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).
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. … Read the rest
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.
How do you discover your identity when your heritage has been stolen from you?… Read the rest
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)
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%
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/
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
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 email@example.com
2. THE AMERICAN CENTURY CYCLE CELEBRATION
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.
The evening will include live visual and performing arts entertainment along with cocktails, dinner and festivities in … Read the rest
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…
Click on to read all 4 articles now!… Read the rest
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.
What is your favorite feature and/or most difficult challenge in regard to the set?
My favorite feature would have to be the pool. In the first 60 … Read the rest
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
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
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.
2. THE SOFITEL
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
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.
Find out what audiences and critics are saying about American Stage’s world-premiere adaptation of Molière‘s TARTUFFE by Robert Caisley and directed by Brendan Ragan! (Now Playing through November 20)
Do not miss the show that The Washingtonian calls “wicked smart and painfully funny!”
” Not only does the Tampa Bay area need this adaptation of Tartuffe, we’ve been starving for it.”
“This community has not seen anything this original or ambitious in a long time.”
“It’s more Saturday Night Live than Fareed Zakaria, but like the comedy show it sneaks in cultural observations that skewer everyone. It’s funny and smart.”
-Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times
Review: Election Themed Adaptation ‘Tartuffe’ is Much Needed
“Seeing something new and exciting sends me home and keeps me up way beyond my bedtime thinking about it. [TARTUFFE] did that for me tonight. American Stage owes me 40 winks tomorrow. Bravo.”
“What a fantastic show! Hard to believe it was written so long ago and still rings true today.”