Phoenix, a play by Scott Organ
The second full season for Tampa Repertory Theatre kicks off with the regional premier of the two-character romantic comedy Phoenix, by Scott Organ. The play opens Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 PM in the Studio Theatre at Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City, and runs through Sunday, October 28. Performances are at 7:30 PM on Thursdays, 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 PM on Sundays. Ticket prices remain $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors, and military personnel. Tickets can be purchased at www.tamparep.org or at the door.
Directed by Connie LaMarca-Frankel, who staged Tampa Rep’s critically-acclaimed production of Cold Storage, and first seen at the prestigious Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2010, Phoenix sparkles with witty banter as two twice-shy strangers, Sue and Bruce, navigate a feckless evening with implications neither of them could have predicted. As noted in the Louisville Courier-Journal, the play “asks tough questions about the purpose of life and what we should risk to truly live it,” while the critic for the New York Times had "a good time,” and wrote that Phoenix “seduces you even when you know better.” TRT Artistic Director C. David Frankel calls Phoenix “a serious romantic comedy about life, death, and regeneration.”
The play stars Georgia Mallory Guy as Sue and Jon Gennari as Bruce. Newly settled in Tampa, Guy appeared most recently in Crimes of the Heart at Banyan Theater Company in Sarasota and The Rocky Horror Show at American Stage in St. Petersburg, and has appeared at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, and others. She holds an MFA from the prestigious Professional Actor Training Program at Ohio University. Gennari just appeared in Fahrenheit 451 at Jobsite Theater, and has been seen locally at American Stage, the Gorilla Theatre, and at TRT in last season’s A Streetcar Named Desired. Jon attended Northern Illinois University’s BFA acting program, and was nominated twice at the very first Jeff Norton theater awards ceremony last year.