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by Crystal Skillman

directed by Fanni Green

September 16 – October 3 @HCC Performing Arts

sponsored in part by Hal Freedman & Willi Rudowsky


A queer love story told by an amateur magician. Her energetic act attempts the impossible – to rescue her girlfriend.  #opentheplay

OPEN is a magic act that reveals itself to be a resurrection. A woman called the Magician presents a myriad of tricks for our entertainment, yet her performance seems to be attempting the impossible—to save the life of her partner, Jenny. But is our faith in her illusions enough to rewrite the past? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and, as impossible as it may seem, this Magician’s act may be our last hope against a world filled with intolerance and hate.

“Critic’s pick! …Kristen, the narrator and sole character of [OPEN], executes magic tricks because she is the one who needs to believe. The miracle this lovely show pulls out is that by the end, she does—and so do we.” —NY Times.
“This play is music. It is that song you love. You know that song when every note of it is perfect, every instrument chosen is the correct choice, and the voice of the singer is the kind that lifts you to another realm. It is a poem, a love letter to us, crafted by an artist. …[Crystal Skillman] has the words for us when we do not, and she is indeed a skilled craftsman, a healer. …She mixes the world of magic with the world of the living, all with precision and grace.” —FrontRowCenter.com
 “Crystal Skillman’s script provides a perfect playground for designers to be imaginative. Instead of realism, audiences are given fantasy through which reality can be seen more clearly. …OPEN is a lovely one-woman show about the intimate metaphors magic provides us for interpreting our loves, our lives, and ourselves.” —MinnesotaPlaylist.com


OPEN runs in rep with EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahoe, which features the “brilliant” Ned Averill-Snell. Save $$ and see both with the TampaRep Double-Header!


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Hillsborough Community College
Performing Arts Center – Studio Theatre
1411 E. 11th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605

Dates & Times:

September 16 – October 3, 2021
Thur / Fri / Sat evenings – 7:30pm / 9:00pm
Sun matinees – 3:00pm / 4:30pm

Alternates performances with EVERY BRILLIANT THING

Seating begins 15-30 minutes prior to showtime.
Approximate running time is 60 minutes.

Health & Safety:

TampaRep will follow all local and CDC-suggested COVID safety guidelines at the time of the performances. As of 9/5/21, masks will be required for all guests, staff, and volunteers inside the theatre. In addition, social distancing will be in effect. Actors will not be masked.

parking & transportation:

There are many parking options around the venue. MORE INFORMATION is available here.


What to EXPECT:

Seating will be general admission – first-come, first seated. Non-alcoholic refreshments are available for purchase.

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