Everyone loves Mark Chambers

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We love Mark Chambers. We love him so much that we brought him back to star once again in A TALE OF TWO CITIES. But don’t take our word for it, the Tampa Bay Times says “Mark Chambers’ solo performance is a tour de force” and audiences cannot stop raving – watch above.

You only have six chances left to catch Mark before he sashays away.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES | Now Playing through June 26
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This is my life.

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Janis Stevens, Director of A TALE OF TWO CITIES, talks about the heartwarming message that underpins this flamboyant comedy.

“I don’t think that we have come to a place yet in society, either in America or anywhere else in the world, where there still isn’t a great deal of oppression going on, of repression going on. You see it in the headlinesof the newspaper and you watch any news program any night – you see that this is at play still. Civilization is still struggling. 

And so the play, I think, it still speaks very much, and maybe even more so, to the right to be yourself. And everyone has a right to be themselves. 

I think that at the end, Jerry is more himself than he might have been had it not been for this particular obstacle thrown in his path that he overcomes, incorporates, and generously passes on. 

The real message of the play is..

this is my life.”

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES – Audience Responses

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Find out what Audiences and Critics are saying about American Stage’s A TALE OF TWO CITIES! (Now Playing through June 26)

Do not miss the show that The New York Times calls “…Fascinating…Funny…Moving…”

CRITICS
“Mark Chambers’ solo performance is a tour de force.”
-Jim Harper, Tampa Bay Times
Review: A drag retelling of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ impresses at American Stage

AUDIENCE MEMBERS
“It’s a great play and everyone should come out and see it!”

“The ‘A TALE OF TWO CITIES’ that I read was not nearly as entertaining as this was!”

“What theatre should be!”

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The Library is Open…Drag Lingo 101

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Everett Quinton’s adaptation of A TALE OF TWO CITIES is not quite what you’d expect. The classic tale is retold by Jerry, an aspiring Drag Queen in 1980’s NYC, as he prepares for his first big gig. Drag has come a long way since then, even sauntering into the mainstream with RuPaul’s Drag Race, and has developed quite the lexicon. Find out the secrets behind “throwing shade” and learn how to “slay” and “spill the tea.”

Drag Mother: n. An experienced drag queen who acts as a mentor and guide to a younger, up and coming, less experienced, or apprentice drag queen.

Drag Queen: n. An acronym for “Dressed Resembling A Girl”, from which the term “Drag” is said to ostensibly originate. The term is said to date back to Shakespearean times when male theatrical actors would play female roles.

Fishy: adj. A term used to describe a drag queen who looks extremely feminine, or one who convincingly resembles a biological woman.

Hunty: n. a term of endearment among drag queens.

Ki Ki: n. A term used for gossip, small talk, chatting, or a heart to heart.

Reading: v. To wittily and incisively expose a person’s flaws (i.e. “reading them like a book”), often exaggerating or elaborating on them; an advanced format of the insult. The term is a reference to the film Paris is Burning. OR n. Criticism made to a drag queen.

Spill the Tea: v. A term started in San Antonio, Texas in the very early 1990’s in the Urban Gay community. To “spill the tea” is to gossip. The term comes from the custom in the South of women who gather in the afternoon to drink tea and gossip.

Slay: n. To be on point, to win, to be outstanding, or to be the best.

Throwing Shade: v. The act of criticism in a blunt and insulting manner.

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES – Trailer (2016)

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TAKE A LOOK at our trailer for A TALE OF TWO CITIES – the classic Dickens epic as told by a Drag Queen. Journey to 1980’s New York City and follow Jerry, an aspiring Drag Performer, who gives the performance of a lifetime to entertain an unexpected guest. Learn more and book tickets at americanstage.org/a-tale-of-two-cities

A TALE OF TWO CITIES
adapted by Everett Quinton
directed by Janis Stevens

An aspiring drag queen named Jerry opens his door and finds a baby left on his doorstep. “He’s a straight baby, but we can co-exist. I know it can be done.” Jerry proceeds to tell the baby a Grimm’s fairy tale, but when this fails to stop the baby’s crying, he performs the entire narrative of Dickens’ classic of the French revolution, playing all the characters in only 90 minutes! Mark Chambers, the actor who played Jerry on our stage twenty years ago, will reprise his role.

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Celebrate #GIVEDAYTAMPABAY

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Give Day

We have a quest! Can you help us reach 100 donations of $30 or more in 24-hours?

This Tuesday, May 3rd, is Give Day Tampa Bay – a community-wide, 24-hour online giving challenge hosted by The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. This charitable event helps Tampa Bay area nonprofits like us raise much-needed dollars and bring awareness to the challenges facing a professional nonprofit arts organization.

How it works

It’s so simple to participate. Just visit this website on May 3, 2016 anytime between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. and with a few simple clicks, you can make a donation to support “Powerful Stories” in your own community. #GiveDayTampaBay is the best day to support us because your dollar can go ever further, as we can also win monetary awards and additional prizes based on our day’s donations.

Spread the Word

Use #GiveDayTampaBay and encourage your personal network to support American Stage programming and education.

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Enter to Win a FREE UPGRADE

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Lords and Ladies throughout the Tampa Bay area have been going COCONUTS over American Stage in the Park’s production of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT!

King Arthur is on a quest and needs your help! Share why you and your merry band desire a #KingArthurUpgrade for a chance to be upgraded to the Premium Blanket or Reserved Chair sections!

In order to qualify:

  • Be sure to follow American Stage on Instagram and Like us on Facebook.
  • Post on any of the above Social Media Platforms.
  • Use the Hashtags #KingArthurUpgrade and #SPAMinthePark in your post.
  • Also include the date of your current tickets and number of peasants in your party (only current ticket holders will be eligible for an upgrade*).

Feel free to post anything: Photos or videos of your best impersonation of the Lady of the Lake or King Arthur, reasons why you love Monty Python, or even your favorite American Stage in the Park memory.

Most importantly, be sure to check your messages up to the day of your chosen performance night so that we can reach you to say, “Hey! You’ve won!”

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WATCH: SPAMALOT – Trailer and Photos

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CHECK OUT our trailer (above) and promotional photos (below) for this year’s American Stage in the Park show: Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, directed by Jonathan Williams. You definitely don’t want to miss this St. Petersburg community tradition.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

“A no-holds-barred smash hit!” -The New Yorker

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film’s anarchic spirit. The supremely silly musical retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, featuring a bevy of beautiful showgirls, cows, killer rabbits, and French people. (Did we mention a bevy of beautiful showgirls?)

Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical. Book and lyrics by Monty Python alum, Eric Idle, and a musical score by John Du Prez and Eric Idle; Spamalot “raises silliness to an art form! (NY Sunday Times).”

April 13 – May 8, 2016

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PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS: (view album below or click here.)
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AMERICAN STAGE WANTS TO HEAR YOUR STORY

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