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?

The first question facing the translator or adapter of Moliere’s plays is one’s approach to Read the rest

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

ALSO!
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.

TO ENTER:

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!”

CRITICS

“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

AUDIENCE MEMBERS

“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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Conversation with GOOD PEOPLE’s Rebecca Dines

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Star of GOOD PEOPLE, Rebecca Dines, shares some background on her character, the rehearsal process, and what audiences can expect when GOOD PEOPLE begins performances on September 7th.

GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire
directed by Stephanie Gularte

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.

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GOOD PEOPLE – Trailer (2016)

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TAKE A LOOK at our trailer for GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire | September 07 – October 02, 2016

Directed by Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte, GOOD PEOPLE opens the 2016-2017 Season “In Search of America.” 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.

“Wicked Smart and Painfully Funny!” – The Washingtonian

Learn More at www.americanstage.org/good-people/

ALSO!
Take your theatre going experience to the next level THIS SUNDAY (August 28) and join us for an informative and entertaining presentation by Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia. Learn about the history, context, and characters of GOOD PEOPLE.

After the presentation join Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte and Rebecca Dines of GOOD PEOPLE in conversation for an exclusive glimpse inside this outstanding production. Click Here to Book TicketsRead the rest

Spotlight On…GOOD PEOPLE

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GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte, is “wicked smart and painfully funny” (The Washingtonian) and begins performances in just three weeks on Wednesday September 6th!

Why not take your experience to the next level by attending one of our spotlight events or theme nights?

FOREWORD

Sunday August 28 @ 1pm
Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of the play, and following her presentation, a member of the creative team will give behind-the-scenes insight into the making of GOOD PEOPLE.

$7 for Act 1 Club Members & Subscribers | $10 for General Public
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PROLOGUE

30 minutes prior to every performance
Arrive early and enjoy our new interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to GOOD PEOPLE ticket holders

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IN SEARCH OF…The American Dream

Monday September 19 @ 7pm
What is the American Dream? Is it equally accessible to everyone? Is it unique to each individual? Does it even exist? These are just a few questions GOOD PEOPLE poses. Join American Stage artists and local community leaders for an interactive town hall exploring the American Dream in 2016.

$7 for Act 1 Club Members & Subscribers | $10 for General Public
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PRIDE Night

Wednesday, September 14 | Reception at 6PM | Show at 7PM

Spend a night OUT at American Stage! Before the performance, mix and mingle with friends old and new, enjoy a BOGO special on our signature cocktail crafted by Station House.

Includes an exclusive post-show presentation from an American Stage artist/staff member and a local LGBTQ community leader.

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Young American Night

Thursday, September 15 | Happy Hour at 7PM | Show at 8PM

Young Americans between the ages of 21-29 are invited to enjoy GOOD PEOPLE with BOGO Specialty Drinks. After the performance, join us at Station House St. Pete where you will be given a free drink voucher good for a beer, wine, or our GOOD PEOPLE specialty drink!

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THAT’S A WRAP!

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With the closing of THE PITMEN PAINTERS, we are celebrating and looking back on our 2015-2016 SEASON OF AWAKENINGS. We want to thank you for coming along on this journey with us –

From Esther‘s turn of the century boarding house in New York City to Richard Hannay’s flat in 1930’s London.

A 1940’s Radio Broadcast to a 1970’s Pittsburgh cab station.

Present day Greenwich Village to back in time to Camelot.

And a 1980’s Drag Queen’s shabby digs to a group of 1930’s Coal Miners’ art class in Northern England.

Now, American Stage invites audiences to go on a search with our upcoming season: In Search of… America

Join us this season where each production will leave you asking yourself tough questions. Let’s all go in search together.

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