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The Ocean

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As I walk to the water
through the soft warm sand,
I reach the shore
and the water laps at my feet,
burying my toes.
The sun warms my skin
and feels like a long and much needed hug.

My mind started playing tricks on me
as I looked out at the horizon.

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Soft words in a deep voice envelope me,
with my own giggles as a little girl,
clinging to her Papi,
wearing swim trunks and a white undershirt.
He never cared for the water
but took pleasure watching me soak in the sun
and splash around in his arms.

As a woman, I watch the waves and miss my Papi.

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Strolling the shore,
I see the billows of white when the waves crash,
and think of everything that has passed since that day.

As that afternoon came to an end,
we left the water,
my big family enjoying this rare gathering
that would not happen often enough.
Papi looked out and smiled at the water,
a bit of sadness and a bit of joy;
he loved that he spent time with me and my sister that day
but did not love that it was calling him back
to what he considered home as a child.

 

As a woman, I watch as the tide comes in
and wonder if I have never loved the water as an adult
because it reminds of a time that is long gone.

As I take a deep breath,
I smell the salt
and feel the thickness of the air through my nose
and into my lungs.
The sounds of the birds
and the ocean saying goodbye
as I turn away and leave,
never wanting to return.

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Posted in Productions, Theater, Uncategorized

The Revolutionists

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A brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, and former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, lose their heads, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in revolutionary Paris.

Posted in Theater, Uncategorized

In the Time of the Butterflies

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In the Time of the Butterflies

En El Tiempo de las Mariposas

Based on the novel by Julia Alvarez as adapted by Caridad Svich

Directed: Karla Hartley and Jorge Acosta

Synopsis: The beautiful and inspiring story of the life of the courageous, martyred Mirabal sisters who inspired resistance cells throughout the Dominican Republic under the tyrannical rule of Gen. Trujillo’s regime in 1960.

Select Performances will be in Spanish!

Basada en la novela de Julia Álvarez según adaptada por Caridad Svich.

Dirigida por: Karla Hartley y Jorge Acosta

Sinopsis: La obra cuenta la historia hermosa e inspiradora de la vida de las valientes y martirizadas hermanas Mirabal quienes inspiraron resistencia en la República Dominicana bajo el régimen del General Trujillo en 1960.

We are grateful for the support of our Show Sponsors:
Columbia Restaurant Group
Tucker/Hall, Inc.
Cigar Family Charitable Foundation
Paul and Rosa Beraquit

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Love is the Only Thing that Matters

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Starring: Samantha Maguire, Roy Banks, Kimberly Banks, Will Montero, Selena Washington, Jacqueline Jones, Nick Massi, Gloria Live, Idris Thomas, and many more.

Posted in Productions, Stage Readings

Rise of the Prickly Pear

American Stage is proud to launch our commitment to 21st Century Voices with a New Play Festival featuring live staged readings of four new plays from four exceptional up-and-coming playwrights from Tampa Bay and beyond.

A committee comprised of a diverse cross-section of community members worked with our producing artistic director to read, evaluate and discuss hundreds of new play submissions from all over the United States. The selected works will be featured in staged readings and workshops and will provide audiences the opportunity to contribute to the plays’ development through audience talk-backs following each play reading.

Individual Tickets: $10 per reading
All-Access Pass: $30 General Public | $20 American Stage Subscribers & Act 1 Club Members

Sponsored by Rebecca & Michael Alford and Susan & Pete Greenbaum

Rise of the Prickly Pear
By Radha S. Menon

Rise Of The Prickly Pear is about love and betrayal, set in 1958 Santiago De Cuba and 1980 Miami. Che Guevara and his ‘bearded ones’ are holed up in the Sierra Maestra fighting a bitter battle as revolution grips the nation in a dire struggle against American imperialism, while two local women battle each other and bust up over love.

Twenty years later these women reunite in Miami and must face each other and get to grips with the past.This play arose from curiosity and bloomed into an exploration of the illusive nature of beauty and a study into humanity’s ingenious knack of reinvention after betrayal has obliterated one’s status quo.

Director – Erica Sutherlin
Assistant Stage Manager/The General – Matt Acquard
Futuro – Nick Hoop
Marianna – Isabel Natera
Hermosita – Jessy Julianna Quinones
Pedro – Joe Parra
Ramon – David Valdez

Posted in Productions, Stage Readings, Uncategorized

Dog Act

TAMPA REPERTORY THEATRE & CREATIVE LOAFING PRESENT

CONVERSATION STARTERS

A post-apocalyptic vaudeville, Dog Act follows Zetta Stone, a traveling performer, and her companion Dog, a young man undergoing a voluntary species demotion, as they walk through the wilderness of the former Northeast U.S. with their little troupe. They are heading toward a gig in China, if they can find it—and if they can survive to reach it. A theatrical, darkly comic variation on the classic doomsday genre – the post-apocalyptic wilderness was never funnier!

Monday, February 13th, in the CL Space, 1911 N. 13th Street, Tampa.  7: 30pm Curtain. Tickets are $10.  Cash bar on site.  And stick around for the discussion afterwards.

Posted in Productions, Stage Readings

The Vagina Monologues

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Carrollwood Players Theatre presents a CWP Black Box Production of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

A Staged Reading in the CWP Black Box Theatre

Directed by Beth Behner

Three Performances Only
Friday, February 3, 2017 at 8 pm
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8 pm
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 3 pm

Tickets: $10
https://carrollwood-players-theatre.ticketleap.com/vagina-monologues/

The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who “liked to look at it.” Funny, outrageous, emotionally affecting, and occasionally angry, The Vagina Monologues confront words to demystify and disarm them – and the audience witnessing them.

Strong adult language and themes.

CAST

Tana Gundry
Patricia Coyle
Alexa Sheppard
Rebecca Ginsberg
Leanne Germann
Deb Kelley
Pamela Slagg
Jen Martin
Petra Sussman
Trish Farber
Gemma Davimes
Kym Welch
Val Sanford
Taylor Hendershot
Isabel Bertram
Samantha Janek

 

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Almost, Maine – Staged Reading

Come see me in a staged reading of this wonderful show.

Carrollwood Players Theatre presents a CWP Black Box Production of Almost, Maine by John Cariani
A Staged Reading in the CWP Black Box Theatre

Directed by Mike Cote

Two Performances Only
Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 7 pm
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7 pm

Tickets: $10
https://carrollwood-players-theatre.ticketleap.com/maine/

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

“ALMOST, MAINE is a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism…witty, romantic, unsentimental. A beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy).” —The New York Times. “Sweet, poignant, and witty. Nearly perfect.

AMOST, MAINE’s charm is real. It packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.” —New York Daily News. “Mega-hit ALMOST, MAINE lands somewhere between Norman Rockwell and Our Town.

Unlike traditional play readings with a group of seated actors simply reading the script aloud, this staged reading features a set, costumes, action, lighting, music and sound effects.

Mild adult language and themes.

CAST

Isabel Bertram
Patricia Coyle
Samantha Janek
Robert Pelaia
Jim Moss
Brian McCreight

Tickets: $10
https://carrollwood-players-theatre.ticketleap.com/maine/