The Hippodrome Theatre is excited to announce the sixth production in our Hipp Unplugged reading series: 26 Pebbles written by Eric Ulloa and directed by Hippodrome Company Member, Gregg Jones.

About 26 Pebbles: On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed twenty-six innocent souls before taking his own life. These twenty-six innocent deaths, like pebbles thrown into a pond, created ripples and vibrations that were felt far beyond the initial rings.

This is a story of the tragedy that was Sandy Hook, and the community that endured it through their unity and solidarity to send a message to the world.

26 Pebbles
March 2 & 3
7:30 p.m.

What is the Hipp Unplugged?

The Hipp Unplugged aims to bring Gainesville even more great theater that is more challenging than what we would be able to display with our regular mainstage season. With this series, we hope to also give a voice to underserved and underrepresented playwrights and provides our company and artistic community a place to come together and grow.

With The Hipp Unplugged, you can be the first to experience the works of promising artists in our intimate Cinema stage for just $10 a ticket. There will be a talkback after each performance with the director and cast to discuss the work performed!

The Hippodrome Theatre is proud to bring MARIE AND ROSETTA to the stage! After a successful run at freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg, this incredible production moves up to Gainesville, FL to run February 28 through March 22.

MARIE AND ROSETTA is the story of the legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe. This acclaimed vocalist and guitarist 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 show 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.

Illeana Kirven (Sister Rosetta Tharpe) and Hillary Scales-Lewis (Marie Knight) play one of music’s most important musical duos in the play that the New York Times calls “Mighty music-making […] when it sings, it really swings.” Both ladies will sing and play the songs made famous by Rosetta Tharpe as they tell this heartwarming story of faith, sisterhood and rock ‘n’ roll.

George Brant’s MARIE AND ROSETTA is directed by Lydia Fort. This story of letting loose, finding your voice, and freeing your soul is a soaring musical experience. Get your front row seat to music history in the making!

MARIE AND ROSETTA runs February 28 through March 22 at the Hippodrome Theatre.

Special Dates:

  • Pay-What-You-Can Nights: Wednesday & Thursday, Feb. 26 & 27
  • Opening Night: Friday, Feb. 28 @ 8 p.m.
  • $10 Tuesday: Tuesday, March 3 @ 7 p.m.
  • Mix & Mingle with the cast: Wednesday, March 4 after the show
  • ASL Interpreted Performance: Tuesday, March 10 @ 7 p.m.

Photography by Thee Photo Ninja

The Hippodrome Young Filmmakers Competition is open to all young filmmakers ages 12-18 and is FREE to enter.

Films will be judged based on narrative strength, strong characters, and filmmaking skill.

Shorts can be submitted in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary or Animation. The theme is “What’s Your Story?” Be creative! Theme is open to interpretation. 

First place prize: $50
Second place prize: Cinema pass for two

Films should be no longer than 5 minutes long. Films longer than 5 minutes will not be shown.

To enter more than one film, you MUST use separate entry forms. Each film must be submitted with its own form via email to gabby@thehipp.org –– this includes submissions from schools.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 20.
Films will be screened Thursday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hippodrome Cinema

Spring Break Camp 2020

The Hippodrome’s Spring Break camp gives students an opportunity to explore various facets of the performing arts: Improv, storytelling, costuming, prop making, voice, movement, acting for theater and film, and much more. This week long camp culminates in a performance for family and friends!

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The Hippodrome Jazz Series is back! The Hipp is proud to partner with the University of Florida School of Music to bring this hit series back to the Hippodrome Lower Level. This series will continue every Monday, Feb. 10 through April 20 2020. Doors are at 7:00 p.m. and the music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Our jazz nights present a range of musicians. The full schedule of performers and links to advance tickets are below. The Hippodrome is proud to host such talented musicians to bring back jazz and keep Gainesville Hipp!

February 10 – Tabajara Belo’s Brazilian Quartet. Get your tickets HERE
February 17 – Clyde Connor. Get your ticket HERE
February 24 – Larry Newcomb. Get your tickets HERE
March 2 – Thomas Allain & Carlos Vizoso. Get your tickets HERE
March 9 – Peter McCann & Ethan Nguyen. Get your tickets HERE
March 16 – Jose Valentino and Robert Acevedo. Get your tickets HERE
March 23 – Decyo McDuffie. Get your tickets HERE
March 30 – Zach Landress and Nicholas Saavedra. Get your tickets HERE
April 6 – Randolph Lee and Jemmie Robertson. Get your tickets HERE
April 13– Giselle San Filippo and Kayton Lane. Get your tickets HERE
April 20– Mindwalk. Get your tickets HERE

The Hippodrome Theatre is excited to announce the sixth production in our Hipp Unplugged reading series: To Be, written and performed by Candace Clift and directed by Ariel Reich.

About To Be: What happens when you wake up to a life that has turned upside down and nothing is what it once was? To Be is one woman’s humorous, sometimes wrenching, reckoning with breast cancer, mortality and Hamlet. It is a journey of hope and desire that wrestles bravely with life’s most important question. 

To Be
Feb. 10 & 11
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

What is the Hipp Unplugged?

The Hipp Unplugged aims to bring Gainesville even more great theater that is more challenging than what we would be able to display with our regular mainstage season. With this series, we hope to also give a voice to underserved and underrepresented playwrights and provides our company and artistic community a place to come together and grow.

With The Hipp Unplugged, you can be the first to experience the works of promising artists in our intimate Cinema stage for just $10 a ticket. There will be a talkback after each performance with the director and cast to discuss the work performed!


Up Next

March 2 & 3

Company Member Gregg Jones directs 26 Pebbles by Eric Ulloa

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed twenty-six innocent souls before taking his own life. These twenty-six innocent deaths, like pebbles thrown into a pond, created ripples and vibrations that were felt far beyond the initial rings. This is the story of those vibrations

April 6 & 7

Company Members Clint Thornton and Bryan Mercer direct an original piece, Quicksand

Set in timeless areas of the Central Florida swamps, Quicksand, an original piece created by Hipp Company members Bryan Mercer and Clint Thornton, is a humorous and haunting exploration of a rigorous childhood amongst ghostly allies and corporeal monsters. A hypnotic soundscape created live by the performers underscores porch-told stories that span the hilarious, heartbreaking, and surreal aspects of a young life molded by moss, alligators, and beautifully powerful water.

Beloved Gainesville actors and married couple Nell Page and Kevin Rainsberger will take the stage to perform “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney, on the Hippodrome Mainstage Monday, February 10 at 7 p.m.

All proceeds raised will benefit the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.

In LOVE LETTERS, Andrew (Kevin Rainsberger) and Melissa (Nell Page) share the details of their separate lives through the course of about 50 years of intimate cards, notes and letters.  What began as birthday thank-you notes and summer camp postcards somersaults into a decades-long correspondence that beautifully tracks the characters as they each go to college, get married and have children.

Long-time Hippodrome supporter, Caren Gorenberg, is a 13-year survivor of stage IV lung cancer and creator of Gainesville’s Run Amuck with the Duck, a 5K walk/run at NFRMC in support of the Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.

The Hippodrome Theatre Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibit by artist Cindy Steiler. “Vestiges” will run through February 12, 2020 with an opening reception on January 31 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. during Art Walk. 

“Vestiges” is a series of multimedia photographs exploring the complex intersections and transient nature of time, memory, and place. Through these modern and antique images altered by Victorian-era photographic processing and handwoven textiles, the artist asks us to consider the ephemeral qualities of home and human connection. “I’m strongly drawn to photographs,” says Steiler “both captured by myself and found, as they represent fixed points removed from time, essential truths of moments that take on different meanings in context.”

Steiler is a multidisciplinary artist and alternative process photographer living and working in Gainesville. Numerous solo and group exhibits, residencies, publications and workshops have taken her around the world. 


“Vestiges” will run through February 12 with an opening reception during Gainesville Artwalk on January 31 from 7- 10 pm. The Hippodrome is located at 25 SE 2nd Place Gainesville, FL 32601.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday 12 p.m. until “close of shows,” and Monday – Friday by appointment. For additional information, please contact Anna Verney at (352)375-4477 or artgallery@thehipp.org.

The Hippodrome Theatre is excited to announce the fifth production in our Hipp Unplugged reading series: Fireflies, written by Donja R. Love and directed by Ryan Hope Travis.

About Fireflies: Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. A pregnant Olivia’s fierce speechwriting is the true force behind her charismatic husband, Charles, and his successful movement, galvanizing people to march towards freedom. When four little girls are bombed in a church, Olivia and Charles’ marriage is threatened—as this tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that “this world ain’t no place to raise a colored child”.

I was moved by Mr. Love’s willingness to imagine, amid the terror of the times…other kinds of lives than the ones that history books offer.” —The New York Times.

A jaw-dropping and explosively dramatic two-hander…a powerful tale of love flashing its light in the dark…FIREFLIES is a drama of extraordinary depth and complexity…Love thrillingly crafts an intimate story that comes to feel cosmic in its enormity by the end.” —TheaterMania.com. 

Fireflies
Jan. 13 & 14
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

What is the Hipp Unplugged?

The Hipp Unplugged aims to bring Gainesville even more great theater that is more challenging than what we would be able to display with our regular mainstage season. With this series, we hope to also give a voice to underserved and underrepresented playwrights and provides our company and artistic community a place to come together and grow.

With The Hipp Unplugged, you can be the first to experience the works of promising artists in our intimate Cinema stage for just $10 a ticket. There will be a talkback after each performance with the director and cast to discuss the work performed!


Up Next

February 10 & 11

Company Member Candace Clift performs her one woman piece, To Be

What happens when you wake up to a life that has turned upside down and nothing is what it once was? To Be is one woman’s humorous, sometimes wrenching, reckoning with breast cancer, mortality and Hamlet. It is a journey of hope and desire that wrestles bravely with life’s most important question. 

March 2 & 3

Company Member Gregg Jones directs 26 Pebbles by Eric Ulloa

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed twenty-six innocent souls before taking his own life. These twenty-six innocent deaths, like pebbles thrown into a pond, created ripples and vibrations that were felt far beyond the initial rings. This is the story of those vibrations

April 6 & 7

Company Members Clint Thornton and Bryan Mercer direct an original piece, Quicksand

Set in timeless areas of the Central Florida swamps, Quicksand, an original piece created by Hipp Company members Bryan Mercer and Clint Thornton, is a humorous and haunting exploration of a rigorous childhood amongst ghostly allies and corporeal monsters. A hypnotic soundscape created live by the performers underscores porch-told stories that span the hilarious, heartbreaking, and surreal aspects of a young life molded by moss, alligators, and beautifully powerful water.

Lone Star Spirits

Written by Josh Tobiessen
Directed by Stephanie Lynge

The Hippodrome Theatre, in collaboration with freeFall Theatre presents, Lone Star Spirits. A trip home to Texas gets wildly out of hand when Marley returns to her estranged father’s failing liquor store with her new fiancé. Hoping for a quick visit, she instead finds herself stranded with her football hero ex-boyfriend, an old high school chum and the ghost of the bear-wrestling pioneer who founded their town.

The Huffington Post calls it, “an abundance of humor, warmth and wisdom… Josh Tobiessen knows how to spin a surprise like a master.”

A New York Times Critic’s Pick, Lone Star Spirits takes a hilarious and sympathetic look at family– those who stay, those who leave and raising a glass to the ghosts of your past.

Ticket Pricing

  • Regular: $37.00
  • Senior: $25.00
  • Under 30: $25.00
  • Student: $15.00
  • Youth K-12: $15.00

Special Dates for Lone Star Spirits

  • Jan. 22 & 23 at 7 p.m.: Previews and Pay-What-You-Can
  • Jan. 24 at 8 p.m: Opening Night
  • Jan. 28 at 7 p.m: $10 Tuesday
  • Jan. 29 at 9 p.m: Mix & Mingle with the cast

Lone Star Spirits is on stage with seven shows a week starting January 24. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | Wednesdays at 7 p.m. | Thursdays at 7 p.m. | Fridays at 8 p.m. |Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. | Sundays at 2 p.m.