Each year American Stage offers a number of special performances aimed directly at student audiences through our Student Matinee program. The purpose of the program is to expose young people to live theatre, often for the first time, and to foster a love for the dramatic arts. We select plays in our season that support what local educators are teaching in their classrooms.
Each Student Matinee performance includes:
Student matinee performances take place on select Tuesdays and begin at either 10:00am or 10:30am depending on the running time of the show.
Tickets are $10 for students and teachers/chaperones receive 1 free ticket per 10 student tickets purchased. Additional chaperone tickets are $15 each.
To make a reservation, please call the Education department at 727-823-1600 x 201 or email email@example.com.
Our 2015-2016 season includes the following student matinees:
Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for "Outstanding Off-Broadway Play"
"…thoughtful, affecting…The play offers poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one's dress—and of course, skin—determined whom one could and could not marry, sleep with, even talk to in public." — Variety
New York, 1905: Esther, a proud and shy African-American seamstress creates exquisite lingerie for both Fifth Avenue boudoirs and tenderloin bordellos. Yearning for a different life, Esther embarks on a journey to find love, discovering unexpected friendships that defy race, class and religion along the way. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lynn Nottage, weaves a beautiful tale of vulnerability and strength, as Esther struggles between the path society has chosen or staying true to herself.
THE 39 STEPS
February 2, & February 9, 2016
Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award for "Best New Play"
"Comic, soulful and immensely moving." - Time Out
Set against a backdrop of urban renewal in 1977 Pittsburgh, Jitney tells the story of a makeshift, unlicensed taxi dispatch business that has served the African-American community for years. Becker, the jitney station owner, navigates emotional conflicts as he prepares for his son to return home after serving a 20 year prison term for murder. Tensions erupt and unfulfilled desires are expressed inside the jitney station as Becker and the others struggle to find hope and connection despite the failures and disappointments of the past.
Jitney is the first play August Wilson wrote in his renowned "Pittsburgh Cycle" which chronicles the African American experience, decade by decade, during the 20th Century. Jitney is the seventh work in the ten play "cycle". Contains adult language and themes.
Recommended for 9th-12th grade students.
April 5, 2016
Winner of the 2012 Obie Award for "Best New Play"
"A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama. . . A heartening reminder that a keen focus on life's small moments can pay off in a big way onstage." - The New York Times
Called "The best play of 2012" by TIME magazine, this funny and heartwarming drama looks at how two outsiders find their way in the world today. After suffering a major loss, 21 year-old Leo arrives unannounced at his 91 year-old Grandmother Vera’s West Village apartment in the middle of the night, seeking a place to rest after his cross-country bicycle journey. Over a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. This Pulitzer Prize finalist is a stirring reminder of what separates generations and what has the power to bring them together. Contains adult language and themes.
Recommended for 11th-12th grade students.
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