The Key West Summer Stage was founded in 2011 by Bob Bowersox, Quincy Perkins, and Hal Cosec, three Key West, Florida actor/directors who found themselves with nothing to do that summer, and as actors usually want to do, decided to put on a show. Well, three shows. Why make it simple, right? They pulled together a group of friends -- other actors and theater technicians who were similarly under-utilized that summer, contracted for a theater that was going to be dark through the summer months, rounded up a few dollars, and created the first Summer Stage. Their first slate of productions included Sam Shepard's True West, a collection of hard-hitting shorts which they dubbed One-Acts with Teeth, and a sublimely romantic and very French play entitled Madame Melville.
Not knowing what to expect, and frankly, not much caring about anything but the professionalism of their endeavor, the three budding impresarios found themselves the hub of theater lovers in Key West hungry for quality shows in the normally empty, boring days of summer. All three shows that first year were sellouts, and the reviews were spectacular (see the "Reviews" section of this website).
Asked to bring the Summer Stage back again in 2012, Bob and Quincy set about formalizing their organization (Hal bowed out to pursue his acting and producing career in New York). Their second season was even more successful than their first, selling out performances of Talk Radio, You've Got Hate Mail, and The Seafarer.
The 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Summer Stage seasons -- consisting of hit productions of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Stones in His Pockets, Burn This!, 'night, Mother, Waiting for Godot, The Whale, a stunning production of Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire, a powerful double bill of Bad Jews and Water By The Spoonful, a stellar production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and last year's world premiere of Under The Hunter's Moon, one of founder Bob Bowersox's original plays -- solidified the group's reputation. Now entering their ninth year, TheatreXP is beginning the slow process of expanding their small endeavor into a larger "Festival of Stage Arts", including The Studios of Key West and Red Barn Theatre, productions to the mix as they work to build a destination festival for theater lovers in Key West and beyond.