Summer Mainstage Series

Each summer, FST brings you the best in contemporary theatre through its three-show Summer Mainstage Series. Featuring a diverse selection of musicals, dramas, and heartwarming comedies, the Mainstage shines a spotlight on plays that speak to a living, evolving, and dynamically changing world.

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By Larry Gallagher
A wild, toe-tapping, head shakin’ musical tribute to the women who made the music of this era so special. Told from the perspective of six young women who come of age in this enigmatic decade, Beehive takes us from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation. Featuring such timeless hits as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”
“Outstanding” - BroadwayWorld

By Mark St. Germain
This brand new play follows the life, and life after death, of one of the country’s most beloved first ladies — warts and all. Eleanor Roosevelt’s fight for the voiceless masses around the globe helped her make an indelible mark in the White House and beyond. Told by the first lady herself, Eleanor invites us into the historical icon’s powerful life, from the cradle to the grave.
“Emotionally resonant.” - The Wall Street Journal

by Eric Anthony, Ben Hope, and Kate Barton
Grab your guitars and dust off your cowboy boots. Autumn at the Opry showcases everything from bluegrass to honky-tonk, tin pan alley to pop standards, and the blues to Rock & Roll. This ode to The Grand Ole Opry
guarantees a hand-clappin,’ foot-stompin’ good time.
“Top-notch” - Asheville Stages

By Ken Ludwig
Pearl is an African American woman who has been imprisoned in the deep south during the great depression, who longs to see her daughter. She happens to find a seeming stroke of luck from an archivist named Susannah who has come to visit her..albeit for a price. What will fate have in store for her as she sees freedom on the edge of the horizon?
“Takes your breath away” - DC Theatre Scene
*This list features plays currently under consideration and does not guarantee production as part of this season.