IN THE HEIGHTS, RED & More Set for American Stage's 2014-15 Season
American Stage Theatre Company announces its 2014-2015 season for its six Mainstage productions, their 30th Anniversary with American Stage in the Park and a bonus production that will be a world premiere. American Stage offers an unforgettable theatrical journey with one world premiere, four area premieres, two Tony Award-winning plays, two musicals, our 8th installment of an August Wilson's Century Cycle, a Neil Simon classic and even a farce by Lewis Black. Our 2014-2015 season will be a season above the rest!
Our Artistic Director, Todd Olson said this about our upcoming season and how we arrived to our selection of such a rich and diverse season, "This year I was interested in stories that provided social bridges to experiences and inside stories far from our own."
The season opens with THE CHOSEN, written by the creators of last year's hit MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, and is followed by NUREYEV'S EYES (bonus production), a world premiere produced in conjunction with Rudolf Nureyev by James Wyeth: Images of the Dancer from the Brandywine River Museum at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. During the holidays we will present Neil Simon's LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR. We then kick-off the new year with our 8th installment in August Wilson's Century Cycle, RADIO GOLF, followed by the hilarious musical comedy GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! starring Matthew McGee and Chris Crawford. In celebration of our 30th Anniversary with American Stage in the Park, we bring outdoors the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical (and Pulitzer finalist) IN THE HEIGHTS. Summer of 2015 will see the play that won the Tony for "Best Play", RED, and the regional premiere of comedian Lewis Black's farce ONE SLIGHT HITCH.
In conjunction with our 2014-2015 announcement, American Stage will be offering 20% off on 2014-2015 Mainstage Subscription packages (excluding FLEXpasses) for their 6 & 5 play packages now through April 13, 2014. We also offer our FLEXpass which is 6 flexible tickets that patrons can use whenever or however they want. Plus, as a loyal subscriber, they get to enjoy the following benefits; huge savings over single tickets, best seats guaranteed, discounts on additional single tickets, unlimited free tickets exchange, lost ticket insurance, our free e-newsletters and a subscriber rewards program card where they will be able to enjoy discounts with our restaurant and hotel partners.
FOLLOWING IS THE DETAILED LIST OF
AMERICAN STAGE 2014-2015 SEASON PRODUCTIONS
It is 1944 set in Brooklyn, and two Jewish boys grow up five blocks and a world apart. A standing-room-only hit wherever it has played, this award-winning adaptation (from the award-winning novel) is by the same creators of last year's hit MY NAME IS ASHER LEV. The play begins when Reuven and Danny play a heated game of baseball between rival yeshivas...until one is badly hurt. As their unique friendship grows, they learn important lessons about their fathers, their community, and themselves.
World Premiere- LIMITED 2 WEEK RUN
By David Rush
Previews October 15 & 16
October 17-26, 2014
Produced in conjunction with Rudolf Nureyev by James Wyeth: Images of the Dancer from the Brandywine River Museum at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.
An inside story about two masters - an American painter and a Russian ballet dancer - and how they created a now famous set of paintings. During the 70's the American painter Jamie Wyeth (son of Andrew) did a series of studies and paintings of Rudolf Nureyev, the legendary ballet dancer who defected from Russia and revitalized western ballet. Written with the express permission and support of Jamie Wyeth, this brand new play by David Rush imagines what their electric encounters may have been like, what secrets were revealed about the world of painting and international dance, and how their relationship evolved...changing each of them.
LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR
By Neil Simon
Previews November 19 & 20
November 21 - December 14, 2014
Get an inside look at the writers room with Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, and other legends of early TV! Inspired by Neil Simon's youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman.
Tampa Bay Area Premiere
The 8th Installment in our Century Cycle
By August Wilson
Previews January 21 & 22
January 23 - February 22, 2015
Nominated for 2007 Tony for "Best Play"
N.Y. Drama Critics Circle Award for "Best American Play"
Harmond Wilks is a real estate developer poised to become Pittsburgh's first African-American Mayor. He is also on the verge of clinching a lucrative land deal: if the government declares the Hill District as "blighted" - including Aunt Esther's house on 1839 Wylie - a lot of federal money will be made available to Harmond and his partners. But as he steps into political prominence, his plans collide with his past, and August Wilson's 10th play shows how, in the rush to progress, the past is never too far behind.
In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers' audition for their new project - a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract - fulfilling their ill-advised dreams.
Tampa Bay Area Premiere
30th Anniversary -- American Stage in the Park
IN THE HEIGHTS
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Pulitzer-winner Quiara Alegía Hudes
Previews April 22 & 23
April 24 - May 17, 2015 (Gala Under the Stars is April 24)
2008 Tony Award for "Best Musical"
Grammy for "Best Broadway Show Album"
2009 Pulitzer finalist
IN THE HEIGHTS is Broadway's Tony Award-winning "Best Musical" about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. This exhilarating musical tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood - a place where the coffee from the corner coffee shop is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. With a gripping story and incredible music and dance, IN THE HEIGHTS is a groundbreaking 21st century musical and the next chapter in the classic American story.
By John Logan
Previews May 27 & 28
May 29 - June 21
Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for "Best Play"
Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York's famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant in his studio on the Bowery. But when the student gains the confidence to challenge the master, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is the inside story of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
ONE SLIGHT HITCH
By Lewis Black
Previews July 8 & 9
July 10 - August 2
It's Courtney's wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect.