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What theatre lover doesn’t love a visit to New York City?

The American Stage Travel Trippers will be packing their bags this March to visit “…the city that never sleeps!”

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for our New york City Trippers:



There’s not much more quintessentially NYC than a Sunday Brunch. Our Trippers will be enjoying an excellent brunch together at a top New York City restaurant.




The Trippers will see Glenn Close reprise her Tony-winning role in this paired down version coming directly from London.



Our Travel Trippers will see this darkly funny new play at Lincoln Center that explores how those involved in the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement overcame their fears and mistrust of one another to craft the accord.



The Travel Trippers will be staying at the 4-star SOFITEL New York located on West 44th Street. This luxurious hotel has walk-in showers and tubs and an excellent restaurant where breakfast will be served daily.



The American Stage Travel Trippers will also be visiting the New York Botanical Garden for their special orchid show as well as having lunch at the Hudson Garden Grill in the gardens.


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The American Stage Travel Trippers are going to PALM BEACH!

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Here they go again! American Stage’s Travel Trippers are heading to Florida’s East Coast this winter to enjoy holiday cheer, decorations, and festivities at one of the finest ocean-front paradises in the world – the five-star Breakers in Palm Beach!
The Trippers travel across the country to experience world class theatre with the convenience and comfort of having their whole trip planned out to a tee.

This December, the Trippers are going #InSearchOf: Palm Beach.
Follow along on all of their journies: #ASTravelTrippers

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for our Pittsburgh Trippers:

5. Staying at the 5-star BREAKERS

Founded on the sands of Palm Beach in 1896 by Henry Flagler —right at “the breakers,” where the waves crashed and sprayed. Today, The Breakers holds fast to the ideals that put it on the map—unapologetic luxury, seaside glamour and world-class service—but also embracing the new. In our modern world that is more interconnected than ever before, they’re fully committed to their employees, the environment and the enduring mission of their organization.
Our Trippers will be escorted via private coach to the resort, and will enjoy breakfast daily in the opulent hotel dining room, The Circle (pictured above). Through its 15-foot windows, The Circle boasts a glimpse of spectacular ocean views. The soaring 30-foot domed ceiling features eight oval fresco-painted murals depicting Renaissance landscapes. And at its center, a Venetian crystal chandelier hangs from a stylized gold-leaf sunburst.
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4. A Concert from the World-Renowned Chamber Ensemble Kalichstein Lordeo Robinson

The Travel Trippers will make their way to the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast with a growing national and international reputation. There, they will enjoy a concert with pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, who have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature. For its 40th season, the renowned ensemble, Kalichstein Lordeo Robinsonlooks back to the first program the threesome performed together – the concert for Jimmy Carter’s inauguration.
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With the closing of THE PITMEN PAINTERS, we are celebrating and looking back on our 2015-2016 SEASON OF AWAKENINGS. We want to thank you for coming along on this journey with us –

From Esther‘s turn of the century boarding house in New York City to Richard Hannay’s flat in 1930’s London.

A 1940’s Radio Broadcast to a 1970’s Pittsburgh cab station.

Present day Greenwich Village to back in time to Camelot.

And a 1980’s Drag Queen’s shabby digs to a group of 1930’s Coal Miners’ art class in Northern England.

Now, American Stage invites audiences to go on a search with our upcoming season: In Search of… America

Join us this season where each production will leave you asking yourself tough questions. Let’s all go in search together.

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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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Wish Stephanie Gularte a Happy Birthday!

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We love birthdays at American Stage and that’s why we are extra excited to celebrate our producing artistic director Stephanie Gularte’s birthday AND one-year anniversary with us! Take a look as familiar faces from on-stage and off send a very special message to our fearless leader.

We know Stephanie would love to hear from you! Sign our birthday card and leave a personal message to celebrate the first year of a new American Stage era!



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WATCH: Audiences and Critics Agree!

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Find out what Audiences and Critics are saying about American Stage’s 4000 MILES!


4000 Miles is the only play in American Stage’s 2015-16 season set in the 21st century, offering more irreverent humor and playful nods to contemporary culture than other offerings at Pinellas playhouses.”

-Julie Garisto, Tampa Bay Times, Review: ‘4000 Miles’ an amusing change of pace at American Stage

Audience Members

“I’ve never had a play touch me like that before.”

“You’re really able to relate to it, no matter what role you play in the family or where you are in the spectrum of life.”

“It’s a play for everybody.”


4000 MILES by Amy Herzog
After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21-year-old Leo seeks solace in the West Village apartment of his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and, ultimately, reach each other. 4000 MILES is a look at two outsiders finding their way in today’s world.

March 16 – April 10, 2016

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American Stage names Jim Sorensen as new  Managing Director

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St. Petersburg, FL – American Stage announced today that it has named Jim Sorensen as the nonprofit professional theater company’s new managing director. Currently the associate managing director of Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Sorensen will assume his full-time duties at American Stage on April 4, 2016.

“I look forward to working with producing artistic director Stephanie Gularte to take American Stage into a new era with powerful, visceral, relevant theatre for Tampa Bay audiences,” said Sorensen.  “We have such a vibrant arts community here in St. Pete, and I can’t wait to help it grow and flourish.”

As American Stage’s managing director, Sorensen will supervise the theatre’s financial and administrative operations, including overseeing efforts to generate revenue through ticket sales and fundraising campaigns. Additionally, he will partner with Gularte and the board of directors on the development and implementation of new long-range planning initiatives for the theatre company.Read the rest

Sunday Funday at American Stage

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This weekend we have 3 great events that are sure to add some much needed entertainment to your Sunday.


The Al Downing Tampa Jazz Association presents GUITARS GALORE
Sunday March 6, 2016 | 3PM | $20 Advance, $25 at the Door | $10 Students (with valid student I.D.)

You won’t want to miss this concert honoring Jazz and the Blues with a tribute to the late, great B. B. King. The start of The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association can be traced to the joint efforts of Al Downing and Ernie Calhoun, renowned saxophonist and humanitarian who still resides in Tampa, Florida. Its beginnings were in 1981 and emerged from two jazz organizations in 1989

Guitarists: Vincent Sims, Larry Camp, Rob Plates, Charlie Robinson, André Roy

Keyboardist: Richard “STretch” Bruyn

Bassist: Kenny Walker

Drummer: Ron Gregg

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Spotlight on…4000 MILES | Including a Conversation with Janis Stevens
Sunday March 6, 2016 | 1PM | $10 General Public, $7 Subscribers

Take your theatre going experience to the next level through a series of informative and entertaining lectures. Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of our upcoming production, 4000 MILES.. Following her presentation, a member of the artistic staff will talk about their approach to the production being discussed. Following the presentation, actress Janis Stevens will talk about her experiences and preparation for her role as Vera.

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Live. Totally Improvised. Seriously Funny.
Sunday March 6, 2016 | 6PM | $12

2015 BEST OF THE BAY winning duo Hawk & Wayne are back with their improvised comedic hit THE MOCKUMENTARY. In this completely improvised one act play, they will create a never before seen documentary on the spot, based on an audience member’s suggestion. So come prepared to laugh!

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