Here is what's coming up at American Stage Theatre Company, at the Raymond James Theatre,
163 Third St N, downtown St. Petersburg. For more information and ticket reservations go to americanstage.org.
BENEFIT SERIES: S.A.T.P FUNDRAISER (1 NIGHT ONLY)
A WORLD AIDS DAY PRODUCTION OF: AS IS
Written by William Hoffman
Staged by Garry Allan Breul
Starring: Steve Garland, Larry Alexander, Brian Shea, Roxanne Fay, Becca McCoy, Jim Sorensen, Stephen Ray and others.
Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8pm
This year the Suncoast AIDSTheatre Project will present the very first AIDS play ever produced in New York by William Hoffman, AS IS. Winner of the Obie and Drama Desk Awards, this powerful, deeply affecting play was originally presented Off-Broadway by the Circle Repertory Company, then transferred to Broadway where it was nominated for a Tony Award. The play details the bravery and compassion with which two young men face the shattering revelation that one of them is affected with the dreaded, and fatal, disease, HIV/AIDS.
Each year SATP has produced a play to honor World AIDS Day and this year is no exception.AS IS will be performed by some of our area’s most talented Professional actors who donate their time and talents to bring Support and Hope to People who suffer from HIV/AIDS. All money raised will benefit Metro Wellness and Community Center. AIDS programs.
Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness, provide assistance, and perpetuate a life of dignity for those affected and infected by HIV and AIDS.
To learn more about The Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project contact Garry Allan Breul, Artistic Director at (941) 758-6399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets: “Pay-What-You-Can” or $15 advance ticket purchase (Suggested donation $10-$20 at the door.) Performed on our Mainstage, where of course, there will be full cash bar service for all our patrons.
SUNDAY COMEDY SERIES:
Hawk and Wayne’s This is a Comedy Show
A hilarious, totally improvised one act play
Sunday, December 7 @ 6pm
Critically acclaimed comedy improv duo, Gavin Hawk and Ricky Wayne weave together a hilarious, totally improvised one act play based on audience suggestions. Back for their 6thstraight year in residence at American Stage, they have been well received nationally this past year touring comedy festivals like Philadelphia’s DuoFest, Sarasota Improv Festival, Hartford Improv Festival, Detroit Improv Festival and Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas.
PLUS: Opening for Hawk & Wayne this season, you can enjoy improv teams from students in American Stage Education’s Improvisation Training Program as they showcase their fresh, new acts!
Tickets: $10 ticket purchase. Performed in our lobby cabaret, where of course, there will be full cash bar service for all our patrons.
HOLIDAY SERIES: (BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND)
SANTALAND DIARIES by David Sedaris
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year... for Some!
December 22-28 (specific dates and times listed below)
Starring Brian Shea
American Stage Theatre Company continues its Holiday "After Hours" series with David Sedaris'The Santaland Diaries. The holiday season has been called the most wonderful time of the year. Not so says Crumpet, the unemployed, chemically dependent writer who takes a job as a "helper elf" at Macy's Santaland in NYC! His tale of mass marketing, stressed out sales clerks, drunken Santas, screaming kids and the general insanity of the holidays is hilarious and meant for mature audiences only. A favorite of NPR, and award-winning author of such books as "When You Are Engulfed in Flames," Sedaris' cutting, sardonic wit is on full display with this one-man show starring local favorite Brian Shea (Othello & August: Osage County). A must see hit for anyone who views the holiday season a little differently from what the television wants us to believe. "Brian Shea in Santaland Diaries is so far the highlight of my Christmas season. I do not expect anything will surpass it in the days ahead." –Marty Clear, Tampa Bay Times
Dates & Times:
Dec 22, 23, 26, 27 – 8pm
Dec 24, 27, 28 – 3pm
“Pay What You Can” Night Monday, December 22 @ 8pm
Tickets: $19 for general admission. Performed on our Mainstage, where of course, there will be full cash bar service for all our patrons.
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