Hippodrome Mainstage Archives
Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
February 18 - March 15 2015
by Anne Washburn
Directed by: Lauren Caldwell
"Visually stunning, emotionally absorbing, bitingly funny, oddly lyrical, and — yes — even electrifying." —Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun
The theatrical event of the season! In this dark comedy set 100 years in the future, a new civilization uses current pop culture references including TVs longest-running hit show THE SIMPSONS, to frame its present. Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play explores what will endure when the apocalypse arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
January 7 - February 1 2015
by Christopher Durang
Directed by: David Shelton
Awards: Best Play -Tony Award, Outstanding New Broadway Play -Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Play -Drama Desk Award, Best Play -New York Drama Critics' Circle Award
"Broad comic acting is raised to the level of high art…deliriously funny." —NY Times
"Fantastic ...filled to burst with off-kilter humor, boisterous acting, and a sweet modern message." — Letitia Carelock, Showbiz NoFlo
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is entertaining stuff indeed." —Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun
Regret and sibling rivalry fan the flames of laughter in this wickedly wonderful Chekhovian mash-up from Tony and Obie Award winning playwright Christopher Durang. Melancholy turns into mayhem when Vanya and his sister Sonia—along with their clairvoyant housekeeper Cassandra—are paid a surprise visit by their Hollywood star sibling Masha and her twenty something boy toy Spike. Will Vanya and Sonia ever find happiness? Will Masha sell the Bucks County farmhouse out from under them? And will Spike ever put his pants on?
A Christmas Carol
November 29 - December 20 2014
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Janet Allard & Michael Bigelow Dixon
Enjoy a new adaptation of this holiday classic! Infused with popular Christmas carols and a subtle twist of contemporary humor, the famous Ebenezer Scrooge is once again alive with holiday spirit.
November 28 - December 21 2014
created by Roger Bean
Directed by: Ric Rose
"The perfect Christmas revue! Crackles with energy and joy!" —LA Weekly
"Winter Wonderettes is a nicely wrapped present all tied up with a big red bow." —Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun
The holidays are meant for music and singing, and this year the Hipp has brought back The Marvelous Wonderettes for a toe-tapping, heartwarming holiday celebration! Featuring beloved holiday classics including “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,” this production will be, of course, marvelous! An energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.
October 15 - November 9 2014
by Allison Moore
Directed by: Lauren Caldwell
"An insider’s view of the horror-movie genre...It’s a job well done!" —San Francisco Examiner
A Florida Premiere! This uproarious comedy will have you screaming with laughter and surprise! Alfred Hitchcock started the slasher genre with the classic film Psycho in 1960, and since then hundreds of horror films have sent thrills down our spines each Halloween, including Friday the 13th, A Nightmare of Elm Street, and Scream. The Hipp is well known for staging the area’s best Halloween-themed productions, and this Halloween comedy takes you behind-the-scenes of a Hollywood slasher movie.
September 3 - September 28 2014
by Bruce Norris
Directed by: Ralf Remshardt
Running time: 2 hrs. including intermission.
Awards: Tony Award -Best Play, Pulitzer Prize -Drama, Laurence Olivier Award -Best New Play
"Hilariously funny! A master class in comic writing and playing." —New Yorker
The Hippodrome partners with the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance on this landmark co-production. Clybourne Park is a wickedly funny, entertainingly provocative, and fiercely intelligent play about race, real estate, and the volatile values of each, and won nearly every honor the theatre has to offer, including the Olivier Award, the Evening Standard Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Broadway’s hottest ticket will have all of Gainesville talking!