THE PITMEN PAINTERS – Audiences and Critics Agree!

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Find out what audiences and critics are saying about American Stage’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS! (Now Playing through August 14)

Do not miss the show that Variety calls “a feel-good — make that a feel-great — hit!”


“…an ambitious undertaking…well acted…you would have to really hate thoughtful questions about self-expression and who regulates it not to enjoy this play and its many laugh-out-loud moments.”

-Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times
Review: ‘The Pitmen Painters’ Digs Into Weighty Subjects With a Light Touch

“Refreshing … notable…[with] a lot of warm comedy…its heart is big and unafraid. That alone makes it notable — and occasionally a little marvelous.”

-Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing
Review: The Pitmen Painters


“What a wonderful story and brilliantly acted.”

“Compelling story, excellent acting, well staged, fine direction and superb lighting design. Loved it!”

“I’ve seen every show this season and this is the best one yet!”


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American Stage & MFA Collaboration

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MFA partnership

We are proud to be a part of such a diverse, rich, and high quality cultural community. Our current production, THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall (Now Playing through August 14 – click here for more information) talks about the importance of accessibility to the arts and, though not everyone will pursue the career of an artist, creativity adds tremendous value our lives. That’s why our friends at the Museum of Fine Arts are extending a special promotion to encourage our guests who see THE PITMEN PAINTERS to engage, learn, and participate in the full spectrum of what the St. Petersburg arts scene has to offer.

American Stage guests presenting a ticket from THE PITMEN PAINTERS receive 20% off General Admission or Annual Membership to the Museum of Fine Arts now through August 31, 2016.

In addition to the expansive MFA Collection, you definitely will not want to miss their exhibitions on display, including Shana Moulton: Journeys Out of the Body – Open through October 9.

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Journeys Out of the Body highlights human physicality, but also alternate realms. A sense of magic permeates Shana Moulton’s work, as well as a hopefulness that suggests no one is alone in their quest for health and happiness.​ #cynthiamfa
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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


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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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