Beginning June 15th, The Players Centre For Performing Arts kicks off their 2016 Summer Sizzler Series with the touching comedy “Cosi”

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838 North Tamiami Trail  • Sarasota, FL 34236 • 941.365.2494 Fax: 941.954.0282

May 31, 2016




Sarasota, FL – Beginning June 15th, The Players Centre For Performing Arts kicks off their 2016 Summer Sizzler Series with the touching comedy “Cosi.” Australian playwright Louis Nowra’s semi-autobiographical play was first performed in Sydney, Australia in 1992. It is considered to be one of the most successful Australian plays produced in the last 20 years. Set in 1971, the play is about sanity, madness, illusion, mayhem and theatre. Young Louis learns that sometimes in life, when you chase your dream, it can often be helpful to be a little nuts. Full of symbolism, the plays setting takes place in a burnt out and neglected theatre, mirroring the feelings society held toward the mentally ill in the 60’s and 70’s. Meanwhile protests against the Vietnam War rages on just outside the theatre.


Story: Young theatre director Lewis has just landed his first job straight out of school, staging a production of Mozart’s comic opera “Cosi Fan Tutte”. The catch? The cast are patients from a mental institution, none of whom can speak Italian…or sing. Can this unlikely group, including an obsessive-compulsive, a manic depressive, and a junkie, pull it off?… or will a patient with a penchant for pyromania spoil all the fun?


Director Dan Higgs remarks, “Cosi” is a comedy/drama set in a mental institution in 1963. The playwright examines themes of love vs. war, sanity vs. madness and reality vs. romanticism while we discover, along with our personal guide, Lewis, just how thin the line is between ‘us’ and ‘them’.”


There is still time to subscribe to the entire Summer Sizzler Series for only $45. This includes 3 great shows (“Cosi”, “Cyrano de Burgershack”, and “Bell, Book & Candle”) and three $10 Gift Certificates to Caragiulo’s Italian Restaurant. Subscriptions can be obtained by calling the Box Office at 941-365-2494.



Director                                  Dan Higgs

Artistic Director                    Jeffery Kin

Production Manager           Berry Ayers

Asst Director                         Ross Boehringer

Costumes                              Ross Boehringer

Set Design                             Jeffrey Weber

Lighting Design                    Owen Leonard

Stage  Manager                    Sabrina McClenithan

Props                                      Martha Kesler

Asst. Tech Director              Alyssa Goudy

Technical Director               Ken Junkins

Sound Technician               Seth Berry

Backstage Crew                   Miranda Becker

Lewis                      Tanner Holman

Nick                        Quoc Pham

Justin                      Ross Boehringer

Doug                      Parker Lawhorne

Henry                     Tom Aposporos

Cherry                    Debbi White

Zac                         Joshua Seavey

Ruth                       Jenny Walker

Roy                        Don Walker

Lucy                       Anna Massey

Julie                        Olivia Valek


Performance Dates:

June 15-26, 2016

June 15, 7:30pm – Preview Night

June 16, 7:30pm – Opening Night
June 15-18, 23-25 @ 7:30pm

June 19 & 26 @ 2:00pm


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.


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