The American Stage Spotlight Series includes pre-opening lectures (LEARN), post-performance talk-backs (ENGAGE), and community forum events (CONNECT). We want our audiences to LEARN about, ENGAGE with and CONNECT to the plays in our season in order to take their experience of the art on our stage to a new, deeper level.
For more information or to make a reservation, please call the American Stage Box Office at
LEARN – Take your theatre going experience to the next level through a series of informative and entertaining lectures. Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of select plays within our season. Following her presentation, a member of the artistic staff will talk about their approach to the production being discussed. LEARN events are $7 for subscribers and $10 for the general public. Subscribers please contact our box office directly at 727.823.7529 to purchase your lecture series ticket at the subscriber price. LEARN Lecture series packages are also available for subscribers. Please call our box office directly to learn more.
All LEARN events take place from 1:00-2:30 pm on select Sundays.
Here’s what patrons have to say about LEARN:
“This was terrific! What a gem American Stage is. Keep up the good work.”
“Not having studied plays and theatre the background was very helpful and well presented.”
“Excellent presentations and really interesting. Can’t wait to see the production!”
“Delightful! Do more of these!”
LEARN 2015 – 2016
Sunday, September 6, 2015
THE 39 STEPS
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Sunday, March 6, 2016
AMERICAN STAGE IN THE PARK:
MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Sunday, April 3, 2016
THE PITMEN PAINTERS
Sunday, July 10, 2016
ENGAGE – Join us after select performances for an exciting and illuminating conversation with the actors about the play you just watched! For select ENGAGE talk-backs we will also have special guest speakers who can offer unique insights on the context of specific plays within our season. See below for our current list of ENGAGE talk-back dates. New dates may be added throughout the season so check back often.
All ENGAGE talk-back events are free and open to the public. They will begin 5-10 minutes after final curtain at select Sunday performances.
Sundays, September 27 & October 4, 2015
Talk-back with the cast of Intimate Apparel
THE 39 STEPS
Sundays, November 29 & December 6, 2015
Talk-back with the cast of The 39 Steps
Sundays, January 31 & February 7, 2016
Talk-back with the cast of Jitney
Sundays, March 27 & April 3, 2016
Talk-back with the cast of 4,000 Miles
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
Sundays, June 12 & 19, 2016
Talk-back with the cast of A Tale of Two Cities
THE PITMEN PAINTERS
Sunday, July 31 & August 7, 2016
Talk-back with the cast of The Pitmen Painters
CONNECT – Alongside select plays in our season, we produce CONNECT Community Forums, intriguing theatrical events and conversations that take the themes addressed in the plays on our stage and explore how they resonate with our St. Pete and Tampa Bay Area community.
New CONNECT dates may be added throughout the season so check back often.
About Your Real Stories
Your Real Stories creates live theater based on interviews from local community members. This is followed by a discussion with the actual storytellers and other community members who bring a broad range of experience to the topics at hand. Your Real Stories uses storytelling and the magic of theater to challenge people to talk and listen to each other across real and perceived differences of identity, experience and opinions.
CONNECT 2015 – 2016
Intimate Apparel CONNECT Community Forum
EXPOSED: Women You Think You Know…
Tuesday, October 6th, 7:00-8:30 pm at American Stage
A daring performance and engaging community conversation brought to American Stage by Your Real Stories.
Intimate Apparel tells a touching and personal story that unlocks and challenges typical perspectives on gender, sex, race, and religion in our society. While the play is set in 1905 New York, it reveals overlaps that resonate with the St. Pete and Tampa Bay Area community today.
Your Real Stories has constructed an original play of three moving and poignant monologues based on their interviews with three notable women in our community. Thanks to these courageous women, whose stories will be presented by local professional actors, Exposed: Women You Think You Know reveals ideas and topics we don’t typically hear or discuss.
The performance will be followed by a participatory conversation with the audience, performers, and storytellers that is sure to shine a light on new points of view.
Admission: $6 for General Public, FREE for Subscribers.