Of Life, Death, and Inbetween

By Michael Nichols From the playwright who brought us both Relativity and Dancing Lessons, FST’s Mainstage series proudly presents the WORLD PREMIERE of Wednesday’s Child by Mark St. Germain. The curtain rises on Becca Connor’s bloodstained living room as detectives Valez and Dixon attempt to piece together the details of her murder. Interviews with characters Susan and Martin Merrit reveal that the couple had hired … Continue reading Of Life, Death, and Inbetween

Meet Record-Breaking 10-Year-Old Playwright, Viviana

By Becca Jennings Viviana is a normal fifth grader. Her favorite colors are robin’s egg blue and sea foam green. In her spare time, she enjoys reading Harry Potter and playing with her dog, Millie. She also really likes watching random videos on YouTube. But unlike most fifth graders, Viviana is an award-winning playwright. In fact, Viviana has won FST’s annual youth playwriting competition for … Continue reading Meet Record-Breaking 10-Year-Old Playwright, Viviana

Secrets Stored: Unveiling Celebrity at all Costs

By Meg Gilbert and Irene Martinko While the Guitar Girls are “Workin’ 9-5” in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret, struggling LA actor Alex More is working the oddest of odd jobs in FST’s Bowne Lab Theatre. “The gates opened, and suddenly I was in another world. Like when Dorothy steps from sepia into technicolor,” muses character Alex More in the opening of Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan … Continue reading Secrets Stored: Unveiling Celebrity at all Costs

A Meaningful Gift Strengthens FST’s Future

By Melody Mora-Shihadeh When Dr. Morris E. Katz retired in 1987, he and his wife Frieda Hillson Katz moved to Sarasota. Sadly, Frieda passed in 1994. Dr. Katz remained a very active member of the Glenridge on Palmer Ranch community. He served as a medical volunteer for the Senior Friendship Center and attended Florida Studio Theatre with life companion Gertrude Gordon. After Ms. Gordon passed … Continue reading A Meaningful Gift Strengthens FST’s Future

FST Presents 29th Annual Spelman Award

Named in honor of FST founding Artistic Director, Jon Spelman, the Spelman Award is presented to an individual or institutional sponsor who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership through philanthropic support, stewardship, or service. Last month, we were proud to present the annual Spelman Award to program underwriters Wendy and Bob Grady at FST’s Denim and Diamonds Shindig fundraiser in recognition of their generous enthusiasm and financial … Continue reading FST Presents 29th Annual Spelman Award

Old Friends and New Voices: The Sarasota Festival of New Plays

By Meg Gilbert As Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre, New Play Development is at the core of FST’s programming. FST’s annual Sarasota Festival of New Plays is dedicated to presenting fresh theatre by some of the top living playwrights of our time. The Richard and Betty Burdick Play Reading Series presented as part of the Festival provides a platform for works in progress to be heard, discussed, … Continue reading Old Friends and New Voices: The Sarasota Festival of New Plays

New Plays Matter (More Than Ever)

New plays matter because they speak to the contemporary consciousness. FST has been developing and producing new plays since the mid-70s when Jon Spelman founded the theatre. Our New Play Development Program was “formalized” in the mid-80s. FST has produced over 100 new plays that have gone on to productions throughout the United States. We do it because new plays matter. New plays matter because … Continue reading New Plays Matter (More Than Ever)

Facing Your Demons

In David Gow’s Cherry Docs,  Mike, a neo-Nazi skinhead, is charged with a racially motivated murder and Legal Aid assigns him a Jewish lawyer, Danny. Over the course of developing a defense for Mike, Danny is forced to examine the limits of his own liberalism and its underlying demons. This drama is an unblinking exploration of the roots of hatred, and examines how its growth can be … Continue reading Facing Your Demons

Breaking Down Hatred

In David Gow’s Cherry Docs,  Mike, a neo-Nazi skinhead, is charged with a racially motivated murder and Legal Aid assigns him a Jewish lawyer, Danny. Over the course of developing a defense for Mike, Danny is forced to examine the limits of his own liberalism and its underlying demons. This drama is an unblinking exploration of the roots of hatred, and how its growth can be stopped. … Continue reading Breaking Down Hatred