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

We’re very excited to present a new American Stage adaptation of the smart and hilarious classic, TARTUFFE. Our modern up-date will ask the question:  How do you recognize an impassioned visionary from a cunning tyrant?  As we go In Read the rest

JITNEY – Extends through February 28

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Critics and audiences cannot stop talking about JITNEY! The Tampa Bay Times says it is “entertaining and worthwhile,” while Talkin’ Broadway raves that JITNEY is “quite possibly the best presentation of an August Wilson play I have seen by this company.”

Due to the incredible response performance for JITNEY will extend its run through February 28th.

EXTENSION WEEK ON SALE DATES:
Subscriber & Act 1 Club Presale – Tuesday February 2nd starting at 10AM* (call Box Office at 727-823-7529 for more information)
General Public On Sale – Wednesday February 3rd starting at 10AM

JITNEY:
The Ninth Installment in our Century Cycle

The American Stage tradition continues with this winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Award for “BEST NEW PLAY”. Set in 1977 at a makeshift taxi company in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, JITNEY is a beautiful addition to the August Wilson’s decade by decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century.

January 20 – February 21, 2016

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JITNEY – Audiences and Critics Agree

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Critics and audiences cannot stop talking about JITNEY! The Tampa Bay Times says it is “entertaining and worthwhile,” while Talkin’ Broadway raves that JITNEY is “quite possibly the best presentation of an August Wilson play I have seen by this company.”

Due to the incredible response performance for JITNEY will extend its run through February 28th.

EXTENSION WEEK ON SALE DATES:
Subscriber & Act 1 Club Presale – Tuesday February 2nd starting at 10AM* (call Box Office at 727-823-7529 for more information)
General Public On Sale – Wednesday February 3rd starting at 10AM

Check out what audiences are saying about August Wilson’s JITNEY, now playing at American Stage.

JITNEY:
The Ninth Installment in our Century Cycle

The American Stage tradition continues with this winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Award for “BEST NEW PLAY”. Set in 1977 at a makeshift taxi company in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, JITNEY is a beautiful addition to the August Wilson’s decade by decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century.

January 20 – February 21, 2016

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JITNEY – Behind the Scenes with Kim Sullivan

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“These kinds of stories will never become stale. We will always want villains, we will always want heroes, but who the heroes and villains are will surprise you.” -Actor, and American Stage regular, Kim Sullivan (Turnbo)

JITNEY:
The Ninth Installment in our Century Cycle

The American Stage tradition continues with this winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Award for “BEST NEW PLAY”. Set in 1977 at a makeshift taxi company in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, JITNEY is a beautiful addition to the August Wilson’s decade by decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century.

January 20 – February 21, 2016

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JITNEY – Trailer (2016)

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Take a look at our trailer for JITNEY written by August Wilson and directed by L. Peter Callender. The cast includes Satchel Andre, Mujahid Abdul-Rashid, Josh Goff, Jazmine Pierce, ranney, Adrian Roberts, Ron Bobb-Semple, Kim Sullivan, and Aaron Washington. For tickets and more info visit http://americanstage.org/jitney/.

JITNEY:
The Ninth Installment in our Century Cycle

The American Stage tradition continues with this winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Award for “BEST NEW PLAY”. Set in 1977 at a makeshift taxi company in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, JITNEY is a beautiful addition to the August Wilson’s decade by decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century.

January 20 – February 21, 2016

Learn More About JITNEY

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Conversation with L. Peter Callender

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JITNEY’s Director, L. Peter Callender, is the Artistic Director of the African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco, CA and comes to American Stage with an impressive resume of credits ranging from Broadway to work in England, France, and Japan.

Join L. Peter Callender and American Stage Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte in conversation this Sunday (January 10th) at 1PM. $7 Subscribers | $10 General Public. Book Now.

What makes JITNEY unique in Wilson’s Century Cycle?

JITNEY, Wilson’s first play,  is the only of Wilson’s plays not to go to Broadway. Not because it wasn’t worthy, but because the producers got cold feet after the play before did’t do the expected ticket sales. An attempt to rectify that error is being made as we speak. Another aspect of it’s uniqueness is the play itself. Unlike MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE, FENCES or PIANO LESSON, four of Wilson’s masterpieces, JITNEY’S genius is in its characters and Shakespearean-like poetry. The plot is a simple one, but Wilson shapes each character with a journey of yearning; a personal attempt to battle the forces that are trying to encroach on their world. He gives them all magnificently sculpted arias that emanate effortlessly from the hearts of these people and touch their listeners. In it’s earlier incarnation, JITNEY was 90 minutes long and needed work, Wilson put it aside determined to write a great play: MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM was the result. He then came back to JITNEY, took away characters, added the beautiful monologues, changes the year from 1971 to 1977 and presented the world with what I sincerely feel is his best play!

 

Do you anticipate any unique directorial challenges to working on JITNEY at American Stage?

Yes. Each stage, each space, has it’s challenges–physical or otherwise. American Stage presents a challenging audience perspective which I have to be always aware of as director. I am constantly on the move in rehearsals to make sure I am delivering the play to every part of the house and not cheating any audience member out of our beautiful work. It’s … Read the rest

3 Reasons Why ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ at American Stage

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2015 was another ‘wonderful’ year for American Stage. As we reflect on the past 12 months and look forward to 2016, we wanted to celebrate some great successes that couldn’t have been accomplished without your support!

Visit americanstage.org/donate to support the Annual Fund.

Also! Don’t Miss:

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY | Join Us December 19-27 | Limited Run
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, and live, on-stage sound effects, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. BOOK NOW

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Performance Schedule:
Thursday, December 24 | 2PM
Thursday, December 24 | 7PM
Saturday, December 26 | 2PM
Saturday, December 26 | 7PM
Sunday, December 27 | 2PMRead the rest

Happy Holidays from IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

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The cast of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play’ has a special holiday wish just for YOU!

American Stage presents ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play’ | Now Playing through December 27

For More Information click here

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, and live, on-stage sound effects, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.… Read the rest

THE 39 STEPS Extends Run! Now Playing through December 19!

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THE 39 STEPS | Extended through December 19
Due to popular demand, THE 39 STEPS has been extended until December 19. Don’t miss the show that has audiences dying of laughter and the Tampa Bay Times raving “You will laugh loudly and often, I promise.” BOOK NOW

Added Performances for THE 39 STEPS:
Wednesday, December 16 | 8PM
Thursday, December 17 | 8PM
Friday, December 18 | 8PM
Saturday, December 19 | 8PMRead the rest