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St. Petersburg's Freefall Theatre unveils 2019-20 season, which marks a decade of plays

Freefall Theatre unveiled its 2019-20 season at an event on Saturday. The announcement welcomes the St. Petersburg theater company's 10th season, dubbed "A Decade of Daring."

During the event, a video featuring stills from the decade of plays was screened in Freefall's auditorium. Supporters clapped, cheered, laughed and even choked up when they saw their favorites.

The theme for this season is ghost light, which refers to the one bulb that theaters leave on for safety, and use to keep spirits away.

"With every story we tell and every character that's created on the stage, we leave a little bit of that behind," artistic director Eric Davis said. "I think of them as our ghosts, so I like to leave the light on for them."

A Decade of Daring is filled with notions of hauntings. What's more, ghosts are featured in two productions: The Turn of the Screw and Lone Star Spirits.

Gainesville theater Hippodrome has collaborated with Freefall on the 2019-20 season. Freefall will produce Marie and Rosetta, while Hippodrome will handle Lone Star Spirits, premiering them in their respective spaces. When one production's run ends, it goes to the other theater.

A Decade of Daring offers more one-of-a-kind stories that Freefall is known for:

The Turn of the Screw (Sept. 28-Oct. 27): Based on the story by Henry James, a new governess takes over the care of precocious Miles and quiet Flora. But when she learns what happened to the previous woman, she becomes suspicious that they are under the influence of malevolent forces. Is the place really haunted, or is the governess?

The Lion in Winter (Nov. 23-Dec. 22): A dark comedy for the holiday season about family dysfunction. King Henry II lets his wife, Eleanor of Aquataine, out of her prison for Christmas. However, the bickering begins when the couple disagree about which son will become heir to the throne.

Marie and Rosetta (Jan. 18-Feb. 16): Set on the eve of the tour that would establish them as an important duo in popular music, a fly-on-the-wall moment of the first rehearsal between Sister Rosetta Tharpe, considered the "godmother of rock and roll," and protege Marie Knight.

Lone Star Spirits (Feb. 29-March 29, 2020): When Marly brings her hipster boyfriend to the small Texas town she grew up in, there's a collision between who she is now and who she was then. Things get complicated when her ex-beau, an old friend and the ghost of the bear-wrestling pioneer who founded the town show up.

Dear World (April 25- May 24, 2020): The musical reimagining of the Madwoman of Chaillot, in which Countess Aurealia launches a campaign to stop the greedy corporate presidents who want to blow up the streets of Paris in search of oil.

Oz (June 27-July 26): Freefall artistic director Davis and music director Michael Raabe's new musical takes theatergoers on a different adventure through L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz.

Season tickets are on sale at $249, $225 for the FreePass, a five-ticket flexible subscription, and $99 for ages 39 and younger. Single tickets range from $40 to $50.

Contact Maggie Duffy at mduffy@tampabay.com. Follow @maggiedalexis.

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