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Golden Ticket Theatre Series 2010-2011

Theatre Package includes 7 tickets for 7 upcoming productions

The Studio@620 Announces its “Golden Ticket” Theatre Series: An Inaugural Subscription-Based Theatre Season for 2010-2011

The Studio@620 has announced its first full subscription-based season of theatre, their Golden Ticket Series. The seven play series will include two world premieres, the Tampa Bay-area’s triumphant return of LANGSTON HUGHES' BLACK NATIVITY at the Palladium and the tenth anniversary remount of the award-winning UNCLE BENDS, A HOME-COOKED NEGRO NARRATIVE.

This season, The Studio@620 will also be producing the world premiere of Christian Couture’s new comedy, THE MEN; local playwright Heather Jones’ historical drama, MURDER BALLAD; and Mark Leib’s romantic comedy, AMERICAN DUET, performed in repertory with the world premiere of Stephen Riordan’s SEVEN DEADLY PLAYS.

“We are so excited about our first official season of theatre at The Studio@620,” said Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of The Studio@620. “Being a theatre performer, director and playwright, it only makes sense for us to produce a full season of theatre that will keep Tampa Bay-area audiences on the edge of their seats.”

Tampa Bay Theatre-goers are encouraged to purchase a season subscription which will secure their place at each play for a reduced ticket price.   (Package subscription rates will save up to $48 per person when compared to purchasing individual tickets for each performance.)


Golden Ticket Package Details

Subscription prices are $92/ General Audience or $87/Student or Senior Audience and can be purchased by phone at 727-895-6620 or online at

Recipients will receive 7 Golden Tickets to use when attending this series of 7 plays—a maximum of 2 golden tickets per household per play will be accepted. 


Season Schedule and Detailed Play Synopsis

BLACK NATIVITY by Langston Hughes

December 3 - 5, 2010 (Held at the Palladium Theater)

Combining Langston Hughes’ poetry with the gospel music of today, BLACK NATIVITY touches a special chord in the hearts of all. It’s a celebration that tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music and dance. A St. Petersburg Holiday fixture for many years, it is considered the African-American community’s Christmas gift to the world.


THE MEN by Christian Couture - The World Premiere Comedy!

December 16 - January 9, 2011

Finding inspiration from THE WOMEN, Claire Boothe Luce’s classic comedy, THE MEN tells the story of a group of modern gay men in Manhattan, and what happens when one of them has to deal with the infidelity of his partner and the gossip that follows. A 21st century romantic comedy that will keep audiences talking long after they leave the theater, be among the first to see this new classic in the making.


Here's To You Harold Pinter -- Presented by Revolve Theatre Company

January 27-February 6, 2011

The life work of Harold Pinter is celebrated in this night of one-acts by a talented company of actors and directors.


MURDER BALLAD By Heather Jones - Co-Produced with The Blue Scarf Collective

April 21-30, 2011

MURDER BALLAD tells the story of men and women in Knoxville, TN, one year after the end of the Civil War, as they struggle to accept the tragedies they experienced during the war, and embrace love and life.  Eastern TN, like most of Appalachia, was split during the war, friend fighting friend and brother fighting brother, causing pain and hostility that didn’t end with the war. Based on the stories in traditional American murder ballads, the play is a tense, spooky, heartbreaking and hopeful look at how war affects community. Directed by Christopher Rutherford.



June 2 – 17, 2011

An exciting play by noted playwright, professor and theatre critic Mark E. Leib, AMERICAN DUET follows Charlie and Jessica from their first date in 1970 to a momentous rendezvous in 2001. Over these 30 years, there are marriages and divorces, shared projects, angry fallings-out and lots of politics. Jessica, a student radical, remains a revolutionary all her life, just as Charlie becomes increasingly conservative. Even with their differences, their long friendship - and sometimes love - can't be broken. Some of the milestones along the way include: Vietnam, feminism, the Carter Campaign, the Reagan landslide, the fall of communism and September 11. The story of their ups and downs over the years will speak to anyone who has felt just how stunning developments over the last four decades have been.


Seven Deadly Plays by Stephen Riordan- A World Premiere!

June 2 - 17, 2011

Remember the Seven Deadly Sins from the Bible? Greed, Pride, Sloth, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony, and Pride. See them performed on stage at the Studio! (or at least plays based on each sin!) A must see theatrical event that is biblical in its grandeur, yet astonishingly personal in its nature, SEVEN DEADLY PLAYS will make a hot Tampa Bay-area summer even steamier. The first three tales of this intriguing series will run in repertory with American Duet.  The final four plays will be presented in future seasons.


UNCLE BENDS, A HOME-COOKED NEGRO NARRATIVE by Bob Devin Jones - 10th Anniversary Encore Production

July 14-17, 2011

Join prolific playwright and actor Bob Devin Jones as he cooks up a batch of beans and rice for audiences while telling the highly original stories of a railroad cook, a quilt-making grandmother, a shoeshine boy, a Bible-thumping preacher and a slave woman. UNCLE BENDS is both entertaining and slyly political in its exploration of the legacy of those people who are sometimes characterized as sell-outs, and debates about how to deal with one's racial identity.


DEATH AND THE MAIDEN By Ariel Dorfman - Produced by A Simple Theatre Company

September 1-11, 2011

Ariel Dorfman’s DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, winner of the Sir Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season in 1992 will be A Simple Theatre Company’s inaugural production.  Set in an unnamed country that is, like the author's native Chile, emerging from a totalitarian dictatorship, the play explores the after effects of repression on hearts and souls. This white-knuckle thriller is a riveting intellectual and emotional tug of war.


Additional Bonus Play!

Also included in the Golden Ticket Series is a bonus play to be announced.  Stay tuned for details to come!

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