FreeFall Theatre Company Debuts Sept. 17 with The Wild Party | Playbill

News FreeFall Theatre Company Debuts Sept. 17 with The Wild Party
FreeFall Theatre Company, Tampa Bay's new theatre, makes its debut Sept. 17 with George C. Wolfe and Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party.

FreeFall artistic director Eric Davis helms the musical, which will continue through Sept. 28 at Studio@620.

The Tampa Bay production promises to "immerse the audience in the boisterous and decadent world of 1920s Manhattan by erasing the line between audience and action. The entire venue will become the playing space as the audience sits inside the set, among the cast."

The company features David Foley, Jr. (Burrs), Lee Anne Mathews (Queenie), Michael Dexter (Phil), Jonathan Hack (Jackie), Rachel Potter (Mae), Becca McCoy (Madelaine), John Lombardi (Goldberg), Wayne LeGette (Gold), Roxanne Fay (Dolores), Kerry Lynn Foley (Mae), Patte Depova (Kate), James Martin Roberts (Black), Nicole Kaplan (Nadine), Dean-Carlo Grant (Eddie) and William Cortez-Statham (Oscar). Luerne Herrera is the musical director.

"Manhattan decadence in the 1920s provides the backdrop for this tough musical fable," according to freeFall Theatre Company. "Queenie, a vaudeville chorine, hosts the blow-out of the title with her vicious lover, a black-face minstrel, and the guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone. The jazz and gin soaked party rages with a mounting sense of threat, and when midnight debauchery leads to tragedy at dawn, the high-flying characters land with a sobering thud, reminding us that no party lasts forever."

The Wild Party is based on Joseph Moncure March's celebrated jazz age poem of the same name and features music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and a book by LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe. The original Broadway production, directed by Wolfe, played 36 previews and 68 regular performances at the Virginia Theatre in 2000. The New York cast included Toni Collette, Leah Hocking, Eartha Kitt, Marc Kudisch, Norm Lewis, Michael McElroy, Mandy Patinkin and Tonya Pinkins. Studio@620 is located at 620 First Avenue South in St. Petersburg, FL. Tickets, priced $20-$34.50, are available by visiting or by calling (727) 895-6620.

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