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Bill Leavengood is a nationally awarded, two-time Eugene O'Neill playwright whose plays have been produced Off-Broadway at Circle Repertory, Primary Stages, Town Hall, and the Chelsea Playhouse as well as regionally for the past twenty years. More >

 

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Review: Standing Ovation for St. Petersburg Opera Company's WEST SIDE STORY

... Music director Mark Sforzini and stage director Bill Leavengood have struck gold with their top-flight cast.

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American Stage Emerging ArtistsAmerican Stage
Theatre Company announces the launch of a new playreading series

2013 - 2014 Season | American Stage

For its inaugural year, American
Stage will focus on the works of
St. Petersburg native, Bill Leavengood.

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Best Of The BayBest Playwright Bill Leavengood

September 27, 2005 | Weekly Planet

...But the best work by a local playwright wasn't produced here at all; it was shown up in New York at the Sanford Meisner Theatre. This was St.Petersburg scribe Bill Leavengood's Little Mary, about an adolescent virgin who finds herself pregnant with seven fetuses... More >

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They Call Him Broadway Bill: Meet Bill Leavengood

Tampa Bay Metro | April/May 2005

Discover another Tampa Bay Treasure: playwright Bill Leavengood. A St. Petersburg native and a theatre teacher... More >

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Best PlayrightMeet Local Artists Who Create And Teach Others How To Do The Same

St. Petersburg Times | Sept. 14, 2008

...They find teaching up-and-coming artists to be every bit as important and fulfilling as their personal creative efforts... More >

 

Books

Florida Bound

"It's sad that most people aren't accustomed to reading plays the way they do bestsellers and self-help books. They'de find that a small investment of time can open up as wide and powerful a world as any novel."

David Lefkowitz, editor

FLORIDA BOUND The Collected Plays Of Bill Leavengood More >

 

CatMoonDoCat Moon Do takes the reader on a fantastic voyage with three cats searching for their lost friend, Seventoes. Worried, the three feline friends embark on an exciting journey traveling through magical lands trying to find their missing companion.

Children of all ages will enjoy this tale as they carefully search the drawings for hidden clues to the mystery.
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Review: Webb’s City: The Musical is a must — particularly if you live in St. Pete

... A concert staging at the Palladium shows why the legend of Webb's endures.

by DAVID WARNER

In the almost decade-and-a-half I’ve lived in St. Petersburg, Webb’s City: The Musical has become almost as much a legend as Webb’s City, “the world’s most unusual drugstore.” Until last night, I’d never been well-acquainted with either. The store closed in 1979, after 54 years in business; the musical, by Bill Leavengood and Lee Ahlin, premiered to great acclaim in 2000 as part of a St. Pete millennial celebration, making new fans with a revival a few years later. A concert version is being performed this weekend at the Palladium (co-produced with American Stage and Will Knot Di Artists), and now that I’ve seen it and learned more about the wonder that was Webb’s and its charismatic founder, E.J. " Doc" Webb, I am convinced: The musical should be revived every year and, as a communal rite of passage, every St. Petersburger should be encouraged to go.

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Webbs CityWEBB'S CITY:
The Musical, The Concert Version

Presented by Bill Leavengood, American Stage and the Palladium Theater

The hit musical written and directed by Bill Leavengood with music, lyrics and musical direction by Lee Ahlin about St. Pete’s famous drug store returns to the Palladium in a concert format.

Thursday, Sep. 14, 8p
Friday, Sep. 15, 8p
Saturday, Sep. 16, 2p
Saturday, Sep. 16, 8p
Sunday, Sep. 17, 2p

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In The News

Artist Fellow 2017

Creative Pinellas is excited to
announce the recipients of its
2017 Artist Fellowships:

 

Returning Artist Fellows: William Leavengood — Theatre/Playwriting

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Bill Leavengood Award




Bill Leavengood joins the faculty of University of South Florida in Tampa as an Adjunct Professor of Playwriting.

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Bill Leavengood is honored as the inaugural winner of the 2015 Southeastern Theatre Conference's Innovative Instruction in Playwriting Award.

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Scenes From Webb's City, Little Mary, Florida Crackers & What Is Art. Plays by Bill Leavengood.

 

Plays

Lourdes of the fliesLourdes Of The Flies
A New Comedy by William Leavengood

A rollicking new farce about a diverse group of prep school girls who accidentally sink their cruise ship and must struggle to survive and create a new society on a desert isle. More>

 


Preservation Society Bill LeavengoodThe Preservation Society

Tensions simmer just under the surface as an affluent Charleston family hold a summer reunion at their mountain lake house in North Carolina in hopes of healing old wounds and planning their daughter’s wedding to the girl-next-door. More >

 

Bedtime StoriesBedtime Stories

When he receives a letter in jittery handwriting from his dying mother, a successful writer of children’s books returns home with his young fiance, only to have the demons of his dark past and twisted relationship with his mother begin to undermine his promising future. More >

 

Little Mary

LITTLE MARY deals with a conservative Roman Catholic Cardinal and his protégé, a progressive California Bishop, whose lives are thrown into turmoil when a 15-year-old Mexican-American girl in their care creates an international sensation by claiming that the seven babies she carries are the children of God. More >


What Is Art?What Is Art?

Art is a lovable Casanova with no other talent than the ability to lie and pass himself off as someone else to the beautiful women he falls for. But he bites off more than he can chew when he impersonates a controversial abstract artist in order to woo a French art devotee. For the artist (hence, Art) has been marked for death by the leader of a fanatic Eastern religious sect offended by his perverse, though abstract, image in the artist's work. Complications mount as a scheming art manager, a ruthless dictator, an uptight sister, a shy super, a manic-depressive sculptor, a fanatic assassin, an NEA official, and Art’s dottie, fun-loving mother are thrown into the mix. Will Art find his true calling and love, or become a martyr for his cause? More >

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Professional Recommendations

Clark Middleton - Stage, Film, TV Actor - " I have worked and enjoyed a friendship with Mr. Leavengood for 21 years, and greatly admire him as a playwright, teacher and friend. His plays always give actors the possibility for emotional and instinctual depth, both during the rehearsal process and in performance, in that they invariably explore brave new worlds rife with humanity. It is a privilege to perform in his plays knowing that you will always be a rich component in the story telling experience. I feel his plays challenge us with style, theatricality and honesty.

Ron Orbach - Broadway, Film, TV Actor - I can say without hesitation that I am a huge fan and that I have a great belief in his talent as a playwright.
It is not only that he possesses enormous skill as a writer--that he writes with tremendous intellect and erudition, that he is equally as skilled with clever wit as he is with gut wrenching angst; he also has an uncanny and immense range insofar as subject matter. Of the handful of his works that I know there is a classical farce (WHAT IS ART?), a science-fiction melodrama (THE HEAD), an Albee-esque psychological family thriller (BEDTIME STORIES), and perhaps his most accomplished work of all, LITTLE MARY. LITTLE MARY is an all too chillingly real dramatic fantasy about a modern day immaculate conception, a broad canvas piece that deals with issues as wide-ranging as overpopulation, world hunger, racism, global warming, and faith and politics in the Catholic Church, particularly as it concerns the ascension of a new Pope (rather current heady stuff given recent news). In addition, he is a great collaborator, who is a pleasure to work with. He is able to stick to his guns and maintain his integrity about those things he believes in, and yet he remains wonderfully open and unsentimental about his work, so that rewriting passages or even entire scenes is something he will willingly do (and with blazing speed and efficiency) if he is convinced that it will improve his play. He has the sensibility of both a poet and a showman, which is a rare combination indeed.

Paul Wilborn, Executive Director, Palladium Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL - "Bill Leavengood is, quite simply, a treasure here in our theatre community. He's a playwright and director with first class talent and a national reputation. He is also an audience favorite."