Celebrate #GIVEDAYTAMPABAY

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Give Day

We have a quest! Can you help us reach 100 donations of $30 or more in 24-hours?

This Tuesday, May 3rd, is Give Day Tampa Bay – a community-wide, 24-hour online giving challenge hosted by The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. This charitable event helps Tampa Bay area nonprofits like us raise much-needed dollars and bring awareness to the challenges facing a professional nonprofit arts organization.

How it works

It’s so simple to participate. Just visit this website on May 3, 2016 anytime between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. and with a few simple clicks, you can make a donation to support “Powerful Stories” in your own community. #GiveDayTampaBay is the best day to support us because your dollar can go ever further, as we can also win monetary awards and additional prizes based on our day’s donations.

Spread the Word

Use #GiveDayTampaBay and encourage your personal network to support American Stage programming and education.

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Wish Stephanie Gularte a Happy Birthday!

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We love birthdays at American Stage and that’s why we are extra excited to celebrate our producing artistic director Stephanie Gularte’s birthday AND one-year anniversary with us! Take a look as familiar faces from on-stage and off send a very special message to our fearless leader.

We know Stephanie would love to hear from you! Sign our birthday card and leave a personal message to celebrate the first year of a new American Stage era!

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WATCH: Audiences and Critics Agree!

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Find out what Audiences and Critics are saying about American Stage’s 4000 MILES!

Critics

4000 Miles is the only play in American Stage’s 2015-16 season set in the 21st century, offering more irreverent humor and playful nods to contemporary culture than other offerings at Pinellas playhouses.”

-Julie Garisto, Tampa Bay Times, Review: ‘4000 Miles’ an amusing change of pace at American Stage

Audience Members

“I’ve never had a play touch me like that before.”

“You’re really able to relate to it, no matter what role you play in the family or where you are in the spectrum of life.”

“It’s a play for everybody.”

 

4000 MILES by Amy Herzog
After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21-year-old Leo seeks solace in the West Village apartment of his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and, ultimately, reach each other. 4000 MILES is a look at two outsiders finding their way in today’s world.

March 16 – April 10, 2016

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American Stage names Jim Sorensen as new  Managing Director

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St. Petersburg, FL – American Stage announced today that it has named Jim Sorensen as the nonprofit professional theater company’s new managing director. Currently the associate managing director of Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Sorensen will assume his full-time duties at American Stage on April 4, 2016.

“I look forward to working with producing artistic director Stephanie Gularte to take American Stage into a new era with powerful, visceral, relevant theatre for Tampa Bay audiences,” said Sorensen.  “We have such a vibrant arts community here in St. Pete, and I can’t wait to help it grow and flourish.”

As American Stage’s managing director, Sorensen will supervise the theatre’s financial and administrative operations, including overseeing efforts to generate revenue through ticket sales and fundraising campaigns. Additionally, he will partner with Gularte and the board of directors on the development and implementation of new long-range planning initiatives for the theatre company.Read the rest

Sunday Funday at American Stage

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This weekend we have 3 great events that are sure to add some much needed entertainment to your Sunday.

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The Al Downing Tampa Jazz Association presents GUITARS GALORE
Sunday March 6, 2016 | 3PM | $20 Advance, $25 at the Door | $10 Students (with valid student I.D.)

You won’t want to miss this concert honoring Jazz and the Blues with a tribute to the late, great B. B. King. The start of The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association can be traced to the joint efforts of Al Downing and Ernie Calhoun, renowned saxophonist and humanitarian who still resides in Tampa, Florida. Its beginnings were in 1981 and emerged from two jazz organizations in 1989

Guitarists: Vincent Sims, Larry Camp, Rob Plates, Charlie Robinson, André Roy

Keyboardist: Richard “STretch” Bruyn

Bassist: Kenny Walker

Drummer: Ron Gregg

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Spotlight on…4000 MILES | Including a Conversation with Janis Stevens
Sunday March 6, 2016 | 1PM | $10 General Public, $7 Subscribers

Take your theatre going experience to the next level through a series of informative and entertaining lectures. Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of our upcoming production, 4000 MILES.. Following her presentation, a member of the artistic staff will talk about their approach to the production being discussed. Following the presentation, actress Janis Stevens will talk about her experiences and preparation for her role as Vera.

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Hawk & Wayne’s THE MOCKUMENTARY
Live. Totally Improvised. Seriously Funny.
Sunday March 6, 2016 | 6PM | $12

2015 BEST OF THE BAY winning duo Hawk & Wayne are back with their improvised comedic hit THE MOCKUMENTARY. In this completely improvised one act play, they will create a never before seen documentary on the spot, based on an audience member’s suggestion. So come prepared to laugh!

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American Stage’s 2016-2017 Season ANNOUNCED!

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Hold onto your seats:  We’re going for a ride!  American Stage’s 2016-17 season is an exciting exploration of the American experience with powerful stories full of ideas, humor, and heart.

At a time when profound questions are being asked about what America is…and what we will become, this season we’ll go on a bold journey to investigate a dynamic range of American experiences, asking questions about the world in which we live.

In our 2016-17 season we invite you to think, laugh, cry and above all, to lean forward as we adventure together IN SEARCH OF…AMERICA.

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GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire

Our first show of the season will ask the question:  Is it strength of character or just a few lucky breaks that determines our fate? As we go In Search of…THE AMERICAN DREAM with David Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE September 7 – October 2, 2016

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

“Wonderful…this isn’t a manipulative tear-jerker or a simplistic diatribe. GOOD PEOPLE is poignant, brave and almost subversive in its focus on what it really means to be down on your luck.” —NY Post

 

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A New American Stage Adaptation of Moliere’s TARTUFFE
adapted by Stephanie Gularte

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The Trippers are heading to the Spoleto Festival in Charleston!

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American Stage is going to the Spoleto Festival in Charleston!

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Spoleto U.S.A was founded by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti and is the world-renowned, American counterpart of the famed Italian festival, Festival de DuMondi in Spoleto, Italy.

Dates: June 5th – 10th

We have been looking into this trip for several years, and it seems like Spoleto’s 4oth anniversary is a good time to go. World-class music, opera, dance, theater – this festival has it all! Additionally, Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast regularly list Charleston as the number one destination in the United States.

We will spend five nights at the 4-star Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, known for its southern hospitality and luxurious ambience. The hotel is centrally located on King Street and sits above the most elegant and refined shopping district in Charleston. It is also adjacent to the Old City Market.

(Photo: Belmond Charleston Place.)

(Photo: Belmond Charleston Place.)

 

The big opera this year is PORGY AND BESS, written in Charleston by George and Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward, a Charleston native and author of Porgy, from which the opera was born; and his wife, Dorothy.

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green. (Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green.
(Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green. (Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green.
(Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Other offerings will be announced in January and will likely include a dance company, an orchestra, and at least one play. We are currently working with other arts organizations in the area to get the inside scoop on the “do not miss” events this season.

Additionally, the trip will include one of Charleston’s famous plantation visits as well as a city bus tour.

And let’s not forget the food! The trip also includes two group dinners and one group lunch at Charleston’s finest restaurants.

(Photo: Visit Charleston South Carolina)

(Photo: Visit Charleston South Carolina)

We offer all this for $3345 which includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Five nights at the four-star Belmond Charleston Place Hotel
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • All coach services
  • Round-trip baggage transfer
  • Two group dinners and one group lunch
  • Five Spoleto performances including Porgy and Bess
  • A guided city tour
  • A plantation visit
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