St. Pete theater company Off-Central Players has four more productions through 2021

'Rasheeda Speaking' closes this weekend.

click to enlarge Debbie Yones (L) and Kym Welch in 'Rasheeda Speaking' which runs through Sept. 19, 2021 at Studio Grand Central in St. Petersburg, Florida. - OffCentralPlayers/Facebook
Debbie Yones (L) and Kym Welch in 'Rasheeda Speaking' which runs through Sept. 19, 2021 at Studio Grand Central in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Off-Central Players is the newest theater troupe to hit St. Petersburg, performing out of Studio Grand Central, at 2260 1st Ave S. The company and black box-style performance space are the products of producing artistic director, and professional actor, Ward Smith and his sister Karen Riffe.

The first production of “Rasheeda Speaking” wraps up Saturday, Sept. 19 but there are four more productions during the rest of the inaugural season including two original works from local playwright Bill Leavengood.

See the 2021 season lineup for Off-Central Players below, and visit for more information.

  • Plot Points In Our Sexual Development Two-person intimate modern queer love story. Oct. 16-Nov. 7
  • Beauty and the Beast Youth production of the Disney classic. Nov. 12-13
  • The Sister-Mothers of Gulfport World premiere of new drama with themes of abuse from Leavengood. Dec. 2-12
  • The Azure Sky in Oz Another Leavengood dramedy based on a true-story about two Florida women living in the other-abled world. Dec. 16-19

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