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10/20/2020 Member News

American Stage Launches 20-21 REIMAGINE Season with LETTERS TO KAMALA An exploration of inspiring Female Firsts, told with humor and wisdom

 


St. Petersburg, FL - American Stage’s Digital Theatre Series, part of their 2020-2021 REIMAGINE Season, opens with an American Stage commissioned work by Rachel Lynett, “Letters to Kamala.” Premiering Oct. 21, this work features three pioneering women of color in politics – Charlotta Bass, Charlene Mitchell and Patsy Mink – delivering wisdom, perspective and wry humor as they address Kamala Harris, and the cultural significance and psychological weight of her Vice-Presidential nomination.

“I’m excited because I hope this play will inspire conversations about change, loss and what can best help us move forward together, united as a nation.” playwright Rachel Lynett said. 

American Stage’s Digital Theatre Series features three plays in three months, created for digital theatre and accessible to anyone, anywhere. In addition to “Letters to Kamala,” the series also includes “Kate - The Unexamined Life of Katharine Hepburn” by Rick Foster in November and “Nosotros La Gente (We The People),” an American Stage commissioned work by Jerry Montoya, in December. 

"’Letters to Kamala’ represents a new way of coming together to create powerful stories that speak to this moment,” CEO/Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte said. “Lynett's digital play, created for American Stage and developed in the weeks leading up to our presidential election, will surprise audiences in the diversity of its perspectives of three significant figures in American political history, while connecting us to the performances of three stunning actresses."

“Letters to Kamala” runs select dates Wednesday, OCT. 21 - NOV 8. The first performance on OCT. 21 will be for Premiere Members only. The first week of performances will be live, with the recorded stream being shown the following two weeks. The production is approximately 75 minutes long and is intended for ages 12+. There are adult situations and language.

This story of trailblazing women of color is being brought to life by artists in five different cities. Playwright Rachel Lynett has worked with American Stage previously, her work being a part of their 21st Century Voices: 2020 New Play Festival and during summer 2020’s New Shorts. The cast includes two returning actors as well as one making her American Stage debut. This is also the American Stage debut of director Dawn Monique Williams. 

Cast 
Dee Selmore as Charlotta Bass (Previously seen in SKELETON CREW, RAISIN IN THE SUN)
Renata Eastlick* as Charlene Mitchell (Previously seen in MAMMA MIA!, GOOD PEOPLE, IN THE HEIGHTS)
Mia Tagano* as Patsy Mink (American Stage debut) 
 
Creative Team
Rachel Lynett (Playwright)
Dawn Monique Williams# (Director)
Rachel Harrison (Production Associate)
Jerid Fox (Production Designer)
Jill Castle (Costume Designer)

*Member of SAG-AFTRA | #Member of Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers

American Stage REIMAGINE Season Memberships 
This season, American Stage has introduced a new membership program that provides all-access, all-season to nine streaming productions performed live on their Virtual Stage, including “Letters to Kamala.” Memberships can be purchased individually or by household. 

Patrons can learn more about memberships, including the benefits of being a member and the three different types of memberships, at americanstage.org/membership

American Stage REIMAGINE Individual Ticket Streams
Individual LIVE ticket streams are also available for $25 and include a single stream of “Letters to Kamala” for 6 hours from time of performance. Individual LIVE ticket stream performances begin on Thursday, October 22 and run through October 25. 

You can also purchase Individual RECORDED ticket streams for $15 which include a single stream of “Letters to Kamala” for 6 hours from time of performance. Individual RECORDED ticket stream performances begin on Friday, October 30 and run through November 8. A full list of performances can be found here.

American Stage 20.21 REIMAGINE SEASON GUIDE offers further details about programming as well as a FAQ section. 

Please contact American Stage via telephone at (727) 823-7529 or email us at boxoffice@americanstage.org if you have any questions, or if you’d like assistance from our team in accessing your American Stage account or connecting with our Virtual Stage. You may also refer to our American Stage Personal Ticketing Account Guide by clicking here.