November in the Carrollwood Players Black Box

By: Oct. 27, 2016
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Carrollwood Players Theatre will present staged readings of two iconic American plays in November, starting with the gritty drama, AMERICAN BUFFALO, on Friday and Saturday, November 4th and 5th at 8 pm, and Sunday, November 6th at 3 pm, followed by the beloved classic, LOVE LETTERS, on Sunday, November 13th at 7 pm. The performances will take place in the recently renovated CWP Black Box Theatre at Carrollwood Players, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL, 33618.

AMERICAN BUFFALO, by David Mamet, is set in a run-down junk shop, where three men of great ambition and low morals plan a heist of a customer's valuable coin collection. When the con goes awry, it's every man for himself. This fast paced drama is all aggression and testosterone, with characters wielding words and profanities like weapons to intimidate, cajole and manipulate each other. The results are hilarious, powerful and ultimately tragic in a play that's recognized as a modern masterpiece. The reading is directed by Stephan Bielawski and features local actors Sam Burke, Thomas Pahl, and Constantine Kyriakou.

In LOVE LETTERS, by A.R. Gurney, Tampa Bay theatre veterans Joshua and Petra Sussman portray childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with thankyou notes and postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the college years. While he is off at war, she marries, but her attachment to him remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he also marries. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, she drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

Presented "CWP style," both staged readings feature action on stage, sets, lights, sound, costumes and props. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased in advance at or at the door if available. For more information, visit