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Harry & Snowman
Nov 3 all-day
Harry & Snowman

Tuesday, October 18th at 7:30PM

ENCORE SCREENINGS ADDED!!!
Wednesday, October 26th at 7:30PM
Thursday, October 27th at 6:30PM
Friday, October 28th at 8:30PM

Sunday, October 30th at 5:00PM
Tuesday, November 1st at 5:30PM
Thursday, November 3rd at 8:30PM

Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods and they became famous and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today’s show jumping circuit.

“Equine fans: Gallop, don’t trot to Ron Davis’ winning documentary Harry & Snowman, which recounts the inspiring story of an underdog show horse, his tenacious trainer and their rise to fame in the late 1950s. .” – L.A. Times

 
“In the film, a student of Mr. deLeyer’s recalls some of his advice: “Throw your heart over the top, and your horse will follow.” Harry & Snowman makes you want to do the same.” – N.Y Times
84 min. | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Directed by: Ron Davis

Kate Plays Christine
Nov 3 all-day
Kate Plays Christine

Opening Friday, October 28th

 

Wednesday (11/09) 8:30 PM
Thursday (11/10) 6:00 PM

A gripping, nonfiction psychological thriller, Robert Greene’s KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards, The Girlfriend Experience, LISTEN UP PHILIP) as she prepares for her next role: playing Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who committed suicide live on-air in 1974. As Kate investigates Chubbuck’s story (long rumored to be the inspiration for the classic Hollywood film NETWORK), uncovering new clues and information, she becomes increasingly obsessed with her subject. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE is a cinematic mystery that forces us to question everything we see and everything we’re led to believe.

“”Kate Plays Christine” makes for a twisty, unsettling probe into our fascination with transforming lives, and deaths, into digestible storytelling.” – Robert Abele, LA Times

 
“What makes this film so extraordinary is seeing it in a theater and feeling as if everyone is holding their breath.” -Paula Mejia, Newsweek
112 min. | Documentary

Directed by: Robert Greene

Living Culture in Action – Workcenter’s Open Program at the Hippodrome Theatre
Nov 3 all-day

 

This fall, the Hippodrome Theatre welcomes the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards for a two-week residency as the culmination of a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Hippodrome Theatre is proud to host the legendary theater company, the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, in collaboration with the National Endowment of the Arts. This collaboration is the first-of-its-kind for the Workcenter in North America: the Hippodrome Theatre is proud to be the first regional theatre in the States to host in residence this international ensemble, which members come from all over around the world, including Italy, Poland, Colombia, Lebanon, Brazil, France, and Canada.

During its residency in Gainesville, the Open Program will present one of its latest performative works, The Hidden Sayings: directed by Workcenter’s associate director Mario Biagini, this performance has toured all around the world and will now be seen for the first time by Gainesville audiences.

During the Workcenter’s residency in Gainesville the public is invited to participate in the following events, which are free and open to all. Space is limited, so advance reservations are suggested by calling the Hippodrome Box Office e at 352.375.4477.

 


SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 27 and Thursday, November 3
THE OPEN PROGRAM STUDIO
Hippodrome Basement 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come learn acting and singing FREE with an international performing group. Open to all ages and experience! In this FREE session –open to artists, amateurs, and interested youths and elders, participants will work with songs and acting practices currently explored by the Open Program team of actors, primarily songs of tradition from African-American communities in the American South and Afro-Caribbean songs. The objective is to pass on the tools of the actor’s craft as developed by the Workcenter since its beginnings in 1986.
Saturday, October 29 and Friday, November 6
THE HIDDEN SAYINGS
Oct. 29: Hippodrome Mainstage 1 p.m.
Nov. 6: Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church 4 p.m.
Be immersed in a flowing chorus of dynamic and lively African-American songs.  The performance has been in constant development over the past four years. The theatre artists sing songs passed down from the days of slavery and read ancient texts related to Christianity’s origins. Explore the roots of the civilization you now live in through this powerful experience. The desire for this event is to awaken your senses and broaden your interactions with others while respecting and transcending cultural differences.
Wednesday, November 2
FILM SCREENING AND CONVERSATION
Hippodrome Cinema, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This is a unique opportunity to see videos documenting past works of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. Together, we will engage in conversation about quality, arts, serving, community and other topics of interest to the guests of the open forum. This is in collaboration with the UF Oral History Project.
ACTION  in Aya Irini
Realized by a film team led by Jacques Vetter, France, 2004.
Produced by ACCAAN -Atelier Cinema de Normandie.
Thomas Richards’ opus Action, created by Richards at the Workcenter in 1994, is composed of detailed lines of actions constructed with and around ancient  vibratory songs from African and Afro Caribbean traditions. Though created within the field of Art as  Vehicle, which focuses on the impact an opus can have on the doers, those doing, Action has been performed before thousands of people, always in small groups. In 2003, the piece was recorded in the Byzantine church Aya Irini in Istanbul when it was done as part of the Workcenter’s three-year “Tracing Roads Across” project, supported by the EU’s “Culture 2000” program and a network of cultural  institutions from five different countries.
Saturday, November 5
OPEN CHOIR
Hippodrome Mainstage, 1 p.m.
The culmination of this residency will lead to integrating members of Gainesville communities in the Open Program performative event The Open ChoirThe Open Choir is a free, public event, where everyone is welcome to participate. A core of Workcenter artists leads participants and guests, through a flow of songs, looking for the possibility of an alive experience and interaction. Everyone is invited to join in song and dance, or find his or her own way to support what happens.

 

These non-sectarian encounters through songs of the African diaspora allow participants of very different backgrounds to become co-authors of the meeting, creating an artwork that both respects and transcends cultural differences, an art event that embraces all guests.

HIPPODROME / WORKCENTER OF JERZY GROTOWSKI AND THOMAS RICHARDS PARTNERSHIP is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hippodrome programs are sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council; and by the City of Gainesville, Dept. of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE: A STAGE HORROR PARODY @ Hippodrome Theatre
Nov 3 all-day

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE:

A Stage Horror Parody By Dale Gutzman
October 14-November 6; previews October 12 & 13
Be Ruthless to Your Sister  | East Coast Premier

In 1962, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford starred in a masterpiece that quickly became a cult classic. Live on stage, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane: a Stage Horror Parody brings you the story of a former child star who torments her sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. Just in time for the Halloween season, get ready for a gloriously campy black comedy… with a twist! “Only when you see Baby Jane, will you really know, and the answer is: Total Suspense.”

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 “The writer has taken all of your favorite scenes and put them into the show in a cohesive manner. It makes you laugh and gasp at the same time.”  Cantonrep.com

“Baby Jane” is a bold comedy” Cantonrep.com

“Was it too campy? Too silly? Too too much?  No.  It was perfect.” – Urban Milwaukee

IN THE NEWS:

Hippodrome State Theatre debuts new show – The Independent Florida Alligator

‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’ opens Friday at the Hipp – The Gainesville Sun

 

8 Shows a Week:  Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7pm | Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5 & 8:30pm | Sundays at 2 & 7pm 

Advisory Warning: mild language, flashing lights


Buy Tickets

For more updates on this and upcoming shows, join our New @ The Hipp Email Newsletter.

You can also become a Hippodrome member by donating as little as $50 to receive VIP benefits and perks.

JOIN OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER      DONATE 


CAST

(in alphabetical order):

Mark Chambers*^
Jake Lesh
Niall McGinty^
Bryan Mercer^
Sara Morsey*^
Maya Handa Naff*
Ariel Reich
Christie Robinson
Madeline Smyth
Logan Wolf^

*Member of the Actors Equity Association. ^ Hippodrome Company Member

CREATIVE

Dale Gutzman Playwright

Director Lauren Caldwell
Stage Manager Lizzi Nehls
Production Manager Bob Robins
Technical Director Michael Eaddy
Costume Designer Jessica Kreitzer
Costume Shop Supervisor Jessica Kreitzer
Lighting Designer Bob Robins
Master Electricain Jed Daniels
Scenic Designer Mihai Ciupe
Sound Designer Amanda Yanes
Props Designer Tim Dygert

 

Production Sponsor
Pride Community Center of North Central Flordia (PCCNCF)
Production Co-sponsor
Technicolors Salon
Nov
4
Fri
Author: The JT LeRoy Story
Nov 4 all-day
Author: The JT LeRoy Story

Now playing through November 16th!

Thursday (11/10) 8:30 PM
Friday (11/11) 8:30 PM
Saturday (11/12) 5:30 PM
Sunday (11/13) 4:30 PM

On January 9, 2006 The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert. Author: The JT LeRoy Story takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert – like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids – breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert’s epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation.

“A tightly woven and almost unbelievable yarn.” – Steven Zeitchik, LA Times

 
“Wildly entertaining! The movie this endlessly fascinating story deserves. ” -NY Magazine
110 min. | Documentary

Directed by: Jeff Feuerzeig

Kate Plays Christine
Nov 4 all-day
Kate Plays Christine

Opening Friday, October 28th

 

Wednesday (11/09) 8:30 PM
Thursday (11/10) 6:00 PM

A gripping, nonfiction psychological thriller, Robert Greene’s KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards, The Girlfriend Experience, LISTEN UP PHILIP) as she prepares for her next role: playing Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who committed suicide live on-air in 1974. As Kate investigates Chubbuck’s story (long rumored to be the inspiration for the classic Hollywood film NETWORK), uncovering new clues and information, she becomes increasingly obsessed with her subject. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE is a cinematic mystery that forces us to question everything we see and everything we’re led to believe.

“”Kate Plays Christine” makes for a twisty, unsettling probe into our fascination with transforming lives, and deaths, into digestible storytelling.” – Robert Abele, LA Times

 
“What makes this film so extraordinary is seeing it in a theater and feeling as if everyone is holding their breath.” -Paula Mejia, Newsweek
112 min. | Documentary

Directed by: Robert Greene

Living Culture in Action – Workcenter’s Open Program at the Hippodrome Theatre
Nov 4 all-day

 

This fall, the Hippodrome Theatre welcomes the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards for a two-week residency as the culmination of a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Hippodrome Theatre is proud to host the legendary theater company, the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, in collaboration with the National Endowment of the Arts. This collaboration is the first-of-its-kind for the Workcenter in North America: the Hippodrome Theatre is proud to be the first regional theatre in the States to host in residence this international ensemble, which members come from all over around the world, including Italy, Poland, Colombia, Lebanon, Brazil, France, and Canada.

During its residency in Gainesville, the Open Program will present one of its latest performative works, The Hidden Sayings: directed by Workcenter’s associate director Mario Biagini, this performance has toured all around the world and will now be seen for the first time by Gainesville audiences.

During the Workcenter’s residency in Gainesville the public is invited to participate in the following events, which are free and open to all. Space is limited, so advance reservations are suggested by calling the Hippodrome Box Office e at 352.375.4477.

 


SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 27 and Thursday, November 3
THE OPEN PROGRAM STUDIO
Hippodrome Basement 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come learn acting and singing FREE with an international performing group. Open to all ages and experience! In this FREE session –open to artists, amateurs, and interested youths and elders, participants will work with songs and acting practices currently explored by the Open Program team of actors, primarily songs of tradition from African-American communities in the American South and Afro-Caribbean songs. The objective is to pass on the tools of the actor’s craft as developed by the Workcenter since its beginnings in 1986.
Saturday, October 29 and Friday, November 6
THE HIDDEN SAYINGS
Oct. 29: Hippodrome Mainstage 1 p.m.
Nov. 6: Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church 4 p.m.
Be immersed in a flowing chorus of dynamic and lively African-American songs.  The performance has been in constant development over the past four years. The theatre artists sing songs passed down from the days of slavery and read ancient texts related to Christianity’s origins. Explore the roots of the civilization you now live in through this powerful experience. The desire for this event is to awaken your senses and broaden your interactions with others while respecting and transcending cultural differences.
Wednesday, November 2
FILM SCREENING AND CONVERSATION
Hippodrome Cinema, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This is a unique opportunity to see videos documenting past works of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. Together, we will engage in conversation about quality, arts, serving, community and other topics of interest to the guests of the open forum. This is in collaboration with the UF Oral History Project.
ACTION  in Aya Irini
Realized by a film team led by Jacques Vetter, France, 2004.
Produced by ACCAAN -Atelier Cinema de Normandie.
Thomas Richards’ opus Action, created by Richards at the Workcenter in 1994, is composed of detailed lines of actions constructed with and around ancient  vibratory songs from African and Afro Caribbean traditions. Though created within the field of Art as  Vehicle, which focuses on the impact an opus can have on the doers, those doing, Action has been performed before thousands of people, always in small groups. In 2003, the piece was recorded in the Byzantine church Aya Irini in Istanbul when it was done as part of the Workcenter’s three-year “Tracing Roads Across” project, supported by the EU’s “Culture 2000” program and a network of cultural  institutions from five different countries.
Saturday, November 5
OPEN CHOIR
Hippodrome Mainstage, 1 p.m.
The culmination of this residency will lead to integrating members of Gainesville communities in the Open Program performative event The Open ChoirThe Open Choir is a free, public event, where everyone is welcome to participate. A core of Workcenter artists leads participants and guests, through a flow of songs, looking for the possibility of an alive experience and interaction. Everyone is invited to join in song and dance, or find his or her own way to support what happens.

 

These non-sectarian encounters through songs of the African diaspora allow participants of very different backgrounds to become co-authors of the meeting, creating an artwork that both respects and transcends cultural differences, an art event that embraces all guests.

HIPPODROME / WORKCENTER OF JERZY GROTOWSKI AND THOMAS RICHARDS PARTNERSHIP is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hippodrome programs are sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council; and by the City of Gainesville, Dept. of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.

grotowskisponsors2

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE: A STAGE HORROR PARODY @ Hippodrome Theatre
Nov 4 all-day

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE:

A Stage Horror Parody By Dale Gutzman
October 14-November 6; previews October 12 & 13
Be Ruthless to Your Sister  | East Coast Premier

In 1962, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford starred in a masterpiece that quickly became a cult classic. Live on stage, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane: a Stage Horror Parody brings you the story of a former child star who torments her sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. Just in time for the Halloween season, get ready for a gloriously campy black comedy… with a twist! “Only when you see Baby Jane, will you really know, and the answer is: Total Suspense.”

Previous Image
Next Image

info heading

info content

 “The writer has taken all of your favorite scenes and put them into the show in a cohesive manner. It makes you laugh and gasp at the same time.”  Cantonrep.com

“Baby Jane” is a bold comedy” Cantonrep.com

“Was it too campy? Too silly? Too too much?  No.  It was perfect.” – Urban Milwaukee

IN THE NEWS:

Hippodrome State Theatre debuts new show – The Independent Florida Alligator

‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’ opens Friday at the Hipp – The Gainesville Sun

 

8 Shows a Week:  Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7pm | Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5 & 8:30pm | Sundays at 2 & 7pm 

Advisory Warning: mild language, flashing lights


Buy Tickets

For more updates on this and upcoming shows, join our New @ The Hipp Email Newsletter.

You can also become a Hippodrome member by donating as little as $50 to receive VIP benefits and perks.

JOIN OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER      DONATE 


CAST

(in alphabetical order):

Mark Chambers*^
Jake Lesh
Niall McGinty^
Bryan Mercer^
Sara Morsey*^
Maya Handa Naff*
Ariel Reich
Christie Robinson
Madeline Smyth
Logan Wolf^

*Member of the Actors Equity Association. ^ Hippodrome Company Member

CREATIVE

Dale Gutzman Playwright

Director Lauren Caldwell
Stage Manager Lizzi Nehls
Production Manager Bob Robins
Technical Director Michael Eaddy
Costume Designer Jessica Kreitzer
Costume Shop Supervisor Jessica Kreitzer
Lighting Designer Bob Robins
Master Electricain Jed Daniels
Scenic Designer Mihai Ciupe
Sound Designer Amanda Yanes
Props Designer Tim Dygert

 

Production Sponsor
Pride Community Center of North Central Flordia (PCCNCF)
Production Co-sponsor
Technicolors Salon
Nov
5
Sat
Author: The JT LeRoy Story
Nov 5 all-day
Author: The JT LeRoy Story

Now playing through November 16th!

Thursday (11/10) 8:30 PM
Friday (11/11) 8:30 PM
Saturday (11/12) 5:30 PM
Sunday (11/13) 4:30 PM

On January 9, 2006 The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert. Author: The JT LeRoy Story takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert – like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids – breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert’s epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation.

“A tightly woven and almost unbelievable yarn.” – Steven Zeitchik, LA Times

 
“Wildly entertaining! The movie this endlessly fascinating story deserves. ” -NY Magazine
110 min. | Documentary

Directed by: Jeff Feuerzeig

Kate Plays Christine
Nov 5 all-day
Kate Plays Christine

Opening Friday, October 28th

 

Wednesday (11/09) 8:30 PM
Thursday (11/10) 6:00 PM

A gripping, nonfiction psychological thriller, Robert Greene’s KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards, The Girlfriend Experience, LISTEN UP PHILIP) as she prepares for her next role: playing Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who committed suicide live on-air in 1974. As Kate investigates Chubbuck’s story (long rumored to be the inspiration for the classic Hollywood film NETWORK), uncovering new clues and information, she becomes increasingly obsessed with her subject. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE is a cinematic mystery that forces us to question everything we see and everything we’re led to believe.

“”Kate Plays Christine” makes for a twisty, unsettling probe into our fascination with transforming lives, and deaths, into digestible storytelling.” – Robert Abele, LA Times

 
“What makes this film so extraordinary is seeing it in a theater and feeling as if everyone is holding their breath.” -Paula Mejia, Newsweek
112 min. | Documentary

Directed by: Robert Greene