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838 North Tamiami Trail  • Sarasota, FL 34236

July 13, 2015




Sarasota, July 13, 2015 – From July 20th – 25th, this is where it starts! For 14 years, The Players has served as an incubator for fledgling and seasoned playwrights to hone their craft of fable, and this year is no different. The 14th annual New Play Festival celebrates local playwrights and their penchant for the art of storytelling. This week-long event will showcase newly written works that have not yet been produced anywhere. Five plays were chosen by a panel of judges from a bevy of submissions to compete over these 5 days to be fully produced on The Players stage next season. Each play will be presented in “readers theatre” (rehearsed readings) format to best showcase the literature. The event is coordinated by local theatre maven Sandra Musicante and will also feature a brief talkback session led by Artistic Director Jeffery Kin after each play. This past year’s winner, Bernie Yanelli’s “Not Our Time”, will premier August 20th – 23rd of this year. The winner of this year’s Play Festival will be announced by July 31st.

“This is an amazing series that really showcases the talented writers that we boast in our local community,” says Jeffery Kin, Artistic Director of The Players. “The performance week highlights both local actors and directors as well – So it’s a win/win for the entire theatre arts community in the area.”

Tickets are $10 for a single play, but patrons are encouraged to witness the process and attend several nights to give these fledgling plays a proper audience to bounce around energies and reactions. 3 nights is $24 and all 5 nights is $35.




Monday, July 20th, 7:30pm

Let Me Be Frank

By Connie Schindewolf

Directed by Pam Wiley


Mary accidentally stumbles upon a potential cure for her husband’s Alzheimers disease, but can Frank keep his clarity for more than 20 minutes?



Narrator: Kristi Hibschman

Mary: Lynne Doyle

Frank: Tom Aposporos

Cece: Jordan Boyer

Amanda: Natalie Robison

Jim: Richard Russell


Tuesday, July 21st, 7:30pm


By George Loukides

Directed by Ken Basque


A coal strike occurred in 1919 which led to the so-called Ludlow massacre. This play involves two of the miners, their wives, a woman reporter, two militiamen and J.D. Rockefeller who were all somehow involved in the strike leaded to the disaster. It is also the story of how one of the miners, in his pursuit of the American Dream, contributed to the tragic event.



Narrator: Anthony Spall

John: Ian Weir

Hannah: Eliza Engle

Clara: Jordan Obbema

Louis: Andrew Mileham

Bruno: Dave Downer

Felix: William Allred

Rockerfeller: Craig Engle


Wednesday, July 22nd, 7:30pm

The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not Quite Dead Sutton McAllister

By Kris Bauske

Directed by Tim Fitzgerald


The final handwritten play of the great Sutton McAllister is missing, and everyone wants it…but not necessarily for the same reason.



Reader: Rod Rawlings

Duffy Donnelly: Ric Goodwin

Edith Entwhistle: Lynne Doyle

Albert Entwhistle: Tom Aposporos

Tori Russell: Alana Opie

Sutton McAllister: Ray Crucet


Thursday, July 23rd, 7:30pm

Why Can’t I Be You?

By Llywelyn Jones

Directed by Jeff Dillon


A rock star wakes up after a night of partying to find his worst nightmare: his stalker in his bedroom. The stalker has only one demand: Why can’t I be you?



Reader: Ariel Baker

Jason James: Ryan O’Dell

Phil Fresquez: William Allred

Melanie Ritz: Lucy Manuel

Howard Martin: Cliff Roles


Saturday, July 25th, 7:30pm

Before Steepletop

By Arthur Keyser

Directed by Dan Higgs


A fictional portrayal of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay while she lived in Greenwich Village, NY. The play is based on events (some real, some imagined) that illustrate her struggle to exist as a woman and as an artist born before her time.



Narrator/Felice: Melliss Swenson

Vincent: Amanda Heisey

Young Sheldon: Mike Manley

Older Sheldon: Charlie Tyler

Walter: Tom Aposporos


The Players Theatre 

838 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota FL 34236, 941-365-2494, Fax: 941-954-0282

www.theplayers.org. 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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