On March 11, 2020, THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS was scheduled to open a 4-week run at American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the run has been postponed. It is now tentatively scheduled to reopen in September 2020 with the original cast.
Set in a hoarder’s nest in the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo NY, Miles, an aging funeral home custodian with a taste for whiskey and a taste for laughter, lives with his daughter Mabel, a middle-aged agoraphobic who spends her days writing letters to prison inmates. When a court-appointed guardian threatens to take away their home, their rights, and their stolen poodle, Miles takes action and sets out to find a ‘good guy’ for Mabel. Enter Todd, an inept mortician who lives with his mother and pet hamster Stanley Kowalski. It is a father’s fierce determination not to accept his daughter’s fate that ignites an endearing human comedy about love, loss, loneliness, and the healing power of laughter.