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INFORMED CONSENT – Trailer

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Check out our trailer for INFORMED CONSENT by Deborah Zoe Laufer.

With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? An electrifying new play by one of the most exciting voices in American theater, INFORMED CONSENT is a powerful drama about one woman’s quest to answer the mysteries of science and her own life. Inspired by a landmark court case between one of the country’s largest universities and a Native American tribe based in the Grand Canyon INFORMED CONSENT takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether our genetics defines our fate.

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AMERICA: A MOSAIC – Meet the Apprentices

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Putting Together the Show: Writing the Script

By Acting Apprentice Alexandria Crawford

Hi, everyone! My name is Alexandria Crawford and I am also an acting/production apprentice here at American Stage. One of the amazing things about this apprenticeship program is this opportunity to perform together in our own show. When we began meeting to discuss what exactly we were going to do, one thing that we knew from the beginning was that we wanted this show to really be OUR show. We wanted to tell a compelling story that spoke to all of us, both as individuals and as a collective group. After having some first hand experience working on the shows for American Stage’s season, “In Search of America,” we came up with the concept of exploring the search from our generation’s point of view. Thus, AMERICA: A Mosaic was born! In our show, we go on a journey where we face some of the hardest questions facing us as a nation today and try to answer them through the use of previously published works and newly written work we created ourselves.


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Here’s a little sneak peek of a scene from our show. Want to know why Jesse McCartney is there? Well, you’ll have to come see AMERICA: A Mosaic to find out!

To Write, or Not to Write? That is the question 

So how does one go about deciding what will be included in a new show? If there isn’t a game plan, it can be difficult. Luckily for us, we had a rough outline of what we wanted this show to be and that helped us immensely. AMERICA: A Mosaic poses six questions to the audience at the top of each vignette. We first formulated the questions that we wanted to ask, using the different questions of American Stage’s mainstage shows as a guideline. Once we had those questions formulated, we each took a question and started reading plays to see if there were any that could possibly fit into the theme that the question posed. When we came back together for our next meeting, we would … Read the rest

2017-2018 Season – WE THE PEOPLE

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Each of us has a powerful story to tell. WE THE PEOPLE celebrate our diversity, embrace our differences, and rejoice in our shared experience of what it is to be a human being.

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THE ROYALE by Marco Ramirez
A Tampa Bay Area Premiere
September 20 – October 15, 2017

WE THE PEOPLE…WILL FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTFUL PLACE
Charismatic African-American boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson has a burning desire to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as being knocked out. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” “The Sport” just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. This stylized and stunning play about the life of an outsider in American culture explores one man’s struggle while reflecting a much broader one.

 

“…(a) breakthrough saga for a new generation.” – Los Angeles Times

“….captures both the beautiful frenzy of boxing and the volatile state of race relations in America.” – The Telegraph

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by William Shakespeare
A New American Stage Adaptation
November 8 – December 10, 2017

WE THE PEOPLE…ARE RIDICULOUS IN LOVE

As World War II is drawing to a close, Beatrice rails against the roles expected of women of her era. Benedick has just arrived home from the war and is not ready to be tied down. Who needs marriage?! The two face off in a hilarious battle of wits in this American Stage take on the Bard’s famous romantic comedy about the war between the sexes. Full of live music and dance and set against the backdrop of the bright sunshine of the Florida Keys, this exuberant, philosophical, and festive play reminds us that no one is immune when it comes to matters of the heart.

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry
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Kim Sullivan and L. Peter Callender: In Conversation

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On Sunday, January 8th, L. Peter Callender (Director of JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE) and Kim Sullivan (Seth in JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE) joined us for a conversation on August Wilson, the American Century Cycle, and their preparation for JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE (performances begin January 18th).

Highlights:

Kim Sullivan:
They think August Wilson writes violent plays, but not all of them. Some of them are more spiritual, some of them are more mystical, some of them are more magical…this [JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE] is the most magical. 

L. Peter Callender:
We’ve had laughter and tears in rehearsal, we’ve talked about spirituality and spiritualism. My take on the play is very spiritual, August Wilson is a very spiritual man, I think this play is an opus to the rapture. I think the word “song” in the play represents “spirit.” One needs to find his “spirit” in the world. All of our leaders, or our guides, they have a “song” that is their own.  
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JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE (2017) – Trailer

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Take a look at our trailer for JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE by August Wilson, directed by L. Peter Callender.

Performances begin January 18, 2017 | Click Here for Tickets & Info

This production is the final installment in American Stage’s American Century Cycle series.

Join us for the epic conclusion of American Stage’s journey through August Wilson’s Century Cycle. In a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911, owners Seth and Bertha Holly play host to a makeshift family of people who come to stay – some for days, some longer. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South, and a mysterious stranger searching for his wife. One of the most spellbinding and emotionally rich plays in the Cycle, JOE TURNER shines a light on America’s newly freed men and women determined to take their rightful place in a new world.

How do you discover your identity when your heritage has been stolen from you?… Read the rest

It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play | Now Playing

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Check out what Producing Artistic Director, Stephanie Gularte, has to say about our returning holiday production of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY. Don’t miss your chance to see the show critics call “Flawless” (Creative Loafing), “Delightful,” “Charming,” and “Entertaining!” (Tampa Bay Times)

Now Playing through December 24 | Two Performances on Christmas Eve
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12 Days of Giving

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It’s the Holidays, and American Stage is here to help! For the next 12 days leading up to December 25th, we will be sharing a new Holiday Gift Idea so you can be the star of this holiday season. (Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/americanstage/)

To get you started, we’ve already listed 5 gift ideas that definitely take center stage.

5. IMPROV CLASSES
Register by December 21st and save 10%

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The only thing more infectious than watching joyful people do what they love is being one of those joyful people. All classes are taught by improv professionals from our program, or programs like Second City and The Groundlings. Offering options for Beginners to Advanced Improvisers! Learn more at americanstage.org/improv-classes/

DON’T MISS: HOUSE TEAMS LIVE! on Sunday, December 18 at 6PM 

4. 2 OR 4 SHOW HOLIDAY PASS

Theatre lover on your list? Need a good date night? Now offering passes good for two or four tickets to use during American Stage’s 2016/2017 Season. The American Stage 2-Show and 4-Show Pass is a wallet-friendly card that not only comes with exclusive rewards, but allows you to see any show, any time. (+ with the Pass you can save up to 25% off!)
Visit AmericanStage.org/Holiday to learn more!

3. YOUNG AMERICAN PASS

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Millennial on your list? Give the gift of unlimited theatre! 20 somethings can become a Young American passholder to experience unlimited powerful, visceral, and bold theatre – whenever and however often they choose! Plus, the Young American Pass offers other sweet perks like in-theater drink discounts and a whole lot more. All for only $15 a month!
Call or email our box office at 727 823 PLAY (7529) or boxoffice@americanstage.org 

2. THE AMERICAN CENTURY CYCLE CELEBRATION

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Gift that special someone a night to remember. Join American Stage artists and friends on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and Legacy Garden as we celebrate the exciting conclusion of our 10-year commitment to producing playwright August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle.
The evening will include live visual and performing arts entertainment along with cocktails, dinner and festivities in … Read the rest

CREATIVE PINELLAS FEATURE

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Pinellas County is a destination for creativity. It can be seen on our stages, in our museums, in our art-galleries and studios, at our film festivals and arts shows. It can be heard in our conversations, at our poetry readings and literary events. Creative Pinellas supports all of this activity and energy.

Recently, Julie Garisto teamed up with American Stage to come out with a 4 part series on our theatre. She went behind the scenes of TARTUFFE, sat down with Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte, and shared with readers what’s to come at American Stage and throughout the Tampa Bay area theatre scene.

Visit http://creativepinellas.org/our-journal/ to find out what else has been cooking in the Tampa Bay arts scene…

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5 Questions with Jerid Fox

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What was your inspiration for the set?
I was inspired on two fronts: the first were famous TV homes like the Kardashians’ mansion, ‘The Bachelor mansion’ and the Property Brothers’ house in Las Vegas – I knew I wanted it to look expensive, but also have a little cookie cutter McMansion feel to it. The second was a desire to evoke the architecture of the White House so when the play takes a big turn towards politics, there it would be looming in the background.

Why a pool? Was that an idea you had for the design or did the idea come from the adapted script? 

TARTUFFE traditionally takes place in a foyer and a dining room; a place for comings and goings. We wanted grandeur, plenty of light (it is a comedy after all), and lots of entrances. Stephanie Gularte had a few inspiration images that she kept coming back to with water in them. It was my idea to take this show and set in an amazing backyard (and what McMansion doesn’t have a pool?). As soon at that was settled we instantly knew the famous table scene would need to take place underwater!

Also, WOW, how did you pull it off and keep it going through a four week run?

When it comes to the logistics of having over 700 gallons of water on stage we were fortunate enough to have an experienced team at American Stage. In our old building we had produced METAMORPHOSIS, so the team, lead by our Technical Director Timon Brown, had experience building a contained water feature on stage. There is a lot more than just plopping a kiddie pool on stage that goes into it for sure! Our water has to be heated to keep the actors comfortable as well as chemically treated and tested for safety. On top of all that, I wanted it to look as elegant and authentic as possible.

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What is your favorite feature and/or most difficult challenge in regard to the set?

My favorite feature would have to be the pool. In the first 60 … Read the rest