Moliere’s TARTUFFE

a new American Stage adaptation by Robert Caisley

Directed by Brendan Ragan

“…an astonishingly delightful romp…” – NY Post

Considered by many to be Moliere’s strongest and funniest work, TARTUFFE gets a modern up-date in this brand new American Stage adaptation. Orgon, a wealthy American businessman entrusts his reputation and his fortune to up-and-coming politician, Tartuffe. As the cunning and lusty imposter insinuates himself deeper into his household and his family, the status quo of Orgon’s world gets turned thoroughly and hilariously upside-down.

How do you recognize an impassioned visionary from a cunning conman?

Oct 26 – Nov 20, 2016

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Extra Performance Added!
Sunday, November 20 @ 7:30PM

Adapted By: Robert Caisley

Director/Sound Design: Brendan Ragan

Scenic Design/Props: Jerid Fox

Lighting Design: Chris Baldwin

Costume Design: Frank Chavez

Production Stage Manager: Rachel Harrison*

MATT ACQUARD (Laurence/Agent Sharp) is thrilled to be making his Regional Theatre debut here at American Stage. Matt recently received his BFA in Acting from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland where he performed in a variety of roles for their Mainstage and Studio productions including Oberon in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship- Region 2), Judge Turpin in SWEENEY TODD, and Sir Toby Belch in TWELFTH NIGHT. A proud member of American Stage’s new Acting/ Production Apprentice Program, Matt would like to thank Stephanie and Brendan for this wonderful opportunity, his fellow apprentices for their constant hard work and dedication, and of course his family and friends for their constant love and support.

NED AVERILL-SNELL (Orgon) is excited to return to American Stage after past performances in A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, CHESAPEAKE, DINNER WITH FRIENDS and other plays. Ned has also appeared at Tampa Repertory Theatre (THE ICEMAN COMETH, BETRAYAL), Jobsite Theater (LEBENSRAUM, TWELFTH NIGHT), Improbable Athenaeum (A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS), Hat Trick Theatre (A THOUSAND CLOWNS), Stageworks Theatre (THE SUGAR BEAN SISTERS), the 2012 United Solo festival in New York (in his original play LITTLE TUNES), and for three seasons at Indiana Repertory Theatre, where he appeared in plays directed by Libby Appel, Peter Amster, Mark Rucker and others. He appeared in the St. Pete-produced independent film WAITING ON MARY, and is the author of the novel SMALL PROFESSIONAL MURDER, a mystery set in the Florida small theatre scene. Ned lives in Tampa with his wife, director and lighting designer Jo Averill-Snell, and is a father of three.

TORI BAIRD (Agent Goodwin, Understudy for Maryanne) is thrilled to be making her American Stage debut in Robert Caisley’s wonderful adaptation of Moliere’s TARTUFFE. A recent graduate of Southeastern University, she was last seen in THE UGLY DUCKLING as Dulcibella (SEU). Other favorite SEU credits include; EVERYMAN, HIPPOLYTUS, and WIT. She also recently finished taping her fifth and final season of the WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAYS? inspired comedy show UNPLAND IMPROV. She would like to thank Stephanie Gularte and American Stage for the opportunity and her family and friends for their continued support.

J. ELIJAH CHO (Val) is a writer/actor based in Tampa and he is excited to be making his American Stage mainstage debut. After graduating from the University of South Florida, he has been fortunate enough to work with several of the terrific theatre companies in Tampa, including Hat Trick Theatre, Jobsite Theater, Stageworks, and Tampa Repertory Theatre. A co-founder of local sketch comedy group, Some Sort of Show, he most recently performed his one man show, MR. YUNIOSHI, at the New York International Fringe Festival. Film: WAITING ON MARY. Television: HALT & CATCH FIRE.

ABIGAIL CLINE (Maryann) is a performer, composer, and writer in Central Florida. She was previously seen on stage in ARCADIA (Thomasina), NINE (Stephanie Necrophorus), SISTER ACT (Sister Mary Nun), and THE DIVINE SISTER (U.S. Mrs. Lev/Timothy). She recently released her debut album Parallel Roads: A Song Cycle by Abigail Cline, now available on Bandcamp and most digital streaming sites. This summer, she was invited to the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska as a Teaching Artist to perform and play upright bass in a premiere Playworks staged reading and interpret the mainstage production, Spring Awakening, in American Sign Language. She received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre (Honors)/Creative Writing Minor from University of Central Florida. www.AbigailCline.com

WHITAKER GARDNER (Loyal/Felipe) is happy to make his professional debut here at American Stage. He is a recent graduate from Georgia Southern University where he received a B.F.A in Theatre. His most recent credits include Jack Lawson in RACE; A PLAY, Lucifer/Abraham in THE MYSTERIES: CREATION, Claudius in HAMLET and Malvolio in TWELFTH NIGHT (Georgia Southern University). He also recently performed at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he received high marks for his performance in the devised theatre piece DO NOT OPEN (Georgia Southern University). He is currently one of the new Acting/Production Apprentices at American Stage. He would like to thank his family, his friends and Rachel for their undying love and support.

GEORGIA MALLORY GUY* (Dorine) is thrilled to be back with American Stage! She was last seen as Solange in THE MAIDS with Jobsite Theatre. Regional: Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical, Monomoy, Festival 56. Florida: Palm Beach Dramaworks, Florida Rep, American Stage, freeFall, StageWorks, Jobsite, A Simple Theatre, The Studio @620, Tampa Rep, Banyan, The Show Palace. Film: DEATH OF THE COOL, WIGGAH. Georgia is the Artistic Director and heads up the voice studio at South Tampa Center for the Arts. She has taught at the University of South Florida, Ohio University and Troy University. MFA – Ohio University 2010. Always grateful to do what I love – Thanks to Traveis. Luke 12:27-28, Georgiamalloryguy.com

JAN NEUBERGER* (Pernelle) is a veteran Actors Equity member of 43 years. A recent transplant to St. Petersburg, she is very pleased to be part of this American Stage production. Broadway: original casts of WICKED, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, BIG, A CHANGE IN THE HEIR and the Angela Lansbury GYPSY. Off-Broadway notables include FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, ALL IN THE TIMING, and HENRY IV 1&2 (Mistress Quickly); among recent regional credits are BILLY ELLIOT (Grandma), BOEING BOEING (Berthe), MRS. MANNERLY (Helen Kirk), and ON GOLDEN POND (Ethel to Mike Farrel’s Norman). Throw in side trips to Carnegie and Royal Albert Halls, a couple films, a smattering of TV, and her own BOOMER GIRL, A ONE (MIDDLE-AGED) WOMAN SHOW. In recent years, Jan has added both Teacher and Student to her resume, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Creative Writing, Trinity College Class of ’13. More at www.boomergirl.net

KELLY PEKAR* (Mira) is excited to make her American Stage debut! Favorite credits include Clara in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (freeFall Theatre), Molly in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (freeFall Theatre), Maria/Itchy in MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY (freeFall Theatre), Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS (freeFall Theatre), Ophelia in HAMLET (MaineStage Shakespeare), Lucy Brown in the 2012 Drama Desk nominated THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Marvell Repertory Theatre, NY), and John Doyle’s THREE SISTERS, at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Love and appreciation to the Tampa Bay theatre community. www.kellypekar.com

ROLAND RUSINEK* (Clayton) is thrilled to be making his American Stage debut. NYC Theater includes: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Broadway and Toronto); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (MSG); SWEENEY TODD (NYCO at Lincoln Center); KISMET (Encores!); JERRY SPRINGER, THE OPERA (Carnegie Hall); PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (Lambs Theatre); THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (NYCO at Lincoln Center). National Tours: THE ADDAMS FAMILY, KISS ME KATE, CAMELOT. Regional Theatres include: LIVING ON LOVE (Asolo Rep); MOUSETRAP (Maltz Jupiter); LIMELIGHT (La Jolla Playhouse) LEND ME A TENOR (Bay St.); SWEENEY TODD (5th Ave, Seattle); FIDDLER (Portland Center Stage); FIRST DATE (Actor’s Playhouse); CASA VALENTINA (Gable Stage); OLIVER! and SWEENEY TODD; (Sacramento Music Circus); CANDIDE (Ahmanson Theatre). Film/TV: THE PRODUCERS; BEARCITY; MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, GUIDING LIGHT. Directing: BAT BOY (Funhouse Lounge); THE OVERVIEW EFFECT (Portland Center Stage). Graduate of: L.A. County H.S. for The Arts; PCPA’s Actors’ Training Program. More at rolandrusinek.com

RICKY WAYNE* (Tartuffe) is thrilled to be back at his artistic home where for the past 8 seasons on the first Sunday of the month, Ricky has been performing as 1/2 of the improv comedy duo Hawk & Wayne and is the co-founder of American Stage Improv. American Stage audiences may remember him as Marc from ART and Carl from OPUS. Other regional theater credits include Ricky Roma in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS and Charlie Fox in SPEED-THE-PLOW (The Heather) and Wayne in CONGRATULATIONS, JOE! (A Simple Theatre). He can currently be seen on television on the Sundance Channel’s RECTIFY and WGN’s OUTSIDER. Other television credits include recurring roles in THE WALKING DEAD, HALT & CATCH FIRE, CHICAGO PD/FIRE and BLOODLINE. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. He resides in Oldsmar with his son, Steffen. Special thanks to Stephanie Gularte and Tiffany Ford.

BEN WILLIAMSON* (Damon) is honored to be making his American Stage debut in the new adaptation of Moliere’s Tartuffe written by Robert Caisley. Regional credits include RED, ONE SLIGHT HITCH, TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, CHICAO, THE UNEASY CHAIR (Cider Mill Playhouse), THE MOUSETRAP (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), ISSAC’S EYE (Urbanite Theatre), THE BROTHERS SIZE (Actors Theatre of Louisville), 4000 MILES, OTHER DESERT CITIES, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE ALIENS, TWELFTH NIGHT, HAMLET PRINCE OF CUBA, CANDIDA (Asolo Repertory), and ALL MY SONS (National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts). TV credits include Martin Scorsese’s VINYL, ROYAL PAINS, and MYSTERIES OF LAURA. Ben will be seen on Amazon prime this fall in a new series called BARRY BAKER: AN ASPIRING SERIEL KILLER. Sincerest thanks and creative appreciation to Brendan Ragan and Stephanie Gularte. Proud member of Actors Equity. Proud member of planet Earth. MFA from Asolo Conservatory.

Spotlight Series: PROLOGUE

30 minutes prior to every performance

Arrive early and enjoy our new interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to TARTUFFE ticket holders

Spotlight Series: FOREWORD

Guest Speaker: Jerid Fox
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 1pm

Take your theatre going experience to the next level through an informative and entertaining lecture. Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of TARTUFFE. 


PRIDE Night

GUEST SPEAKER: NADINE SMITH with EQUALITY FLORIDA
Wednesday, November 02 | Mixer at 6PM | Show at 7PM

Spend a night OUT at American Stage! Before the performance, mix and mingle with friends old and new, enjoy a BOGO special on our signature cocktail crafted by Station House.

Includes an exclusive post-show conversation with an American Stage artist/staff member and a local LGBTQ community leader.

About Guest Speaker: Nadine Smith
Nadine Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida the state’s largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A former award-winning journalist turned organizer, Nadine was one of four national co-chairs of the 1993 March on Washington. She was part of the historic oval office meeting between then-President Clinton -the first such meeting between a sitting President and gay community leaders. She served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization.

She is a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee, a Florida Chamber Foundation Trustee and served on President Obama’s National Finance Committee.  In 2013, she was named one of the state’s “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the Florida Diversity Council. She was also given the League of Women Voter’s Woman of Distinction Award 2016 earlier this year.

She lives in St. Petersburg with her wife Andrea and son Logan.


Young American Night

Thursday, November 03 | Happy Hour at 7PM | Show at 8PM

Young Americans between the ages of 21-29 are invited to enjoy TARTUFFE with BOGO Specialty Drinks. After the performance, join us at Station House St. Pete where you will be given a free drink voucher good for a beer, wine, or our TARTUFFE specialty drink!

YOUNG AMERICANS between the ages of 21-29 are invited to use promo code UNDER30 to access $15 tickets. Code can be only be used for one ticket per order when purchased online. Otherwise you can call the Box Office at 727-823-7529 or email youngamerican@americanstage.org


Spotlight Series: CHATBACK

Thursday, November 03
Sunday, November 06
Sunday, November 13
Talk-back with the cast of TARTUFFE 

“This community has not seen anything this original or ambitious in a long time. It’s funny (the sitcom moments included) and smart, and was essentially created out of whole cloth. Not only does the Tampa Bay area need this adaptation of Tartuffe, we’ve been starving for it.”

Andrew Meacham, The Tampa Bay Times
Review: Election Themed Adaptation ‘Tartuffe’ is Much Needed

 

“It cheers us with sharp performances, beautiful design and some electronic novelties.”

-Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing

 

“A hilariously-biting look at the sorry state of our political arena.”

-Dennis Maley, The Bradenton Times
Theater Review: American Stage’s Tartuffe

 

“A sheer delight”

-Peter Nason, Broadway World

CREATIVE PINELLAS FEATURE

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Loved the music from American Stage’s brand new adaptation of TARTUFFE? Now you can listen anytime! Check out our TARTUFFE Spotify Playlist and be sure to follow us on Spotify to stay…

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