Asolo Repertory Theatre Proudly Presents IllumiNation: A Series of Performances and Events Promoting Cross-cultural Conversations in the Community

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Asolo Repertory Theatre Proudly Presents IllumiNation:
A Series of Performances and Events Promoting
Cross-cultural Conversations in the Community

(SARASOTA, September 14, 2015) — Asolo Repertory Theatre is proud to announce IllumiNation, a new series of performances and events promoting cross-cultural conversations in the community. Held on select Tuesday performances throughout the 2015-16 season, IllumiNation evenings will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:30pm, continue with that evening’s performance at 7:30pm and conclude with a moderated panel discussion where audience members can further explore the topical and social issues that they have just seen played out on stage.

The series aims to engage audiences that reflect not only the dynamic and diverse characters on stage but also the Sarasota and Bradenton communities as a whole, and to promote open cross-cultural conversations. Many of Asolo Rep’s 2015-16 season productions focus on topics that have a direct impact on the African-American, Latino, Muslim and Jewish communities and feature an infusion of actors and characters of diverse ethnicities. In order to effectively reach these audiences, Asolo Rep is working closely with an IllumiNation Advisory Committee, comprised of community pillars who are committed to broadening the diversity of the theatre. New College of Florida will serve as a project partner for the series and will also help to develop Asolo Rep’s public programming throughout the season.

 

This season’s IllumiNation series begins on November 17 with West Side Story, the groundbreaking Broadway musical featuring choreography by the legendary Jerome Robbins and an unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The series continues on February 2 with All The Way, the 2014 Tony Award® winner for Best Play that chronicles the first chapter of “accidental” President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s administration and his drive to pass the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. On March 29, IllumiNation audiences will re-discover the classic film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with a fresh adaptation for the stage. On April 12, the IllumiNation evening will feature Disgraced, Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s provocative new drama about a Muslim-American lawyer’s struggle to thrive in a post 9/11 world. The final IllumiNation event of the season will be held on May 10 and will spotlight Josephine, a world premiere, Broadway-bound original new musical about the intoxicating African-American icon Josephine Baker.

“As we enter the fourth season of our American Character Project and the ongoing exploration of who we are as a nation, this powerful initiative gives us the opportunity to look at some of the most challenging and enduring questions we face as Americans today,” said Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards. “Our stage reflects a vivid cross section of the American people, and it is our goal for our audiences and the conversations surrounding the work to also encompass these diverse perspectives.”
Series ticket packages are available now for three or all five of the IllumiNation evenings and begin at $150. Single tickets to IllumiNation performances are now available at the box office and by phone for donors (at the Angel level or higher) and subscribers. The pre-performance cocktail reception is free for series ticket package holders and $10 for single ticket holders to that evening’s performance. The post-performance discussion is free and open to any audience member of that evening’s production.

Single tickets go on sale to the general public online only beginning Saturday, September 26 at 12:01am and by phone and at Asolo Rep’s Box Office beginning Monday, September 28 at 10am. For tickets and subscriptions, call 941.351.8000, visit the box office, located in the lobby of the theatre at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, or visit www.asolorep.org.

Five Performance Package:
Section A Seating: $315
Section B Seating: $240

Three Performance Package:
Section A Seating: $195
Section B Seating: $150

The IllumiNation series is sponsored by Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering.


2015-16 IllumiNation Series


West Side Story
Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Joey McKneely
Choreography reproduced by Joey McKneely

Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30pm
Pre-show reception and a post-show discussion will be held on Asolo Rep’s Mezzanine
Performance will be held in the Mertz Theatre

 

All The Way
By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Emily Sophia Knapp
Based on the original production directed by Bill Rauch

Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30pm

Pre-show reception and post-show discussion will be held on Asolo Rep’s Mezzanine
Performance will be held in the Mertz Theatre

 

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

By Todd Kreidler
Based on the screenplay by William Rose
Directed by Frank Galati

Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30pm

Pre-show reception and post-show discussion will be held on Asolo Rep’s Mezzanine
Performance will be held in the Mertz Theatre

 

Disgraced
By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Michael Donald Edwards

Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30pm

Pre-show reception held on Asolo Rep’s Mezzanine
Performance and post-show discussion will be held in the Historic Asolo Theater

 

Josephine
Book by Ellen Weston and Mark Hampton
Music by Stephen Dorff
Lyrics by John Bettis
From an original story by Kenneth Waissman
Based on the book Remembering Josephine by Stephen Papich
Directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely

Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30pm

Pre-show reception and post-show discussion will be held on Asolo Rep’s Mezzanine
Performance will be held in the Mertz Theatre


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