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by Jessica Dickey
starring Katherine Michelle Tanner

the amish project
Previews April 10 & 11
Opens Friday, April 12
Closes Sunday, May 12

Special Performances:

“Pay What You Can” Night Sunday 4/14 @ 8pm

Wednesday Matinee
4/17 @ 3pm

Twilight Shows
4/14 & 4/20 @ 5pm

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Read the Previews - Click Below:

Sarasota Herald-Tribune preview by Jay Handelman
Tampa Bay Times preview by John Fleming
The Tampa Tribune preview by Kathy L. Greenberg

Read the Reviews - Click Below:

“THE AMISH PROJECT is Powerful Theater…exactly the sort of play the theater should be doing in our troubled times… Uncanny…a theatrical jewel…Katherine Michelle Tanner gives an awesome performance [in this] powerful, upsetting but ultimately thoughtful production at American Stage...Tanner's fluency in going from one character to the next is breathtaking [on] Greg Bierce's inspired set design.” -John Fleming, Tampa Bay Times

“Thrilling…the play triumphs in the face of a tragic school massacre…Katherine Michelle Tanner [is] luminous…With Tanner as our guide, all sorts of improbabilities become possible.” –Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing

“We, in the Bay area, are so very fortunate to have such a stimulating, ambitious, and innovative, First Class, Professional Regional Theatre, as the American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg. Other cities could only hope to have as diverse a venue, with extraordinary programming and production values, as "our" little gem. "Bravo!", to Artistic Director Todd Olson…Mr. Bierce's brilliant use of 10 doors with clear lucite panels, is used as chalk boards, allowing the audience to see through them…Katherine Michelle Tanner's performance is simply, captivating. She transforms magically into each character, without a moment of hesitation. This is true artistry, of a multi-talented, stage veteran. Miss. Tanner gives a riveting, unforgettable performance, unlike any I have seen in years. "The Amish Project", is a showcase for the masterful skills of director Todd Olson. Mr Olson's vision, insight, and obvious passion for this piece, makes it spellbinding! ~ BRAVO! Congratulations! This is a 5 star production. Do Not Miss It! YOU won't forgive yourself!” -Jimmy Ferraro,

“Inspiring…powerful…thought-provoking and moving…a highly engaging play performed with great detail, sweetness and humanity by Tanner, and directed by Todd Olson…Tanner disappears into each character…filling you with a sense of hope that life could eventually get better.” -Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

What the Patrons are saying:

"Just back home from seeing The Amish Project -- amazing,powerful and moving. Ms. Tanner was spectacular. this should not be missed by anyone within 100 miles or more.” -Patron and new first year subscriber

"Amazing play."

"This play was so amazing! I love the way the stage was used! Ms. Tanner transitioned seamlessly between all the characters."

"What a remarkable actress-so well done-so poignant."

"Katherine and Todd put on a genius performance. One of the best ever at American Stage."

“Leaves you breathless. It happens very rarely. But there are times when you leave a theater fervently hoping no one will try to engage you in small talk and break the spell that has just been so magically cast. This certainly was the case as I left The Amish Project” -Chicago Sun-Times

“Unique, uplifting, and unforgettable. YOU should see it!" -Chicago Theater Beat

"Extraordinary....compelling…the play is also a remarkable piece of writing."
-New York Times

"The Amish Project is thought-provoking, compelling theatre..."

October 2, 2006 was a day that shocked the world when an Amish community in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania displayed unprecedented forgiveness and compassion. The Amish Project, a sensation at the New York International Fringe Festival, is an unforgettable tour-de-force about the mystical world of the Amish and the ultimate limits of forgiveness.

Click here to watch Katherine Michelle Tanner and Todd Olson discuss THE AMISH PROJECT, the healing nature of forgiveness, and the logistics of playing 7 different characters on Studio 10!


(For full bios of the guest speakers please click here)

We have put together 5 talkbacks and 1 community forum on issues related to THE AMISH PROJECT including, but not limited to, violence, mental health and the Amish culture. Talk backs will begin immediately following the play on the following dates:

Friday, April 12
Opening night; performance at 8pm, talkback to immediately follow performance
PAUL RUNYON (Moderator) - Executive Director, Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas, Inc.
PAMELA HAIGH - Clerk of ProNica
HERB HAIGH - ProNica Board Member

Tuesday, April 16
Performance at 8pm, talkback to immediately follow performance
LINDA A. OSMUNDSON (Moderator) - Executive Director, CASA
STACIE BLAKE - Executive Director, Community Tampa Bay

Wednesday, April 24
Performance at 8pm, talkback to immediately follow performance
KILEY TOLLBERG (Moderator) - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
EDIE DALY AVP - Facilitator at Coleman Prison

Wednesday, May 1
Performance at 8pm, talkback to immediately follow performance
KILEY TOLLBERG (Moderator) - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
TODD OLSON - Director/Sound Designer, THE AMISH PROJECT

Wednesday, May 8
Performance at 8pm, talkback to immediately follow performance
ELIZABETH GELMAN - Executive Director, Florida Holocaust Museum


Sunday, May 5
Performance at 3pm, talkback to immediately follow performance (approximately 4:15). The Community Forum is open to the public. Donations will be collected to support our Community Partner, CASA, and their work to prevent violence.
SERGEANT STEVEN FIELDS - Pinellas County Schools Police Department
BETH LEWIS - Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Florida Board Certified Clinical Supervisor
KELLY MCBRIDE - Poynter Institute - Senior Faculty, Ethics, Reporting and Writing
LINDA A. OSMUNDSON - Executive Director, CASA

Mainstage Series produced by: Raymond James
Sponsor: Bayou Catering
Co-Sponsor: Allen H. Loyd
Concession Craft Beer Sponsor: The Ale & the Witch
Education Partner: Bank of America
Radio Sponsor: WUSF
Media Sponsor: WEDU
Community Partner: CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse)

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.

We want to fill our house!
In the event that you are unable to use your tickets, please call our box office 24 hours in advance of scheduled performance. You can exchange your tickets for another performance of the same production. Thank you in advance for your communication so that we can allow as many people as possible to enjoy the show.

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

For tickets, please call the American Stage Box Office at (727) 823-PLAY (7529) or

Services and Facilities
Physical Accessibility: The theatre features
accessible parking, entrances, restrooms, and seating.
Benefits of a Valid Disabled Parking Permit: Displaying your valid disabled parking permit will allow you to park at City metered spaces for FREE, for as long as your event requires, including those posted with time limit signs (green signs).

Please note: this does not apply to loading zones
or otherwise restricted parking signage (red signs).

Listening System:
Theatregoers may enjoy the
free infrared listening system from any seat.

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