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.

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

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.

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/

2016 – A Good Year For Me

2016 has passed and I was very blessed to have worked pretty regularly on stage and television. It’s weird, but in this profession you can have a period of time where you work consistently and then a period of time where you wonder if you will ever book another gig.

2016 was a great year for theater, I was in 4 productions and it was the first time I had to play multiple characters in one show. A different and challenging experience that taught me so much about myself and my craft.

On the TV front, I did commercials and got to practice and hone the skills that you need for TV and film which I find to be quite different than theater.

I took on two new endeavors my mere chance. In 2016 I started to really delve into and practice Improv. Who knows, maybe 2017 will be the year I actually perform Improv in front of an audience. The 2nd endeavor was the opportunity to voice the audio tour for the Frida Kahlo Exhibit at the Dali Museum. A pleasure and honor that words cannot express to do this audio tour about a woman that I admire so much.

All in all, I was blessed. Already starting 2017 in two staged readings and keeping myself open to whatever roles may came.

Happy New Year everyone and if you want to see what I’m doing this year, don’t hesitate to visit my website and/or any of my other social media pages.

Isabel Natera

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Instagram: isabelnatera

Twitter: @NateraIsabel

 

 

Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe

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This Halloween weekend the creative team of Aaron Washington and Keith Eisenstadt will be providing audiences with a different style of haunting. On the evening of Saturday October 29th and afternoon of Sunday October 30th, Washington and Eisenstadt will present ‘Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe’. The show will be a collaboration between directors; Aaron Washington, Keith Eisenstadt, and Lauren Rodriguez. To support literature and the arts in local classrooms, producers will be donating a portion of each ticket sold through DonorsChoose.org. Performances will be held in The Studio @ The Carrollwood Cultural Center.

Edgar Allan Poe is amongst the most influential of American Poets; with a flair for the dramatic. Poe’s works fit perfectly with the mission of Washington and Eisenstadt; to celebrate literature and the arts and support the education of the same. The drama written by Eric Coble, features four of Poe’s most haunting tales; “The Pit and the Pendulum” directed by Washington, “The Raven” and “The Tell Tale Heart” directed by Eisenstadt, and “The Fall of the House of Usher” directed by Rodriguez. The pieces are arranged and performed to highlight the dramatic elements of the writing and presented in a way that will give the audience chills. At the beginning of the show, Edgar Allan Poe stands alone in the flickering darkness of his mind, trying desperately to convince himself, and us, that he’s not mad. Enter the world of Poe and check your heartbeat at the door.

“Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe” will be presented by Washington and Eisenstadt on Saturday October 29th at 8pm and Sunday October 30th at 2pm. Performances will be held in The Studio @ The Carrollwood Cultural Center located at 13345 Casey Rd in Tampa. Tickets are priced at $20 and are available by calling The Carrollwood Cultural Center Box Office at (813) 269-1310 or at the door one hour before show times. For more information, find Washington and Eisenstadt at http://www.facebook.com/WashingtonEisenstadt.

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