Tampa Repertory Theatre Is Innovative, Provocative And Classic

By Kathy L. Collins

Tampa Repertory Theatre, known as TampaRep, was established in June 2011 by C. David Frankel, Ned Averill-Snell and Emilia Sargent. The theatre was started to provide another outlet for the many talented theatre artists in the Tampa area and to focus on the classics from the American Theatre.

Since its inception, TampaRep has mounted three mainstage shows plus two to four productions with their incubator company, TRT2.

The next production for TampaRep will be Heroes set to take place Thursday, January 9 through Sunday, January 26. Heroes is based on the play by Gerald Sibleyras (Le Vent des Peupliers) and was adapted by Tom Stoppard. Heroes tells the story of war heroes plotting an escape from a retired soldiers’ home. The TampaRep production features two of Tampa’s finest actors, Jim Wicker and Steve Mountain.

In March, TampaRep will perform Tennessee Williams’ classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and military personnel. Group rates are available. Performances can be seen Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8; and Sundays at 3 p.m. TampaRep does not have a permanent home, so visit its Website at www.tamparep.org for location information.

Frankel said, “The Tampa Repertory Theatre presents plays, old and new, with an emphasis on American drama and productions that are innovative, provocative and classic. We create high quality theatre designed to attract a multi-generational, culturally diverse audience.”

Frankel added, “TampaRep’s long term goal is to provide well paying opportunities to the best theatre practitioners in the Tampa Bay area. We’re constantly striving to build our audience, our supporters and the company of artists committed to the work that we do.”

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