Acts of courage and uncommon heroes will be showcased throughout the 2001-02 season at Florida’s American Stage in St. Petersburg.
The five-play season kicks off in September with Zora Neale Hurston’s Spunk, and will be followed by Mark Harelik’s The Immigrant, George Bernard Shaw’s Candida, Mark St. Germain’s Camping With Henry and Tom and one play still to be announced.
Music, dance and puppetry come together to tell the story in Spunk, conceived by George C. Wolfe, which focuses on the struggles of residents in Harlem and Central Florida. It runs Sept. 21- Oct. 14 and will be directed by Kenneth Noel Mitchell.
The Immigrant, Nov. 9- Dec. 2, explores prejudice and cultural conflict as they affect a Jewish immigrant who settles in rural Texas with his old-world wife. In Shaw’s Candida, Feb. 1-24, the title heroine must choose between the two suitors who are wooing her.
An evening in the woods with three notable men, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Warren G. Harding, is the setting for the acerbic political comedy Camping With Henry and Tom, May 17-June 9. An additional play will be staged July 12-Aug. 4. Subscription packages range from $50 to $130; single tickets from $20 to $30. For more information, call (727) 823-PLAY. — by Diane Snyder