Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Stage Planner: Spotlight on Tampa Bay natives John Pinckard, Emilee Dupré, Ephraim Sykes

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SUMMER CAMP: 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE

Stageworks Theatre concludes the season with a comedy that mashes up 1950s America with contemporary camp.

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood invites audiences to the 1956 breakfast of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein.

The audience is you, as the name tags you pick up at the door will make clear. Nuclear annihilation looms large, but may not be quite as important as the society's annual quiche-tasting contest. The show started as a 10-minute sketch in Chicago and gradually expanded to 75 minutes.

"You need a certain kind of twisted sense of humor to understand what is in the play," said John Pinckard, a Tampa Bay native directing the show. "I think anyone who is able to be intrigued or curious would be more than rewarded."

Known primarily as a producer, Pinckard's Broadway credits include two Tony winners: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (best musical) and Clybourne Park (best play).

Pinckard was born in Apollo Beach 40 years ago. After graduating from Jesuit High, he entered the University of Florida, intending to study particle physics. He learned enough math to land a job at JPMorgan Chase, but by then his interests had turned to theater. He co-founded a production company and produced two award-winning off-Broadway shows, Silence! The Musical and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche.

Pinckard advises the public not to let the title color your imaginings of the show, which he called "incredibly wholesome and family-friendly." Cast members include Emily Belvo, Kari Goetz, Roxxi Jaxx, Jaime Giangrande-Holcom and Karla Hartley. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through June 26 at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30, seniors $25, students and military $15. A preview tonight is $15. (813) 374-2416. stageworkstheatre.org.

CENTURY OF SONG: DAVID LARSEN AND EMILEE DUPRÉ

St. Petersburg native Emilee Dupré returns Sunday for a nostalgic afternoon celebrating the musical theater that shaped her career.

Onstage With Broadway's David Larsen and Emilee Dupré at [email protected] promises to stir memory and please the ear. The pair will perform songs from a hundred years of Broadway tunes, from George Gershwin to Carole King.

Larsen has acted on the show Boston Public, in regional theater and in the ensemble of Broadway's Billy Elliott. Dupré has been immersed in theater since her days at Shorecrest Preparatory School. She studied dance with her mother, well-known instructor Cheryl Lee, and went on to act on Broadway, off-Broadway, film and regional theater productions, most recently as Hannah Chaplin in Chaplin: The Musical.

She has graced Tampa Bay area stages in recent years, playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret and Gloria in Mame, both at Freefall Theatre, and Gaige in the premiere of Moneymaker, at the Heather in Tampa. Dupré grew up idolizing Liza Minnelli, a hint of her future career path.

The show starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at the [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Runtime is 90 minutes. $20, $15 seniors and students. (727) 895-6620. thestudioat620.org.

KEEP AN EYE OUT: EPHRAIM SYKES

St. Petersburg native Ephraim Sykes will be performing with the cast of Hamilton on Sunday's Tony Awards, broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. Sykes, who plays George Eacker in the Broadway show, will be dancing in the ensemble. Sykes grew up in St. Petersburg, where his father is pastor of Bethel Community Baptist Church.

To read more about him, click here.

 
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