After Hours Events to kick off 2010

FIRST SUNDAY IMPROV

Sunday, January 3 at 8

Featuring THE DUMB SHOW by Gavin Hawke and Ricky Wayne. A hilarious, irreverent take on the world, starting with a simple audience suggestion, after which Hawk and Wayne create a series of characters and scenes that showcase the best and worst of humanity, and will have you laughing and shaking your head in wonder at the same time.

Gavin Hawk is an actor, director and improviser. He is a member of AEA and has acted in many theatrical roles Off-Broadway and in Regional Theatre. He recently appeared on NBC in the television special T.H.E.M., and trained in sketch comedy and improv at The Second City and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. Ricky Wayne trained with the famed Groundlings in sketch, improv and comedy writing for 4 years, and has performed stand up locally at the Tampa Improv and Sidesplitters Comedy Club. He is a member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA and most recently finished shooting a film in a starring role in Lousiana for the SyFy Channel called “House of Bones” and a film with Val Kilmer called “The Chaos Experiment”.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Monday, January 4 at 7pm

ROADHOUSE THAT COULD

By T. Scott Wooten

Slashed budgets & mass layoffs – there’s trouble at the City’s Performing Arts Center.  Artistic Leadership is deposed & the CEO takes over, planning a massive remodeling project.  The resident art-house theatre company faces eviction.  But… if the Artists leave, will the Art survive?  An unexpected homecoming of a wayward, prodigal son could change everything – but first, he has to find some motivation….T. Scott Wooten is an Artistic Associate at American Stage and has written REFEER MADNESS: THE PLAY!!!, MR. WOOTEN’S BIG NIGHT!, AN ALMOST UNFORTUNATE OCCURANCE, ADVENTURES OF ERNIE TRIPE, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, LITTER DIVISION, and a new adaptation of Aristophanes’ LYSISTRATA.

 All HOT OFF THE PRESS readings are free to the public, will be followed by a talk back with the authors, and all in attendance will be given the opportunity to fill out evaluation forms

 ”Love and the Moon” featuring Lynn Locher

January 8 & 9 at 7:00 and 9:00

Bella Luna in song, ranging from classical to standards, Broadway, folk and pop.

 Hangin’ With Steve:

The AS Youth Ensemble presents a Sondheim Cabaret!

7:00, January 11, 12, and 14

 Jazz on Third: Classical Jazz for a New Era                                                  

Featuring the Vocal Stylings of Emilia Sargent

Featuring James Crumbly (Piano), Todd Jefferis (Bass), and Thomas Ziegelhofer (Trumpet)

January 15 – 17, 2010 7:00 and 9:00

 Funny, sexy, and poignant, Jazz On Third entertains with a spectrum of beloved standards from the Great American Songbook, Broadway hits, and original music by James Crumbly. Songs include favorites such as You Hit the Spot, ‘Deed I Do, Peel Me a Grape , If I Were a Bell, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Bewitched, You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To, More Than You Know, Get Happy, The Frim Fram Sauce, and many others.

 BIG BANG returns

January 29-February 21

Fridays and Saturdays at 11:00, Sundays and Mondays at 7:30

‘Big Bang!’ Explodes With Belly Laughs: The return of the entertaining production “The Big Bang!” to American Stage feels like a holiday bonus…The lyrics and premise of this show are brilliantly funny; Jed Feuer and Boyd Graham created one of the finest musical-comedies with the cleverest use of props, bar none…But it takes two brave, shameless actors to elevate the production to a level of genius. These guys did it…The entire 90-minute performance was inspired…some moments were downright sidesplitting…”The Big Bang!” should become an annual, or at least biennial, holiday event for the Tampa Bay area. It kindles the kind of laughter that burns calories and clears the way for a happy new year.”

-Tampa Tribune

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