Social Media Contest for THE PITMEN PAINTERS

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Pitmen Hashtag Contest Blog Post

UPGRADE YOUR EXPERIENCE when you use the hashtags: #PITMENupgrade and #asPITMEN in social media posts prior to seeing THE PITMEN PAINTERS at American Stage.


  • Posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter will be considered
  • Post must contain both hashtags: #PITMENupgrade & #asPITMEN
  • Contestant must tag American Stage in the post
  • Post must indicate the day of the show the contestant is scheduled to attend
  • Check your social media pages on the day of the show to see if you’ve won!
  • No limit to amount of entries per contestant: post away!

Winners can choose from one of the following prizes (based on availability.) Prizes can be claimed at our Theatre Bar on the day of the show.

  • Tickets to the September 4th HAWK & WAYNE Improv Show
  • A Free Drink
  • A Signed Program or Poster

The Grand Prize will be two free tickets to see GOOD PEOPLE, the first show in our upcoming season: “IN SEARCH OF… AMERICA.”
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THE PITMEN PAINTERS (2016) – Trailer

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TAKE A LOOK at our trailer for THE PITMEN PAINTERS (July 20 – August 14, 2016)

Written by the Tony award-winning playwright of Billy Elliot and War House, Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS is based on the triumphant true story about a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations. An arresting and witty salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, THE PITMEN PAINTERS takes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.

THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall | directed by Brendon Fox | July 20 – August 14, 2016
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The American Stage Travel Trippers are going to PITTSBURGH!

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The American Stage Trippers are at it again! Traveling across the country to experience world class theatre with the convenience and comfort of having their whole trip planned out to a tee. This October, the Trippers will be visiting Pittsburgh, a Conde Nast Top Destination.
Follow their journey: #ASTravelTrippers

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for our Pittsburgh Trippers:

5. A visit to the Frick Art and Historical Center


Our Trippers will experience the culture and refinement of the Gilded Age (1870s to about 1900), view fine and decorative arts, magnificent exhibitions, and much more.
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4. A visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater


America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed Fallingwater for his clients, the Kaufmann family. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark.
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3. A visit to the August Wilson Cultural Center to see a dance performance by Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Company


The August Wilson Center for African American Culture building is on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. It includes galleries, classrooms, a 500-seat theater, a gift shop, a cafe, and many multi-purpose spaces for visual and performing art.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is an American dance company based out of Harlem in New York City. Based on a powerful oral history that Bill T. Jones himself conducted with the 95-year old French Jewish nurse/ social worker (and Bill’s mother-in-law), Dora Amelan, Analogy/Dora: Tramontane reveals a harrowing, touching and inspirational story, as told through 25 dance chapters. This beautifully choreographed narrative gives voice to Dora’s painful early life in Belgium during World War Two and her courageous work with the Jewish underground in Vichy, France’s internment camps, Gurs and Rivesaltes. Dora is a moving portrait of perseverance and survival.
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2. The Quantum Theatre’s production of THE RIVER, the poetic, haunting play by Jez Butterworth


Jez Butterworth followed his smash Tony-winner Jerusalem with this poetic and haunting play: part mystery, part gothic thriller, and 100% Read the rest

Everyone loves Mark Chambers

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We love Mark Chambers. We love him so much that we brought him back to star once again in A TALE OF TWO CITIES. But don’t take our word for it, the Tampa Bay Times says “Mark Chambers’ solo performance is a tour de force” and audiences cannot stop raving – watch above.

You only have six chances left to catch Mark before he sashays away.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES | Now Playing through June 26
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This is my life.

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Janis Stevens, Director of A TALE OF TWO CITIES, talks about the heartwarming message that underpins this flamboyant comedy.

“I don’t think that we have come to a place yet in society, either in America or anywhere else in the world, where there still isn’t a great deal of oppression going on, of repression going on. You see it in the headlinesof the newspaper and you watch any news program any night – you see that this is at play still. Civilization is still struggling. 

And so the play, I think, it still speaks very much, and maybe even more so, to the right to be yourself. And everyone has a right to be themselves. 

I think that at the end, Jerry is more himself than he might have been had it not been for this particular obstacle thrown in his path that he overcomes, incorporates, and generously passes on. 

The real message of the play is..

this is my life.”

A TALE OF TWO CITIES | Now Playing through June 26
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A TALE OF TWO CITIES – Audience Responses

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Find out what Audiences and Critics are saying about American Stage’s A TALE OF TWO CITIES! (Now Playing through June 26)

Do not miss the show that The New York Times calls “…Fascinating…Funny…Moving…”

“Mark Chambers’ solo performance is a tour de force.”
-Jim Harper, Tampa Bay Times
Review: A drag retelling of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ impresses at American Stage

“It’s a great play and everyone should come out and see it!”

“The ‘A TALE OF TWO CITIES’ that I read was not nearly as entertaining as this was!”

“What theatre should be!”

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The Library is Open…Drag Lingo 101

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Everett Quinton’s adaptation of A TALE OF TWO CITIES is not quite what you’d expect. The classic tale is retold by Jerry, an aspiring Drag Queen in 1980’s NYC, as he prepares for his first big gig. Drag has come a long way since then, even sauntering into the mainstream with RuPaul’s Drag Race, and has developed quite the lexicon. Find out the secrets behind “throwing shade” and learn how to “slay” and “spill the tea.”

Drag Mother: n. An experienced drag queen who acts as a mentor and guide to a younger, up and coming, less experienced, or apprentice drag queen.

Drag Queen: n. An acronym for “Dressed Resembling A Girl”, from which the term “Drag” is said to ostensibly originate. The term is said to date back to Shakespearean times when male theatrical actors would play female roles.

Fishy: adj. A term used to describe a drag queen who looks extremely feminine, or one who convincingly resembles a biological woman.

Hunty: n. a term of endearment among drag queens.

Ki Ki: n. A term used for gossip, small talk, chatting, or a heart to heart.

Reading: v. To wittily and incisively expose a person’s flaws (i.e. “reading them like a book”), often exaggerating or elaborating on them; an advanced format of the insult. The term is a reference to the film Paris is Burning. OR n. Criticism made to a drag queen.

Spill the Tea: v. A term started in San Antonio, Texas in the very early 1990’s in the Urban Gay community. To “spill the tea” is to gossip. The term comes from the custom in the South of women who gather in the afternoon to drink tea and gossip.

Slay: n. To be on point, to win, to be outstanding, or to be the best.

Throwing Shade: v. The act of criticism in a blunt and insulting manner.

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES – Trailer (2016)

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TAKE A LOOK at our trailer for A TALE OF TWO CITIES – the classic Dickens epic as told by a Drag Queen. Journey to 1980’s New York City and follow Jerry, an aspiring Drag Performer, who gives the performance of a lifetime to entertain an unexpected guest. Learn more and book tickets at

adapted by Everett Quinton
directed by Janis Stevens

An aspiring drag queen named Jerry opens his door and finds a baby left on his doorstep. “He’s a straight baby, but we can co-exist. I know it can be done.” Jerry proceeds to tell the baby a Grimm’s fairy tale, but when this fails to stop the baby’s crying, he performs the entire narrative of Dickens’ classic of the French revolution, playing all the characters in only 90 minutes! Mark Chambers, the actor who played Jerry on our stage twenty years ago, will reprise his role.

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Give Day

We have a quest! Can you help us reach 100 donations of $30 or more in 24-hours?

This Tuesday, May 3rd, is Give Day Tampa Bay – a community-wide, 24-hour online giving challenge hosted by The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. This charitable event helps Tampa Bay area nonprofits like us raise much-needed dollars and bring awareness to the challenges facing a professional nonprofit arts organization.

How it works

It’s so simple to participate. Just visit this website on May 3, 2016 anytime between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. and with a few simple clicks, you can make a donation to support “Powerful Stories” in your own community. #GiveDayTampaBay is the best day to support us because your dollar can go ever further, as we can also win monetary awards and additional prizes based on our day’s donations.

Spread the Word

Use #GiveDayTampaBay and encourage your personal network to support American Stage programming and education.

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Enter to Win a FREE UPGRADE

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Lords and Ladies throughout the Tampa Bay area have been going COCONUTS over American Stage in the Park’s production of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT!

King Arthur is on a quest and needs your help! Share why you and your merry band desire a #KingArthurUpgrade for a chance to be upgraded to the Premium Blanket or Reserved Chair sections!

In order to qualify:

  • Be sure to follow American Stage on Instagram and Like us on Facebook.
  • Post on any of the above Social Media Platforms.
  • Use the Hashtags #KingArthurUpgrade and #SPAMinthePark in your post.
  • Also include the date of your current tickets and number of peasants in your party (only current ticket holders will be eligible for an upgrade*).

Feel free to post anything: Photos or videos of your best impersonation of the Lady of the Lake or King Arthur, reasons why you love Monty Python, or even your favorite American Stage in the Park memory.

Most importantly, be sure to check your messages up to the day of your chosen performance night so that we can reach you to say, “Hey! You’ve won!”

On Sunday’s April 24th and May 01st, King Arthur (with some help from Bank of America) will include a special deluxe picnic set with your upgrade. Read the rest