Sixth Annual New Play Festival: UNPLUGGED
Asolo Rep proudly presents three never-before-seen plays in its sixth annual Unplugged new play festival on Sunday, March 15, Sunday March 22, and Sunday April 19 at 7pm. Curated by Asolo Rep’s Dramaturg and Literary Manager Lauryn E. Sasso, Unplugged provides a unique platform for playwrights to hear their compelling, still-in-progress plays performed by Asolo Rep’s company of actors for audiences for the very first time. Audiences have the rare chance to immerse themselves in the creative process as playwrights welcome audience reaction and feedback to their work during intimate post-performance conversations.
Sunday, March 15 @ 7pm in the Asolo Rep Rehearsal Hall
By Bill Bowers
Directed By Greg Leaming
Bill Bowers has been “on the road” for most of his life. For the past 30 years Bill has traveled and performed and taught workshops in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, and across Europe and Asia. He has performed on the stages of Broadway, the Kennedy Center, and grade school cafetoriums. He has performed at The White House, an Amish Colony, and a Nudist resort. He has given mime lessons to Hollywood movie stars and to a bunny rabbit. Truth is stranger than fiction, and Bill Bowers has some stories to tell. As a solo performer Bill has played to sold out houses Off Broadway, at the International Edinburgh Festival, the Historic Asolo, and most recently as part of the SaraSOLO Festival. Come be part of the very first audience to see his newest autobiographical tour de force, Stories From The Road.
The Cannibals of McGower County
Sunday, March 22 @ 7pm in the Asolo Rep Rehearsal Hall
By Drew Larimore
Directed By Jen Wineman
The final Unplugged Festival title will be announced soon through a separate media release.
Unplugged Festival plays may contain mature content and language.
Sunday, March 15 at 7pm
Sunday, March 22 at 7pm
Sunday, April 19 at 7pm
The first two readings will be held in Asolo Rep’s rehearsal hall, located at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
Tickets to each reading are $7 and are available at Asolo Rep’s Box Office, located in the lobby of the theatre, or by calling the box office at 941.351.8000 or 800.361.8388, or online at www.asolorep.org.
BILL BOWERS (Playwright/Performer, Bill Bowers: Stories From The Road) As an actor, mime and educator, Bill Bowers has traveled throughout all 50 of the United States, Europe and Asia. His Broadway credits include Zazu in The Lion King, and Leggett in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and he has appeared at Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center, The White House, Yankee Stadium, and many of America’s premiere regional theatres. Bill has written and performed his own plays Off Broadway and in theaters around the world. These plays include ‘Night Sweetheart ‘Night Buttercup at HERE, Under a Montana Moon at Urban Stages and the Kennedy Center, It Goes Without Saying at Rattlestick Theatre, and Beyond Words at Urban Stages. His ensemble play, Heyokah Hokehay, has been produced in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and the Edinburgh Festival. Bill has been hailed by critics as “ the great American mime of his generation,” winning the Dallas Ft Worth Critics Award, Best of the Berkshires, Best Performance in the International United Solo Festival and International Fresh Fruit Festival, and the Grand Prize at the International Thespis Festival in 2014. Bill is delighted to be the Artist in Residence of the ALL FOR ONE Festival in NYC. With AFO, he will be developing a new solo work to be premiere Off Broadway in 2016. He is featured in the film Two Weeks Notice, and on television on The Meredith Vieira Show, Disney’s Out of the Box, Remember W.E.N.N., One Life to Live, All My Children, and the Onion News Network. Bill holds an MFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, and an Honorary PhD from Rocky Mountain College. Bill is a student of the legendary Marcel Marceau. www.Bill-Bowers.com
DREW LARIMORE (Playwright, The Cannibals of McGower County) Produced widely in both The United States and Australia, Drew made his Off-Broadway premiere of his new play OUT OF ICELAND in the spring of 2012 starring Lea Delaria (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) at Walker Space for a successful run. Drew has been a semi-finalist at the O’Neill Theatre Conference, The Lark Playwrights’ Week, the Heidman Award, the P73 Playwriting Fellowship and most recently, received a writing residency at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. This spring, he will be workshopping his new play, THE CANNIBALS OF MCGOWER COUNTY, at Asolo Repertory Theatre. His film for which he wrote the screenplay, C U @ ED’s, was featured in over 15 film festivals around the country, winning the “Audience Award” at the DC Film Fest. A former member of Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA’s Playwrights Coalition, he is based out of New York, where he is developing five new plays, several musicals and original and adapted work for the screen.
GREG LEAMING (Director, FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training; Associate Artistic Director, Asolo Rep; Director, Bill Bowers: Stories From The Road) For Asolo Rep, he has directed his own translation/adaptation of Anything to Declare?; as well as Hearts; The Imaginary Invalid; The Play’s the Thing; Boeing, Boeing; The Game’s Afoot; Other Desert Cities; and the world premiere of Jason Wells’ Men of Tortuga. For the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, he has directed The School for Lies, Twelfth Night, Cloud Nine, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Pericles, Blue Window, Murder by Poe, and The Mystery Plays. He was the Director of Artistic Programming for Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, as well as Acting Artistic Director for the 2001-2002 seasons. There he directed, among others, the world premieres of Going Native, Abstract Expression, The Third Army, Syncopation, and An Infinite Ache (also for Stamford Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Merrimack Repertory Theatre). Other credits include numerous productions around the country, including the world premieres of Losing Father’s Body, Church of the Sole Survivor, Jeffrey Hatcher’s The Turn of the Screw, as well as many other productions at Portland Stage Company, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Clarence Brown Theatre Company, Stage West, Shakespeare Sedona, Southwest Shakespeare, and Banyan Theater Company. His adaptation/translation of Pierre Feydeau’s Le Dindon titled The Patsy will premiere at the Resident Ensemble Players in Delaware in fall of 2015.
JEN WINEMAN (Director) is a director/choreographer based in New York City. Asolo Rep: the 2014 New Stages touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recent directing/choreographing credits include the world premiere of her original translation of Lysistrata (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), The 39 Steps (Triad Stage), and the world premieres of the musical Fable (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Charise Castro Smith’s new play The Hunchback of Seville (Washington Ensemble Theatre), and the musical Bubble Boy (American Theater Group), which was written by the team that created the Despicable Me movies. Jen has also developed and directed work at Studio 42, the Lark, Primary Stages, New Dramatists, New Georges, Ars Nova, New York Stage and Film, Manhattan School of Music, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and for four summer seasons at Telluride Theatre. She is a founding member of Studio 42, a New York City-based company that produces “unproducible” theater by emerging playwrights. She is also an affiliated artist with New Georges, Telluride Theatre, and is an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Up next, Jen will direct/choreograph the New York City workshop of a new 80’s rock musical about zombies and love. Training: B.A. Vassar College, M.F.A. Yale School of Drama. www.jenwineman.com