The People Downstairs at American Stage

Date/Time: September 15 – October 3, 2021

A World Premiere three years in the making.

After an extended pause from the COVID-19 pandemic, THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS by St Pete playwright Natalie Symons, who developed this play at American Stage, finally gets its world premiere.

21st Century Voices: New Play Festival – Mainstage Selection

In Buffalo, NY, aging funeral home custodian Miles lives with his middle-aged daughter Mabel, who spends her days writing letters to prison inmates. When a court-appointed guardian threatens to take away their home, Miles sets out to set Mabel up with Todd, an inept mortician. It is a father’s fierce determination not to accept his daughter’s fate that ignites an endearing human comedy about love, loss, loneliness and the healing power of laughter.

“We are over the moon to be bringing back this tremendous show and giving it the true World Premiere that it deserves,” said Associate Artistic Director Kristin Clippard. “The set of THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS has stood like a ghost in our theater for 16 months, and the lights will finally shine on this delightful story. It’s the perfect comedy, centering on an isolated father and daughter, to warm your heart and make you laugh out loud – With other people!”

Run Time: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission

Age Recommendation: 12+.  


  • Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 7pm
  • Friday & Saturday Evenings @ 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2pm
  • Wednesday Preview, September 15, “Pay What You Can” at the door or $20 in advance
  • Thursday Preview, September 16 – $30
  • Wednesday and Thursday Evenings & Saturday and Sunday Matinees – $44
  • Friday/Saturday Evenings – $50/$54
  • Opening Night, September 17, $70


American Stage Theatre Company

163 3rd ST N, ST PETERSBURG, FL 33701

American Stage Box Office Phone: 727.823.7529

American Stage Box Office Email:

After the Show

Spotlight Series: CHATBACKS | Sunday Matinee, Sept. 19 – Friday, Sept. 24 – Thursday, Sept. 30

Stick around immediately following select performances to chat with artists and other audience

members about the play, the characters and the ideas aroused by the production.

Free for THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS ticket holders.

ASFWD: The Next Generation

UNDER 30 PASS (Under 30 years of age): Our monthly subscription, offering ‘unlimited theatre’ to young people under the age of 30 for only $15 per month.

UNDER 20 PASSPORT (Under 20 years of age – suggested ages 12-19): FREE tickets to American Stage’s mainstage season.


Physical Accessibility: The theatre features accessible parking, entrances, restrooms and seating. Displaying a valid disabled parking permit will allow you to park at City-metered spaces for FREE, including those posted with time limit signs (green signs). This does not apply to loading zones or otherwise restricted parking signage (red signs). 

Large Print Program: Theatergoers may peruse large print programs for each Mainstage production. Request from House Manager on duty. A digital version will be available at
Listening System: Theatergoers may enjoy the free assistive listening system from any seat.  Request from box office, concessions or house manager.

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