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Stereotypes in America by Adrienne Nadeau

A Series of Monologues About All the Things You’re Not Supposed To Talk About


A new play by Adrienne Nadeau.

Race. Religion. Sexuality. 

The topics you’re not supposed to discuss in polite conversation have become the focus of this series of monologues written by Adrienne Nadeau.  

The Studio@620 has culled Tampa Bay’s young talent to find provocative and compelling performers.  Boasting new, fresh actors and experienced veterans of stage and screen, our cast is as diverse as the monologues. 

Capturing the stories of a Black man who complains that the stereotypes of African Americans don’t reflect who he is, a Muslim girl standing her ground against a lecture on the futility of her religion, an Athiest handing out flyers on the street corner, a man questioning his sexuality, a woman explaining the truth of her bisexuality, the voices merge to combat the stereotypes of America today. 

Adrienne Nadeau wrote her monologue series as a student in the University of Tampa’s class on alternative writing.  Performed as a stage reading for the University of Tampa’s Honors College, the collection won praise from professors and students alike. 

The Studio@620 eagerly picked up the collection and Jeffrey Skatzka, the curator for The Pen Is Mightier, is co-directing with Adrienne Nadeau.  Skatzka is also a writer and performer in his own right.

This unique performance is sure to be remembered as a groundbreaking event for Tampa Bay theatre. The pieces will make you think, challenge your beliefs, and force you to question your own views.  While the stories might seem unbelievable at times, every piece is based on a story from a Florida resident.  Adrienne admits she didn’t have to look far to find inspiration .The voices of the characters are sincere and evocative, and the talented cast adds passion and conviction to the work.

Proceeds of Stereotypes In  America will go to The Warrior Woman Inc., a local non-profit organization dedicated to bringing empowering writing workshop to teens and at-risk youth.  Over $400 in merchandise and gift certificatesfrom Blue Martini, Build-A-Bear, the Tampa Improv, and more will be raffled off for additional donations to the organization. 

Starring: Amanda Abadi, David Durney, Richard Girard, Venus Jones & Ibin Rogers

Directed by: Adrienne Nadeau & Jeffrey Skatza

Photo by Drew Nadeau

In Review

 Adrienne Nadeau’s characters in “Stereotypes in America” rail against assumptions the world makes about them. In showing us their astonishment, embarrassment, impatience, and rage, she allows us to  see the vast, disfiguring wound in our country, and she opens us to the hope of healing through understanding. In succinct, biting anecdotes, her characters explain to us how they deflect the limited understanding of those around them in order to free themselves and be wholly who they are. Though every monologue strikes us with freshness and courage, Nadeau’s work makes us realize we wish we weren’t able to recognize so much in it.  Wise, disarming, and often funny, “Stereotypes in America” promises to open minds and hearts. -- DR. LISA BIRNBAUM, UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA

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