Working Their Way Back to You, Sarasota!

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!

The Outlaw Fiddler

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

Student of Justice

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

The Man Behind the Myth: Who was the REAL Kunstler?

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?

In Defense of Defense

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

Taking Charge

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

Full of Wisdom

In Handle With Care, Edna brings her granddaughter, Ayelet, on a trip to the United States with her. Ayelet is heartbroken over the end of a relationship and Edna is eager to shake Ayelet out of her depressive stupor. Marina Re plays Edna in Handle With Care, a character who, according to The Observer, “Sweetly evokes the never-say-die vivacity of a young woman’s soul in an … Continue reading Full of Wisdom

In the Middle of a Nightmare

American Son is a gripping new drama that centers on Kendra Ellis-Connor, a distressed mother whose teenage son, Jamal, hasn’t come home. As she stays in the waiting room of a Miami-Dade police station, she is unable to get any information about her son from the rookie, Officer Paul Larkin. When her estranged husband, Scott Connor, arrives, things spiral out of control. Almeria Campbell plays Kendra, a … Continue reading In the Middle of a Nightmare

Man of the Law

FST’s third Mainstage of the season, American Son, centers on Kendra Ellis-Connor, a distraught mother whose son, Jamal, is missing. Kendra doesn’t have any luck getting any information about Jamal from Officer Paul Larkin, a rookie who seems to be straight out of the academy. Daniel Petzold plays Larkin, a dedicated police officer who lacks both life and on-the-job experience. We sat down with Petzold to discuss … Continue reading Man of the Law

An Outlaw and a Gentleman

In Outlaws and Angels, J Vance serenades audiences with his charming renditions of “Hey Good Lookin’” and “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.” But did you know that J got his start at FST as an Acting Apprentice, where he starred in Robin Hood and Deck the Halls: ‘Tis the Season? We sat down with J to talk about his artistic inspirations, his family’s “green thumb,” and … Continue reading An Outlaw and a Gentleman