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News Cracks in the Ceramic: Solo Play American Fiesta Opens at Vineyard Steven Tomlinson's solo play American Fiesta, about the author-performer finding the face of America reflected in the dinnerware he collects, opens April 26 at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre.
Steven Tomlinson stars in American Fiesta.
Steven Tomlinson stars in American Fiesta. Photo by Carol Rosegg

The New York premiere, directed by Mark Brokaw (Reckless, The Constant Wife), began performances April 14. Capping the Vineyard's 25th season, the production is scheduled through May 20.

"When Steven, an obsessive collector of brightly colored vintage Fiestaware ceramic dinnerware, goes cross-country in search of the perfect specimens," according to the Vineyard, "he finds a series of remarkable encounters between residents of 'red' and 'blue' states, as well as some startling divides within his own family as he announces his intention to marry his same-sex partner."


Tomlinson also penned the solo plays Managed Care, Free Trade, Curb Appeal and Millennium Bug. His American Fiesta first played in Austin, TX, and won the American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award for Best Play by an up-and-coming playwright. The Austin resident makes his New York stage debut with this work.

Director Brokaw returns to the Vineyard where he previously staged How I Learned to Drive, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Eight Days (Backwards) and The Long Christmas Ride Home. The director of Broadway's recent revivals of The Constant Wife and Reckless has also staged Off-Broadway's The Busy World Is Hushed, As Bees in Honey Drown, Music From a Sparkling Planet, Lobby Hero, This Is Our Youth, Old Money and The Baltimore Waltz.

The design team for American Fiesta features Neil Patel (set), Jan Hartley (projection), David Lander (lighting) and David Van Tieghem and Jill BC Duboff (sound). Van Tieghem also provides original music.

Tickets are on sale to American Fiesta at the Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15th Street, through (212) 353-0303 or online at

Steven Tomlinson stars in <i>American Fiesta</i> at the Vineyard Theatre.
Steven Tomlinson stars in American Fiesta at the Vineyard Theatre. Photo by Carol Rosegg

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