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The Wild Party presented by freeFall Theatre Company

This cutting-edge musical erases the line between audience and action.

freeFall Theatre Company presents the cutting-edge musical, The Wild Party, by George C. Wolf and Michael John LaChiusa.  This ground-breaking musical, based on Joseph Moncure March's celebrated jazz age poem, will play in an entirely re-imagined production at St. Petersburg's Studio@620 from September 17-28. 

About The Wild Party

Manhattan decadence in the 1920's provides the backdrop for this tough musical fable.  Queenie, a vaudeville chorine, hosts the blow-out of the title with her vicious lover, a black-face minstrel.  The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone: Queenie's conniving rival; a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy; a washed-up boxer; a black brother act; a diva of indeterminate age and infinite life experience; the fresh-off-the-farm ingénue whose naïveté quickly evaporates; a lesbian actress and her comatose girlfriend; and the bargain basement Valentino who catches Queenie's roving eye.  The jazz and gin soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat as artifice and illusion are stripped away.  When midnight debauchery leads to tragedy at dawn, the high-flying characters land with a sobering thud, reminding us that no party lasts forever.

This visceral and thrilling work which tests the bounds of the musical theatre genre, employs a highly sophisticated jazz-inspired contemporary score by Michael John LaChiusa, one of America's foremost musical theatre composers.  This production will mark the first of LaChiusa's works to ever be presented to Tampa Bay audiences.  Talkin' Broadway called it, "...a dark, sensual, and glittering musical."  Curtain Up said it was, "...a polished theatrical entertainment, with a distinctive edginess."

A Wild Experience

This production by freeFall Theatre Company, directed by Artistic Director Eric Davis, will immerse the audience in the boisterous and decadent world of 1920's 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 of fifteen talented professional actor/singers.   Each show will be prefaced with a social hour where audience members are invited to mingle, relax, and become part of the party.

Please Note

The Wild Party contains adult themes, language, and situations as well as brief moments of partial nudity, which may not be appropriate for all audiences.

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