The recently announced American Stage season for 2013-14 looks to be a healthy mix of sure-fire crowd-pleasers and more substantial fare to please theater connoisseurs.
It opens Oct. 2 with Conor McPherson’s “The Birds,” which is based on the same novel as the Hitchcock film. McPherson's best-known plays, "The Seafarer" and "Shining City," are phenomenal, so his take on the eerie thriller promises great things.
In November, there’s “A Marvelous Party! The Noel Coward Celebration,” which culls songs and conversation from the great wit’s works.
The seventh installment of American Stage’s August Wilson cycle is “2 Trains Running,” which opens Jan. 24.
A non-musical version of “Around the World in 80 Days,” with five actors playing 39 characters, starts March 21. “Steel Magnolias” opens May 23 and Yasmina Reza’s wildly acclaimed comedy “God of Carnage,” which won the 2009 Tony for Best Play, finishes the mainstage season in July and August.
The American Stage in the Park Festival show for this year is “The Wiz," April 11-May 11. That'll be at Demens Landing, on the corner of First Avenue Northeast and Bayshore Boulevard Southeast.
All the others shows are at American Stage, at 163 Third St. S., St. Petersburg.
Information and tickets: 727-893-7527 or americanstage.org.