John Lombardi, Stefanie Clouse and Patrick Ryan Sullivan are the judges in American Monkey, which premieres March 15 at freefall Theatre. Performances continue through March 30.
ST. PETERSBURG – freeFall Theatre and Westbound Productions present the world premiere staging of Mihkel Raud’s dark comedy American Monkey, which will open March 15. Performances will continue through March 30.
Directed by award-winning freeFall Artistic Director Eric Davis, the cast will star Patrick Ryan Sullivan (Broadway’s Beauty & The Beast, Forty-Second Street), Chris Jackson (2013 Theatre Tampa Bay Award for Best Actor in a Play for A Simple Theatre’s Good Egg), Stefanie Clouse (American Stage’s Hair) and John Lombardi (freeFall’s Cabaret, Straz Center’s Jewtopia)
This all-new play is a look at what it takes to become a celebrity in the United States in 2014. Set at the auditions for reality television’s most popular talent contest, American Superstar, American Monkey is a show that is current as today’s headlines. After a few singers pass through to the next level, a young man (Chris Jackson) enters the studio and turns the tables on the judges (Patrick Ryan Sullivan, Stefanie Clouse and John Lombardi) putting them and the entertainment industry on trial in his own warped version of Rome’s Colosseum.
American Monkey questions the very idea of contemporary entertainment and fame in a brash and uncompromising way that calls to mind the style of director and writer Quentin Tarantino.
This show contains adult language and situations and is intended for mature audiences only.
Interested audience members will have the opportunity to sing for the fictional panel before each show. Staff members from American Superstar will screen interested candidates. Potential contestants will sing without accompaniment.
Ticket prices range from $16 to $44 plus ticketing fee (waived for members). Student, Senior and group discounts are available. Tickets can be purchased at www.freefalltheatre.com or by calling the freeFall Theatre Box Office at 727-498-5205.
The theatre is located at 6099 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.