in September as the American Stage School Tour.

American Stage will present the School Tour in Fall 2019 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.

 

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