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A story about an unlikely friendship and the struggle to hold on to tradition in a modern world

The Chosen Adapted by Aaron Posner & Chaim Potok,
from the novel by Chaim Potok

Directed by T. Scott Wooten

Previews September 3 and 4
Opening Night Friday, September 5
Closes Sunday, September 28, 2014

Spotlight Series: LEARN
Sunday, August 24 @ 1pm
Guest Speaker: T. Scott Wooten, director of THE CHOSEN

Spotlight Series: ENGAGE
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Talk-back with Cast

Special Performances:

“Pay What You Can” Night
Wednesday, September 3 @ 8pm

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND we will be having an additional performance at 8pm on Sunday, September 28!


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"Examines the freedom that comes with the passage from childhood to adulthood -- intellectual freedom, religious freedom, America's promise of freedom."
-Philadelphia Weekly

"A play about the universals of family, faith, and friendship. A work of profound beauty...a marvel of theatrical do not want the performance to end." -Berkshire On Stage

It is 1944 Brooklyn, and two Jewish boys grow up five blocks and a world apart. A standing-room-only hit wherever it has played, this award-winning adaptation (from the award-winning novel) is by the same creators of last year’s hit MY NAME IS ASHER LEV. The play begins when Reuven and Danny play a heated game of baseball between rival yeshivas…until one is badly hurt. As their unique friendship grows, they learn important lessons about their fathers, their community, and themselves.

David Friedman -- Young Reuven
Justin LeVine -- Danny Saunders
Dan Matisa* -- Older Reuven
Joseph Parra* -- Reb Saunders
David Sitler* -- David Malter

*= member, Actor's Equity Association

Read the Previews -- Click Below:

Tampa Bay Times Preview by Stephanie Hayes
The Tampa Tribune Preview by Walt Belcher
Sarasota Herald-Tribune Preview by Jay Handelman
The Jewish Press Preview

Read the Reviews -- Click Below:

"THE CHOSEN teaches valuable lessons…[yet] never feels overwhelming.…a life-affirming play…, attempts to unearth the humanity behind the unsteady walls humans build around each other…hefty and meditative with a thread of sweetness that moves it along…Perhaps the strangest thing about THE CHOSEN is what's not there…It's a story about nattering between families, minus any noticeable nattering."
–Stephanie Hayes, Tampa Bay Times

FOUR STARS -- American Stage’s The Chosen will move more than a select few…Choice drama…moving and illuminating…T. Scott Wooten’s staging is superb…strikingly good-looking production…notably intelligent play and should speak to anyone who’s ever made contact with someone on the other side of the many lines that divides us. – Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing

"Astounding, Powerful...THE CHOSEN…is like visiting a moment from your past and not wanting to leave…five fine actors and an amazing set that elevates THE CHOSEN into an unforgettable experience…exquisitely directed and acted with a story that truly connects with audiences…The blocking is seamless, the acting soul-stirring, and the pace is spot on. This is one of the tightest productions you will ever see... For those who love the book, they will certainly love the show; for those who have never read it or know nothing about it, it will be a revelation."
–Peter Nason,

What the Patrons are Saying:

"Fabulous performance last night. We were touched by the play and the acting. Great job to all! And thank you."

"Saw this play last night; it was outstanding! Cast, writing and direction all top notch. Two Blake students were terrific and held their own!"

"...[S]aw The Chosen last night. FANTASTIC! ...Great cast. Great set. Great Director and staff! Congratulations all around."

"Great job on The Chosen. An insightful, thought provoking play."

"American Stage at its best. Bravo!"

"Loved it."

"We are grateful for the delightful evening was had as we attended the play, The Chosen, on Thursday. The casting was great, the material was so well covered...we came away with an appreciation for your theatre."

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Click here to watch cast members Joseph Parra and David Sitler on Studio 10!

2014-2015 Season -
Mainstage Ticket Prices and Performance Times:

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm. 
Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 3pm

2014-2015 Performance Pricing:
$29 Thursday Previews
$39 Wednesday, Thursday Evenings and Saturday and Sunday Matinees
$49 Friday and Saturday Evenings
$59 Opening Night - includes pre-performance reception

Additional Information
Student Advance tickets are $20. 
Student Rush tickets are $10, 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Senior (adults age 65 and up) and Retired Military Discount - Receive $2 off single tickets.
Artist Discount - Tickets are $20
Active military tickets are FREE with valid I.D. 20% off additional tickets
for friends and family.

To receive one of the above discounts, you must go through our box office. Valid I.D. must be presented to our box office. Only one discount can be used per ticket.
Please contact the box office for further details or questions.

We want to fill our house!
In the event that you are unable to use your tickets, please call our box office 24 hours in advance of scheduled performance. You can exchange your tickets for another performance of the same production. Thank you in advance for your communication so that we can allow as many people as possible to enjoy the show.

American Stage Theatre Company is located at the Raymond James Theatre,
163 3rd Street North in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

For tickets, please call the American Stage Box Office at (727) 823-PLAY (7529) or

Services and Facilities
Physical Accessibility: The theatre features
accessible parking, entrances, restrooms, and seating.
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Please note: this does not apply to loading zones
or otherwise restricted parking signage (red signs).

Listening System:
Theatregoers may enjoy the
free infrared listening system from any seat.

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