What’s Streaming? – Theatre Picks for Your Family

The Internet has always been a source of untold wealth for entertainment. But now that we’re spending more time at home, it has become a way to bring the arts right to your doorstep. We’ve been able to visit museums from our couch and view livestreams of incredible performances from all over the world. Here are a few of our top picks of theatrical streaming … Continue reading What’s Streaming? – Theatre Picks for Your Family

Inside the Playwrights Project – Rachel Lynett

  The Stages of Change Playwright Rachel Lynett doesn’t want to complain about society. She wants to change it. That passion fires her current works in progress as part of FST’s Playwrights Project. Her latest plays include As You Are, a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and Carry Me, which explores the confluence of the abolitionist and suffragist movements. Both plays draw from the past. But … Continue reading Inside the Playwrights Project – Rachel Lynett

Inside the Playwrights Project – José Casas

It’s Alive! Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the grandfather of modern science fiction. Her tale of the creation of artificial life and consciousness spawned a long line of descendants. That family tree includes James Whale’s iconic adaptation of Shelley’s novel, Metropolis, 2001, Blade Runner, and HBO’s Westworld series. When playwright José Casas joined The Playwrights Project at Florida Studio Theatre, he decided to adapt Shelley’s classic as a … Continue reading Inside the Playwrights Project – José Casas

Inside The Playwrights Project – Sandy Rustin

Theater Reinvented Like all Florida Studio Theatre productions, The Playwrights Project began with a huddle. In this case, a virtual huddle on Zoom, thanks to social distancing. Richard Hopkins, FST’s Producing Artistic Director, challenged the participating theatre artists to follow Shakespeare’s example. Think epic. Think big. Reinvent what theater means. Create a new kind of theater that’s relevant for today. Quite a challenge. It captured … Continue reading Inside The Playwrights Project – Sandy Rustin

Playing by Heart: A Young Man’s Journey in Playwriting

by Becca Jennings Twelve-year-old Matrick Thorpe loves playwriting. He also loves music. And here at FST, Matrick has found a way to combine both of those passions through FST’s award-winning WRITE A PLAY arts-in-education program. When he’s not in Mrs. Steel’s 7th grade class, Matrick can be found playing cello in one of four orchestras. He’s worked both weddings and funerals. You might also catch … Continue reading Playing by Heart: A Young Man’s Journey in Playwriting

Inside The Playwrights Project – Jason Odell Williams

What’s the Big Idea? Where do you get your ideas? Writers are used to that question. They usually give the same answer… Ideas are everywhere. There’s a constant stream on TV, snippets of conversation, dreams, the radio, the Internet, or the newspaper. Getting an idea is the easy part. Finding a good idea is not so easy. The trick is noticing when a good one … Continue reading Inside The Playwrights Project – Jason Odell Williams

What’s To Come: Advancements For Your Enjoyment

By Justin M. Jones At the peak of season, you can find FST’s Production team building sets, props, and costumes. Today, you will see them working as hard as ever to ensure that when we reopen, your theatre experience with FST rises to an all-new level. We checked in with some of our Production team members to find them installing and testing new sound equipment, … Continue reading What’s To Come: Advancements For Your Enjoyment

The Other Side of the Curtain

Art brings people together. The pandemic has the opposite effect. After coronavirus reached our country, it brought social distancing in its wake. Restrictions on human contact saved lives, but killed live performances. Concerts yielded to the sounds of silence. Theaters closed. The shows did not go on. Stages emptied and audiences stayed home. People hid from the world — and each other. That’s the bad … Continue reading The Other Side of the Curtain

An Important FST Announcement

As of May 11, we have come to the difficult conclusion that our Summer Season and Annual Sarasota Improv Festival cannot go on as originally planned. The health and safety of our audience, staff, and artists are paramount. Therefore, we must cancel the Summer Season and Festival. The good news is that we believe we will be able to do some exciting programming in FST’s … Continue reading An Important FST Announcement