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Christmas Carol Giveaway

Support the Hipp by supporting our sponsors!

From now through November 11, 2019, visit any – OR ALL – of our restaurant sponsors, and you can win a bundle of four tickets to opening weekend of A Christmas Carol!

When you dine at one of the amazing local business that feed our actors, cater our events, and help us fund-raise, you are not only supporting the Gainesville economy – you are keeping Gainesville Hipp!

Check out their websites below for hours and menus, and then read on to enter:

Amelia’s Fine Italian Cuisine 

The Bagel Bakery 

Big Top Brewing 

Dragonfly Sushi & Sake 

Emiliano’s Cafe 

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille 

MOJO Hogtown Bar-B-Que 

Paramount Grill 

Snap a photo of your receipt from one of the restaurants above between October 4, 2019 and November 11, 2019, then click the entry button below to submit your name, email, and receipt photo. Only one entry per restaurant per day will be counted.

Winners will be selected and announced November 15, 2019. Eight (8) random names will be selected, one from each pool of restaurant submissions, to receive a pack of four (4) tickets to opening weekend of A Christmas Carol, performance dates November 30, 2019 and December 1, 2019. Tickets may not be exchanged for cash value.

A Christmas Carol is a Gainesville Holiday Tradition for over 40 years!

This season, we are producing a new version of the timeless holiday classic, commissioned just for Gainesville!

A Christmas Carol, by Niall McGinty
directed by John Gray
Nov 30 – Dec 22
Saturdays at 2 & 4 PM | Sundays at 6 PM


Curious Incident Program

Digital Program for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Million Dollar Quartet Program


Sex With Strangers Program

The Sex With Strangers digital program is now available for viewing! Take a peek before you slide into your seats.


Interview with “Miracle on South Division Street’s” Nell Page

Nell Page talks about her role as Clara Nowak in “Miracle on South Division Street”.


48th Season Selection Committee

A note from the Hippodrome’s Artistic Director, Stephanie Lynge.

One of the questions I’m always asked is “How do you choose the plays at the Hippodrome?” I thought it would be fun to let you look behind the scenes to see how it works.

I have always believed that the Hippodrome is a community and I thought “What better way to have a diverse, thought-provoking, and inclusive season than to have members of that community help read and winnow down the massive amount of plays we read each year?” So, in December, I reached out to the Hippodrome Company Members to join our inaugural Season Selection Team.

Twelve wonderful volunteers joined me on a three-month long play reading extravaganza. From all over the country, they read plays on subways, planes, backstage during shows, and probably when they were supposed to be working their office jobs (thanks guys!).

As a team, we read over 150 plays — each one had two different readers so you can imagine the time that took! In early February, we met to discuss the plays we had “passed through.” We met in person and on line (Facetime is a wonderful invention).

Company member Kelly Atkins described the process best:

“Our job was to narrow down which stories would be serviced the best by the unique venue and talents that make up the Hippodrome. The task was not easy, but with a great deal of consideration amongst the committee, some strong front runners became clear.”

Kelly Atkins, Clint Thornton, and Stephanie Lynge at a meeting in the rehearsal room.

Ryan George also explained the experience:

“We all come from different backgrounds and life experiences so being able to openly talk about which plays moved us, challenged us, and would be best for the community of Gainesville couldn’t have been more rewarding.

The team narrowed down the field to 22 plays (plus Christmas shows), and we met again two weeks later to bring the final number of possible shows to 10 (ok, it was 11 – I couldn’t help myself).

Gregg Jones shared his insights:

“It was a joy to be involved with the other committee members, some of whom are fellow actors, in making choices that would provide powerful storytelling for our audience and community. The bonus was getting to read some VERY well-written plays that are stretching the boundaries of what we know as dramatic literature. “

Now, the staff and production team at the Hippodrome are busy reading the final group of plays. The designers will weigh in from their technical perspectives, the house managers will share their opinions gleaned from talking to our patrons over the years, and our magnificent marketing department will tell us how best to share these amazing stories with the Gainesville area.

Marissa Toogood and Nichole Hamilton joining a committee meeting via Facetime.

We know you are excited to hear what the new season will hold, and you will know soon. On March 30th we will publicly announce the 2019-20 Hippodrome Season, so stay tuned.

I will leave you with the words of one of the Hippodrome founders, Bruce Cornwell, who was kind enough to join our selection team:

“As one of the founders of the Hippodrome who has not been directly involved with the acting company for quite a few years, I felt honored and excited to be invited onto the Season Selection Team this year. The experience has been rewarding in so many ways. But the real gift of this process has been discussing the scripts with members of the Hipp’s acting company who were on the selection team. That’s when I got to witness firsthand what a knowledgeable, insightful group of actors comprise this theatre’s company! The discussions were spirited and intelligent. The different points of view and the life experience each member brought to the discussion provided challenge and heartfelt perspective. I can’t wait to see what Stephanie announces as the 2019-2020 season!”

Me too Bruce. Me too.


A Gala In Three Acts

Join us for a night of delicacy and exuberance while supporting the mission of the Hippodrome!

To honor 45 years of spectacular theatre, the Hippodrome’s Board of Directors is proud to present A Gala in Three Acts.

This unique, theatrical celebration will take place on Friday, September 28th, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Don your funky, creative cocktail attire and enjoy:
> signature cocktails,
> hors d’oeuvres by Mark’s Prime Steakhouse,
> and a delicious meal by Ibti’s Catering,
as we explore the past, present, and future of our beloved theatre.

Limited seating is available. Tickets are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Spectacular entertainment by:
> The Scott Wilson Trio
> Kelly Atkins
> Matthew Morgan
> Bryan Mercer

A silent auction featuring pieces by world-renowned artists and packages filled with fantastic items and opportunities is available exclusively to guests.

Friday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theatre
Funky, creative cocktail attire.
$150 per person.
Tickets on sale now at (352) 375-4477 and thehipp.org.
Please visit GALA TICKETS to reserve your tickets, or call our Box Office at 352.375.4477.
Questions or special requests please call Development Associate Matthew Dibble at (352) 373-5968 x243.

Hippodrome Jazz Series

The Hippodrome Theatre is proud to partner with the University of Florida School of Music to bring the Hippodrome Jazz Series to the Hipp Lower Level starting Monday, September 10, 2019. Doors are at 7:00 p.m. and the music is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Hippodrome Jazz series presents a range of jazz musicians who will play select Mondays, September through December 2019. The full schedule of performers and links to advance tickets are below.
As a centerpiece of culture in downtown Gainesville, the Hippodrome Theatre is proud to host such talented musicians at the Lower Level and hope that when people think jazz, they come to the Hipp.

September 16 – Cathy Dewitt
September 23 – Aaron Colverson
September 30 – Jacob Hardy
October 7 – Carlos Vizoso
October 14  –  Bill Fote and Scott Wilson
November 18 – David Havens
December 2- Dan Stepp
December 9 – Mindwalk
Tickets are just $5 and are available in advance online at thehipp.org, at the Hipp Box Office or at the door. 

For more info, call 352.375.4477.

The Christians: Coming Soon!


The Hippodrome Theatre proudly presents

The Christians

Written by Lucas Hnath
directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell
Opens April 20, with previews April 18 and 19

This off-Broadway hit and New York Times Critics’ Pick now comes to Gainesville. Pastor Paul has worked for 20 years to build his church from a modest storefront to a mega-church of thousands. But the day he delivers an unexpected sermon, everything changes in ways that will shake his congregation to its core. One of the most talked about plays in regional theatre, The Christians takes you on a wild ride, as it explores the power of faith in our country.

Tickets and flex passes on sale now! Call the Box Office at 375.352.4477.

Buy Tickets

Tickets at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352) 375-4477 or click here. On stage April 1 – May 13, with 7 performances a week:
 Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | Wednesdays at 7 p.m. |Thursdays at 7 p.m. | Fridays at 8 p.m. | Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. | Sundays at 2 p.m.


“This terrific play about the mystery of faith by Lucas Hnath — one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years — is MESMERIZING.”
—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times.
“DEEPLY AFFECTING. EMOTIONALLY DEVASTATING. A white-knuckled drama about a theological battle.”
—Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New York Post.


Pastor – Joseph Ditmyer
Associate Pastor – Marquis D Gibson
Elder – VC Heidenreich
Congregant – Renata Eastlick
Wife – Juliana Davis


Director – Lauren Warhol Caldwell
Stage Manager – Amber Wilkerson
Assistant Stage Manager – Carley Selah
Production Manager – Robert P. Robins
Technical Director – Michael A. Eaddy
Costume Designer – Jillian Parzych
Wardrobe – Nichole Williams
Lighting Designer – Robert P. Robins
Master Electrician – Neil Bearden
Set Designer – Warren Goodwin
Scenic Designer – Michael A. Eaddy
Sound Designer – Amanda Yanes
Props Designer – Michael A. Eaddy
This activity has been funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. For additional information or clarification contact Visit Gainesville/Alachua County at kmunden@alachuacounty.us or at 352-374- 5260.