Caring for our patrons, artists, staff, and their families continues to be our top priority here at Florida Studio Theatre. Therefore, heeding the recommendations of the CDC and WHO, FST has taken the following measures in response to COVID-19: BOX OFFICE For everyone’s safety, as of March 19, the FST Box Office will be open by phone and online only – no walk-ins. PERFORMANCES FST … Continue reading Update: FST on COVID-19
Dear Patrons and Friends, It is with great sadness that we are forced to close our theatres for the remainder of the Winter 2020 Season. We plan to reopen with the Summer Mainstage Season the first week of June. This decision comes following the CDC’s latest update, issued last night, which changed its size recommendation on large gatherings from a maximum of 250 persons (which … Continue reading Important Message From FST
Dear Patrons, The health and safety of our staff, artists, volunteers and audiences remains of utmost importance. As such, we have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 virus. Although the threat of contracting the virus is low, as a precaution we are increasing the frequency of our cleaning, disinfecting high touch areas, and disinfecting seats in our theaters after every performance. We shall also … Continue reading FST Responds to COV-19
Joe Casey is a Sarasota favorite – he’s made his mark in multiple shows, including Million Dollar Quartet, Blue Suede Shoes, and last year’s hit Cabaret, Guitar Girls. This season, Joe is bringing the music of legendary musicians like Johnny Cash and The Allman Brothers to life in the popular Western Cabaret Outlaws & Angels. We sat down with Joe to discuss what it’s like … Continue reading The Million Dollar Man
By Lydia Baxter After a sold out 18-week run, plus an additional 3-week special encore engagement last season, Unchained Melodies has become the biggest hit in FST Cabaret history. Over 20,000 people have already seen the popular music revue, outstripping other Cabarets like Blue Suede Shoes, Guitar Girls, and Piano Men. Now, due to audience demand, FST is proud to re-mount the production in its … Continue reading Working Their Way Back to You, Sarasota!
Cat Patterson plays second fiddle to no one – she has performed in musicals, straight plays, and Shakespearean dramas at theatres across the country. This season, Cat is making her FST Cabaret debut in Outlaws and Angels, a celebration of outlaw country music and its connection to the country music of today. We sat down with Cat to discuss the collaborative nature of creating an … Continue reading The Outlaw Fiddler
In FST’s Stage III production of Kunstler, audiences get a look into the real life and career of self-described “radical lawyer” and Civil Rights activist William Kunstler, who often took unorthodox approaches to the pursuit of justice. Anique Clements plays Kerry, a brilliant law student who objects to Kunstler’s appearance at her college campus and is determined to confront him. We sat down with Anique … Continue reading Student of Justice
By Madison McAllister “Radical Attorney.” “Great American Hero.” “The most hated lawyer in America.” William Kunstler was a notorious defense attorney with many names and a larger-than-life personality that made him a force to be reckoned with both inside and outside the courtroom. Kunstler was born in New York in 1919, the oldest of three children in a middle-class Jewish family from Manhattan’s Upper West … Continue reading The Man Behind the Myth: Who was the REAL Kunstler?
by Benedict Burgess His aggressive, radical approach to law made him an icon – both loved and loathed in equal measure. This Stage III season in FST’s Kunstler, famous lawyer William Moses Kunstler stands trial, himself, for a forty-plus year legal career spent defending some of the twentieth century’s most contentious court cases. “I have long been fascinated by public figures who undermine the reputations … Continue reading In Defense of Defense
American Son is a gripping new drama that centers on Kendra Ellis-Connor, a distressed mother whose teenage son, Jamal, hasn’t come home. Kendra is unable to get any information about her son from the rookie, Officer Paul Larkin. But when things begin to spiral out of control, Lieutenant Stokes arrives to set the record straight. Lawrence Evans plays Lieutenant Stokes, a disciplined officer who tries to see situations … Continue reading Taking Charge