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Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:


The Great Society
16-17 Asolo Repertory Theatre
The Great Society

By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Nicole A. Watson

On the heels of Asolo Rep’s wildly successful All the Way, The Great Society continues Robert Schenkkan’s profound exploration of President Lyndon Johnson’s turbulent years in the White House. Besieged by political opponents, Johnson summons all his political wiles to advance his vision of a Great Society. Despite deep division over the Vietnam War and ongoing civil rights battles, Johnson championed the most ambitious effort ever to test what American government is capable of achieving. By looking back, The Great Society examines who we are, asks how we got here, and dreams of what we could yet become.




Born Yesterday
16-17 Asolo Repertory Theatre
Born Yesterday

By Garson Kanin | Directed by Peter Amster

A Broadway triumph and 1950 Academy Award-nominated film, this deliciously witty comedy is also a biting commentary on politics and the power of female persuasion. With his ex-showgirl girlfriend Billie Dawn in tow, junkyard magnate Harry Brock moves to Washington D.C. where he hopes to break into some “special interest” business with an ethically-challenged senator. When Billie’s lack of social graces embarrasses even him, Harry hires a young reporter to give her the polish she needs to get ahead in D.C. society. But Harry gets more than he bargained for when, in a deliriously funny turn of events, he discovers a little bit of learning can be a dangerous thing.




The Little Foxes
16-17 Asolo Repertory Theatre
The Little Foxes

By Lillian Hellman | Directed by Frank Galati

Relevant, ruthless, and gripping, Lillian Hellman’s chronicle of the dark side of the American Dream is a masterpiece of 20th century drama. Set in 1900 in the deep South, Regina Hubbard and her two brothers are nouveau-riche cotton growers who have a chance to become mega-riche by investing in a new mill. But the sib lings still need $75,000 to seal the deal, which they attempt to squander from Regina’s ailing husband. And so the sinister games begin with each of these “little foxes” nibbling at the other’s tender grapes (the title comes from the Song of Solomon) as each will let nothing stand in the way of financial gain.





16-17 Asolo Repertory Theatre
Building the Wall

The Elaborate Entrance
16-17 Asolo Repertory Theatre
The Elaborate Entrance

By Kristoffer Diaz

Winner of the Obie for Best New American Play, this Pulitzer Prize finalist is as hilarious as it is relevant. Macedonia “Mace” Guerra is a really good professional wrestler, but he’s not the champion – that’s the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers an Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of the champ, he decides to recruit him as the perfect foil. But when their rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes to raise ratings, all three men find themselves fighting for more than the title belt. This no-holds-barred comedy transforms the Cook Theatre into a wrestling arena where you’ll have a ringside seat for this invigorating tale that masks a sly allegory about race, class and power.

To select specific seats for this production, please call the box office at 941-351-8000 or 800-361-8388..




Faces of Change
16-17 Asolo Repertory Theatre
Faces of Change

Local residents lend their voices to Asolo Rep’s annual documentary theater project, which examines issues in our own community through interviews, performance and conversation.

Racially-motivated violence is more visible today than ever. Faces of Change asks, how do we respond, and how can we take action where we live?




A Midsummer Night's Dream
16-17 FSU/Asolo Conservatory
A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare

Presented in collaboration with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens April 11 through April 29 at the Selby Gardens (Tuesday through Saturday evenings only)

The entire company of second year graduate students at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy about four young lovers, five rude mechanicals, and an army of fairies and spirits who all cross paths one magical night in a forest outside of Athens. The most beloved of Shakespeare’s plays, capturing the essence of young, and not-so-young love, performed by the future of the American theatre. This very special event will be a collaboration between Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and will be performed outdoors at Selby Gardens throughout the month of April.




Beatsville
16-17 Asolo Repertory Theatre
Beatsville

Book by Glenn Slater | Music and Lyrics by Wendy Leigh Wilf | Directed by Bill Berry | A co-production with Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre

Dig this. One of the most highly anticipated new musicals from one of the hottest writing teams on the planet, Beatsville has its world premiere at Asolo Rep next spring. It’s Greenwich Village, 1959 – the world of subterranean coffee shops, goateed artists, turtle-necked poets, and bongo-playing jazzbos. Tragically square busboy Walter Paisley wants nothing more than to be one of the beatniks, but he has no artistic talent whatsoever. When he accidentally kills a cat and hides it in a lump of clay, “Dead Cat” is declared a masterpiece, and Walter a genius. More “sculptures” bring more acclaim – but will the world discover Walter’s secret? From the writers of Galavant, School of Rock and Tangled comes this hip and hilarious new musical, hang onto your berets – we’re headed to Beatsville!





16-17 Asolo Repertory Theatre
Kaleidoscope

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
16-17 Asolo Repertory Theatre
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

by Craig Francis and Rick Miller

Magnificent sea creatures! A specatacular submarine! Time travel! Take a plunge into the pages of Jules Verne's classic science fiction story and get swept away in this dazzling multisensory experience. Our modern-day storyteller Jules fines himself transported on board the Nautilus submarine, where he joins the mysterious Captain Nemo on a journey to the depths of the sea...and the edge of your seat. Brought to stunning life thorugh a mix of unforgettable characters, eye-popping projections and interactive technology, this time-honored tale explores our place in time and space, and illuminates the mysteries of the deep blue sea.





17-18 Dog Days Theatre
Relatively Speaking

by Alan Ayckbourn

Greg and Ginny have only known each other for a month but are already talking marriage. When Ginny goes to the house of her former lover in order to retrieve some compromising letters, Greg also turns up thinking he's visiting Ginny's parents. Confusion and hilarity ensue. This beautifully crafted milestone of British theatre is an evening of pure enjoyment.





17-18 Dog Days Theatre
Double Indemnity

by James M. Cain

A guy. A dame. A corpse. They're the standard ingredients of the classic noir films of the 30s and 40s and this steamy tale of love and murder is the undisputed masterpiece. Insurance agent Walter Huff has nosed around the business long enough to smell a scam, so when he meets Phyllis Nirdlinger to talk about her husband's insurance coverage, he gets a perfumed whiff of trouble he can't resist.