A smart, funny, redemptive tale of college deans ... and cave men.
ST. PETERSBURG - American Stage Theatre Company announces the first of three plays for the 2012-2013 Summer Mainstage Series: Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George previews May 29-30. Opening night is May 31 and the production runs through June 30.
This comedic production is a Tampa Bay premiere.
This play is a deliciously smart and funny “academic sex comedy” about life in a small university town. Dean Wreen’s college is in dire financial straits, and a plan to close its on-campus natural history museum is sending unexpected shock waves in every direction – just as the dean’s ex-girlfriend has come back into her life. This definitely complicates things with her much younger girlfriend, Andromeda. Neither budget cuts nor the shadows cast by seven about-to-be-homeless mammoths are any match for the sweet taste of romance in this hilarious and deeply moving play.
Rated M for mature content and language. This production features simulated sex between prehistoric college students and contemporary lesbians. No mammoths were harmed in the making of this play.
Karla Hartley, is directing the production, which will be performed in two acts with one intermission. Hartley is the production coordinator for American Stage as well as the associate artistic director of Stageworks Theatre. She was named “Best Director” 2009 by Creative Loafing and has received two Jeff Norton Awards.
The cast consists of six actors, some returning and others debuting at American Stage.
Three cast members that have appeared in American Stage Theatre productions previously,
Stefanie Clouse (Andromeda-“Andrea”) last seen in Hair, Kim Crow (Greer-“Gail”) last seen as the lead actor in WIT, and Brian Webb Russell (The Caretaker) who was last seen in American Stage in Barefoot in the Park where he was an inaugural recipient of a Jeff Norton award.
There are also three cast members making their American Stage debut.
Jonelle Meyer (Early Man 2), Vincent Stalba (Early Man 1) and Martha Wilkinson (Dean Wreen - “Cindy”).
In addition to Karla Hartley’s directing, the artistic staff includes Scott Cooper as scenic designer, Sarah Stark as costume designer, Phillip Franck as lighting designer, Jerid Fox as scenic dresser-properties master and Timon Brown as technical director.
Performances are Wednesday through Sunday with a special Tuesday show on June 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the June 25 performance are $39. A Wednesday matinee at 3 p.m. is scheduled on June 19 with tickets for $29. “Pay what you can” is Thursday, June 27, at 8 p.m.
Show times for regular performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with matinees at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are $29 for previews and Wednesday matinees; $39 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees; $49 Friday and Saturday evenings and $59 opening night, which includes pre-performance reception.
Student advance tickets are $20; student rush tickets are $10, 30 minute prior to curtain. Seniors receive $2 off single tickets. Active military tickets are free with valid military identification presented at the box office. Military personnel also receive 20 percent off additional tickets for friends and family. Call the box office for further details.
American Stage Theatre Company is located at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N. downtown St. Petersburg.
Author Madeleine George has been a member of New Dramatists since 2010. Her plays, including The Zero Hour, Precious Little, and Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, have been produced and developed by 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Shotgun Players, Berkeley Rep, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, About Face Theatre in Chicago, The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, Two River Theater Company in New Jersey, and the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, among other places. She has received a MacDowell Fellowship, the Princess Grace Playwriting Award, and the Jane Chambers Award, as well as commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwrights Horizons.
Seven Homeless Mammoths was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. The Zero Hour was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She is an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the Lark Playwrights' Workshop, and is a founding member of the
Obie Award-winning playwrights collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights Inc.), which recently imploded after nine years and 13 productions. She grew up in Western Massachusetts and now lives in Brooklyn.