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)

What a Wonderful World

By Becca Jennings and Jenna Tonsor Florida Studio Theatre invites you to take a ride, a twist, or even a mashed potato down memory lane with its newest Cabaret, The Wonder Years: The Music of the Baby Boomers. Experience 20 years of music that shaped a generation, and, in many ways, shaped the world. “There were so many significant moments in music and history that … Continue reading What a Wonderful World

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

Christopher’s Guiding Light

In Simon Stephens’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a highly gifted teenage boy named Christopher Boone investigates the murder of his neighbor’s dog, Wellington. As his investigation unfolds, Christopher unearths family secrets that throw his world in a tailspin, making him question everything he believes, and spurring him on an adventure that will change his life forever. In FST’s production of Curious Incident, Ashton Heyl … Continue reading Christopher’s Guiding Light

With the Touch of a Hand

In Simon Stephens’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a highly gifted teenage boy named Christopher Boone investigates the murder of his neighbor’s dog, Wellington. As his investigation unfolds, Christopher unearths family secrets that throw his world in a tailspin, making him question everything he believes, and spurring him on an adventure that will change his life forever. In FST’s production of Curious Incident, Rachel Moulton … Continue reading With the Touch of a Hand

The Arrow and the Archer

In Simon Stephens’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a highly gifted teenage boy named Christopher Boone investigates the murder of his neighbor’s dog, Wellington. As his investigation unfolds, Christopher unearths family secrets that throw his world in a tailspin, making him question his relationship with his father, and spurring him on an adventure that will change his life forever. In FST’s production of Curious … Continue reading The Arrow and the Archer

America’s Pain: Coming to Terms with Hatred

In 2017, the FBI reported a 17% increase in all hate crimes, totaling over 7,100 instances and continuing a disturbing three-year rise in hate crime statistics. These attacks are varied and their victims often painfully unheard. Here is a very brief synopsis of recent hate crime statistics and high profile cases in the United States: • Hate crimes against Jews in America rose by more … Continue reading America’s Pain: Coming to Terms with Hatred