Our 2013-2014 season has kicked off! And we’re taking a new approach to things this year. As art director Todd Olson puts it, “We found our theme for the season in a quote by August Wilson where he described something as ‘All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.’ Five years into a Recession and after a long election cycle, I want to laugh more, I know our patrons want to laugh more, and we will!”
We are proud to present seven plays this year, which we believe embody this new approach. From the dark humor that can be found in our adaptation of The Birds, the love that can be felt in Steal Magnolias, or the overtly funny show God of Carnage. There is something for everyone to enjoy this season.
People are talking about our changes as well! Click here to hear what the Tampa Bay Times has to say, and also be sure to check out Art Director Todd Olson’s interview with Studio 10.
And that’s not all that has changed this year. We have now made it easier then ever to see all our plays when you buy your season subscription. Check out our different offers http://bit.ly/1aa0Opz!
This season we have an exciting verity of plays and there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. The Birds, based on a short story that inspired the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, opens our season. An emotional thriller, this play follows the strand events that take place in a seaside town when masses of birds begin to erratically attack at high tide. Read more about the birds here.
The festivities in November begin with A Marvelous Party! The Noel Coward Celebration. Imagine a party as sparkling as a newly-popped bottle of champagne, a scintillating evening of ravishing melody and witty repartee—all courtesy of that personification of British wit and sophistication, Noël Coward. Drawn from his songs, plays, and journals, this effervescent revue is a whimsical, lighthearted romp featuring 33 songs and a bevy of sketches, anecdotes, writings and musings. The perfect holiday treat for everyone!
We’ll be kicking off the New Year by presenting the 7th installment of our August Wilson Cycle; 2 Trains Running. This fabulous play is noted as being one of Wilson’s most comedic pieces yet. The play is set in 1969 to the backdrop of Dr. King’s assassination and the rise of the black power movement. The play follows young Stirling and his time spent at the Memphis Lee’s diner; a place were people have gathered for decades to share their struggles, faith, and hopes. But this diner has been slated for demolition in the city’s new redevelopment plan, and what unfolds is Wilson’s most compassionate and humorous work about lives in transition, evolving social awareness, and spirits rising.
The month of March will bring along the play adaption of French writer Jules Verne famous book Around the World in 80 Days. An exciting tale of stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, you won’t want to miss this thrilling tale of one of the greatest adventure of all time!
We are proud to bring back our 29th Annual American Stage in the Park Performance this year with our adaptation of The Wiz! A musical treat that the whole family is sure to enjoy, The Wiz tells the classic tale of Dorothy’s trip though the Land of Oz but with a twist of some rock, gospel and soul. The winner of 7 Tony Awards, this will be a production you definitely do not want to miss as this musical takes you on a multi-cultural journey.
Steel Magnolias continues our season into may, and is destined to be the feel-good hit for the summer. Shelby’s wedding day nears, so the beauty shop ladies of Chinquapin Parrish, Louisiana – delicate as magnolias but tough as steel – have a lot to talk about. From the new assistant who announces, “I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair”, to the town matron who declares, “I’m not crazy…I’ve just been in a very bad mood 40 years!”…Steel Magnolias is alternately hilarious and touching.
And finally, our season will wrap up with hilarious show by French playwright Yasmina Reza, God of Carnage. When two 11-year-old boys have a playground fight, their parents come together for cocktails, hoping to discuss the situation civilly – to “practice the art of co-existence” rather than “slaughter each other with insurance claims.” But the veneer of polite society quickly falls away, and the evening deteriorates into a laugh-out-loud train wreck of finger-pointing, tantrums, and tears. And that’s before they break out the rum. Winner of the 2009 Tony for “Best Play”, the hilarious God of Carnage is the ultimate comedy of manners without manners!