FL's Studio Theatre Premieres New Plays with National Play Fest, May 18 29 Florida Studio Theatre's Burdick National Play Festival will play at their Sarasota home, May 18-29.
Plays in the festival include:
€ The Tolstoy Diaries by Alexandra Devon on May 25. A portrait of famed author, Tolstoy ("War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina") and his tumultuous life with his spirited wife, Sonia. € Last of the Red Hot Mamas by Tony Parise and Karen Baker on May 26. A musical based on the life of Sophie Tucker, star of vaudeville and Broadway. It's peppered with songs Tucker made famous, like "Life Begins at Forty," "Some of These Days," and "Give My Regards to Broadway".
€ Florida Shorts: The Anniversary Edition on May 27. A retrospective of mini-plays and humorous songs providing the audience with an introduction to some of Florida's finest theatrical talents.
€ Invasion of Privacy by Larry Parr, date TBA. Based on a true story, the play follows Marjorie Rawlings, author of "The Yearling," as she and the Florida community of Cross Creek, struggles with issues of privacy and artistic license.
The events of the festival culminate with Florida Artists Day on May 29, with nearly 200 theatre professionals from around the state gathering at The Florida Studio. Founded in 1973, Florida Studio Theatre continues its commitment to making the arts accessible and affordable to the surrounding community. For more information on the Festival, call (941) 366-9000.
-- By Sean McGrath