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October 03 - October 09
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    The People Downstairs

    2:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Raymond James Theatre
    163 3rd St N, Saint Petersburg, FL, United States

    The People Downstairs 

    An Endearing Comedy About Love, Loss & Healing

    September 15 – October 3, 2021


    A World Premiere three years in the making.

    After an extended pause from the COVID-19 pandemic, THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS by St Pete playwright Natalie Symons, who developed this play at American Stage, finally gets its world premiere.

    21st Century Voices: New Play Festival – Mainstage Selection

    In Buffalo, NY, aging funeral home custodian Miles lives with his middle-aged daughter Mabel, who spends her days writing letters to prison inmates. When a court-appointed guardian threatens to take away their home, Miles sets out to set Mabel up with Todd, an inept mortician. It is a father’s fierce determination not to accept his daughter’s fate that ignites an endearing human comedy about love, loss, loneliness and the healing power of laughter.

    “We are over the moon to be bringing back this tremendous show and giving it the true World Premiere that it deserves,” said Associate Artistic Director Kristin Clippard. “The set of THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS has stood like a ghost in our theater for 16 months, and the lights will finally shine on this delightful story. It’s the perfect comedy, centering on an isolated father and daughter, to warm your heart and make you laugh out loud – With other people!”

    Run Time: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission

    Age Recommendation: 12+.  


    • Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 7pm
    • Friday & Saturday Evenings @ 8pm
    • Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2pm
    • 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


    American Stage Theatre Company

    163 3rd ST N, ST PETERSBURG, FL 33701

    American Stage Box Office Phone: 727.823.7529

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    Video Link: COMING IN AUGUST

    After the Show

    Spotlight Series: CHATBACKS | Sunday Matinee, Sept. 19 – Friday, Sept. 24 – Thursday, Sept. 30

    Stick around immediately following select performances to chat with artists and other audience

    members about the play, the characters and the ideas aroused by the production.

    Free for THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS ticket holders.

    ASFWD: The Next Generation

    UNDER 30 PASS (Under 30 years of age): Our monthly subscription, offering ‘unlimited theatre’ to young people under the age of 30 for only $15 per month.

    UNDER 20 PASSPORT (Under 20 years of age – suggested ages 12-19): FREE tickets to American Stage’s mainstage season.


    Physical Accessibility: The theatre features accessible parking, entrances, restrooms and seating. Displaying a valid disabled parking permit will allow you to park at City-metered spaces for FREE, including those posted with time limit signs (green signs). This does not apply to loading zones or otherwise restricted parking signage (red signs). 

    Large Print Program: Theatergoers may peruse large print programs for each Mainstage production. Request from House Manager on duty. A digital version will be available at

    Listening System: Theatergoers may enjoy the free assistive listening system from any seat.  Request from box office, concessions or house manager.

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    Return of the Laughs

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Raymond James Theatre
    163 3rd St N, Saint Petersburg, FL, United States

    RETURN OF THE LAUGHS: Improv Strikes Back!

    with American Stage Improv
    October 8, 2021

    Are you sitting down for this great news? RETURN OF THE LAUGHS is an evening of performances celebrating everything that makes us giddy with excitement, chortle with glee, and guffaw with joy. There’s something for everyone as we celebrate the return of improv programming and look forward to live improv performances later this fall!

    Act 1: Swipe Right & Tiger Love Survivor Island
    Witty shenanigans and classic improv comedy games! Plus, gawk at the drama and tension of your favorite reality docs and trashy tv shows.  

    Cast: Ricky Wayne, Kathleen Taylor, Cat Lim, Brian Schuett, Kari Velguth, Patrick A Jackson, Jenna Felder, Donovan Whitney, and Travis Tyler and Billy Bryant as Musical Director.

    Act 2: ASI Longform Allstars and Definitely Not Murderers
    Odd characters and wild worlds with some of your favorite long-form improvisors and then fully improvised musical inspired by the audience with ASI musical improv team.

    Cast: Gavin Hawk, Kathleen Taylor, Cat Lim, Phil Hill, Paulo Karukin, Gavin Stark, Colleen Cherry, Patrick A Jackson, Marissa Nicole Koch, Christian Torres, Tiffany Ford, John Perez and Billy Bryant as Musical Director.

    ASI Alumni Jam

    Immediately after the show, join us as we laugh & celebrate together: ASI students, performers, alumni, and instructors.

    Sign ups for the jam are first come, first served on the night of the performance.

    Health & Safety Basics for ROTL shows:
    Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Audience member will be required to wear masks at all times regardless of vaccination status. Temperature checks will be implemented at the door.

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