adapted by Eric Davis from the play by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde’s classic satire on societal conventions and propriety is even more biting when played against the backdrop of the zombie apocalypse. In the tradition of mash-up lit like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, this evening of impeccable manners, mistaken identities, and corpses rising from the dead will send you home giggling – or checking over your shoulder!
Jack wants Gwen. Algy wants Cecily. The ladies both want Ernest. Aunt Augusta wants cucumber sandwiches. And zombies want brains. Will anyone make it to the church alive in this raucous send-up of Wilde’s “Trivial Comedy for Serious People?”
Whether a fan of OSCAR WILDE or of THE WALKING DEAD, you will delight in this side-splitting riff on decorum and decay.
presented by: Bill Ward sponsored by: Russell Buchan community partner: Eye Associates of Pinellas
This ticketing option gives you one seat to each show in our 2015-16 season at a savings of up to 20%!
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST WITH ZOMBIES October 3 – November 1, 2015
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER December 5 – 24, 2015
OUR TOWN January 16 – February 14, 2016
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM March 12 – April 10, 2016
MR. BURNS: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY April 30 – May 22, 2016
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA June 18 – July 10, 2016
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE August 6 – September 4, 2016
a play by Rick Elice based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson music by Wayne Barker
This prequel to J.M. Barrie’s classic, PETER PAN, will transport freeFall audiences to Neverland this holiday season.
When two identical trunks carrying very different cargo get loaded aboard the wrong ships, only equal parts swashbuckling, intrigue, and the magic of “starstuff” can set things right.
Whether you’re 8 or 80, you will be enchanted by this origin story of the “boy who wouldn’t grow up” that took Broadway by storm in 2012. Filled with pirates, mermaids, pixies, lost boys, first kisses, crocodiles, and exquisite mustaches, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is an exquisitely imaginative piece of theatre that celebrates the child in all of us.
This limited subscription offers one ticket to each of the shows during the traditional “Snow Bird” season. Shows included are:
• Peter and the Starcatcher • Our Town • Sondheim on Sondheim • Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
A gift certificate for two (2) tickets to any remaining show in our 2014-2015 season plus two (2) drinks – a perfect way to give the gift of live theatre!
Since its premiere in 1938, Thornton Wilder’s haunting play has remained one of the most frequently performed works in the American canon. Its longevity is a testament not only to the wit and simplicity of Wilder’s words, but to the questions it ponders, which are at the very root of the human experience.
Taking place in the very theatre in which it is being performed, this startling American classic is a powerful and deeply personal call to action.
“While all of Wilder’s work is intelligent, non-synthetic and often moving, as well as funny, it is Our Town that makes the difference. It is probably the finest play ever written by an American.” —Edward Albee
music by Stephen Sondheim conceived and originally directed by James Lapine
This revolutionary biographical revue employs state-of-the-art video to tell the story of Sondheim’s life and career in his own words and music.
Through exclusive interviews with the greatest living composer/lyricist of musical theatre, we are given a behind-the-scenes look into the life and process of this creative genius. These intimate and revealing conversations with the composer frame David Loud’s stunning arrangements of approximately two dozen of Sondheim’s greatest songs.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience celebrating perhaps the single most important contributor to the art of the American Musical.
presented by: Sylvia Rusche community partner: Cherie Willard
Why become a member at freeFall Theatre?
1 – Your membership gift provides us with vital funding that allows us keep hiring the best actors, designers and directors to bring you the high-quality, thought-provoking theatre you’ve come to expect from freeFall. It will also allow us to expand our educational programming and offer access to kids and adults in underserved communities.
2 – We’re a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, so your membership contribution is tax deductible! (Of course, consult your tax professional for deductibility in your individual situation.)
3 – To borrow a phrase, “membership has its privileges.” Our members get exclusive access to the best seats in our members-only section, and all ticketing fees are waived. You can even exchange dates and seats to your heart’s content for free. To see all the great benefits of the various levels of membership, visit the Join/Membership section of our website.
by Anne Washburn
Civilization has come to an end. The grid has failed and a few survivors are left to rebuild. We find them shortly after the cataclysm attempting to remember the details of an episode of THE SIMPSONS. From this unlikely jumping-off point, we watch the transformation of iconic pop culture into mythology as we spring forward seven years and then seventy-five.
This evocative, funny, and genre-bending play asks important questions about the value of live theatre and the nature of culture and myth in society. At once bravely intelligent and irreverently accessible, this fantasia on the resilience of the human need to tell stories will be one of the most talked-about theatrical events of the season.
sponsored by: Russell Buchan community partner: Charles & Shelley Langston
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
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
The freePass is a punch card type flex pass 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.