Cycling with American Stage – 20 Mile Fun Ride

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To celebrate the opening of our next Mainstage Production of 4000 MILES, American Stage is partnering with ABC Bicycles to organize a very special bicycle fun ride to be held on Sunday, March 20 starting at 10 am. Our goal is for 200 people to join the stars, staff, and creative minds of American Stage for a casual 20 mile loop starting at ABC Bicycles, heading down the Pinellas trail, stopping by Demens Landing Park & Green Bench Brewing and returning to ABC Bicycles to reach our 4000 Mile Community Challenge!

Riders will not just have the opportunity to explore our beautiful downtown on bike, but they will do so with American Stage’s best and brightest, get access to exclusive experiences – including a special beer tasting at Green Bench Brewing, and much more.

Event Info:

  • WHEN: Sunday, March 20 | 10:00 am (Registration 9:00 – 10:00 am)
  • WHERE: ABC Bicycles (6633 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701)
  • ROUTE: 20 mile fun ride through Downtown St. Pete (Pinellas Trail, Demens Landing Park, Green Bench Brewing)

Rules:

  • Bike Helmets Required
  • Riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • We will follow a guided open course – riders must follow the rules of the road

$10 Pre-Register | $12 Day of Ride
To Register, please complete the form below.

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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.

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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 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 interpretation 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

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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