In between, expect plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw, Jeff Baron, Jeffrey Hatcher and more. The season's slate was announced March 10 by producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards, who directed the hot Asolo production of A Tale of Two Cities, the musical, last fall.
The Asolo's upcoming season will be on three stages — the 500-seat Mertz and the 161-seat Cook Theatres in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, and the 260-seat Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum (the troupe's first home). Asolo is a rare true repertory theatre, offering performances in rotating rep.
Steeped in circus history, Sarasota is the famous winter home of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, and site of the Ringling Museum, so Barnum — inspired by the life of showman and circus partner P.T. Barnum — seems a natural for the resident Equity troupe. Gordon Greenberg will direct. It will play the Mertz Theatre Nov. 15-Dec. 20.
Wells' Men of Tortuga had its world premiere at Asolo Rep. His new play is about "spies, lies and polygraphs." In Perfect Mendacity, May 15-June 14, 2009, in the Cook Theatre, "Walter works in the world of secrets. His personal and professional lives collide when his past comes back to haunt him. This politically charged thrill ride will leave you on the edge of your seat to the last second."
Asolo Rep's 2008-09 season also includes:
Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, the play with music by Stephen Temperley, about the rich, untalented singer, in the Mertz Theatre, June 5-28, 2009. Also planned for the coming season is the play for young audiences, The Giver by Eric Coble, based on the Newbery Award-winning children's book by Lois Lowry, Oct. 21-Nov. 8, in the Historic Asolo Theater.
For more information visit www.asolo.org.
Coinciding with the Asolo announcement is the 2008-09 season announcement by FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. The graduate theatre program, directed by Greg Leaming, the associate artistic director for Asolo Repertory Theatre, will offer a series of four plays November 2008 to May 2009 in two venues — he Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts and the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum.
On the slate: