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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, 2018. 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 and Thursdays through the months of September, October and November 2018. The full schedule of performers and links to advance tickets are below.

We are so excited about this collaboration to showcase some of Gainesville’s rising jazz stars and local jazz legends,” Scott Wilson, UF associate professor of jazz, said. “The Hippodrome jazz series will feature Brazilian jazz, Cuban jazz, Rhythm and Blues, New Orleans jazz, Gypsy Jazz, Hard Bop and Bebop.

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.

Monday, September 10th – ElIO PIEDRA QUARTET
Monday, October 8th  –  JON JACKSON QUARET
Thursday, October 11th – AARON COLVERSON QUARTET
Thursday, October 18th – – BILL FOTE QUARTET 
Monday, October 22nd – ERIK ABERNATHY QUARTET
Thursday, November 1st  –  GEOFFREY PERRY QUARTET
Monday, November 5th –  GOSIA & ALI QUARTET
Thursday,  November 15th – HOWARD WAPNER QUARTET
Monday, November 19th – GREG SNIDER GROUP

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.

Keepin’ Gainesville Hipp Benefit at Boca Fiesta!

Our next door neighbors BOCA FIESTA has planned a KEEP GAINESVILLE HIPP benefit show this Sunday, July 15th in The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino, featuring live music from the Post Teens, OOF, Sunshine State & Routines!

They wrote “Our neighbors at the Hippodrome Theatre are being impacted by budget cuts from the Florida state legislature, decimating funding for cultural grants. Thanks to these cuts, Florida now has the dubious honor of being ranked 48th in the nation for funding for the arts, as the total investment represents just 0.003 percent of the Florida budget.”

8 – 11 p.m. this Sunday, 7/15
$5-20 sliding scale


Hipp Tuesdays at Paramount Grill

The Paramount Grill announces the launch of “HIPP TUESDAYS” in response to the Hippodrome Theatre’s state funding cuts.

Chef and Owner of the Paramount Grill, Clif Nelson announced that the Paramount will donate 10% of gross receipts from all Tuesday sales to the Hippodrome Theatre starting on July 17 and extending for one year.

Mr. Nelson said,“I was shocked when I first heard the news that the Hippodrome’s state funding had been so drastically cut. I knew I needed to find a way to help.”

Starting on Tuesday, July 17, 10% of gross receipts from both lunch and dinner service at the Paramount Grill will be donated to the Hippodrome. In return, customers who dine at Paramount on “HIPP TUESDAYS” can bring their receipt to the Hippodrome box office and receive a customized notebook with a beautiful Hippodrome painting by Margaret Tolbert.

For over 30 years Clif Nelson, Chef/Owner of Paramount Grill, has been serving unique and innovative cuisine in Gainesville. The Paramount Grill opened in August 2001 and serves fresh, inventive cuisine, coupled with a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere in the heart of downtown Gainesville.

Over the past 45 years, the Hippodrome has been steadfast in its commitment to inclusion, diversity and acceptance. Exploring shared humanity and tackling tough questions through the arts has been at the core of its mission, and  it has never been more important than now.

The 24 Hour Play Project played for a Packed House

Gainesville theatre artists exhibited their talent to a sold out house at the Hippodrome Theatre on Sunday for the 24 Hour Play Project, a Hippodrome Company Member Project created by Stephanie Lynge. Local playwrights had a night to write, before diving into rehearsal the next morning on Sunday, June 10, with their directors and actors. Despite the time constraints, their words shined light on such topics as the importance of listening, tyrannical apocalypse, LGBTQ themes, growth under duress, mental illness, nature and family in a stage production of 8 diverse plays.

This project integrated artists from across the Gainesville community, including the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Warehouse, Gainesville Community Playhouse, Santa Fe College Theatre Department and the Hippodrome Theatre, and the actors ranged in age from a middle school student to actors in their 50s and 60s. The previous night, the playwright picked their director at random, along with their cast size and gender ratio of the actors.

The project opened with Esteban Alvarez III’s play “What’s Up, Doc?” — a comedic hit in which a patient with suspected STDs and a patient with a sprained toe were confused, and the med student gave switched care advice accordingly. The cast starred Bill Eissler, Rachel Jones, Laura Palacio and Kareena Wallace.”Exist, Pursued by a Bear,” a play on a famous stage direction in “The Winter’s Tale”, came from from the Shakespeare-inclined mind of Chuck Lipsig, naturally. The bear’s entrance was a crowd-pleaser, indeed. The play was directed by Matt Lindsay and starred Bryan Cespedes, Ruth King, Megan Poole, and Amei Soleyn.

“A House Divided” written by Michael Presley Bobbitt and directed by Sara Morsey, featured four women on lock-down in a tyrannical apocalypse, and starred Tereva Crum-Stauffer, Stephanie Norman, Lauren Robinson(an understudy for the Hipp’s current mainstage) and Katey Sands.  A favorite line included, “It’s the end of the g-dd–n world and their ain’t a single vibrator in the whole camp.”

“My Pear Lady,” written by Sloane Henry and directed by Lola Bond explored the significance in recognizing things for what they are – not what they are not, through the premise of fostering a plant after the death of a beloved pet, Pickle. Meanwhile, dog up for adoption was nearly euthanized. Fortunately the significant other to the protagonist adopted him in time, and he could be loved for who he was — not for not being Pickle. “My Pear Lady” starred Rowan Housden, Kristina Johnson and Katie Pankow.

Channing O’Halloran, 16, nearly stole the show with her role in “The Lydia Effect” by Jane Arrowsmith Edwards with her line, that also worked for fulfilling the required Tony’s reference, “I’m sorry you have cancer but you have a better chance of recovery than becoming a Broadway actor.” The show was directed by Susan Christophy and also starred Quil Cauchon, Daniel Perea and Katryna Richter.

One play even verged on exiting the atmosphere, as in Gregg Jones’s “Genesis Recall,”–  “Actually he is not my father. And I am an alien.” Directed by Gabrielle Byam and starring Aryana Himle, Lizzy Lance, Mandy Fugate and Carly Rubin.

“Rolling on a River” by Deborah Dickey, had a theme of overcoming fear in more ways than one — with one character’s fear of the river, or anything really, and the other woman’s fear that the boy-in-question didn’t like the her back. The play was directed by Mikell Pinkney and starred Amanda Edwards, Adam Lishawa and Kate Osborn.

Charlie Mitchell’s “Rom-Com” took a lighter perspective with some break-up zingers, “I haven’t been with a lot of guys but I’m pretty sure you’re not very good at sex,” and “If you wrote the kamasutra, it would be a pamphlet,” and probably the mosts brutal– Woman: “I told you I loved you.” Man: “I didn’t.” The play, directed by David Young and starring Kayla Caslow, Ethan Ellis, Kaitie Graves and Harold Kennedy, lightened up as the break up passed with lines such as, “Am I the gay friend? … Girl you better wash that man right outta your hair!”

Responding the success of the project, Lynge said, “The Hippodrome has always been supportive of new work and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring together all of the community of Gainesville.  We have a wonderful, amazing theatrical energy in the center of Gainesville, we couldn’t have done it without every single solitary group that joined us — absolutely everyone was represented and we could not be prouder of bringing everyone together, especially at a time like this when the state has cut support for the arts. We could not be prouder of all the work from everyone, from every theatrical group here in Gainesville, and we look forward to being able to do it again.”

Stephanie Lynge and Cameron Pfahler were the producers, Neil Bearden was the technical director, Earl McKee was the stage manager, Franka Perez was the assistant stage manager and Laura McNeill was the production assistant for the 24 Hour Play Project.

To keep up to date with new projects, mainstage productions, cinema screenings and education opportunities, follow @hipptheatre on Instagram, Twitter and @HippodromeTheatre on Facebook and check back on thehipp.org!


Keep Gainesville Hipp

Keep Gainesville Hipp


Congratulations Emily and Nicholas!

Congratulations Emily and Nicholas! This lovely couple had a gorgeous ceremony at the Baughman Center and then celebrated their reception here with us at the Hippodrome. Before the reception, they used all the photo opportunities of Downtown Gainesville.

At the end of their special day, they had a bubble send off with all their friends and family. We were so lucky to celebrate with them! Find out more about how you can rent the Hipp today at thehipp.org/rentals. | Sworhacz@thehipp.org | 352-373-5968 X 217.


Photographer- Emily Staubus Photography



Congratulations Andrea and Aidan!

Andrea and Aidan had a small, intimate wedding at their family’s Antebellum house in Madison, Georgia. However, when they came back to Gainesville, they shared their special moment with us here at the Hippodrome too. Andrea got her hair and makeup done again, got back into her wedding dress, and Aidan got into his suit. While they kept the ceremony private, they utilized the buildings facade to take photos that they could use to share with their loved ones, recreating their first dance and other special moments on the steps of the Hippodrome. Andrea is one of the Hippodrome’s most valued employees, and she and Aidan enjoy spending date evenings at our plays and special events.

Find out more about how you can rent the Hipp today at thehipp.org/rentals. | Sworhacz@thehipp.org | 352-373-5968 X 217


Photographer: Rachel Jones


Talkback for “The Christians”


“What I like about this play is the conflict is unique. Its not about domestic conflict completely. It’s obviously about the conflict of Hell, but inside of that there’s so much,” said Lauren Warhol Caldwell, Director of “The Christians” and Artistic Director of the Hippodrome Theatre. The main thing I like about it is that there are no answers.”

The Christians is a critically-acclaimed drama by award-winning playwright Lucas Hnath. Currently one of the most-produced plays in the nation, The Christians is a thought-provoking and timely play which poses philosophical and theological questions about faith in America. The Hippodrome Theatre had a talkback Sunday after the 2 p.m. show with the director and the cast to continue the conversation with the audience members.

“I hope if 10 people walk out and I ask them how it was, I get 10 different answers,” Caldwell said.

The Christians centers around Pastor Paul, who started a church in a modest storefront. Over the past 10 years, he grew it into a mega-church with thousands of devoted parishioners and a newly paid-off mortgage. Everything changes one Sunday when Pastor Paul preaches a divisive sermon that shakes his congregation to the core. The Christians is both epic and unexpectedly intimate, an unflinching look at religious faith in America – and its power to unite or divide.

One audience member said, “The play doesn’t give answers. Faith isn’t answerable.”

When asked if “The Christians” is the same play it was on opening night, Warhol said, “Tonight’s show had a texture, richness, a pace that I dreamed about, the play was different. There’s a growth that happened. I commend them[the actors] and the Stage Manager [Amber Wilkerson] for allowing that growth.”

Renata Eastlick says the play comprises and struggles with, “how to be a good, kind and responsible community of people who love each other.” As in any play, each person who sees “The Christians” will have a different visceral reaction to it, Eastlick said.

An audience member said that there is a healthiness about the play — because of the respect the characters have for each other. 

“The fact that we’re all here, having this conversation, is optimistic,” one audience member pointed out.




Call the Hipp Box Office 352.375.4477 or visit thehipp.org for tickets.
Showtimes: Tues. 7 p.m. | Wed. 7 p.m. | Thurs. 7 p.m. | Fri. 8 p.m. | Sat. 5 & 8:30 p.m. | Sun. 2 p.m.


5/6: Jacaré Choro

Jacaré Choro presents “Terra Brasilis: Reimagining Early Music in Modern Times” at the Hippodrome Theatre! Sunday, May 6, doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the music begins at 7:30. After the show, mingle with the musicians over the Brazilian drink special of the evening, Caipirinhas!
Jacaré Choro performs unique interpretations of Brazilian music through its creative arrangements and adaptations of genres to celebrate Brazil’s rich musical history.
For those already familiar with Brazilian music, we hope the rich harmonies, contoured melodies, and syncopated rhythms will evoke feelings of nostalgia, or as we say in Brazil: saudade. For newcomers, please allow us to share our love of Brazilian music with you!
See Vadim Arsky on saxophones, Tabajara Belo on guitar and mandolin, Aaron Colverson on violin, Larry Crook on percussion and Welson Tremura on guitar and voice!

Tickets are $10 seniors and students and $15 general public.

Reserve your seats here!