ANNOUNCING OUR 2020-2021 MAINSTAGE SEASON!

“As we put together this beautiful selection of plays and musicals, I was reminded that every struggle we go through today is an echo of a struggle we have surmounted in the past. Whether it’s the “me too” movement or the struggle of the suffragettes, or Covid-19, or after the Spanish Flu, we have, in some ways, all been here before.  And we have not only survived, but we’ve grown and flourished.  In the spirit of where we have been, and where we are going, our 48th Season is entitled ‘Remember and Reimagine.'”

– Stephanie Lynge, Artistic Director

Mainstage and Second Stage Season Subscriptions on sale now!

For the 20/21 Season, we have a new Ticketing System! With this new system, Season Subscribers are able to pick their own seats online.



THE SEASON

Shakespeare In Love
by Tom Stoppard, Lee Hall and Marc Norman
Aug. 28 – Sept. 20

Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare has writer’s block. When Will finds his muse against a bustling background of mistaken identity and backstage theatrics, his love inspires him to write the greatest love story of all time – Romeo and Juliet.


Murder for Two
book and music by Joe Kinosian
book and lyrics by Kellen Blair
Oct. 9 – Nov. 1

Everyone is a suspect in this hilarious murder mystery with a twist. One actor plays the investigator, the other plays all 13 suspects, and both play the piano throughout! This ‘whodunit’ is a zany blend of music, mayhem, and murder!


It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
adapted by Joe Landry
Nov. 20 – Dec. 23

Based on the classic holiday movie and staged as a live 1940’s radio broadcast! Whether you love the original story, or have never seen the film, you will love this heartwarming holiday production!


A Christmas Carol
adapted by Niall McGinty
Nov. 28 – Dec. 22

We join a troupe of veritable Victorian actors as they weave the web of this cherished holiday tale. A Gainesville tradition of singing and storytelling that all ages will enjoy!


Detroit ‘67
by Dominique Morisseau
Jan. 22 – Feb. 14

It’s 1967 and Chelle and her brother Lank make ends meet by turning their Detroit basement into an after-hours club. When a mysterious woman makes her way into their lives, tensions escalate both in their home and in their community.


Living on Love
by Joe DiPietro
March 5 – March 28

When a demanding diva discovers her husband enamored with the young lady ghostwriting his autobiography, she hires a handsome writer of her own. Romance blossoms and silverware is thrown in this delightful and hilarious romantic farce!


Silent Sky
by Lauren Gunderson
April 16 – May 9

Follow the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt as she navigates a woman’s place in society. This inspiring drama explores the determination and sacrifice of the women who redefined our understanding of the cosmos.


Little Shop of Horrors
book and lyrics by Howard Ashman
music by Alan Menken
Opens June 4

Nerdy floral clerk, Seymour, cultivates a saucy, R&B-singing plant with a thirst for BLOOD. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash hit, this campy musical will have the audience wanting more and more!


Introducing our brand new SECOND STAGE SERIES!!

This season we will feature two fully produced shows in our Cinema Stage. These two productions, in addition to the ten staged readings in our series The Hipp Unplugged, comprise our brand new Second Stage Series.

I AND YOU

by Lauren Gunderson
September 24 – October 4

One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door with, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness. 

SMOKEFALL

by Noah Haidle
April 1 – April 11

Magical realism collides with manic vaudeville in this quixotically gorgeous and deeply moving family drama unlike any you’ve ever seen before. 



Polish Joke


Written by David Ives


Directed by Company Member Matt Lindsey


A comedy about ethnic identity and the eternal American search for “roots.” Jasiu, thirty-ish, is a Polish-American who has been taught not to value his own roots, so he decides to make his own, reinventing himself. Alternately zany and heartbreaking, by trying to get away from his background, Jasiu finds out who he really is and what it means to be a “Pole.”

June 15 & 16, 2020 7:30pm



What is The Hipp Unplugged?

The Hipp Unplugged is a set of staged readings. An anchor of our new Second Stage Series, The Hipp Unplugged aims to bring Gainesville great theater that is more challenging than what we would be able to display within our regular Mainstage season. With this series, we hope to give voice to underserved and underrepresented playwrights while providing our company and artistic community a place to gather and grow.

With The Hipp Unplugged, you can be among the first to experience new works from promising artists in our intimate Cinema Stage.

There will be a talkback with the cast and director after each performance.



PREVIEWS JUNE 3 AND 4, 2020



In this Tony-nominated musical, it’s Hollywood…in 1987! What can save the iconic Bourbon Room? This seriously silly tribute to classic rock features beloved 80’s hits, blending sincere conviction with nostalgic parody.


OPENING IN JUNE 2020!!!



Special Dates:


  • Pay-What-You-Can Nights: Wed & Thurs, June 3 & 4 @ 7 p.m.
  • Opening Night: Friday, June 5 @ 8 p.m.
  • $10 Tuesday: Tuesday, June 9 @ 7 p.m.
  • Mix & Mingle with the cast: Wednesday, June 10, after the show
  • ASL Interpreted Performance: Tuesday, June 16 @ 7 p.m.

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. CANCELED
March 23 – Decyo McDuffie. CANCELED
March 30 – Zach Landress and Nicholas Saavedra. CANCELED
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.