From August 6th-16th, The Players Theatre takes a lesson from the great opera diva Maria Callas in Master Class

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July 31, 2015




Sarasota, July 31, 2015 – From August 6th-16th, The Players Theatre takes a lesson from the great opera diva Maria Callas in Master Class. Written by arguably one of theatre’s most important playwrights today, Terrence McNally, Master Class is based on a legendary series of master classes given by Maria Callas at Juilliard. The ever-captivating Callas berates her students as much as she encourages them, while she begrudgingly confronts the disappointments in her own life. Alternately dismayed and impressed by the students who parade before her, she retreats into recollections about the glories of her own life and career. Included in her musings are her younger years as an ugly duckling, her fierce hatred of her rivals, the unforgiving press that savaged her early performances, her triumphs at La Scala, her affair with Aristotle Onassis, and sacrifice in the name of art. Master Class is directed by Helen Holliday with Stage Manager Cinda Goeken. This play is not a musical, but certainly centers around music. It contains incidental music sung by the actors by composers Verdi, Puccini, and Bellini.

Master Class won both the 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play and the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play. The 2011 revival received a 2012 Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play. “It is Terrence McNally’s total triumph in his MASTER CLASS…This is a night to remember.” —NY Post. “Terrence McNally’s new play MASTER CLASS…will be talked about for years to come whenever people point to theater experiences that genuinely deserve to be labeled by the overused word ‘great.'” —The Hollywood Reporter.

Regular price single tickets to the Series are $18 for this final show of The Players Summer Sizzler Series.




Summer Sizzler Show 3: Master Class

By Terrence McNally

Dates: August 6-8, 13-15 at 7:30pm

August 9 & 16 at 2pm



Single Tickets: $18



Maria Callas                            Seva Anthony

Soprano 1 (Sophie)                 Maria Wirries

Soprano 2 (Sharon)                 Erica Reynolds

Tenor (Tony)                           Christos Nicholoudis

Accompanist (Manny)            Alan Corey

Stagehand                                Chuck Conlon



Director                                   Helen Holliday

Stage Manager                        Cinda Goeken

Set Design                               William Narrs

Lighting Design                      William Narrs

Technical Director                   Nate Myers

Sound Design/AVLE              Seth Berry

Costumes                                Georgina Willmott

Asst. Technical Director          Alyssa Goudy

Set Painter                               Ralph Nurmela

Set Carpenter                           Bill Rusling


The Players Theatre 

838 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota FL 34236, 941-365-2494, Fax: 941-954-0282 Box Office: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and one hour prior to curtain time.

The Players Box Office is located on Tamiami Trail between 10th Street and Blvd. of the Arts.



The Players Theatre

838 N Tamiami Trail

Sarasota FL 34236

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