It’s Thursday so it must be time to plan your weekend. Here’s what’s opening and continuing this weekend in Tampa Bay Theatre.
Opening this weekend
The Tampa Fringe Festival
Presented by Jobsite Theatre
Are you ready to Fringe? The program for the first annual Tampa International Fringe Festival has been announced! The inaugural festival will host 29 shows with nearly a hundred separate performances this year in Ybor City, over the course of four days. May 11-14, 2017
Events will take place across six venues in this historic district. The show venues include HCC Ybor, the Silver Meteor Gallery, Crowbar, and Urban Phoenix, while New World Brewery will be acting as Fringe Central — the artist and audience hub for information, opening and closing parties, and pre-post-show drinks to talk about the shows. Finally, CL Space will serve as a special event space with VIP events for those holding Eliminator All-Access Passes, and special panels and workshops for artists.
The Tampa International Fringe Festival was founded by William Glenn (Punchdrunk NYC), Trish Parry (Trish Tales), and David Jenkins (Jobsite Theater) in 2016, three USF alums with a common mission of supporting artists to develop new works and engaging with the Tampa Bay community. The first Tampa International Fringe Festival (TiFf) will take place May 11-14, 2017, in Ybor City, featuring unjuried local and touring companies, who will each receive three performances and retain 100% of the box office, from across the spectrum of performing arts – stand-up, dance, theatre, improv, storytelling, and more.
Continuing this week
Stageworks Theatre – Avenue Q
Discover your purpose with this laugh out loud, triple Tony winning musical set way, way, WAY down in the East Village. Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.
freeFall Theatre – End of the Rainbow
by Peter Quilter
A play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, “End of the Rainbow” triumphed in London’s West End in 2010/2011 and on Broadway in 2012. It’s Christmas 1968, and Judy Garland is booked for six weeks of “comeback concerts” at London’s Talk of the Town. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts, and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But stormy skies are on the horizon as old patterns resurface, and the drama backstage chips away at the onstage brilliance of one of the greatest singers of all time. Shifting back and forth between moments of onstage triumph and backstage tribulation, this speculation on a pivotal chapter in the life of a legend is at once wildly entertaining, irreverently funny, and deeply moving.
presented by Kate Tiedemann & Ellen Cotton
Tickets – https://freefalltheatre.com/calendar/
American Stage in the Park
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable “pleasantly plump” teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do! Winner! Tony Award for Best Musical
ABOUT AMERICAN STAGE IN THE PARK American Stage in the Park has been a celebrated Tampa Bay tradition for over thirty-years. Established in 1986, American Stage in the Park was first known for producing Shakespeare to audiences in and around Tampa Bay. American Stage in the Park expanded to included comedies and modern musicals presented under the stars each spring at Demens Landing Park in St. Pete.
PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol or pets are allowed into the park, by City Ordinance. Food and beverages (both alcoholic and non) are available at concessions.
Early Bird Dinner Theatre
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as a public- school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him— bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog.
A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. “Dramatic literature is stuffed with memo- rable love scenes, but none is as immediately de- licious and dizzy as the one that begins the re- deeming affair in A.R. Gurney’s new comedy, SYLVIA…” -NY Times. “I can only call it one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I have ever seen…” -NY Daily News. “Gurney’s mad comedy is the most endearing good time to trot down the pike in many a moon. Howlingly funny…” -BackStage.