2018/2019 SEASON

Theatre has the ability to remind us of what is possible. In stories, we celebrate humanity, whether flawed or transcendent. This season’s plays and musicals are inhabited by characters who want to reshape the world, leaving it better than they found it. Some succeed, some only begin their journey, but all have a vision for A Brighter Tomorrow.

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September 22 - October 21, 2018

book by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt, lyrics by Tom Jones, based on Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand

It’s the longest-running musical in history for a reason. With universal themes and an understated romanticism, The Fantasticks has enchanted audiences for generations. freeFall’s production, employing actor musicians, puppetry, and a variety of other surprising theatrical vocabularies will captivate you with both its nostalgia and its timelessness.

When two fathers decide to drive their children together by pretending to be in a feud, they build a wall between their two homes. This ploy works like a charm, but happy endings are seldom ever-after. Matt’s longing for adventure and Luisa’s listless dreaming threaten to tear them asunder. With help from the enigmatic El Gallo, the lovers and their loving fathers may yet find a path to happily ever after.

presenting sponsors:

Rick Behnke & Robert Newell

community partner sponsors:

Hal Freedman & Willi Rudowsky

December 1 - December 30, 2018

by John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald

When a member of a troupe of actors refuses to do even one more performance of the ubiquitous classic, A Christmas Carol, he and his compatriots decide instead to perform every Christmas story ever told. But it doesn’t stop there. From other holiday traditions around the world, to every Christmas carol ever sung, this ambitious trio won’t stop until they’ve embodied most of the beloved characters we can’t get enough of each winter. In doing so, they also stumble upon some of the true spirit of the holidays that can get lost in the chaos and shuffle of that most wonderful time of the year.

presenting sponsor:

Al May

community partner sponsor:

Cherie Willard

 

January 26 - February 24, 2019

by Topher Payne

The year is 1950, and two couples have found the perfect arrangement. Bob and Millie are married; so are Jim and Norma. But behind closed doors, these marriages of convenience merely hide the fact that Bob is with Jim, and Norma is with Millie. But when Bob and Norma (career public servants at the State Department) are tasked with rooting out “deviants and homosexuals” in their ranks, shenanigans and moral dilemmas abound. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the gay rights movement, Topher Payne’s play is a smart and stylish comedy about standing up for what is just and finding oneself on the right or wrong side of history.

presenting sponsors:

Michael Miller & Robert Jenkins

Kate Tiedemann & Ellen Cotton

Bill Ward

March 23 - April 14, 2019

by Lynn Nottage

Godfrey, lately widowed, moves his two daughters, Ernestine and Ermina, from Florida to Brooklyn in search of a new life and a seat at the table of Father Divine. When his communist sister-in-law appears on the scene to lend her womanly hand to the girls’ upbringing (as promised to her dying sister) tensions in the apartment escalate. Godfrey adds fuel to the flames when he falls in love with and marries a newly arrived German immigrant.  As Ernestine prepares to graduate from high school, she must decide whether to follow in the footsteps of her father or chart a course of her own.

Lynn Nottage’s funny, endearing, and magical memory play about a family navigating the choppy waters of a changing world is as entertaining as it is moving. Is inspiration and empowerment of any less value in the end if it is built on a lie?

presenting sponsors:

Fred & Aleta Fisher

show sponsor:

Marion Rich

community partner sponsor:

Cherie Willard

May 11 - June 9, 2019

by Jonathan Tolins

Fact: Barbra Streisand’s Malibu mansion is not only the subject of her book, My Passion for Design, but it also houses an indoor private shopping mall styled to evoke a picturesque turn-of-the-twentieth-century-street. Here, Jonathan Tolin’s play departs into the realm of “what if.” What if a struggling actor were hired as the only employee of this shopping mall? When the diva herself finally comes calling, something like friendship develops. But can a star that burns this bright ever really be touched? Like a voyeuristic fantasy-come-true, this is an irreverent and surprising exploration of fame and its consequences.

presenting sponsors:

Kate Tiedemann & Ellen Cotton

show sponsor:

Marion Rich

community partner sponsors:

Hal Freedman & Willi Rudowsky

July 13 - August 4, 2019

book and lyrics by Barry Harman, music by Grant Sturiale, based on the screenplay by Ron Shelton & Clayton Frohman

This world premiere of Harman and Sturiale’s powerful adaptation of the film that starred Nick Nolte and Gene Hackman is more topical than ever.

Russell Price is on assignment as a photographer in a war-torn Latin American country. He soon gets pulled into the story he is covering and is asked to compromise his journalistic ethics for what he feels is a just cause.

This intense political thriller with a tuneful, driving score asks important questions about the responsibilities of those who find themselves in the center of the story they are covering. And in a world where the power of a picture to say a thousand words is just a click of a smart phone and a social media post away, that responsibility could fall on anyone’s shoulders.

show sponsors:

Michael Miller & Robert Jenkins

Marion Rich

Bill Ward

community partner sponsor:

Cherie Willard

Frequently Asked Questions

To read a detailed description of any of our upcoming performances, you can click on the “Explore the season brochure” button at the top of this page or in this window. Alternately, if you look at the events calendar and select a performance, you can read the same description on the same page where you can see available seats to purchase online.

For a full detailed calendar of performances and events, please visit our events calendar.

Tickets to freeFall performances range in price depending on which day of the week you attend and if you are a member or entitled to another discount. Note that when logged into the website, any member discounts that you are entitled to, including waived box office fees are automatically applied and are visible throughout the seat selection and checkout process. Below is a complete description of pricing policies and available discount programs.

  • Wednesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 2pm are bargain performances with regular price tickets at $39.50.
  • Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm are mid-range performances with regular price tickets at $49.50.
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm are premium performances with regular price tickets at $52.50.
  • All prices include a box office fee for non-members of $2.50 per ticket. We waive this fee for members. To see membership options click here.
  • We offer discounts for students, teachers, seniors, and members of the military of $3 off the regular ticket price.
  • Youth tickets (under 18) for all performances are $25 (plus $2.50 box office fee). We do not recommend bringing children under 4 to the theatre. If you have questions about age appropriateness of a given performance, please consult the show description or contact the box office prior to purchasing tickets at 727.498.5205.
  • We offer rush tickets for students, teachers, and members of Actors’ Equity Association. Rush is available 30 minutes prior to each performance. Any remaining tickets are made available to students, teachers, or AEA members for 50% off.
  • Season subscriptions and freePass flex passes are also available. Click here to see subscription options.
  • If regular prices are prohibitive for your budget, consider attending a preview. Tickets to previews are $25 (plus $2.50 box office fee) for all seats with no additional discounts. These performances are offered the first Friday night and Saturday matinee of the run. The theatre reserves the right to stop during these performances as they are final dress rehearsals in preparation for the show’s official opening.
  • We offer other programs to provide access to members of our community who wish to attend the theatre, but are experiencing financial hardship. freeFall’s tickets are competitively priced compared to similar professional theatres around the country, but if you would like to attend a performance and are unable to due to financial circumstances, please call the box office at 727.498.5205 to learn more about ways to experience freeFall’s work.

When your season ticket order is processed, whether online, over the phone, in person, or by postal mail, a series of electronic vouchers are generated and placed in your account. You are sent an order confirmation via email.

If you have not received your email confirmation, check your “spam” or “junk” folder in your email (every email account has one). If you still don’t see it, feel free to contact the box office at 727.498.5205 for assistance.

Regardless of whether you have your confirmation, if your order has been processed, you can simply log in to the website using your email and password to book your seats online.

If you would like to book your seats over the phone, please call 727.498.5205. To view box office hours look below or click here.

Please note: Many theatres have subscription policies that limit your attendance to specific days of the week or to specific seats for every performance. freeFall does not select seats for subscribers. YOU MUST SELECT YOUR SPECIFIC DATES AND SEATS. YOU WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY GET YOUR TICKETS IN POSTAL MAIL. freeFall allows subscribers the flexibility to attend any performance they choose. This means that once your season ticket has been processed, you must either select your seats and performances online or call the box office to choose them.

There is currently a waiting list for volunteer opportunities at freeFall. Volunteers are used primarily as ushers. If you wish to put your name on the waiting list, please visit our volunteers page and fill out the form. When we have a need for additional volunteers, we will contact you.

Tuesday 9:30am – 6pm
Wednesday 9:30am – 6pm
Thursday 9:30am – 6pm
Friday 9:30am – 6pm
Saturday 12pm – 3pm
Sunday 12pm – 3pm
Monday closed

If you call the box office during these hours and get directed to voicemail, we are assisting another patron. Your call will be returned in the order in which it was received. Please be patient. Depending on call volume it may take up to 24 hours to receive a return call. Also note that we are closed from Sunday at 3pm to Tuesday at 9:30am. If you call on a Sunday at 4pm, chances are you will not get a return call until some time Tuesday morning.

Remember that you can always purchase tickets, view upcoming tickets, update account information, etc. on this website 24/7.

ourSponsors

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memberships

Theatre is expensive to make. Did you know that even with regularly sold-out performances, ticket sales only account for a little more than half of what it costs to keep freeFall's doors open? Professional not-for-profit theatres like freeFall rely on the generous support of theatre lovers like you to fulfill our mission. Become a member today.

Friend Membership

$100
  • billed annually or $8.34/month
  • no box office fees
  • members only seating
  • listing in show programs
  • member discounts at local businesses
  • add subscriptions for $249 each

Silver Membership

$750
  • billed annually or $62.50/month
  • all benefits of Friend and
    Bronze levels
  • complimentary beverages at each performance
  • invitation to
    Season Announcement Party
  • add subscriptions for $249 each

Education

We are always finding new ways to enrich the theatre-going experience and offer added insight into our productions. Lectures, talk-backs, and classes are offered throughout the season in conjunction with our performance schedule. Click CALENDAR above to see what’s coming up, or click the button below to read the latest news from our education and outreach programming.

Volunteers

Every year hundreds of dedicated volunteers provide operational support for freeFall. Neighborhood Ambassadors post thousands of posters and handbills. Ushers seat thousands of patrons. Technical volunteers help strike the set after each run. Without their support, the work of our professional artists and artisans would not be possible. If you are interested in becoming a freeFall volunteer, please fill out our online form by clicking below, and our volunteer coordinator will be in touch.

Actors

freeFall hires professional actors from all around the U.S. We operate under an SPT-6 collective bargaining agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. We hire both union and non-union professional actors. freeFall practices inclusive casting, often casting roles against gender, race, and type expectations. All talented professionals are encouraged to submit. If you would like to audition for freeFall Theatre, please attend one of our annual open calls. We also regularly attend unified auditions including UPTA, FPTA, and TTB. Click below to see upcoming auditions or to create an actor profile in our casting database.

Costume & Prop Rentals

freeFall has an extensive stock of costumes and props, including furniture. We make our stock available to other organizations for rental. From other small professional theatres to schools and community groups, our affordable rental fees will round out your design. We have many specialty items from popular shows as well, including masks for Mr. Burns, a giant lit sign for Cabaret, and others. We are in the process of making our entire stock searchable online. In the meantime, please click below to send us a message, and we would be happy to help.

ourMission

The mission of freeFall Theatre is to pursue art’s greater purposes and the transformative power of theatre – as a builder of community, a source of upliftment, and a builder of cultural legacy.

We will present a varied range of classical and new works that are bold, daring, and diverse. Our work will strive to be accessible, and we will present it in ways that invite, entertain, and challenge our audience.

We are committed to improving the lives of the citizens of Tampa Bay through our efforts to provide broad access to theatre that represents a high level of artistic achievement, and through educational programs that increase the community’s understanding and enjoyment of live theatre.

ourHistory

Founded in 2008 and resident in our current home since 2011, freeFall Theatre has rapidly been recognized for artistic and organizational excellence. In naming our very first production the “most memorable play of the decade,” a regional newspaper theatre critic said, “freeFall Theatre announced its arrival with a pageant so stunning, it marked an epoch in Bay area theatre history.” Since then, we have continuously exceeded those high expectations, winning more awards than all other area theatres combined. Operating under a contract with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers, we are proud to have employed hundreds of theatre artists. Acclaimed by critics, audiences and our professional peers, we are a driving force in Tampa Bay’s thriving arts community.

unexpected. daring. authentic.