Piazza

The Light in the Piazza

freeFall Theatre
St Petersburg, FL

book by Craig Lucas music and lyrics by Adam Guettel

This lush, deeply romantic contemporary musical follows Margaret and her daughter Clara on their visit to Florence in the summer of 1953. A chance meeting between Clara and a handsome young Florentine sets both of their hearts ablaze. As Margaret attempts to shield her daughter from the outside world we become aware that all is not as it seems, and we are left to ponder the nature of love, desire, regret, and ultimately the beauty of life.

Adam Guettel’s passionate score and Craig Lucas’s honest and atmospheric script bathe the action in the lemon-scented summer of a Tuscan yesteryear. This heart-breaking, funny, and satisfying masterwork will bewitch freeFall audiences in our intimate production.

presented by: Ellen Cotton & Kate Tiedemann sponsored by: Russell Buchan and Diane Bailey Morton & Sarah McClanathan

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60th Street Project

freeFall Theatre
St Petersburg, FL

$150 Modeled after the amazing success of the 52nd Street Project in New York, this week-long recurring program pairs professional actors with young theatre artists in a unique one-on-one playmaking experience. Through a series of exercises, interviews, and writing activities, each student and their mentor will not only create an original short play, but also star in it together, culminating in a showcase of original work at week’s end. Each session of the 60th Street Project promises to be a unique one, with new actors, new themes, and of course, new ideas. Returning students will be able to continue their work on previous plays or develop new ones. Attendance for all 5 days of your session is mandatory for enrollment and space is limited so reserve a spot early!

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SCOTT & PATTI: ON BROADWAY

freeFall Theatre
St Petersburg, FL

Tampa Bay’s favorite cabaret act (Creative Loafing, Watermark Magazine) returns to freeFall with an all-new salute to Broadway! The Bay Area’s most beloved (and only!) mother/son nightclub act will be joined by a live trio playing Broadway hits from yesterday and today. This summer, get a taste of Broadway way, way, WAY Off Broadway. New songs! New costumes!! Live Band!!!

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Membership

freeFall Theatre
St Petersburg, FL

Why become a member at freeFall Theatre?

Much like public television or radio, non-profit professional theatre exists only through the generous support of patrons like you. While you regularly see our theatre full when you attend, even sold-out houses can only cover about the half of what it costs to keep the theatre open.

If you value our award-winning theatre, helping to sustain it is the single most important reason to become a member with your tax-deductible gift. But membership does come with fun perks too:

Friend – $100 – All box office fees waived, including exchanges; access to members-only seating; recognition in show programs; discounts at area restaurants and other businesses

Bronze – $250 – all of the above, plus: 10% discount on single tickets; recognition in souvenir yearbook and video signage; autographed poster from the production of your choice

Silver – $750 – all of the above, plus: invitation to annual season announcement party; complimentary beverages at the theatre bar

Gold – $1250 – all of the above, plus: invite up to four guests to accompany you to a freeFall performance; complimentary copy of the season yearbook

Platinum – $2500 – all of the above, plus: invite up to four guests to accompany you to an additional freeFall performance; personalized backstage tour for you and your guests

Diamond – $5000 – all of the above, plus: invitation to exclusive dinner inspired by the coming season hosted by Artistic Director Eric Davis and served on the set of the opening production; recognition in permanent installation on freeFall campus (construction pending)

Director’s Circle – $10,000 – all of the above, plus: host a private event at the theatre with rental fees waived and planning assistance from freeFall staff; allow us to customize your benefits to suit your specific interests

Pirates

The Pirates of Penzance

freeFall Theatre
St Petersburg, FL

music by Arthur Sullivan libretto by W.S. Gilbert

Penzance: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Pirateship Tarantula.

When Frederic believes his indenture to the Pirate King is coming to an end, he stumbles upon the lovely daughters of a Major General, and falls in love-at-first-sight with winsome Mabel. But when his former cohorts, the Pirates of Penzance, arrive they capture this bevy of bathing beauties in order to marry them. Will the ladies’ virtue be spared? Will Frederic ever actually reach his twenty-first birthday? Will the Major General ever get another night’s sleep? Of course the topsy-turvy all ends up right in this beloved classic.

In the vein of freeFall’s wildly popular production of THE MIKADO, this irreverent re-imagining of the G&S masterpiece will whisk you away to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

sponsored by: Russell Buchan

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2015/2016 freePass Flexible Subscription

freeFall Theatre
St Petersburg, FL

The freePass is a punch card type flexible subscription. It is a bundle of 5 admissions to any of the shows in the 15/16 season, and can be used however the patron chooses. Bring 5 people to one show? Yes. Bring 2 people to one show and 3 to another? Yes. See 5 shows in the season on your own? Yes.

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$50 Gift Certificate

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St Petersburg, FL
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2016/17 6-Show Season Subscription Package

freeFall Theatre
St Petersburg, FL

This ticketing option gives you one seat to each of the six shows in our 2016-17 season at a savings of up to 20%. Members and season subscribers will have the first opportunity to reserve their seats before individual tickets go on sale in July!

2016/17: Inspired by a True Story

Assassins
October 8 – November 6, 2016
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman
Perhaps the most controversial piece of musical theatre ever written, Assassins is a fantasia on the darker recesses of the “American Dream.” In moments both true and imagined, this riveting musical looks at the four successful and five would-be assassins of presidents of the United States. It is an evening of provocative, intelligent and surprising theatre that turns on a dime between shocking pathos and biting humor.

Peter and the Starcatcher in rep with Peter Pan
December 10, 2016 – January 29, 2017
In what can only be described as an epic theatrical event, freeFall’s record-breaking production of Peter and the Starcatcher (by Rick Elice, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson; music by Wayne Barker) returns, playing in repertory with J.M. Barrie’s classic original, Peter Pan. See them in either order during their extended engagement, or on Saturdays see both plays—one at 2pm and the other at 8pm!

Red Velvet
February 25 – March 26, 2017
by Lolita Chakrabarti
Among the pantheon of legendary Victorian actors, you may have heard of Irving or Kean or Tree, but changes are you’ve never heard of Ira Aldridge, the American actor of African descent who became the first black actor to play the title role in Othello on the London Stage. In 1833, Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public is rioting in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics, and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre? This award-winning new play is an important work which paints a vivid picture of an early chapter in the ongoing struggle to bring diversity to the stage.

End of the Rainbow
April 29 – May 28, 2017
by Peter Quilter
A play with the music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, End of the Rainbow triumphed in London’s West End in 2010/11 and on Broadway in 2012. It’s Christmas 1968, and Judy Garland is booked for six weeks of “comeback concerts” at London’s Talk of the Town. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts, and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But stormy skies are on the horizon as old patterns resurface, and the drama backstage chips away at the onstage brilliance of one of the greatest singers of all time. Shifting between moments of onstage triumph and backstage tribulation, this speculation on a pivotal chapter in the life of a legend is at once wildly entertaining, irreverently funny, and deeply moving.

Marie Antoinette
July 15 – August 13, 2017
by David Adjmi
This pulsating contemporary look at one of history’s most enigmatic pariahs puts Marie Antoinette under the microscope of our own society’s obsession with celebrity. While Marie distracts herself with fanciful and decadent diversions in Versailles, the “have-nots” grow increasingly intolerant of the excesses of the “haves.” David Adjmi’s driving script lets loose a barrage of energy, wit, pageantry, and humor as the players are catapulted toward the title character’s inevitable end. Perhaps we too raise our celebrities to great heights in order to watch them fall.

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2016/17 5-Show Season Subscription Package

freeFall Theatre
St Petersburg, FL

This ticketing option gives you one ticket to five shows in our 2016-17 season (excluding Peter and the Starcatcher) at a savings of up to 20%. Members and season subscribers will have the first opportunity to reserve their seats before individual tickets go on sale in July!

2016/17: Inspired by a True Story

Assassins
October 8 – November 6, 2016
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman
Perhaps the most controversial piece of musical theatre ever written, Assassins is a fantasia on the darker recesses of the “American Dream.” In moments both true and imagined, this riveting musical looks at the four successful and five would-be assassins of presidents of the United States. It is an evening of provocative, intelligent and surprising theatre that turns on a dime between shocking pathos and biting humor.

Peter and the Starcatcher in rep with Peter Pan
December 10, 2016 – January 29, 2017
In what can only be described as an epic theatrical event, freeFall’s record-breaking production of Peter and the Starcatcher (by Rick Elice, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson; music by Wayne Barker) returns, playing in repertory with J.M. Barrie’s classic original, Peter Pan. This five-show subscription package includes only Peter Pan; it does not include Peter and the Starcatcher.
Peter Pan, the classic that has spawned countless adaptations and derivative works, comes to our stage in a production that will enchant anyone who has ever dreamt of taking flight and never growing up. When a mysterious boy appears at the nursery window of the Darling household, Wendy and her brothers are swept away to a magical land…but treachery awaits in the person of the infamous Captain Hook and his band of devilishly hilarious pirates.

Red Velvet
February 25 – March 26, 2017
by Lolita Chakrabarti
Among the pantheon of legendary Victorian actors, you may have heard of Irving or Kean or Tree, but changes are you’ve never heard of Ira Aldridge, the American actor of African descent who became the first black actor to play the title role in Othello on the London Stage. In 1833, Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public is rioting in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics, and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre? This award-winning new play is an important work which paints a vivid picture of an early chapter in the ongoing struggle to bring diversity to the stage.

End of the Rainbow
April 29 – May 28, 2017
by Peter Quilter
A play with the music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, End of the Rainbow triumphed in London’s West End in 2010/11 and on Broadway in 2012. It’s Christmas 1968, and Judy Garland is booked for six weeks of “comeback concerts” at London’s Talk of the Town. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts, and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But stormy skies are on the horizon as old patterns resurface, and the drama backstage chips away at the onstage brilliance of one of the greatest singers of all time. Shifting between moments of onstage triumph and backstage tribulation, this speculation on a pivotal chapter in the life of a legend is at once wildly entertaining, irreverently funny, and deeply moving.

Marie Antoinette
July 15 – August 13, 2017
by David Adjmi
This pulsating contemporary look at one of history’s most enigmatic pariahs puts Marie Antoinette under the microscope of our own society’s obsession with celebrity. While Marie distracts herself with fanciful and decadent diversions in Versailles, the “have-nots” grow increasingly intolerant of the excesses of the “haves.” David Adjmi’s driving script lets loose a barrage of energy, wit, pageantry, and humor as the players are catapulted toward the title character’s inevitable end. Perhaps we too raise our celebrities to great heights in order to watch them fall.

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freeFall Gift Package

freeFall Theatre
St Petersburg, FL

A gift certificate for two (2) tickets to any remaining show in our 2015-2016 season plus two (2) drinks – a perfect way to give the gift of live theatre!