American Stage Theatre is bringing even more theatre to life in St. Petersburg with their 2012.2013 season schedule. In an effort to offer patrons and subscribers more variety, this professional theatre company added more programming. This move enabled the creation of three Series; Fall, Spring and Summer, each consisting of three plays. Todd Olson, Producing Artistic Director, shares his insight on the upcoming productions, including the new partnership with the St. Petersburg College Theater Department for the upcoming production of WIT, opening on October 21 at the Palladium Theater.
“Without the college’s involvement we would not be able to produce larger cast plays of this magnitude. That is a win for us. Having a work like WIT on the Palladium stage is a win for SPC and having their students involved with this cast and creative team is a win for the SPC Theater Program. Having access to this venue and this good energy is a win for American Stage,” says Olson.
In addition to WIT, the Fall Series wraps up with A DOLL’S HOUSE opening on November 14. Todd explains why this play is an important choice; ”American Stage is primarily a contemporary theatre and A DOLL’S HOUSE was the first modern play, so, in a way, we’re starting with where our tradition began. We also have a reputation for producing the plays that won’t be seen anywhere else in the Tampa Bay area. In a way, Ibsen is the grandfather of any modern theatre and he is missing on stages in this region. So we’re embracing a century-old tradition and reviving a masterpiece to learn how much it still has to say about how we live now.”
Olson also gave a glimpse for what audiences can expect from the Spring Series. “The new year will bring unforgettable human stories that speak to the world at this moment. All three plays have to do with reconciling our history with the challenges of the present moment. All have to do with family, revival, and repair. On top of continuing the August Wilson Century Cycle with PIANO LESSON, audiences will enjoy the area premiere’s of Sam Shepard’s WHEN THE WORLD WAS GREEN: A CHEF’S FABLE, and Jessica Dickey’s play, AMISH PROJECT, based on a true story.”
For more information on the upcoming plays visit americanstage.org or contact their box office at 727.823.7529.