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.


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

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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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TARTUFFE is the play Tampa Bay has “been starving for!”

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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.”

“Must see!!!”

“What a fantastic show! Hard to believe it was written so long ago and still rings true today.”

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5 Questions with Robert Caisley

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Have you had any prior experience with this play?

You can’t be a playwright (at least not a comedy writer) without an acute awareness of Moliere’s contribution to the field of dramatic literature. There are so many standard comedic set-ups that first make their appearance in one of his plays.

My first experience with Moliere: I was probably 18 or 19 years old when I was cast in drama school in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, playing one of the servant roles (they all seem to have the same name!) Two things remain vivid in my recollection: during one performance, I tried to exit the stage and the doorknob fell off in my hand, essentially trapping me onstage. That was when I first learned the art of ad-libbing. The second memory, is that the words and the comic situation was just so delicious. I’ve long had an interest in 17th and 18th century drama. I think Comedy of Manners is one of the most exquisite enjoyable forms of drama—and I see it traced in a direct line from Moliere to Oscar Wilde to Noel Coward and up to the present.

I directed a production of Tartuffe in 2008.  It also helps that I teach dramatic literature at the University of Idaho, and Tartuffe is a standard fixture of the curriculum, like Hamlet, A Doll’s House and The Cherry Orchard. So when Stephanie asked me to work on a new adaptation, my enthusiasm for the project was predicated upon the fact that I felt I was in fairly familiar territory. Having said all that, of course, the greatest limitation you can have as a translator or adapter of any play, are the many other translations and adaptations that you’re familiar with. So the actually writing phase, is one of erasing your own memory and trying to find a vocabulary that fits the given circumstances of the scene.


What specific challenges did you face adapting a play written in 1664 France to present day America?

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TAKE A LOOK: TARTUFFE – Trailer (2016)

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Our Search for American continues with our modern American Stage adaptation of Moliere’s TARTUFFE beginning performances on October 26! Take a look at our newly released trailer and then grab your tickets today! Click here to book tickets

“…an astonishingly delightful romp…” (NY Post) Considered by many to be Moliere’s strongest and funniest work, TARTUFFE gets a modern up-date in this brand new American Stage adaptation. Orgon, a wealthy American businessman entrusts his reputation and his fortune to up-and-coming politician, Tartuffe. As the cunning and lusty imposter insinuates himself deeper into his household and his family, the status quo of Orgon’s world gets turned thoroughly and hilariously upside-down.

October 26 – November 20

Take your theatre going experience to the next level THIS SUNDAY (October 16) and join us for an informative and entertaining presentation by Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia. Learn about the history, context, and characters of Moliere’s TARTUFFE.

After the presentation join Scenic Designer, Jerid Fox, joins the conversation to provide exclusive insight into our modern adaptation. Click Here to Book TicketsRead the rest

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.
Learn more at: https://www.thebreakers.com/about-breakers/


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.
Learn more at: www.kalichstein-laredo-robinson-trio.com/


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Enter for a Chance to WIN “Life” by Duncan McClellan

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World famous glass artisan, Duncan McClellan, has created ‘Life.’ Inspired by the production design for GOOD PEOPLE, this one-of-a-kind piece has been regularly appearing on our set throughout the production run. Proceeds benefit American Stage. The retail value of this piece is $3,200 and could be yours by entering our opportunity drawing today!

Duncan’s focus is centered on handblown glass and overlay techniques. To finish these works, sandcarving and six-stage grinding and polishing techniques are used.

Enter for a chance to win this unique piece of art! There are only 200 tickets available for $30 each.* The drawing will be held on Monday October 10, 2016 at 7PM before the new American Stage After Hours event: American Heroes & Villains in our Lobby Cabaret.


Call the Development Department at 727-823-1600 x 207 or visit our Box Office.

Thank You For Supporting American Stage!

GOOD PEOPLE is Now Playing through October 2nd | Click Here For Tickets & Info

To learn more about Duncan McClellan visit www.dmglass.org

*Terms and Conditions: Proceeds go to support American Stage Theatre, a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization at 163 Third Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Random drawing will be held and winner announced at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 10, 2016 in the American Stage Theatre Lobby Cabaret. Entry forms are available at American Stage Theatre lobby or box office. Please complete and return to the box office at American Stage Theatre. No purchase necessary. Free entry must be requested in person at the American Stage Theatre Development Office Room 332 at the St. Petersburg College Downtown Center 163 Third Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by October 4, 2016. Winner will be notified by mail and phone at address and number provided on this completed form returned to the box office. You do not need to be present to win. This “Drawing by Chance” is conducted in compliance with Florida Statute 849.0935Read the rest

GOOD PEOPLE – Audiences and Critics Agree!

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Find out what audiences and critics are saying about American Stage’s 2016-2017 season opener GOOD PEOPLE! (Now Playing through October 02)

Do not miss the show that The Washingtonian calls “wicked smart and painfully funny!”


“The first selected by producing artistic director Stephanie Gularte, ‘Good People’ [is] a masterful take on nice versus good…a grounded, coherent production that is both thought provoking and a pleasure to watch…Top tier performances across the board.”

-Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times
Review: American Stage’s ‘Good People’ a masterful take on nice versus good

“GOOD PEOPLE [is] powerful, a home run…[and] the reason we go to the theatre… If this production is an indication of the American Stage season to come, then we are in for one wild and exhilarating ride.”

-Peter Nason, BroadwayWorld.com
Review: Miraculous Rebecca Dines in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Powerful GOOD PEOPLE at American Stage


“One of the best American Stage productions I’ve seen.”

“Enjoyed the show so much last night…I’m seeing it again and bringing friends!”

“Superb cast! You don’t want to miss it!”

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