BUTLER is a HIT at Florida Studio Theatre

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It’s the Civil War, 1861. An escaped slave seeks sanctuary, but the laws of the land are unrelenting. Butler takes audiences on a journey through legal loopholes to find the true meaning of freedom.

Now Playing Through February 26th.


Sarasota Herald-Tribune:

“Humorous spin on History”


“Surprisingly hilarious”


“Vibrant, energetic”

“Deep sense of humanity”

“Fanciful imagining”

The Observer: 

“A war of words and wit”

“Strikingly original”

“Defiantly smart”

“Very, very funny”

“Believable and often hilarious”


Sarasota Magazine:

“A pleasant surprise”

“Highly amusing”

“Sharp direction”

“Clever wordplay and comic escalations”

“A delight”

“You’ll come away from Butler both intrigued and entertained”

Total Theater: 

“Fortified with hilarious comedy”

“More than typical in a history play”

“This play’s got everything”

“As comic as it is cogent”

“Very funny comedy”

“Real characters, sharp debate”

“Astute direction”


About Florida Studio Theatre:

Known as Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre was founded in 1973 by Artist, Jon Spelman. Starting out as a small touring company, FST traveled to places such as migrant camps and prisons. The company then acquired the former Woman’s Club building, becoming the first permanent venue. Shortly after Producing Artistic Director Richard Hopkins arrived, the building was purchased and renamed The Keating Theatre. In the years that followed, Florida Studio Theatre established itself as a major force in American Theatre, presenting contemporary theatre in its five theatre venues: the Keating Theatre,  the Gompertz Theatre, the Parisian style Goldstein Cabaret and John C. Court Cabaret,  and Bowne’s Lab Theatre.


Even with its growth, Florida Studio Theatre remains firmly committed to making the arts accessible and affordable to a broad-based audience.  FST develops theatre that speaks to our living, evolving, and dynamically changing world.  As FST grows and expands, it continues to provide audiences with challenging, contemporary drama and innovative programs.



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