Artist Spotlight: Meet the Choreographer behind “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

BillyD Hart didn’t just choreograph all of the musical numbers for FST’s The Legend of Georgia McBride. BillyD, (who uses they/them pronouns) is also the understudy for all three drag roles, operates the spotlight for each show, and maintains all 26 wigs (yes, you read that number right) for the production. Oh, and did we mention they can also do a backflip…in heels? The Legend … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Meet the Choreographer behind “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Glitter, Glamour, and A Little Bit of Heart

He’s low on cash, his wife Jo is expecting a baby, and he just found out he’s been fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator. Meet Casey, a down-on-his-luck performer who is about to discover that he has got a lot to learn about show business—and himself. Desperate to drum up more business, Casey’s boss at Cleo’s Dive Bar gives “The King” the boot, … Continue reading Glitter, Glamour, and A Little Bit of Heart

The Power of Comedy With John Long in “The Play That Goes Wrong”

John Long is no stranger to comedy. He’s played King Louis the 13th in The Three Musketeers; Craig, the miserly theater operations manager, in Laughing Stock; and Francis Henshall, a man who finds himself juggling two jobs at the same time, in One Man, Two Guvnors. Now he makes his FST debut in The Play That Goes Wrong, a Tony and Olivier Award-winning comedy that’s … Continue reading The Power of Comedy With John Long in “The Play That Goes Wrong”

When life Give You Lemons, Tuck’ Em

Life for Casey, the Elvis impersonator, is about to get “All Shook Up.” His rent check bounced (again). He just found out his wife is pregnant with their first child. And to top it all off, he’s just been let go from his not-so-lucrative Elvis gig down at Cleo’s dive bar. Thank you. Thank you very much. And while Cleo’s no longer has a job … Continue reading When life Give You Lemons, Tuck’ Em

Meet Lisa, The Referee of “America in One Room”

Inspired by the real-life convention of the same name, FST’s World Premiere production of America in One Room by Jason Odell Williams explores what could happen if you put a diverse group of people from across the country in the same room and ask them to open up about some of their most firmly held beliefs. As the conversation moves from the hotel’s continental breakfast to more serious issues, … Continue reading Meet Lisa, The Referee of “America in One Room”

FST Mounts World Premiere of “America in One Room”

by Lydia Baxter and Jena Rashid When playwright Jason Odell Williams saw a 2019 article in the New York Times with a photo featuring hundreds of faces staring back at him, theatrical inspiration struck like lighting. “There were people of all ages, races, and genders from across the country,” said the playwright. The article was about the America in One Room convention, which took place … Continue reading FST Mounts World Premiere of “America in One Room”

How “The Play That Goes Wrong” Went Right

In 2008, three friends and former grad school classmates—Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields—started a theatre company that took silliness very seriously. The name? Mischief Theatre. They started out performing improvised comedy shows anywhere they could, from the London Fringe Festival to Scottish prisons. At one gig, the cast outnumbered the audience. In 2012, the trio started devising their first fully-scripted play, The Murder … Continue reading How “The Play That Goes Wrong” Went Right

Broadway’s Smash Hit Comedy Comes to FST’s Mainstage

Called “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen” by The Huffington Post, The Play That Goes Wrong has been performed for over two million people in more than 30 countries. Now, FST is proud to present this international comedy sensation on its Mainstage this season. “In this day and age, great new comedies rarely come along,” said Bruce Jordan, the show’s director who was also … Continue reading Broadway’s Smash Hit Comedy Comes to FST’s Mainstage

Meeting: America

Nine strangers are stuck in a room together for three days. There, they’re expected to open up about some of their most personal and strongly held beliefs over granola bars and mediocre coffee. What could possibly go wrong? And will they all make it out alive? Mike’s a middle-aged man from Michigan working through some anger issues. Faith is a Black woman in her late … Continue reading Meeting: America

Buddy Holly Lives

By Jack Getz Buddy Holly played from his heart. And FST’s Winter Mainstage opener, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, goes straight to the heart of who he was. Playwright Alan Janes’ Buddy is a different animal. The mind behind this musical doesn’t love Holly’s music because it’s old. Janes loves it because it’s good. After seeing FST’s take on Alan Janes’ musical, we believe you’ll … Continue reading Buddy Holly Lives