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The Hippodrome Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season

The Hipp’s 45th anniversary season is designed to create conversation and bring our community together through the diverse stories and characters on our stage.

The world we live in today demands that we as artists use the power of theatre to act as a catalyst of understanding and awakening. We invite you to expose yourself to wonder of it all.


by George Orwell, adapted by Andrew White
On stage September 1 – 24

Parental advisory: This play contains full nudity and adult content.

What if one thought cost you everything? This September, the Hipp and UF School of Theatre + Dance collaborated to bring George Orwell’s best-selling literary masterpiece to the stage. This radical, award-winning adaptation explored the erosion of privacy, destruction of identity, and an Orwellian future that is as relevant now as ever. A Southeast regional premiere.

The Chicago Sun-Times calls 1984 “A chilling, hard-hitting stage adaptation.” “Skillful blend of grimy proletariat despair and slick multimedia collage.”– Chicago Tribune


By Matthew Lopez
October 13 – November 5; previews October 11 & 12

How does a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator with an empty bank account and a pregnant wife become the most popular drag queen in the Florida Panhandle? The Legend of Georgia McBride is a show-stopping, hilariously extravagant comedy about discovering your true voice with music and glitter galore. A New York Times CRITICS PICK.

“Stitch-in-your-side funny…full of sass and good spirits.” —The New York Times. “A genuine crowd-pleaser.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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Book & Lyrics by Willie Reale / Music by Robert Reale
Based on the children’s book series by Arnold Lobel
November 24 – December 17

A whimsical musical that tells the tale of two best friends: the easy-going Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad. The story follows Frog and Toad through four colorful seasons, along with their lively, quirky friends Snail, Turtle, the Birds, and more. This holiday season, audiences of all ages will delight in this Broadway hit which was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. “No matter what your age, you can’t help but fall in love with A Year with Frog and Toad. Like the cookies, it is a truly irresistible holiday treat for the whole family!” – DC Metro Theater Arts. “An absolutely delightful theater experience for kids of all ages.” – Nashville Parenting Magazine

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Adapted by Janet Allard and Michael Bigelow Dixon
November 25 – December 22

Share the joy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The Hipp’s production carries the timeless messages of redemption, charity, and goodwill in a heartfelt, traditional adaptation. The perfect way to spend time with your loved ones at the holidays.

Tickets to A Christmas Carol on sale now!
For student matinee groups, contact groups@thehipp.org.

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By Marco Ramirez
January 12 – February 11; previews January 10 & 11

Inspired by the real-life story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight champion, The Royale explores the life of the outsider in American culture. Set in 1905, deep in the midst of Jim Crow, we meet charismatic African- American boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson and his sister Nina, his greatest adversary and strongest motivation. “Extraordinarily efficient!” – The New York Times. “The play is a stylized, blazingly theatrical triumph that keeps audience members on the edge of their seats.” – Miami Herald.

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By David Lindsay-Abaire
March 2 – March 25; previews February 28 & March 1

A Florida Premiere! A hilariously high-stakes comedy. When cantankerous Abby meets her new, infuriatingly optimistic roommate Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the woman by any means necessary. What starts as an innocent wager between the women quickly spirals out of control and threatens to expose these worthy opponents’ most hidden secrets. Ripcord is as heartfelt as it is deliciously inappropriate. “An expertly engineered comedy!” –The New York Times. “4 STARS! GREAT FUN and GENUINELY MOVING!”—Time Out New York.

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By Lucas Hnath
April 20 – May 13; previews April 18 & 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. “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.

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Opens June 1; previews May 30 & 31

Summer is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing! There’s a fabulous, spectacular, toe-tapping, dance-in-the-aisle musical extravaganza coming to the Hippodrome stage!

“The Bikinis: A New Musical Beach Party” showcases over 30 hits from the 60’s and 70’s including “Heat Wave,” “Under The Boardwalk,” “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I Will Survive,” and “It’s Raining Men!”

Flex passes for the rest of the shows of the season are available now! Call the Box Office at 375.352.4477! Tickets to “THE BIKINIS” are on sale now!

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Season passes and subscriptions are available here

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.