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American Stage Set to Stage Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle"

By March 11, 2008

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Never let it be said that St. Petersburg's American Stage Theatre Company is short-sighted.

In addition to a busy 2008-09 season and a planned relocation to its new digs in a state-of-the-art theater, American Stage recently announced it will dedicate the next nine years to producing all ten of Pulitzer Prize-winning August Wilson's plays. The "Pittsburgh Cycle” is a cycle of ten plays, each set in a different decade of the 20th century and centered on an exploration of the African-American experience.

American Stage will perform the regional premiere of Wilson's King Hedley II, opening Jan. 23, 2009. Other plays scheduled for the 2008-09 season include Richard Schenkkan's By the Waters of Babylon, the holiday cult classic A Tuna Christmas, an adaptation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata and the Tampa Bay area premiere of Tuesdays With Morrie.

As for the 2007-08 season: Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, will run through March 30.

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