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freeFall Theatre Company Tampa Bay's most exciting professional regional theatre company freeFall Theatre is Florida's Best Professional Theatre, as recognized by BroadwayWorld (and many happy patrons - we'd love you to add your 5-star review!)

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Happy closing to the cast and crew of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL. A special thank you to our patrons for packin...
04/24/2022

Happy closing to the cast and crew of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL. A special thank you to our patrons for packing the place during the five-week run and to our friends at Ebony Repertory Theatre for bringing this beautiful show to Tampa Bay audiences. We look forward to working with you again!

04/24/2022

BOX OFFICE UPDATE! Tomorrow's final performance of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is completely Sold Out.

Horror can be such a drag! Friday, May 13th marks the return of MOVIES WITH MATTHEW: Creature Feature Edition with a scr...
04/23/2022

Horror can be such a drag! Friday, May 13th marks the return of MOVIES WITH MATTHEW: Creature Feature Edition with a screening of Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI. Get ready as freeFall's mistress of the macabre hosts what many horror fans call the best of the Friday the 13th series. Jason Lives: Friday the 13th is rated R and features strong violence and gore and contains adult language and situations.

Join us for a fun night at the freeFall cinema with live commentary, trivia (with prizes!) and pre and post show discussions of the film that Cinema Crazed calls "A deliriously fun time, with Jason at his all time meanest..."

Follow link and purchase your tickets NOW! https://bit.ly/37Hx0Kd

BOX OFFICE UPDATE! Space is very limited for the final performances of LADY DAY closing on April 24. Best seats availabl...
04/21/2022

BOX OFFICE UPDATE! Space is very limited for the final performances of LADY DAY closing on April 24. Best seats available on Saturday night at 7pm.

Visit freefalltheatre.com and book your tickets NOW!

There are only 5 more chances to see the show BroadwayWorld.com calls "a stunning masterpiece". Best availability this w...
04/20/2022

There are only 5 more chances to see the show BroadwayWorld.com calls "a stunning masterpiece". Best availability this week on Saturday at 7pm. Book now by calling 727-498-5205 or by visiting freefalltheatre.com.

Don't miss LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL before it closes on April 24.

Check out this great feature from Creative Pinellas on LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL. "Foreman brings Holiday’s en...
04/15/2022
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill - Creative Pinellas

Check out this great feature from Creative Pinellas on LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL.

"Foreman brings Holiday’s end-of-her-rope vulnerability effectively, while director Wren T. Brown’s spare set and lighting help evoke the late-night shady club, creating an intimate mood that allows close-up connection with the audience.' - Creative Pinellas

LADY DAY runs now through April 24. Book the best seats by visiting freefalltheatre.com.

By Jake-ann Jones. freeFall Theatre has brought Ebony Repertory Theatre’s L.A. production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, a play with music by Lanie Robertson, to town. Starring the luminous Karole Foreman, the play takes place in 1959, so we’re meeting the iconic songstress at the door ...

Director Wren T. Brown and Actor Karole Foreman discuss how LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL plays best when presente...
04/14/2022
Intimate Play with Music - Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill - freeFall Theatre

Director Wren T. Brown and Actor Karole Foreman discuss how LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL plays best when presented as an intimate play with music.

See the show The Weekly Challenger Newspaper says is "very worth the watch". Book the best seats now by visiting freefalltheare.com.

Intimate Play with Music - Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill - freeFall Theatre https://freefalltheatre.comfreeFall presents an unforgettable evening with ...

We're excited to officially announce our final show of our 2021/2022 season! THE AGITATORS tells of the enduring but tem...
04/12/2022

We're excited to officially announce our final show of our 2021/2022 season!

THE AGITATORS tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies? Yes. And at times, great adversaries. Young abolitionists when they met in Rochester in the 1840s, they were full of hopes, dreams, and a common purpose. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided and their friendship was severely tested. This is the story of that forty-five-year friendship – from its beginning in Rochester, through a civil war, and to the highest halls of government. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other, and, in doing so, they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history.

THE AGITATORS plays freeFall July 29 through August 28.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at freefalltheatre.com.

There are only two more weeks to catch the play BroadwayWorld.com calls "a stunning masterpiece". Don't miss Karole Fore...
04/12/2022

There are only two more weeks to catch the play BroadwayWorld.com calls "a stunning masterpiece". Don't miss Karole Foreman and Damon Powers in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL now playing through April 24. Read the full review: https://bit.ly/3EdZkzW

Visit freefalltheatre.com and book the best seats now. Best availability for the entire run is on Saturdays at 2pm.

This week, we celebrated Billie Holiday's birthday! April 7 would have been Lady Day's 107th.  Don't miss LADY DAY AT EM...
04/10/2022

This week, we celebrated Billie Holiday's birthday! April 7 would have been Lady Day's 107th. Don't miss LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL now playing through April 24. Best availability on Saturdays at 2pm.

Book now at freefalltheatre.com!

ICYMI! Check out Karole Foreman on Tampa Bay's Morning Blend talking all about our latest production of LADY DAY AT EMER...
04/07/2022
freeFall Theatre|"Lady day at Emerson's Bar and Grill"

ICYMI! Check out Karole Foreman on Tampa Bay's Morning Blend talking all about our latest production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL.

Visit freefalltheatre.com and book the best seats before LADY DAY closes on April 24.

The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death.

ICYMI! Check out this great interview with LADY DAY’S Karole Foreman from Watermark Magazine. LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR ...
04/07/2022
Karole Foreman brings ‘Lady Day’ to freeFall - Watermark Online

ICYMI! Check out this great interview with LADY DAY’S Karole Foreman from Watermark Magazine.

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL is now playing through April 24. Book now at freefalltheatre.com.

Billie Holiday’s impact on modern music is undeniable. Known for her innovative and improvisational style, the American jazz pioneer’s voice has captivated audiences across the world since the 1930s. Also known as Lady Day, the entertainer was a Black, openly bisexual woman who was unabashedly h...

Don’t miss Eleri Ward Music tonight at 7pm!  Eleri brings her amazing Sondheim tribute album, A Perfect Little Death, to...
04/07/2022

Don’t miss Eleri Ward Music tonight at 7pm! Eleri brings her amazing Sondheim tribute album, A Perfect Little Death, to life on the freeFall stage. Book now by calling 727-498-5205 or by visiting freefalltheatre.com.

A Perfect Little Death was called “a harmonious marriage of musical theater and indie folk music, with hauntingly beautiful arrangements” by Forbes and “an incandescent new record, something genuinely new” from American Theater Magazine. John Platt of WFUV Radio hailed the album as a “breathtaking, life-affirming gift.” It features 13 songs varying from “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” to “Loving You” to “Take Me to the World,” leading you through an acoustical Sondheim journey.

Blossoming from a spontaneous Instagram cover of “Every Day a Little Death” in 2019, Eleri has now crafted this project to be her own niche at the crossroads of musical theater and indie folk music, embodied by swirling harmonies and her original point of view.

Eleri Ward tonight at 7pm! More LADY DAY through April 24. Lots of great performances on both sides of the Bay. There ar...
04/07/2022
Your weekend arts forecast: Three one-nighters and a show in the park

Eleri Ward tonight at 7pm! More LADY DAY through April 24. Lots of great performances on both sides of the Bay.

There are still tickets available for Eleri Ward this evening and the best availability for LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL is Saturday at 2pm. Visit freefalltheatre.com and book NOW!

Lots to talk about – let’s start with a trio of unique one-night performances. Tonight at freeFall, New York singer/songwriter Eleri Ward is in concert performing Stephen Sondheim songs – along with others from musical theater - with just voice and acoustic guitar. Ward’s A Perfect Little De...

Don’t miss the amazing Karole Foreman on Tampa Bay's Morning Blend tomorrow at 10am on ABC WFTS. LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S B...
04/06/2022

Don’t miss the amazing Karole Foreman on Tampa Bay's Morning Blend tomorrow at 10am on ABC WFTS.

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL is back onstage tonight at 7pm. Best availability this week is Saturday at 2pm. Book now at freefalltheatre.com

Don't miss Eleri Ward at freeFall Theatre Company this Thursday night at 7pm as part of our immensely popular Tandem Ser...
04/04/2022
Fingerstyle Folk Sondheim: A Sound We Didn’t Know We Needed

Don't miss Eleri Ward at freeFall Theatre Company this Thursday night at 7pm as part of our immensely popular Tandem Series.

Starting from a spontaneous Instagram post in 2019, covering "Every Day A Little Death," Eleri has now crafted her own niche at the crossroads of musical theater and indie-folk music embodied by acoustic simplicity and swirling harmonies.

Book tickets now by visiting freefalltheatre.com!

On a new record, singer Eleri Ward reclaims Sondheim’s melodies from his thorny harmonies, creating something new that’s also true to the original.

More praise for LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL from The Weekly Challenger Newspaper! "While last year’s The United ...
04/04/2022
‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ gives a close-up of Billie Holiday’s vocal power and tragedy

More praise for LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL from The Weekly Challenger Newspaper!

"While last year’s The United States vs. Billie Holiday offered the kind of over-the-top rawness that only a television movie can, this glimpse into the iconic singer’s life feels more immediate. Foreman’s portrayal pulls the audience into Holiday’s painful past, which feels effortless, even as her Holiday becomes increasingly erratic." - The Weekly Challenger

Book the best seats now by visiting freefalltheatre.com!

The Ebony Repertory Theatre production of ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ on stage at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, running through Sunday, April 24. BY J.A. JONES, Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG – freeFall Theatre presents the Ebony Repertory Theatre production of ...

Thanks Watermark! LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL is now playing through April 24. Did you know that freeFall is a W...
04/01/2022

Thanks Watermark! LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL is now playing through April 24. Did you know that freeFall is a Watermark distribution point? Pick up your copy today and read all about Karole Foreman becoming the legendary Billie Holiday.

Book now at freefallheatre.com or by calling 727-498-5205.

Karole Foreman discusses LGBTQ icon Billie Holiday and bringing "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" to freeFall Theatre Company in our new issue! Find a print edition near you at https://bit.ly/36R31ix and read it online here: https://bit.ly/3NIw9cA

More love for LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL from BroadwayWorld.com!“Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is a must-...
04/01/2022
BWW Review: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at FreeFall Theatre

More love for LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL from BroadwayWorld.com!

“Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is a must-see Master-Class of pure brilliance in story-telling and song.” -BroadwayWorldd

Book now by visiting freefalltheatre.com or by calling 727-498-5205.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is a play with music written by Lanie Robertson and this production is directed by Wren T. Brown. The musical premiered in 1986 in Atlanta, Georgia and its story recounts some events of Billie Holiday’s life leading up to this performance at Emerson’s four m...

Critics are wowed by freeFall's latest production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL now playing through April 24. B...
03/31/2022

Critics are wowed by freeFall's latest production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL now playing through April 24. Best availability for this week is Saturday afternoon at 2pm. Book now at freefalltheatre.com or by calling 727-498-5205.

Read the entire The Gabber Newspaper review by following link:https://bit.ly/3IVuvAJ

Actress Karole Foreman (Billie Holiday) discusses tackling the role of an entertainment legend. Don't miss Karole and Da...
03/31/2022
Karole Foreman - Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill - freeFall Theatre

Actress Karole Foreman (Billie Holiday) discusses tackling the role of an entertainment legend. Don't miss Karole and Damon Powers in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL now through April 24.

Visit freefalltheatre.com and book the best seats while you can. The best availability for this week is Saturday at 2pm.

Karole Foreman - Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill - freeFall Theatre https://freefalltheatre.comfreeFall presents an unforgettable evening with Billie Hol...

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“McGee gives a stellar performance…quick on his feet, always keeping the show moving and never dragging” - BroadwayWorld We just got our tickets to freeFall Theatre Company's "I Love to Eat" starring our 2022 Performing Arts MUSE Awardee, Matthew McGee. We are hearing great reviews from friends and professional reviews about Matthew's performance so can't wait to see it for ourselves. Limited tickets available on their website at https://ci.ovationtix.com/34941/production/1078245 -- And here's a photo Matthew sent us and the description below from freeFall's FB page! "Before Julia Child and long before today’s proliferation of cooking shows, there was James Beard, the first TV chef. He brought a love for fine cooking (and a sense of humor) to the small screen in 1946 and helped establish an American cuisine based on fresh ingredients. Beard became America’s first “foodie,” and the award bearing his name is still the prize most coveted by chefs across the country. Larger than life (literally and metaphorically), American culinary icon James Beard was a complex, entertaining, beloved and frustrating friend and mentor to many. Beard always kept his phone number listed and famously took calls from anyone anytime who needed a little cooking advice. I Love to Eat (a love story with food) invites you to meet the man described as “the face and belly of American gastronomy” in this play that imagines a late night in Beard’s Greenwich Village home."
To our audiences: Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm for King Lear and all the great theatre in Tampa Bay. Unfortunately, due to overwhelming circumstances, and in the interest of cast and audience safety, we are unable to present the show this weekend. At the moment, we are still planning to offer three final performances next weekend, Friday 2/18 7:30pm, Saturday 2/19 7:30pm and Sunday 2/20 3:00pm. If you had purchased tickets to any of this weekend's showings (2/11, 2/12, or 2/13), please check your email inbox for a message from [email protected]rg. In the meantime, listen to our good friend Matthew McGee on Tampa Bay's Morning Blend interview Roxanne M Fay and Cranstan Cumberbatch! And since you can't see Lear this weekend, make sure to catch the amazing shows at ThinkTank Theatre, TYA (All the Great Books abridged) Stageworks Theatre (The Diary of Anne Frank), freeFall Theatre Company (I Love to Eat), Urbanite Theatre (The Smuggler) and all the other wonderful theatre in the area!
It's a dream weekend for theater geeks. Pick a show, any show — or pick two or three or four from the following: Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Stageworks Theatre, American Stage, The Tampa Repertory Theatre, The [email protected], freeFall Theatre Company, Jobsite Theater, ThinkTank Theatre, TYA, Spitfire Comedy House, Early Bird Dinner Theatre and St. Petersburg Opera Company
I Love to Eat is now playing at freeFall Theatre Company and stars our Guest host, Matthew McGee!! The show takes a look at the man who embodied the Farm to Table movement, James Beard. Find out when it's playing and how you can get tickets below.
MUSE Honoree, Matthew McGee is in a one-man play of James Beard's life and work that opens at freeFall Theatre Company tomorrow!! Can't wait to see it!
MEET THE CAST: We welcome back Robert "Spence" Gabriel (he/him) as Paris and Sampson in Romeo & Juliet! Robert attended the Theatre Conservatory at Chicago College of Performing Arts for musical theatre. He is a Latino actor born and raised in Tampa and has been performing in the Bay Area since he returned here in 2016. Most notably, he played Isaac in Jobsite’s 2018 production of Taylor Mac’s HIR. Tampa Bay area credits include: THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Jobsite), THE LION IN WINTER (freeFall Theatre Company), WAR OF THE WORLDS (freeFall), I AM NOBODY’S LUNCH (Turkey Creek Collective) Chicago: NEXT THING YOU KNOW (Steele Beam), ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS (CCPA). Romeo & Juliet begins previews Jan. 19 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. jobsitetheater.org/romeo-juliet Photo: James Zambon Photography #RomeoAndJuliet #Tampa #TampaBay #UnlockTampaBay #DowntownTampa #Shakespeare #JobsiteRocksTheBard #StPetersburg
Enjoy the heartwarming and hilarious play "The Night Before" at our cultural pARTner freeFall Theatre Company. The play is set on a snowy day in sunny Florida when a group of friends and a cat named Stephen Sondheim gather around the piano for a night of fun, music and games. #TBBCApARTner #ArtAndCulture #SupportLocalArtists #SupportTheArts #SupportArtists #FundTheArts #TampaBayArt #BusinessCommunity
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Written and directed by Matthew McGee, with music by Michael Raabe, "The Night Before" brings together four friends for a holiday party. Because their schedules are so packed, the only day they could get together was Dec. 23 (i.e. the night before the night before Christmas). freeFall Theatre Company
A beer festival at the St. Pete Pier, St Pete Run Fest, Movies with Matthew at freeFall Theatre Company, and more this weekend in St. Pete. What's on your weekend agenda? #ilovetheburg made possible by First Citrus Bank
"'Dames at Sea' is the fairy-dust tale of a small town gal named Ruby, arriving fresh and hopeful in New York City with nothing but a pair of tap shoes in her suitcase and dreaming of Broadway stardom. She can sing – and boy, can she dance!" freeFall Theatre Company #DamesAtSea
Casting for DAMES AT SEA at freeFall Theatre Company Information coming soon regarding the complete 2021-2022 season auditions. Currently seeking submissions for our exciting opening show this fall… DAMES AT SEA! Rehearsals Sept 28 - Oct 21 Show runs Oct 22 - Nov 21 Seeking a diverse cast of triple threat storytellers/entertainers. Tapping a plus. Offering both equity (SPT 5 contracts) and non equity roles. Housing will be provided for all out of town actors. Full CO-VID vaccination will be required for employment. Please submit headshot/resume and a link to singing and dancing videos to [email protected] by Friday Sept 10. *freeFall has a rich tradition of telling varied stories and working with a diverse group of artists from many different perspectives of race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, and gender. We believe in the value of empathetically experiencing those perspectives through stories. We also practice and advocate non-traditional and diversity-forward casting practices to bring new perspectives to familiar roles.