Sunday, July 15, 2018
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From Marie Antoinette to Judy Garland, Freefall's new season focuses on real-life people

St. Petersburg's Freefall Theatre announced its 2016-17 season, themed "Inspired by a True Story." All of the productions feature people of note throughout history, ranging from the infamous to the obscure.

The musical Assassins (Oct. 8-Nov. 6) profiles the four successful and five would-be assassins of U.S. presidents, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Back by popular demand, Peter and the Starcatcher tells the backstory of the character Peter Pan and will alternate performances Dec. 10 to Jan. 29 with J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan.

The award-winning play Red Velvet (Feb. 25-March 26) recounts the circumstances that led to Ira Aldridge becoming the first African-American actor to play the title role in Othello at London's Theatre Royal in 1883.

End of the Rainbow (April 29-May 28) is a look at the months leading up to Judy Garland's tragic death, featuring many of her beloved songs including Over the Rainbow and You Made Me Love You.

Marie Antoinette (July 15-Aug. 13) tells the life story of the infamous queen through a contemporary exploration of present celebrity-obsessed culture.

Maggie Duffy, Times staff writer

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