FL's American Stage to Chew On Leavengood's Crackers at May 22 Reading

News   FL's American Stage to Chew On Leavengood's Crackers at May 22 Reading In recent years, New York has seen his Florida Crackers (Circle Rep) and The Preservation Society (Primary Stages), but mostly playwright Wm. S. Leavengood has worked regionally, especially in California and Florida. A St. Petersburg resident, Leavengood has made a real connection with the American Stage theatre company, and the venue has been offering a reading series of five Leavengood plays. The series began Feb. 14 with The Preservation Society and continued March 20 with Afternoon Dreams, April 17 with various one-acts and May 1 with 17 Black.

In recent years, New York has seen his Florida Crackers (Circle Rep) and The Preservation Society (Primary Stages), but mostly playwright Wm. S. Leavengood has worked regionally, especially in California and Florida. A St. Petersburg resident, Leavengood has made a real connection with the American Stage theatre company, and the venue has been offering a reading series of five Leavengood plays. The series began Feb. 14 with The Preservation Society and continued March 20 with Afternoon Dreams, April 17 with various one-acts and May 1 with 17 Black.

"Florida Crackers: The Screenplay" will be read May 22. This adaptation of Leavengood's best-known play tells of lazy, drugged-out, Florida rich kids getting an unpleasant wake-up call as the times change around them.

17 Black, Florida Crackers, as well as the farce, What Is Art? and several one-acts (including Day of the Onandaga and Space Hunter) were published in a Leavengood compilation, "Florida Bound," in 1994, by Holvoe Books.

Regarding the Bill Leavengood "Signature Series," American Stage artistic director Kenneth Mitchell said in a statement, "We're excited to affort and to feel the power their words have on his work."

For information about the Leavengood series at American Stage, 21d our audiences the opportunity to come into direct contact with a playwrigh1 Third Street South in St. Petersburg, call (727) 823-PLAY. -- By David Lefkowitz