THE TRIPPERS ARE GOING TO THE SHAW FESTIVAL!

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It’s that time again, the American Stage Travel Trippers are heading to NIAGARA ON THE LAKE for the George Bernard Shaw Festival!

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s trip:

5. 4 STAR PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL

Offering close proximity to unique shops and boutiques and just steps from the world renowned Shaw Festival Theatre. The historic Victorian-style hotel has 110 individually decorated guest rooms, an award-winning restaurant, lounge and patio, a world-class spa and a lavish tea room serving afternoon tea daily.

When you step inside the Prince of Wales, you feel like you’€™ve been transported back in time. The lobby is wonderfully ornate with intricate hardwood floors, plush Victorian furniture, a stained glass mural, beautiful sculptures and plenty of fresh roses. Experience luxury and feel like royalty.

4. NIAGARA ON THE LAKE
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario, has a long and distinguished history. Its many attractions include historic sites – Fort George and the Historical Society Museum, the Shaw Festival with its three theatres, the marina, our heritage business district for shopping, golf courses, parks and beautiful farmland, agricultural markets and our world famous Niagara wineries.

3. The Shaw Festival’s production of ME AND MY GIRL
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“You don’t understand, do you? You could no more walk the Lambeth way than we could walk the Mayfair way.”
– ME AND MY GIRL

This delightful comic romp from the thirties follows the fortunes of Bill Snibson, a proud Cockney who is amazed to learn that he’s actually the fourteenth Earl of Hareford. But if he wants to claim his title, it looks as if he will have to shed his old life – and love.

With well-loved classic songs including The Lambeth Walk and Leaning on a Lamp Post, Me and My Girl was brilliantly updated by Stephen Fry in 1986 for a run that won a hatful of Olivier, Drama Desk and Tony Awards.

2. The Shaw Festival’s Production of DRACULA
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“Be careful how you cut yourself. It is more dangerous than you … 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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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.
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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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THE TRIPPERS ARE GOING TO NEW YORK CITY!

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What theatre lover doesn’t love a visit to New York City?

The American Stage Travel Trippers will be packing their bags this March to visit “…the city that never sleeps!”

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for our New york City Trippers:

5. SUNDAY BRUNCH

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There’s not much more quintessentially NYC than a Sunday Brunch. Our Trippers will be enjoying an excellent brunch together at a top New York City restaurant.

 

4.  SUNSET BOULEVARD

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The Trippers will see Glenn Close reprise her Tony-winning role in this paired down version coming directly from London.

3. OSLO

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Our Travel Trippers will see this darkly funny new play at Lincoln Center that explores how those involved in the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement overcame their fears and mistrust of one another to craft the accord.

2. THE SOFITEL

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The Travel Trippers will be staying at the 4-star SOFITEL New York located on West 44th Street. This luxurious hotel has walk-in showers and tubs and an excellent restaurant where breakfast will be served daily.

1. NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN

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The American Stage Travel Trippers will also be visiting the New York Botanical Garden for their special orchid show as well as having lunch at the Hudson Garden Grill in the gardens.

 

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The American Stage Travel Trippers are going to PALM BEACH!

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Here they go again! American Stage’s Travel Trippers are heading to Florida’s East Coast this winter to enjoy holiday cheer, decorations, and festivities at one of the finest ocean-front paradises in the world – the five-star Breakers in Palm Beach!
The Trippers travel across the country to experience world class theatre with the convenience and comfort of having their whole trip planned out to a tee.

This December, the Trippers are going #InSearchOf: Palm Beach.
Follow along on all of their journies: #ASTravelTrippers

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for our Pittsburgh Trippers:

5. Staying at the 5-star BREAKERS

Founded on the sands of Palm Beach in 1896 by Henry Flagler —right at “the breakers,” where the waves crashed and sprayed. Today, The Breakers holds fast to the ideals that put it on the map—unapologetic luxury, seaside glamour and world-class service—but also embracing the new. In our modern world that is more interconnected than ever before, they’re fully committed to their employees, the environment and the enduring mission of their organization.
Our Trippers will be escorted via private coach to the resort, and will enjoy breakfast daily in the opulent hotel dining room, The Circle (pictured above). Through its 15-foot windows, The Circle boasts a glimpse of spectacular ocean views. The soaring 30-foot domed ceiling features eight oval fresco-painted murals depicting Renaissance landscapes. And at its center, a Venetian crystal chandelier hangs from a stylized gold-leaf sunburst.
Learn more at: https://www.thebreakers.com/about-breakers/

 

4. A Concert from the World-Renowned Chamber Ensemble Kalichstein Lordeo Robinson

The Travel Trippers will make their way to the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast with a growing national and international reputation. There, they will enjoy a concert with pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, who have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature. For its 40th season, the renowned ensemble, Kalichstein Lordeo Robinsonlooks back to the first program the threesome performed together – the concert for Jimmy Carter’s inauguration.
Learn more at: www.kalichstein-laredo-robinson-trio.com/

 

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THAT’S A WRAP!

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With the closing of THE PITMEN PAINTERS, we are celebrating and looking back on our 2015-2016 SEASON OF AWAKENINGS. We want to thank you for coming along on this journey with us –

From Esther‘s turn of the century boarding house in New York City to Richard Hannay’s flat in 1930’s London.

A 1940’s Radio Broadcast to a 1970’s Pittsburgh cab station.

Present day Greenwich Village to back in time to Camelot.

And a 1980’s Drag Queen’s shabby digs to a group of 1930’s Coal Miners’ art class in Northern England.

Now, American Stage invites audiences to go on a search with our upcoming season: In Search of… America

Join us this season where each production will leave you asking yourself tough questions. Let’s all go in search together.

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