by Andrea Lepcio

Directed by Jim Sorensen


“…smart, intense and powerfully topical…” -Arts Atlanta


American Stage is proud to present the first play discovered through our 21st Century Voices: New Works Festival. Ms. Lepcio’s STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR was selected among more than 300 submissions of new plays from across the country.

In this sexy romance turned thriller, Miriam, a young American woman, and Sameer, a Muslim man from Morocco, meet at a party and fall in love at first sight. When Sameer tells Miriam he’s undocumented, she offers to help, but is everything as it seems? A smart, riveting play that looks at love, truth, prejudice, and civil rights in the age of the Patriot Act.

MAY 23 – JUNE 17, 2018

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Angela’s local acting credits include: TAPESTRY, MY WAY and THE WINTER’S TALE (American Stage), ANNAPURNA (Jobsite Theatre), TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE (Stageworks), Eva in EVITA (Sarasota Handy Award), Lilli/Kate in KISS ME KATE (Sarasota Handy Award), and Aretta in the world premiere of WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL. New York credits include BUS STOP, THE HOT L BALTIMORE, ON THE VERGE, JULIUS CAESAR, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, AS YOU LIKE IT (American Globe Theatre) and GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (Broadway). Film/TV credits include: “Free Ride” with Anna Paquin, “Revolution,” “Nashville” and “Sleepy Hollow.” She has directed at Studio@620, Suncoast Players, American Stage, St. Petersburg City Theatre and Stageworks. In addition, Angela has taught acting at American Stage and the Patel Conservatory. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, and a director of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

CHRIS JACKSON (Tripp/Male Agent)
Chris was most recently seen as Macheath in THREE PENNY OPERA (Jobsite Theatre). Other regional theatre credits include: the award winning performance as Matt in THE GOOD EGG (Simple Theatre), Dr. Sanderson in HARVEY (freeFall Theatre), Boas Harrison in SWEET STORM (Gorilla Theatre), Jasper in the award winning production THE ALIENS (Stageworks Theatre). Chris is also a published photographer and co-founder of CineView Studios in Seminole, FL.

JOE JOSEPH* (Sameer)
Joe is thrilled to join this cast and crew for his first time in St. Petersburg. Off-Broadway credits include: LOVELESS TEXAS, BAGHDADDY, and THE QUEEN’S DILEMMA. Regional credits include: HAIR, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN, SISTER ACT, and MAKING PORN. TV credits include: A Crime to Remember, and Redrum. Advertisement credits include Disaronno and Newport. Joe is a graduate of the University of Michigan, as well as the University of Detroit Jesuit and a proud actor of Arab descent.

Jordan recently received her Masters in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts playing the titular role of MACBETH. Regional credits include Wendy in LITTLE MAN a Bekah Brunstetter World Premier, Romeo in 50 SHADES OF SHAKESPEARE (Los Angeles New Court Theatre); Lil in MY GAY HUSBAND (Second City Theater); and Angelo in COMEDY OF ERRORS (Street Shakespeare). She received her B.F.A. at New York University. She is a proud aunt to her 3 year old nephew Owen, and is excited to be working with American Stage!

Mari is a Brooklyn based actor who is thrilled to be making her American Stage debut in STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR. Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: HEARTLAND (Geva Theatre Center); ECHOES and WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT (Urbanite Theatre); PENTECOST and SERIOUS MONEY (PTP/NYC, Atlantic Stage 2); W;T and COMMON ENEMY (Triad Stage). Other credits include: THE LITTLE BLACK FISH (Maaa Theater); LAND WITHOUT WORDS (American Premiere, Middlebury College); CYMBELINE (Ovalhouse Theatre, London). Mari received her BA from Middlebury College; British American Drama Academy.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association



Spotlight Series: PROLOGUE

30 minutes prior to every performance

Arrive early and enjoy our interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR ticket holders

Spotlight Series: BEHIND-THE-SCENES

Guest Speaker: TBA
Date: Sunday, May 13 at 1PM

The perfect primer! Take a peek behind the curtain before the opening of STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR with this informative and entertaining presentation about the play, the playwright, and the American Stage artists who bring it all to life. Professor Emerita Dedee Aleccia will provide relevant details about the history and central themes of the play, while members of the artistic team will give an insider’s perspective on their process.

Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members

Spotlight Series: CHATBACK

Thursdays & Sundays, After Select Performances
STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR Thursday, May 31, & Sunday, June 3 & 10, 2018*

*The chatback scheduled for 6/10 has been changed to a
Community Conversation directly following the Matinee Performance.

Stick around immediately following select performances to talk with the cast and other audience members while the experience of the play is fresh! Ask questions about the play, the characters, and the process, plus respond to the story and ideas aroused by the production. Free for ticket holders to the performance.