2019/2020 SEASON

This season is filled with hauntings – ghosts, whether literal or figurative, that emerge from the past to give insight, create obstacles, or remind us where we come from.

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July 13 - August 11, 2019

music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

book by Roger O. Hirson

Pippin, the eldest son of Charlemagne has recently graduated from university and is determined to find a purpose for his life that will be completely fulfilling. He embarks on a personal quest, epic in proportions, in an attempt to find his “Corner of the Sky.” What is the price of glory, and is he willing to pay it?

With an energetic, funny, and moving score by the composer of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is a modern classic, universal in its message and unique in its point of view.

show sponsors:

Michael Miller & Robert Jenkins

Bill Ward

community partner sponsor:

Cherie Willard

Sep 28 - Oct 27, 2019

by Jeffrey Hatcher

from the story by Henry James

Precocious Miles and quiet Flora have a new governess. It quickly becomes apparent that this new job is more than she bargained for. When she learns the shocking truth about her predecessor, Miss Jessel, and begins to suspect that the orphans are under the influence of malevolent forces, she resolves to protect them by any means necessary.

What unfolds is one of the eeriest and most deeply psychological ghost stories ever written. Hatcher’s razor-sharp adaptation preserves much of the ambiguity at the heart of Henry James’ classic novella. Is this place truly haunted, or is the governess the one plagued by demons of another sort?

This show contains adult themes. Discretion advised.

Presenting Sponsors: Kate Tiedemann & Ellen Cotton

Show Sponsor: Bill Ward

Community Partner Sponsor: Cherie Willard

Nov 23 - Dec 22, 2019

by James Goldman

Henry II has let his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine out of prison to spend Christmas with the family. But more is afoot than decking the halls with boughs of holly. Each has their eyes set on the crown for a different son. Parents, siblings, and the King of France become embroiled in a game of thrones that threatens to destroy them all.

With a wildly comic tone, despite its dramatic action, James Goldman’s modern classic is the family drama that lurks beneath the upheaval of history. And you thought your family bickered at the holidays.

This show contains adult themes. Discretion advised.

Presenting Sponsor: Al May

Community Partner Sponsors: Rick Behnke & Robert Newell

Hal Freedman & Willi Rudowsky

 

Jan 18 - Feb 16, 2020

by George Brant

Sister Rosetta Tharpe broke new ground in the world of gospel music. An influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, and Ray Charles, she is considered by many to be the “Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

This jubilant play with music gives us a fly-on-the-wall seat to the first rehearsal between Rosetta and her protégée, Marie Knight, on the eve of the tour that would establish them as one of the most important musical duos in American popular music.

This show contains mild adult themes. Discretion advised.

Presenting Sponsors: Michael Miller & Robert Jenkins

Community Partner Sponsor: Cherie Willard

Feb 29 - Mar29, 2020

by Josh Tobiessen

Marley is back in her small Texas hometown for what she hopes will be an easy trip to deal with some family business. When she arrives at her estranged father’s liquor store with her hipster fiancé, there is a collision between who she is and where she comes from. When her ex-boyfriend – the local football hero, an old high school chum, and the ghost of the bear-wrestling pioneer who founded the town show up, things take a series of unexpected turns.

This is a fresh, smart comedy about the ghosts that haunt us all – wherever we find ourselves in the cultural divide.

This show contains adult themes. Discretion advised.

Show Sponsors: Rick Behnke & Robert Newell

Community Partner Sponsor: Bill Ward

Apr 25 - May 24, 2020

music and lyrics by Jerry Herman

book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

based on The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux

as adapted by Maurice Valency

new version by David Thompson

The Countess Aurelia lives in the basement of a quaint bistro in 1940s Paris, driven mad, reminiscing about her lost love. When oil is discovered beneath the streets of Paris, a group of corporate presidents hatch a scheme to blow up the bistro and get at it. The Countess rallies the denizens of the Paris fringe to foil their plot and exert a fitting punishment on the greedy execs. Can beauty, nature, and art prevail against greed and ravenous industry? Will the doves ever return to Paris?

Jerry Herman, Jerome Lawrence, and Robert E. Lee reimagine Giraudoux’s The Madwoman of Chaillot as a musical with the kind of decadent and ebullient score that is Herman’s trademark.

This show is recommended for all audiences.

Show Sponsors: Michael Miller & Robert Jenkins

Community Partner Sponsors: Judy Heintzelman and

Rick Belejack & Alan H. Towne

Jun 27 - Jul 26, 2020

music by Michael Raabe

book by Eric Davis

lyrics by Michael Raabe and Eric Davis

based on the Oz books by L. Frank Baum

This brand new musical, set in L. Frank Baum’s beloved Land of Oz, will take you to a place you’ve visited before, but never like this. Baum’s wisdom, imagination, and distinct point of view have inspired generations of readers and theatre-goers.

freeFall takes you over the rainbow to close our 10th full season of plays and musicals.

This show is recommended for all audiences.

Presenting Sponsors: Kate Tiedemann & Ellen Cotton

Bill Ward

Show Sponsor: Russell Buchan

Community Partner Sponsors: Rick Behnke & Robert Newell

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.