Our 2012-2013 Season:
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“For our 2012-2013 season we have chosen stories for this moment: inspiration, repair, enlightenment, moving forward, and laughter. Come see the first modern classic and other award-winning plays from all over the world...all on the same stage!" - Todd Olson, Producing Artistic Director for American Stage Theatre Company
HYSTERIA: OR FRAGMENTS OF
by Terry Johnson
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Previews September 12 and 13
Opens Friday, September 14
Closes Sunday, October 21
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 surprise...as unexpectedly resonant as a crazy sonnet" -New York Times
“Johnson has constructed a wondrous comedy of mistaken identity which darkens into a Freudian case history gone horribly awry ... a thoughtful & brilliantly developed farce which knows exactly when the laughter has to stop” -Sunday Telegraph
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.
by Margaret Edson
In conjunction with the St. Petersburg College Theater Program.
Click here to view their program.
Runs only 2 weeks at The Palladium Theater
Previews October 21-25
Opens Friday, October 26
Closes Sunday, November 4
Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
“Her final transformation is among the most beautiful and searing images you will ever see on a stage.” -The Nashville Tennessean
"A brutally human and beautifully layered new play…you feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted."
"A dazzling and humane new play that you will remember till your dying day." -NY Magazine
In her extraordinary first play, Margaret Edson has created a work that is as intellectually challenging as it is emotionally immediate. Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a brilliant and renowned professor of English, a specialist in the metaphysical, life-and-death themes of John Donne's Holy Sonnets, now finds herself the subject of research designed to try to save her life. Her approach to the study of poetry is aggressively probing and intensely rational, but during the course of her illness and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital, Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.
A DOLL’S HOUSE
by Henrik Ibsen
Previews November 14 and 15
Opens Friday, November 16
Closes Sunday, December 23
“Still bracingly relevant, Ibsen's masterpiece, in a striking contemporary translation, offers no safer conclusions today than when it stormed stages of 19th-century Europe.”
It’s Christmas Eve and sweet, cheery Nora Helmer is reveling in her role as wife and mother. Her husband has just been made manager of the local bank, and it looks as though she and her family are finally on the brink of unadulterated financial freedom…until a knock at the door threatens to destroy her doll house of a world forever. Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece speaks just as powerfully today as it did nearly 150 years ago, questioning how we define ourselves as individuals and as a society in the face of the challenging realities of life.
THE PIANO LESSON
by August Wilson
Previews January 16 and 17
Opens Friday, January 18
Closes Sunday, March 3
1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Drama Desk Award for
“Outstanding New Play”
New York Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best Play”
“August Wilson’s body of work has found a home in America's theaters and in America's heart, stirring us with passion and challenging us to recognize the truths about ourselves.” -The Heinz Award
"A lovely tragi-comedy.... Haunting as well as haunted." -New York Newsday
"Wonderful.... A play of magnificent confrontations." -New York Post
It is 1936 and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister and it sits in her living room. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered with incredible carvings detailing the family's rise from slavery. The issue of whether or not to sell it cuts deeply and raises questions about honoring the past or moving into the future.
Mature subject matter and language.
WHEN THE WORLD WAS GREEN
(A CHEF’S FABLE)
by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin
Previews March 20 and 21
Opens Friday, March 22
Closes Sunday, April 21
"Shepard has many imitators, but no one to match his cunning psychological expressionism and comedic ruthlessness."
"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 AMISH PROJECT
by Jessica Dickey
Previews April 10 & 11
Opens Friday, April 12
Closes Sunday, May 12
“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..." -nytheatre.com
October 2, 2006 was a day that shocked the world when an Amish community in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania displayed unprecedented forgiveness and compassion. The sensation at the New York International Fringe Festival, The Amish Project is an unforgettable tour-de-force about the mystical world of the Amish and the ultimate limits of forgiveness.
American Stage in the Park
25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn
Previews April 24 and 25
Gala is Friday, April 26
Closes Sunday, May 26
“You’ll have the time of your life!”
-Wall Street Journal
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
7 HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND
by Madeleine George
Previews May 29 and 30
Opens Friday, May 31
Closes Sunday, June 30
“A work of insight and originality for modern audiences…Succeeds on many levels. Madeleine George has written a sophisticated, often hysterical and ultimately moving play.” -triCityNews, New Jersey
“A smart, clever and highly promising new play…lively and literate.” -NY Times
“A quirky comedy about the evolution of relationships…a thoughtful study in love and extinction in a northeastern college town.” -Variety
“Madeleine George is on the cusp of joining the front rank of truly talented young American women playwrights.’ -talkinbroadway
Madeleine George’s new play is a deliciously smart and funny “academic sex comedy” about life in a small university town. Dean Wreen’s college is in dire financial straits, and a plan to close its on-campus natural history museum is sending unexpected shock waves in every direction—just as the Dean’s ex-girlfriend has come back into her life. This definitely complicates things with her much younger girlfriend, Andromeda. Neither budget cuts nor the shadows cast by seven about-to-be-homeless mammoths are any match for the sweet taste of romance in this hilarious and deeply moving play. Rated M for mature content and language, this production features simulated sex between prehistoric college students and contemporary lesbians. No mammoths were harmed in the making of this play.
Mature subject matter and language. Brief nudity.
MY NAME IS ASHER LEV
by Aaron Posner
Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
Previews July 17 and 18
Opens Friday, July 19
Closes Sunday, August 25
"A profound declaration of the power of storytelling on a stage."
"Thought-provoking, humorous and deeply insightful." -Talkin' Broadway
MY NAME IS ASHER LEV follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist.
by Yasmina Reza
Previews August 7 and 8
Opens Friday, August 9
Closes Sunday, September 8
Winner of the Tony Award for “Best Play”
Winner of the Olivier Award for “Best Comedy”
“ART belongs to a tradition that once flourished on Broadway but is seldom represented there these days: the sleek, pleasant comedy of manners with an intellectual veneer that allows audiences to relax at the theater.” -NY Times
“An actor’s dream: a nonstop cross-fire of crackling language, serious issues of life and art expressed in outbursts that sound like Don Rickles with a degree from the Sorbonne…ART sounds like a marriage of Molière and Woody Allen.” -Newsweek
"Anyone looking for a play that is funny, sophisticated, stylish, stimulating and moving should go to ART." -London Independent
"A classic comedy, period." -London Times
How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc's best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. This intelligent and witty Tony Award-winning play by Yasmina Reza asks the question, “What does our taste in art say about who we are as individuals?” When Serge, a novice art collector, asks his two friends to view his newly acquired work of art, this “priceless” piece tests their fifteen-year friendship and causes them to validate their self-worth.
Mature subject matter and language.