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A RAISIN IN THE SUN runs January 24 – February 18, 2018. Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking family drama is the first play in our American Legacy series! Tickets at | #asRAISIN #asLEGACYSERIES

Alex1WebBy Alexandria Crawford, American Stage 2016/2017 Acting & Production Apprentice Alumni
​Former Apprentice Takeover! & Why we need RAISIN now; January 12th, 2018:
Hello, everyone! My name is Alexandria Crawford. Last season here at American Stage, I was a member of the inaugural class of Acting and Production Apprentices at American Stage. You may remember me as Martha Loomis Pentecost in the last August Wilson Century Cycle Play, JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE. Since finishing up the apprenticeship in August, I was blessed to be asked to stay with the theatre as a teaching artist. It has been an absolute joy teaching theatre to young artists and being apart of their creative endeavors. For me it all comes full circle; when I was a child, my love for theatre began here taking classes with American Stage Education. It’s pretty cool how life works out that way.
Currently, the theatre is in rehearsals for A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry. It is the first in their new American Legacy Series. I am so excited for this production, as it happens to be one of my favorite plays. So much to the point, that last season when our Artistic Director mentioned the possibility of doing this play next season, I became one of its biggest advocates. The play, whose title comes from a line in the Langston Hughes poem, HARLEM, is about the Younger family living in the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. They are about to receive a $10,000 life insurance check after the death of Mr. Younger. Each family member has a different dream in how they would like to use the money. As the play progresses, you see how those dreams clash with one another and how it affects them all as a family. For audiences, It leaves open the question that Langston Hughes asks in his poem HARLEM “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up … Read the rest


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Artwork by Laura Spencer and Joey Clay Photography in collaboration with the American Stage Marketing Team

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING now playing through
December 10, 2017.

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Check out Opening Night photos here!



By Kody Hopkins, American Stage 2017/2018 Acting & Production Apprentice
Behind-the-scenes (Nov. 3rd, 2017):
One of the major draws for me when applying to be an American Stage Apprentice was the scope of the program. While I am a performer by nature, I quickly gained an interest and respect for all aspects of theatre making upon entering university. I put myself to work in a little bit of everything: I sewed costumes, took lighting design, wrote some plays, directed several scenes, and even house managed two productions. The stage always feels like home to me (and I’m glad to be returning to it in MUCH ADO!), but I realized that being a part of everything it touches is what makes me feel whole. So, when I found out just how MUCH I would get to put my hands on here at American Stage, I was excited… and maybe a bit overwhelmed.

Because of this program, I am afforded the ability to peek behind the curtain, to see how the proverbial sausage gets made. It’s inspiring, if not always easy. From the design reveals at our first rehearsal, to making marketing posts I can’t believe the boss green-lit, to putting together the set and cabling the lights (you know you’re committed when you’re crawling on your hands and knees under the stage…), I get to see my small, but noticeable touch on the final product. Jack of all trades, master of none, I like to say. All of this is fueled by my passion for the profession. But, how does anyone else get to know about any of this? About the late night light hangs with lo-fi music and Master Electrician Chris Baldwin, or early morning bagels before tearing down a set you helped put up?

Well, in the words of Beatrice, there is “a very even way”: American Stage’s BEHIND-THE-SCENES series. A few weeks … Read the rest