Play Local: Tampa Works And The Young Dramatists Project

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Stageworks Theatre says
Stageworks' annual TampaWorks Festival celebrates places, people and experiences that are unique to Tampa Bay and help define its culture. We’ve joined forces this year with The Gorilla Theatre's nationally acclaimed Young Dramatists Project. This joint project creates one of a handful of intergenerational playwriting projects in the nation.

Made possible by Tucker Hall, the Bank of America, the Rays Baseball Foundation and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. In partnership with The Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

This year’s Young Dramatists Project plays:

“The Gardener's Fault”
By Alice Darrow
From Shorecrest Prep
Playwriting Teacher William Leavengood
Directed by Fanni Green
"Not every flower was meant to bloom but that's not the Gardener's fault."

“Sunsets”
By Evan Fineout
From Northeast High School
Playwriting Teacher Tia Jemison
Directed by Joe Winskye
A reminder to seize the moment before the moment's gone.

“2014 World War II Casualty”
By Adam Mirajkar
From Blake High School
Playwriting Teacher Jaime Giangrande-Holcom
Directed by Ami Sallee
A remnant from from an historical war is the catalyst for an unexpected visit to the void between the planes of existence.

“Woman Laughing Alone Eating Salad”
By Regan Moore
From Blake High School
Playwriting Teacher Sean Ryan Paris
Directed by Ami Sallee
One moment in time, one single moment, changes the life of the woman laughing alone eating salad

“The Blue Troll”
By Savannah Pearson
From Shorecrest Prep
Playwriting Teacher William Leavengood
Directed by Joe Winskye
Only a friend can tell the hard truths no one wants to hear.


This year's TampaWorks plays include two special commissions:

"Big Bird" by David Warner, Editor in Chief of Creative Loafing Tampa
Directed by Matthew Ray
A talking pelican gets in an argument with Northerners on Bayshore.

"Eight Miles High" by Paul Wilborn, Executive Director of The Palladium Theatre
Directed by Matthew Ray
A crazed plane ride over South Tampa.

And works by local playwrights:

"Elevator" by Sheila Cowley
Directed by Johnny Garde
When your daydreams are an aging swinger. Plus gorilla.

"The Shoe Department" by Phillip Hall
Directed by Johnny Garde
Mike helps his elderly father Jay take his daily walk. Today they find themselves in an abandoned space that Jay claims once housed “The Shoe Department.” But it really housed some priceless memories.

"The Mata Hari of Hillsborough" by Barbara St. Clair
Directed by Matthew Ray
An investigative reporter tries to get inside a paralegal’s mind and find out what really happened at that Tampa watering hole, that night, with the lawyer representing the other side, and why - given all that's happened since - she still won’t talk about it.
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