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.

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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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Hawk & Wayne’s THE MOCKUMENTARY
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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American Stage’s 2016-2017 Season

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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 interpretation will … Read the rest

The Trippers are heading to the Spoleto Festival in Charleston!

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American Stage is going to the Spoleto Festival in Charleston!

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Spoleto U.S.A was founded by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti and is the world-renowned, American counterpart of the famed Italian festival, Festival de DuMondi in Spoleto, Italy.

Dates: June 5th – 10th

We have been looking into this trip for several years, and it seems like Spoleto’s 4oth anniversary is a good time to go. World-class music, opera, dance, theater – this festival has it all! Additionally, Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast regularly list Charleston as the number one destination in the United States.

We will spend five nights at the 4-star Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, known for its southern hospitality and luxurious ambience. The hotel is centrally located on King Street and sits above the most elegant and refined shopping district in Charleston. It is also adjacent to the Old City Market.

(Photo: Belmond Charleston Place.)

(Photo: Belmond Charleston Place.)

 

The big opera this year is PORGY AND BESS, written in Charleston by George and Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward, a Charleston native and author of Porgy, from which the opera was born; and his wife, Dorothy.

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green. (Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green.
(Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green. (Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Porgy and Bess design sketch by Jonathan Green.
(Photo: Spoleto Festival USA.)

Other offerings will be announced in January and will likely include a dance company, an orchestra, and at least one play. We are currently working with other arts organizations in the area to get the inside scoop on the “do not miss” events this season.

Additionally, the trip will include one of Charleston’s famous plantation visits as well as a city bus tour.

And let’s not forget the food! The trip also includes two group dinners and one group lunch at Charleston’s finest restaurants.

(Photo: Visit Charleston South Carolina)

(Photo: Visit Charleston South Carolina)

We offer all this for $3345 which includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Five nights at the four-star Belmond Charleston Place Hotel
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • All coach services
  • Round-trip baggage transfer
  • Two group dinners and one group lunch
  • Five Spoleto performances including Porgy and Bess
  • A guided city tour
  • A plantation visit
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Theatre Travel with the Trippers: New York, New York… It’s a Helluva Town!

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“NEW YORK, NEW YORK, IT’S A HELLUVA TOWN!”

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AMERICAN STAGE’S FAMOUS NEW YORK TRIP IS ALL SET—ALL WE NEED IS YOU!

THE DATES: MARCH 30 – APRIL 3

HERE’S THE EXCITING PLAN:

  •  We fly nonstop to New York.
  • We’re met by our trusty bus to transport us to the SOFITEL, 45th St. off 5th Avenue near all the shops! (The bus will be with us during the entire trip fortransporting to theatres and all events.) The 4-star Sofitel has walk-in showers andtubs and an excellent restaurant where we will enjoy a fabulous breakfast daily.
  • We enjoy a festive group dinner.
  • We see four outstanding performances.
  • We visit the recently renovated Sagamore Hill, the “summer White House” home of Theodore Roosevelt and enjoy a group lunch in Oyster Bay.
  • We enjoy an excellent Sunday brunch together.

The four days we are there will be filled with THEATRE, the main reason we go to New York!

 

Here are some of the shows we’re considering:

  • She Loves Me – Laura Benanti and John Radnor star in Roundabout Theatre’s new version of this charming musical comedy classic.
  • Paramour – an exciting new experience that unites the signature spectacle of Cirque du Soleil with the storytelling magic of Broadway.
  • School of Rock – featuring 14 amazing child rock stars, this new musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber with book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) is based on the cult film.
  • Dry Powder – In this Public Theatre production, John Krasinski stars in a viciously, delicious new drama about the people who mold our economy.

Of course, if exciting new shows pop up, our ticket guru, Caryl, is always watching out for us.

 

Here’s what the trip includes:

  • Round trip air, bus service from and to N.Y. airport
  • 4 nights in a luxury hotel with breakfast daily except Sunday
  • 4 great theatre events with round trip bus service
  • A day trip with lunch
  • A splendid group dinner and an elegant Sunday brunch
  • A $200.00 tax-deductible donation to American Stage

The helpful Tom Block is our trip leader, and your traveling companions are sure to be among the kindest and … Read the rest

EXPOSED: Women You Think You Know…

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From the standpoint of a Marketing Director, it’s always a priority to make sure tickets are sold and people actually attend your production. However, an equally important task (and some may wager it an impossible one to manage) is to participate in the conversation that continues long after your audience leaves your theater.

Post-show talk backs have been an obvious way to offer an immediate dialogue with your patrons, allowing them to pose their questions to the creative team immediately following a performance. But what about those subsequent conversations, those ideas that crop up after a gestation period?

Our new artistic leadership and our Education Department have made efforts to curate those conversations in a series of events and programming that  address the issues explored in our current Mainstage productions and continue the discussion within the community.

EXPOSED: Women You Think Know… at American Stage on Tuesday, Oct 6th at 7pm.

 

The first of these events for this season is EXPOSED: Women You Think You Know…, a collaboration with Your Real Stories.  Founded by Jaye Sheldon and Dr. Lillian Dunlap, Your Real Stories uses storytelling, theater, and media to challenge people to talk and listen to each other across perceived differences of identity, experience, and opinions.

I recently sat with Jaye Sheldon and our new Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte to discuss the collaboration between the two organizations.

 

This is a really exciting night of two different arts organizations coming together. What will the evening consist of?

Jaye Sheldon: It will feature original scripts based on the lives of three local women from our community. Dr. Dunlap and I have spent the last few months interviewing these women and creating original scripts based on these interviews.

Stephanie Gularte: Then three talented, professional actresses will bring the real stories of these women to life on our stage in a really vibrant way. We’ll follow that up with a lively conversation between the audience, the artists and the women whose stories are being told.

 

 

Will there be a tie-in with the themes of our current mainstage production, Intimate Apparel?

Jaye: Absolutely. This evening of theatre … Read the rest