2014-2015 Season Gala – August 15 at the Thelma A. Boltin Center

ART GALA 0814 WEBThe Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce its Community Celebration Fundraising Gala for the 2014-2015 Season on Friday, August 15th at 7:00 PM at the Thelma A. Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Avenue!

Attendees will enjoy scenes from the ART’s upcoming six mainstage shows– True West, Sherlock Holmes & the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Another Antigone, Kimberly Akimbo and A Piece of my Heart.

Between scenes, a silent auction will be held to benefit the theatre, featuring products and services from some of Gainesville’s most iconic shops and professionals. Tickets to shows will be given away throughout the night and specials on flex tickets and season tickets will be available. Directors and board members will be on-hand to answer inquiries and celebrate the season.

Tickets are on a sliding scale, starting at $5. Wine, soda and light hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the night.

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre began in 1980 as a venue for productions that are not part of the usual offerings of a community theater. Here, audiences can see plays by local authors, plays that touch upon current social issues and plays that challenge one’s beliefs and provoke engaging discussion. But there are also plays by familiar playwrights; plays that have been enjoyed by audiences for years.

For more information, please visit www.acrosstown.org or phone 352-BE IN ART.

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s
2014-2015 Season:

True West
by Sam Shepard, Directed by Michael McShane & George Steven O’Brien
Here is a classic case of sibling rivalry— Austin, the screenwriter, reconciles with older brother, Lee, as their mother vacations in Alaska. Enter the Producer, Saul— and things begin to churn. Witness the raw emotions that build to a head: can the two brothers coexist? What of the absent father? Will anyone survive the curse of the family and the battle between the old west and the new? “Shepard’s masterwork…. It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37 year old genius.” —New York Post
August 22-September 7, 2014

Sherlock Holmes & the Adventure of the Suicide Club
by Jeffrey Hatcher, Directed by Bradley T. Hicks
Welcome to the Suicide Club— a secret London society where some of Europe’s most powerful men gather to play a game: the game of murder. But the club has a new member, Sherlock Holmes: brilliant, brooding, the greatest detective in the world. Does Holmes wish to die? Can his friend Dr. Watson save him? Or doesn’t Holmes want to be saved? A new thriller featuring the famed sleuth in a tale full of mystery, romance, twists and chills. “Hatcher has a winner with SHERLOCK HOLMES. It’s intelligent, clever, teasing, seductively engaging and just plain fun.” —Tucson Weekly
October 10-26, 2014

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
by Tom Mula, Directed by Carolyne Salt
Back for its second year! Welcome to the real story behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol– Marley’s heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge’s soul, while in the process, saving his own. Marley is not alone, however; he is aided by the Bogle, an irreverent little sprite with an agenda all his own. In this fast-paced, hilarious and deeply-moving soon-to-be Christmas classic, four actors bring dozens of Dickens’s characters to life and take you on a fantastic journey certain to put you in the Christmas spirit. “Of all the holiday shows dotting the theatrical landscape, none shines brighter than Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.” —The Life
Nov 28-Dec 21, 2014

Another Antigone
by A. R. Gurney, Directed by Karelisa Hartigan
A tenured teacher with opinions all his own. A young, Jewish student with challenging beliefs. A battle over communal obligation and private conscience. In this funny and thought-provoking play, Gurney, with his trademark rich dialogue and sly wit, explores University life from both sides and raises many questions about anti-Semitism, academic integrity and the tradeoff between classical education and job placement (to name just a few). “A synopsis can only hint at the romantic strength and richness of this splendid play” —The New Yorker.
Jan 23-Feb 8, 2015

Kimberly Akimbo
by David Lindsay-Abaire, Directed by Jessica Arnold & James T. Henri
Meet Kimberly: a normal teenaged girl struggling with normal teenaged problems— a dysfunctional family, feelings of being misunderstood, the possibility of first love… and a body that ages four times faster than it should. This Pulitzer-prize winning play treads that delicate area where black comedy, satire and all-too-familiar realism meet— a rare treat in theatre. “A wacky, touching and totally charming dark comedy that gives a whole new meaning to ‘coming of age story.’” —NY Daily News
March 6-22, 2015

A Piece of my Heart
by Shirley Lauro, Directed by Deborah Dickey
Six young women go to Viet Nam— an Army brat turned Navy nurse, a wannabe rock-star turned USO performer, a nurse who wants to save the world, a debutante and Vassar grad who wants adventure, a streetwise kid who wants to pay for school and protest the war by taking part in it, and a black WAC who finds the racism in her department too limiting— and discover deep truths about themselves and about our world. Recently named “The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Vets Association, it’s guaranteed to touch even the most hardened heart. “There have been a number of plays dealing with Viet Nam, but none with the direct, emotional impact of Ms. Lauro’s work.” —The New York Times
May 15-June 6, 2015

We’ll see you Friday, August 15 at 7:00 PM at the Thelma A. Boltin Center!

July Dark Nights: Playwrights’ Showcase, Puppet Fest and Theater Strike Force!

July DARK NIGHTS at the ART
All performances are $10, unless otherwise stated

Saturday, July 12 at 8pm:
Amazing IMPROV with UF’s Theatre Strike Force!

 Gainesville Homegrown” Local Playwrights Readers Theatre— July 18 & 19

Friday July 18 at 8pm:
Small Town Knights by Chuck Lipsig

Saturday, July 19 at 8pm:
The Shortcut by Ken Brown & Rachel Wayne
Rest in Pieces by LeRoy Clark
The Truth about Josha by LeRoy Clark

Sunday, July 20 at 2pm:  
Puppet & Marionette Workshop for Children
Cost is $5 per child

Sunday, July 20 at 7pm:
YEE-HAW Junction!
Join ART veteran Jerry Rose in a madcap romp through some of his recently constructed light verses in the style of Ogden Nash.

 Puppet Show Weekend: July 25, 26 & 27

Friday & Saturday, July 25 & 26, at 8pm:
Puppets! With Georgie O’Brien & Crew
Note: Some strong language and adult situations, parental guidance advised.

Sunday, July 27 at 2pm:
Puppet & Marionette Workshop for Children
Cost is $5 per child

  • Mission

    The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s mission is to engage, educate, challenge, and inspire the minds and hearts of our diverse community of patrons through the healing mediums of artistry, community outreach, and sponsorship of local talent wherever we may find it; and by practicing mindful, compassionate awareness of the importance of culture in our lives. Founded in 1980 and staffed entirely by volunteers, the ART is a certified 501(c)3 nonprofit.