AMERICA: A MOSAIC – Meet the Apprentices

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Hi everyone! I’m Ally Thomas, the Education & Outreach Apprentice this season, and it’s been a pleasure to serve as Stage Manager for AMERICA: A MOSAIC! I had the opportunity to join the five Acting & Production Apprentices as they were writing and revising their piece, and it’s been a great experience to watch the show evolve from the early drafts of the script to where we are now in performances! We have one weekend under our belts, and we’re looking forward to five more performances this week.

17424691_10207222232874520_4773289276168864638_nAs Stage Manager, part of my job is to coordinate the logistics for what everyone needs, and to make sure that there is a smooth flow of communication between all members of the team. This was especially important for communication about when and where rehearsals would take place. We all have many other projects going on within the company, and everyone is juggling so much that scheduling actually became one of the biggest challenges with this process. When we did meet, it was important to use our time as efficiently as possible. When you’re working on a project where five people all share responsibilities as performers, directors, and designers there are a lot of decisions that must be made, and a lot of opinions to consider. I’m so proud of this team for the way they’ve been able to collaborate and take ownership of their show.

Once we got into technical rehearsals, I would take notes in my script so that I could learn the order of all lighting, sound and projection cues, and execute the design that they had in mind for each tech element of the show. Tech rehearsals are always something special because that’s really when the full vision of the piece comes together for the first time- when the ideas that start out on paper actually come to life! It was impressive to witness how much the sound, light and projection added to the production; after that, it felt like we had a real show on our hands!

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2017-2018 Season – WE THE PEOPLE E-Brochure

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Each of us has a powerful story to tell. WE THE PEOPLE celebrate our diversity, embrace our differences, and rejoice in our shared experience of what it is to be a human being.

 

 

 

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THE ROYALE by Marco Ramirez
A Tampa Bay Area Premiere
September 20 – October 15, 2017

WE THE PEOPLE…WILL FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTFUL PLACE
Charismatic African-American boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson has a burning desire to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as being knocked out. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” “The Sport” just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. This stylized and stunning play about the life of an outsider in American culture explores one man’s struggle while reflecting a much broader one.

 

“…(a) breakthrough saga for a new generation.” – Los Angeles Times

“….captures both the beautiful frenzy of boxing and the volatile state of race relations in America.” – The Telegraph

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by William Shakespeare
A New American Stage Adaptation
November 8 – December 10, 2017

WE THE PEOPLE…ARE RIDICULOUS IN LOVE

As World War II is drawing to a close, Beatrice rails against the roles expected of women of her era. Benedick has just arrived home from the war and is not ready to be tied down. Who needs marriage?! The two face off in a hilarious battle of wits in this American Stage take on the Bard’s famous romantic comedy about the war between the sexes. Full of live music and dance and set against the backdrop of the bright sunshine of the Florida Keys, this exuberant, philosophical, and festive play reminds us that no one is immune when it comes to matters of the heart.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry
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Kim Sullivan and L. Peter Callender: In Conversation

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On Sunday, January 8th, L. Peter Callender (Director of JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE) and Kim Sullivan (Seth in JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE) joined us for a conversation on August Wilson, the American Century Cycle, and their preparation for JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE (performances begin January 18th).

Highlights:

Kim Sullivan:
They think August Wilson writes violent plays, but not all of them. Some of them are more spiritual, some of them are more mystical, some of them are more magical…this [JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE] is the most magical. 

L. Peter Callender:
We’ve had laughter and tears in rehearsal, we’ve talked about spirituality and spiritualism. My take on the play is very spiritual, August Wilson is a very spiritual man, I think this play is an opus to the rapture. I think the word “song” in the play represents “spirit.” One needs to find his “spirit” in the world. All of our leaders, or our guides, they have a “song” that is their own.  
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JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE (2017) – Trailer

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Take a look at our trailer for JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE by August Wilson, directed by L. Peter Callender.

Performances begin January 18, 2017 | Click Here for Tickets & Info

This production is the final installment in American Stage’s American Century Cycle series.

Join us for the epic conclusion of American Stage’s journey through August Wilson’s Century Cycle. In a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911, owners Seth and Bertha Holly play host to a makeshift family of people who come to stay – some for days, some longer. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South, and a mysterious stranger searching for his wife. One of the most spellbinding and emotionally rich plays in the Cycle, JOE TURNER shines a light on America’s newly freed men and women determined to take their rightful place in a new world.

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It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play | Now Playing

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Check out what Producing Artistic Director, Stephanie Gularte, has to say about our returning holiday production of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY. Don’t miss your chance to see the show critics call “Flawless” (Creative Loafing), “Delightful,” “Charming,” and “Entertaining!” (Tampa Bay Times)

Now Playing through December 24 | Two Performances on Christmas Eve
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12 Days of Giving

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It’s the Holidays, and American Stage is here to help! For the next 12 days leading up to December 25th, we will be sharing a new Holiday Gift Idea so you can be the star of this holiday season. (Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/americanstage/)

To get you started, we’ve already listed 5 gift ideas that definitely take center stage.

5. IMPROV CLASSES
Register by December 21st and save 10%

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The only thing more infectious than watching joyful people do what they love is being one of those joyful people. All classes are taught by improv professionals from our program, or programs like Second City and The Groundlings. Offering options for Beginners to Advanced Improvisers! Learn more at americanstage.org/improv-classes/

DON’T MISS: HOUSE TEAMS LIVE! on Sunday, December 18 at 6PM 

4. 2 OR 4 SHOW HOLIDAY PASS

Theatre lover on your list? Need a good date night? Now offering passes good for two or four tickets to use during American Stage’s 2016/2017 Season. The American Stage 2-Show and 4-Show Pass is a wallet-friendly card that not only comes with exclusive rewards, but allows you to see any show, any time. (+ with the Pass you can save up to 25% off!)
Visit AmericanStage.org/Holiday to learn more!

3. YOUNG AMERICAN PASS

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Millennial on your list? Give the gift of unlimited theatre! 20 somethings can become a Young American passholder to experience unlimited powerful, visceral, and bold theatre – whenever and however often they choose! Plus, the Young American Pass offers other sweet perks like in-theater drink discounts and a whole lot more. All for only $15 a month!
Call or email our box office at 727 823 PLAY (7529) or boxoffice@americanstage.org 

2. THE AMERICAN CENTURY CYCLE CELEBRATION

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Gift that special someone a night to remember. Join American Stage artists and friends on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and Legacy Garden as we celebrate the exciting conclusion of our 10-year commitment to producing playwright August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle.
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CREATIVE PINELLAS FEATURE

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Pinellas County is a destination for creativity. It can be seen on our stages, in our museums, in our art-galleries and studios, at our film festivals and arts shows. It can be heard in our conversations, at our poetry readings and literary events. Creative Pinellas supports all of this activity and energy.

Recently, Julie Garisto teamed up with American Stage to come out with a 4 part series on our theatre. She went behind the scenes of TARTUFFE, sat down with Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte, and shared with readers what’s to come at American Stage and throughout the Tampa Bay area theatre scene.

Visit http://creativepinellas.org/our-journal/ to find out what else has been cooking in the Tampa Bay arts scene…

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5 Questions with Jerid Fox

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What was your inspiration for the set?
I was inspired on two fronts: the first were famous TV homes like the Kardashians’ mansion, ‘The Bachelor mansion’ and the Property Brothers’ house in Las Vegas – I knew I wanted it to look expensive, but also have a little cookie cutter McMansion feel to it. The second was a desire to evoke the architecture of the White House so when the play takes a big turn towards politics, there it would be looming in the background.

Why a pool? Was that an idea you had for the design or did the idea come from the adapted script? 

TARTUFFE traditionally takes place in a foyer and a dining room; a place for comings and goings. We wanted grandeur, plenty of light (it is a comedy after all), and lots of entrances. Stephanie Gularte had a few inspiration images that she kept coming back to with water in them. It was my idea to take this show and set in an amazing backyard (and what McMansion doesn’t have a pool?). As soon at that was settled we instantly knew the famous table scene would need to take place underwater!

Also, WOW, how did you pull it off and keep it going through a four week run?

When it comes to the logistics of having over 700 gallons of water on stage we were fortunate enough to have an experienced team at American Stage. In our old building we had produced METAMORPHOSIS, so the team, lead by our Technical Director Timon Brown, had experience building a contained water feature on stage. There is a lot more than just plopping a kiddie pool on stage that goes into it for sure! Our water has to be heated to keep the actors comfortable as well as chemically treated and tested for safety. On top of all that, I wanted it to look as elegant and authentic as possible.

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What is your favorite feature and/or most difficult challenge in regard to the set?

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THE TRIPPERS ARE GOING TO NEW YORK CITY!

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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:

5. SUNDAY BRUNCH

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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.

 

4.  SUNSET BOULEVARD

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

3. OSLO

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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.

2. THE SOFITEL

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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.

1. NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN

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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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