Backstage at The Players to Present “Denial” by Peter Sagal

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Contact: Jason R. White, Marketing Director, 941.365.2494 x 302  [email protected]







SARASOTA March 13, 2014 – Backstage at The Players will present NPR host Peter Sagal’s searing drama “Denial” from April 3 – April 13 in the intimate backstage studio performance space at The Players Theatre. 


In “Denial” Abigail Gersten is a Jewish ACLU attorney and First Amendment absolutist who has a history of defending unpopular clients. Bernard Cooper is courtly and polite, but dedicated to convincing the world that the Holocaust was a political hoax. When the federal government seeks to prosecute Cooper for inciting violence, he turns to Abby for help. The conflict that ensues concerns issues of history, memory, the right to free speech and the differences between what is legal and what is morally right.


Sagal, best known as host of the National Public Radio game show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”, is an American playwright, screenwriter and actor. “Denial” premiered in New York in 2007.


Directed by Elliott Raines, the cast includes  Kaylene McCaw, Jaszy McAllister, Barry Look, Dylan Jones, Neil Levine and Joe Kerata. 


This is the final play of the The Players Theatre’s “Backstage at The Players” three-show 2013-14 season. Past productions have included such diverse contemporary works as Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women,” David Mamet’s “Oleanna,” and the Florida premiere of “Zombie Town: A Documentary Play.” The alternative theater’s mission is to present challenging contemporary American work in a spirit of adventure for actor and audience alike.



 April 3 – 13, 2014 with 8 performances only

Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.

Limited seating. 


Tickets are $15. Call The Players Theatre box office at 941.365.2494 or visit


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DenialPressPhoto1.jpg: (from left) Kaylene McCaw; Dylan Jones


Jason R. White

Director of Marketing


The Players Theatre

838 N Tamiami Trail

Sarasota FL 34236

941-365-2494 Fax 941-954-0282

[email protected]

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