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Find out what happens when Freud meets Dali and these great minds collide

by Terry Johnson
directed by Todd Olson
Previews September 12 and 13
Opens Friday, September 14
Closes Sunday, October 21

Tuesday Evening: Sept 18


Wednesday Matinee: Sept 26

Mainstage Lecture Series:
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Guest Speaker: Todd Olson, Director

Click here to read the preview by
Marty Clear from Tampa Bay Times.

Click here to see the cast on Studio 10.


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Co-production with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT)

American Stage Theatre will be performing a scene from HYSTERIA at the Dali Museum on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 1pm.  The full cast and director, Todd Olson, will be reading the ‘Dream Sequence’ scene on the spiral staircase of the Dali Museum and the performance is free to all Dali Visitors.  There will be a question and answer session immediately following the performance.

Below are NEW PHOTOS from this production here at American Stage. *Photos by Roman Black

Below are NEW PHOTOS from the production while it played at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. *Photos by Michael and Suz Karchmer

“Hysteria is funny, sad, superficial, profound, scatterbrained and very wise. I’ve never witnessed anything else quite like it. The acting in this unpredictable thought-romp is universally excellent.” – Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing

“Reminiscent of the Marx Brothers…Justin Campbell is unforgettably funny…Stacy Fischer is chilling…superb acting and direction and phenomenal set and lighting…the direction by Todd Olson, the performances and the technical work are wonderful in their own right…The design work is all phenomenal…Scott Cooper's set is exquisite.”
-Marty Clear, Tampa Bay Times

“Freud, Dali and madcap madness…a laugh-out-loud comic romp laced with dark interludes… Just as it will make you laugh at life's absurdities, "Hysteria" will also incite your intellectual curiosity to discover more.” -Cape Cod Online

“Impressive…[an] unpredictable and intellectual madcap comedy” -Cape Cod Chronicle

“Balances laugh-out-loud comedy with deadly serious revelations…Playwright Terry Johnson is a brilliant storyteller, and this production does his script justice…If you miss it at WELLFLEET Harbor Actor’s Theatre, you'll have to go to Saint Petersburg, Florida. But don't miss it here. If anything, go to Saint Petersburg to see it again.”

“Hysterically funny, terrifying and visually riveting.” -Provincetown Banner

One of the most brilliantly original and entertaining new plays…wild, weird, funny and serious…a factual fantasy, a demented farce…” -London Sunday Times

"An exuberant unexpectedly resonant as a crazy sonnet" -New York Times

Winner of Olivier Award for “Best New Comedy”, Hysteria is based on a stunning, historical meeting between two of the world's greatest and most eccentric men - Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dalí. Set in London in 1938, Hysteria springs from Freud's fanciful mind as he juggles unexpected visits to his home by the famous surrealist painter Dalí and a mysterious young woman named Jessica who can't seem to keep her clothes on. Full of mistaken identities, dazzling surprises, and sheer Freudian slips, the tables are turned as Freud soon finds himself the subject of Jessica's own bizarre form of psychoanalysis while Dalí's surreal imagery creeps into his dreams and consciousness.

Mature subject matter and language. Brief nudity. Parental guidance suggested.

HYSTERIA was first produced at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1993.

THE CAST (in order of appearance):
Sigmund Freud..................................Michael Edwards*
Jessica..................................Stacy Fischer*
Abraham Yahuda..................................Pete Clapsis
Salvador Dali..................................Justin Campbell*

PLEASE NOTE: 3 Special Performance Dates:
Tuesday Evening performance on September 18
(curtain is 8:00 – $39 ticket reserved seating)
PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT is on Wednesday, September 19
(curtain is 8:00 – suggested donation $10-$20)
Wednesday Matinee will be performed on September 26
(curtain is 3:00 pm – $29 ticket)

There will be no Saturday Matinee on September 22. There will be an Saturday evening performance on this date at 8pm.

Mainstage Series produced by: Raymond James
Co-Sponsor: American Stage Board of Trustees
Radio Sponsor: WUSF

2014-2015 Season -
Mainstage Ticket Prices and Performance Times:

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm. 
Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 3pm

2014-2015 Performance Pricing:
$29 Thursday Previews
$39 Wednesday, Thursday Evenings and Saturday and Sunday Matinees
$49 Friday and Saturday Evenings
$59 Opening Night - includes pre-performance reception

Additional Information
Student Advance tickets are $20. 
Student Rush tickets are $10, 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Senior (adults age 65 and up) and Retired Military Discount - Receive $2 off single tickets.
Artist Discount - Tickets are $20
Active military tickets are FREE with valid I.D. 20% off additional tickets
for friends and family.

To receive one of the above discounts, you must go through our box office. Valid I.D. must be presented to our box office. Only one discount can be used per ticket.
Please contact the box office for further details or questions.

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American Stage Theatre Company is located at the Raymond James Theatre,
163 3rd Street North in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

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