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A lyrical play about one girl's unique journey...and food

by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin
Previews March 20 and 21
Opens Friday, March 22
Closes Sunday, April 21

April 21 @ 8pm

Wed. Matinee: April 3 @ 3pm

Twilight Shows:
April 13 and 21 @ 5pm

Mainstage Lecture Series: 
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Guest Speaker:
Greg Bierce, Scenic Designer

Remaining Dates:

April 19 @ 8pm
April 20 @ 3pm
April 21 @ 5pm & "PAY WHAT YOU CAN" @ 8pm


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Read the Previews - Click Below:

Tampa Bay Times Preview by John Fleming
Sarasota Herald-Tribune Preview by Cali Credit
Tampa Tribune Preview by Kathy L. Greenberg

Read the Reviews - Click Below:

“Mysterious…haunting…interesting…always thought-provoking…plenty of questions to keep a theatergoer's mind buzzing for a quite a while…be prepared to ponder love and loss; redemption and rejuvenation; and most of all, perception…[Amanda] Collins plays the wounded bird so well that she is the one who evokes our sympathies…revelatory in her emotion-spanning performance…Shepard's lyricism is intoxicating. It's easy, even gratifying, to get sucked into his up-is-down and down-is-up world where nothing is tied up with a pretty bow. It's a challenging choice for American Stage, but one that should be applauded and supported.” – Janet K. Keeler, Tampa Bay Times

“American Stage — showing admirable courage — is presenting Shepard and Joseph Chaikin’s play When the World Was Green (A Chef’s Fable), and the experience is tantalizing, troubling and sublime… Not just entertainment; Art of a rare kind. Unforgettable… Evocative, impressionistic poetry with mythic overtones… Deftly acted by Michael Edwards and Amanda Collins… artistic director Todd Olson directs the play with a stylized minimalism that both alienates and intrigues… Chooses hope over despair, love over violence. Which is another reason to see it… You’ll find a real reward at the end. That’s precisely what I found, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.” –Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing

“For a fine, theatrical experience, go no further than American Stage. You will be glad you did!...What a rare and inviting opportunity it is, to see a production of a Sam Shepard play in the Tampa Bay area….Kudos to Artistic Director, Todd Olson for his unique and thought-provoking programming…[he has] staged the poetic dialogue with a masterful hand [and] has once again, created a work of ART…Mr. Edwards brings years of experience, as a veteran of the stage, in a superb, honest, and convincing portrayal of The Old Man. His unassuming demeanor, gently triggered, both laughter and tears. The Interviewer, played by Amanda Collins, gives a tender, yet commanding performance…Bravo!” - Jimmy Ferraro,

"Shepard has many imitators, but no one to match his cunning psychological expressionism and comedic ruthlessness."
-Village Voice

"Shepard's work is a kind of verbal and visual jazz, which surprises you with its penetrating leaps of association and its startling voices."
-The New Yorker

A hauntingly lyrical memory play about an old man - once a superb chef - and the young reporter who comes to interview him in the prison…where he has been locked up for a mysterious act. WHEN THE WORLD WAS GREEN is steeped in the elliptical, poetic style for which Shepard is justly celebrated. Though it is sketched in a world of sensual delight, of great journeys to distant lands, and exotic food "piled as high as a mountain, glistening in the sun”, the beauty of Shepard's landscape is only skin-deep. Under the surface lies a family vendetta that has lasted for seven generations. A tender story of regret and loss through which these two unique characters transcend their memories and reach mutual forgiveness and love.

The Old Man................ Michael Edwards*
The Interviewer................Amanda Collins*

Click here to watch Michael Edwards and Amanda Collins discuss the play and the power of Sam Shepard's writing on Studio 10!

Mainstage Series produced by: Raymond James
Sponsor: Bayou Catering
Co-Sponsor: Allan H. Loyd
Concession Craft Beer Sponsor: The Ale & the Witch
Education Partner: Bank of America
Radio Sponsor: WUSF
Media Sponsor: WEDU

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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