Kicking off the annual Sarasota Festival of New Plays will be 37 Postcards, the new play from Michael McKeever (The Garden of Hannah List), and visits from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee and author Chaim Potok ("The Chosen").
37 Postcards began performances in the Studio April 20 and will run through June 3. Written like a 1930's Hollywood screwball comedy, Postcards brings young Avery Sutton and his finance back from an eight year stint in Europe only to find his already eccentric family has gone certifiably insane. McKeever's other works include That Sound You Hear, The Velveteen Undertow, Don't Tell the Tsar and The New Orleans Story.
Albee will speak May 21 as a part of the festival's Speakers Series. He is the multiple prize-winning author of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, Seascape, The Zoo Story and Three Tall Women.
Albee will also present the awards at the festival's Young Playwrights Festival, held May 20. (All during May the selected plays from writers aged 7-17 are performed in the Studio).
Adapting his own "The Chosen" into a play with Arden Theatre artistic director Aaron Posner, Potok will talk about the process May 14. His other works include "My Name is Asher Lev" and "I am the Gift of Clay." The Chosen will be read for an audience May 13. May 28, McKeever will speak alongside Louis Lippa whose Sacco and Vanzetti will receive a stage reading May 27. Lippa penned the Obie winner A House Remembered and Sign of the Lizard.
Tickets are $26-$18 for 37 Postcards, $25 for the staged readings and Speakers Series with subscription rates available. Florida Studio Theatre is located at 1241 North Palm Avenue. For reservations, call the box office at (941) 366-9000. Florida Studio Theatre is on the web at http://www.fst2000.org.
-- By Christine Ehren