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Dec 8, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

"FOR THE LOVE OF GRATITUDE AND REDEMPTION"

By Tom Mula

TIMES:

Varies due to the holidays

PRICES:

Wednesday Preview, Dec 8, “Pay What You Can” at the door or $20 in advance
Thursday Preview, Dec 9, $20
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings & Saturday Matinees, $47
Sunday Matinees, $53
Friday/Saturday Evenings, $53/57
Opening Night, Dec 10, $75

Gala Under The Stars

Charles Dickens wrote a short story that has become one of the most adapted pieces of literature in history. The story of Scrooge is well known, but what about Marley? How did his haunting afterlife begin? In his version of the carol, Marley is escorted by a spritely creature along the pathway to redeeming his soul – by helping to save the one man on earth who was more greedy and sour than himself. We come to find that self sacrifice can make a difference in the end.

“…[Blends] a Dickens sensibility with a taste for fairy tales and contemporary wit…thoroughly charming—a holiday treat…” — Chicago Herald

Mainstage Sponsor

  • Tim McCormick & Jeff Brizzi
  • Susan & Pete Greenbaum
    Opening Night Hosts

Commemorative Program Sponsor

Meet The Team

Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj
Director/Choreographer

Rajendra is a multi-disciplinary American Theater Artist, Administrator, and Activist. Mr. Maharaj was twice hailed in The New York Times as a Critics Pick for his work in the American Theater and a member of the BIPOC Leadership Circle. He is currently the Producing Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of American Stage.

Mr. Maharaj has been honored with many awards including the prestigious Woodie King Jr. Award, four Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards, Barrymore Award, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Theatrical Moment of the Year, The New York International Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award, Theater Communications Group Directors Grant and Playwriting Grant, Recipient of the 2020 National Alliance for Musical Theater Fifteen-Minute Musical Theater Challenge Award.

As a storyteller, Mr. Maharaj has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at many of our nation’s top Regional Theaters including the Bernard B. Jacobs, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, The Public, Second Stage Theatre, Soho Playhouse, Classical Theater of Harlem, , Nuyorican Poets Café, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Lark Play Development Center, Actors Theater of Louisville, Goodman Theater, The Kennedy Center, and Arkansas Repertory Theater.

Mr. Maharaj’s was a finalist for the 2021 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. And he is the recipient of the 2021 Negro Ensemble Company Cutting Edge Playhouse Playwriting Residency.

The Band

Meet The Cast

Saren Nofs Snyder*
Actor 1

Saren is a Chicago and Portland based actor who is overwhelmed to debut at American Stage after 748 days away from the theatre. Most recently, she was seen as Regina in The Little Foxes (Citadel Theatre). Selected credits include Regan in King Lear, Lady Percy/Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV, II, and Celia in As You Like It (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Masha in Three Sisters (Piven Theatre); Lady Caroline in Enchanted April (Artists Repertory Theatre); Lady Croom in Arcadia (New Leaf); Mme. Dupont in Anything To Declare? (KC Rep); and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Margaret in Richard III, and Titania/Hippolyta in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Riverside Shakepeare). Saren originated the role of Barbara in Lanford Wilson’s Sympathetic Magic/2009 (Profile). MFA in Acting, University of Missouri, Kansas City. Saren wishes to thank her mentor, Lisa Wolpe (founder, Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company), and her fiance, Mark for his patience. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Amanda Jane Snyder
Actor 2

Amanda is thrilled to be returning to the stage after nearly 2 years of zoom productions! She is no stranger to Rajendra’s work and was last seen under his direction as Hannah in Charlottesville, and Ensemble in productions of Black Footnotes and Othello, The Panther. Other New York and regional credits include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (MTI Workshop), Kathy Seldon in Singin’ In The Rain, Yonah in Children Of Eden, Dorothy in Summer Of ‘42 (Little Victory Theater), Christmastime (Reagle Music Theater), and The Fantasticks (Booth Theater). Aside from Acting, Amanda has her MA in Exercise Science and Nutrition and is currently a Strength and Conditioning Coach for Actors, Singers, and Dancers. Follow her @trainwithamandajane or visit trainwithamandajane.com. Actors are ATHLETES!

Patrick A. Jackson*
Actor 3

Patrick is an actor, teaching artist and creative with a passion for cultivating community through the art of storytelling. He is an alumnus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Regional Credits: It’s A Wonderful Life (American Stage), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Jobsite Theatre), Gloria (Mad Cow Theatre), A Raisin In The Sun (American Stage), White Rabbit/Red Rabbit (Urbanite), Alice With A Twist (Florida Studio Theatre). Off-stage, Patrick is an Associate Artistic Producer at American Stage. He is the host of The Black Hand Side Podcast and Director of Multimedia for Today’s Church Tampa Bay. He is also a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Actor’s Equity. Patrick is a proud son of Cynthia and Patrick D. Jackson and thankful to return to in person storytelling. May it continue to inspire thought, conversation and change across the local and global community. www.patrickajackson.com

Amber McNew*
Actor 4

Amber is so grateful and thrilled to be joining this brilliant cast and creative team for her American Stage debut! She recently received her Master’s of Acting at The FSU/ Asolo Repertory for Actor Training. She was last seen on the Theater at Monmouth (Monmouth, ME) stage in George Brant’s one-woman show Grounded. Amber passionately believes in using theatre as a vehicle for healing, teaching, and perspective; for giving voice to the communities that have been silenced and overseen for so long (BIPOC and LGBT+ especially). She thanks you for your time and energy; stay groovy, yall.

* Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Actors’ Equity Association (“Equity”), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 actors and stage managers, Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an International organization of performing arts unions. www.actorsequity.org

What happens if it rains?

A little rain certainly won’t stop us, but should weather conditions look serious enough to cancel or abruptly discontinue a performance, ticket-holders will be able to exchange their tickets for another performance. If a call to cancel a performance is made prior to the show starting we will make the announcement on our facebook page.  If you have any questions you can call the Box Office at 727.823.7529 or email boxoffice@americanstage.org

Will there be food & drink available for purchase?

This year American Stage will not be providing full picnic spreads at Park. There will be light snacks available to purchase. *No alcohol is allowed to be brought into the park, by City Ordinance.

Where can I park?

Demens Landing Park is located on the waterfront right in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. Below are the two closest parking options: Southcore Garage 101 1st Avenue South St Petersburg, FL 33701 $1.00 per hour (max $7.00) Al Lang parking Lot # 1 230 1st Street South St Petersburg, FL 33701 $5.00 per day until 3:00am. For more downtown St. Pete parking visit DiscoverDowntown.

What kind of chairs are allowed in the General and Premium Blanket Seating Area?

Only chairs without legs are allowed in the blanket seating areas. Here is an example of a ‘Stadium Seat’ which is acceptable for the seating section:

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES

December 5, 2021 at 1pm

Take a peek behind the curtain before the opening of each production with a presentation by American Stage staff. They provide insight into the history and central themes of the play, as well as a discussion with members of the creative team who provide an insider’s perspective on their process.

Guest Speakers include: Dedee Aleccia, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj and Rachel Harrison.

Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members

Beyond The Footlights: TALKBACK

December 12, 16, 23, 30 (Directly following select performances)

After experiencing the performance, join Producing Artistic Director, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, for a conversation exploring and reflecting on the themes, connections, and ideas that ignite us. Guest panelists include relevant voices from the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay community and beyond.

Guests:

December 12- Barbara St. Clair, Creative Pinellas

December 16- Caryn Nesmith, University of South Florida

December 23 -Nathan Bruemmer, LGBTQ Consumer Advocate Office of the Commissioner

December 30- Reverend Kenny Irby

Free for performance ticket holders.

Before the Show: PROLOGUE

Fridays, Saturday Matinees and Sundays (30 minutes prior to select performances)

December 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 31, January 2

Arrive early to explore fascinating details about the play and the artists who brought it to life in this brief pre-show presentation. Learn what to look for as you head into the theatre to experience the world of the play.

Free for performance ticket holders.

Christmas Caroling and more with American Stage’s Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj

December 6, 2021

Thirteen weeks into his tenure as American Stage’s producing artistic director, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj reports that things are moving along according to plan.

Rajendra R. Maharaj: First Black artistic director of major Florida theater

October 28, 2021

In 2021, it’s still groundbreaking when a Black person takes over as artistic director of a major American theater. But in Florida, it’s even bigger news because it’s the first time in the entire state.

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