A Rave Review in Creative Loafing; and I acknowledged Creative Pinellas from he stage for helping to ignore a number of my creative projects with their Returning Artists grant. Last chance to see the show is Sunday, Sept. 17, 2:00. Tickets are still available. http://www.cltampa.com/arts-entertainment/theater/article/20975805/webbs-city-the-musical-is-a-must-particularly-if-you-live-in-st-pete
Heading out this morning with my wife, Diana, to paper downtown businesses with Webb's City posters and postcards. This is the original logo from 2000 by David Meeks of Phillip Gary Design with new graphic work by Corinne Leavengood. Got confirmation that a special guest cameo will be made on opening night, Sept. 14th. Banner should go up outside the Palladium by Aug. 9th. It's all Webb's, all the time now (oh, and school starting next week).
I have spent two afternoons pouring through the photo archives at the St. Petersburg Museum of History gathering images to help set time, place and mood for WEBB'S CITY: THE MUSICAL, A Concert Version (Sept. 14-17 at The Palladium Theater) which will feature projections of fantastic photos from St. Petersburg and Webb's Cit's past. Thank you to SPMH for all of your help!
We are excited to announce the cast for WEBB'S CITY: THE MUSICAL, A Concert Version, coming to the Palladium in downtown St. Pete Sept. 14-17. Get your tickets at mypalladium.org!
Doc Webb……………..Jim Sorensen
Aretta Webb…………..Emilee Dupre
Leo Kerns………………….Terrence Jamison
Frank Hubert……………..Charles Reynolds
Marie Webb……………….Emilia Sargent
Breadline Betty………….Stephanie Roberts
Bunie Webb………………..Michael McGuigan
Jimmy Webb………………..Mitch Marois
Ensemble… Susie Rayburn, Josh Moody, Olivia Sargent Charlotte Leavengood, Senna Prasatthong-osoth, Will Hess, Ari Weiss, Shannon Wright, Reilly O’Neill, Erin Wilson, Oliver Hess
Back home after two weeks of work and play in NYC. Workshops or readings of three new plays: YELLOWSTONE, SISTER MOTHERS OF GULFPORT and SILVER ALERT (first of two acts). Great casts, great audience response, extremely helpful feedback and a whole bunch of writing. Have submitted Paleo Man short film to Sundance, Miami, Nashville, Annapolis-- once again-- with the grant money received from Creative Pinellas.
Another inspiring rehearsal yesterday. Such an astute and talented cast and director. After perhaps ten different drafts, including the last revision I did this week, YELLOWSTONE is ready. When the director, Kevin Kittle, asked me if the cast should expect to get more rewrites, I said, "no, I didn't hear anything." I don't think I've ever said that. And now, if only a few of the right people will see it on Monday night...
Many thanks to Creative Pinellas! You grant covered all the fees!
Lee Ahlin and I will be looking to cast the principles for WEBB'S CITY: THE MUSICAL, A Concert Version, at Tampa Bay Unified Auditions June 10. Private screening of PALEO MAN, the completed short film which I wrote and directed is tonight.
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To experience this season’s Live Radio Theatre!
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The evening starts off with an Oedipal comic noir set in the Wild West, The Theban Caper, by A. M. Shea.
Then St. Pete’s very own offer a couple of short plays that are long on laughs -
Juliet’s Twist by William Leavengood, and Big Bird by David Warner.
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I am pretty stoked that I will have a chance to get feedback (and hopefully, interest from producers/theatre companies) on three of my full-length plays this June in NYC. YELLOWSTONE will be given a staged reading at the Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street on Monday, June 19, 7:00 PM; THE SISTER MOTHERS OF GULFPORT will be given a reading at the Torn Page Studio on W. 22nd Street Thursday, June 22; and a first draft of a new play I am working on, SILVER ALERT, will be given its first reading at The Michael Warren Powell Creative Center by the New Circle Company on Monday, June 26, 5:00. (Thank you to artistic director, Jon Fraser, for helping me with rehearsal space!). My Creative Pinellas Returning Artists' Grant will help get me to NY and cover some of the associated expenses involved in these endeavors.
THE AZURE SKY IN OZ (written by me!) opens at the Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center, Tampa on Friday and plays through April 30. It is the story of two women whose lives are immersed in and profoundly affected by the other-abled-- a Special Ed teacher and the mother of a severely autistic, non-verbal autistic son. Contact the Straz Center Box office for tickets.
Thurs-Sat at 7 PM at the Janet Root Theatre is the Shorecrest Theatre production of Les Miserables (directed by me!). Ticket s go on sale Monday morning!
I have already submitted both a new play, THE SISTER MOTHERS OF GULFPORT, and new screenplay, THE VEGAS KID, to the Austin Film Fest. I have also contacted fellow grantee Roxanne Faye about working together on a project. Next step, setting up a workshop of one of my new pieces, either YELLOWSTONE or SISTER-MOTHERS OF GULFPORT, possibly in NYC. At the moment, I am gearing up for the opening of my play, THE AZURE SKY IN OZ, playing at the Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center, April 21-30.
William Leavengood is a two-time O’Neill playwright and alumnus of Circle Repertory. His Off-Broadway credits include SPECIAL on Theatre Row; LITTLE MARY at the Sanford Meisner Theatre; THE HEAD at the Chelsea Playhouse; THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY, at Primary Stages; and FLORIDA CRACKERS, which premiered as part of Circle Repertory’s 20th Anniversary Season. Leavengood’s short play, STEVE, was presented at the Town Hall Theatre in New York as part of BRAVE NEW WORLD: The American Theater responds to 9/11, and subsequently made into a short film starring Fisher Stevens.
Los Angeles productions include THE HEAD at the Matrix and WHAT IS ART? at the Court and THE BREAK at New American Theatre. Regional productions include WHAT IS ART? at GeVa Theatre; MONEY MAKER at the Heather Theater; WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL at the Mahaffey Theater; CROSSING THE BAY at the Falk Theater, Tampa; AMERICAN ROAD at the Gorilla Theatre; FOOD & SHELTER at American Stage; and LOURDES OF THE FLIES, at the Palladium Theatre. In addition, a concert version of WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL will be produced at the Palladium Theatre in September 2017.
Awards include major playwriting grants from the Berilla Kerr Foundation and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs; The Brodkin Scholarship and Edith Oliver Fellowship Award at the National Playwright’s Conference; the 2015 Innovative Instruction in Playwriting Award from the Southeastern Theatre; and four Best of the Bay Playwright honors from Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay.
Upcoming projects include a production of his one-woman show, THE AZURE SKY IN OZ, April 21-30 at the Straz Center, Tampa and WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL, A Concert Version at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, Sept. 14-17. More information at www.billleavengood.com