After more than 18 months the curtain is finally ready to rise again at American Stage. The first show back in the Raymond James Theatre is the, highly anticipated, world premiere of “The People Downstairs.” Here’s three things to know about the production.
1. THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS is a world premiere by local playwright Natalie Symons, who developed the play at American Stage.
Not only is American Stage bringing an original play to audiences but it’s written by a St. Pete playwright. Natalie Symons has been a long time favorite of local audiences. Her past plays have been staged by other Tampa Bay area theatres like Urbanite, Florida Studio Theatre and freeFall. In 2018 Symons was named American Stage’s Playwright-in-Residence.
2. The play was selected from 2019’s 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival to be a part of the 19-20 American Dreamscape season.
Audiences got a glimpse at “The People Downstairs” almost three years ago when it was performed as a staged reading at the “21st Century Voices: New Play Festival.” This was the first time Symons got to hear an audience react to her words and from there began to craft the final script.
“There is something particularly special about collaborating with a writer and a creative team on a brand new play,” said Natalie Symons. “The playwright entrusts a team of artists with her work.”
3. Audiences will connect with the funny, charming, hopeful journey of unlikely people finding each other.
“The People Downstairs” is a comedy. You’ll laugh but it’s also going to explore society’s standards about how people connect with one another. Director Chris Crawford feels last time they crafted a special show, but the extra time has actually been a blessing.
“The gift of being able to approach this story with fresh eyes, new experiences, and changed hearts,” said Crawford. “We can truly bring more honesty, insight, and creativity to this piece having experienced what we have all collectively experienced over the last year and a half.”
Info about THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS
- Wednesday Preview, September 15, “Pay What You Can” at the door or $20 in advance
- Thursday Preview, September 16, $30
- Wednesday and Thursday Evenings & Saturday and Sunday Matinees, $44
- Friday/Saturday Evenings, $50/54
- Opening Night, September 17, $70*
- * “The People Downstairs” Opening Night will include a pre-show mingle starting at 7 p.m. along with two complimentary drink tickets for each Opening Night ticket buyer.