FST is proud to announce the extension of Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons, now playing through March 8 in the Keating Theatre

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(Sarasota, FL) —Sometimes two left feet can lead to the discovery of true grace and strength during life’s most difficult steps. Join Ever Montgomery and Senga Quinn as they discover the hilarious and heartwarming truth about each other and ultimately about themselves. FST is proud to announce the extension of Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons, now playing through March 8 in the Keating Theatre. Subscriptions are available to see three shows for as little $37. Single tickets range from $18-49. Tickets can now be purchased online at FloridaStudioTheatre.org, by phone at

(941) 366-9000, or by visiting the Box Office.

This smart, soulful drama of compassion and acceptance opened on December 10 in the Keating Theatre. Audiences have raved about this production. “Incredible.” “Fantastic acting!” “Illuminating.” The Critics agree. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune calls it an, “Intuitive, humorous, and perceptive play.” ”The Observer describes this touching and thought-provoking production as having “Brilliant dialogue” and “Vivid characters.”

Playing the role of Senga, Vanessa Morosco recalls a moment of deep connection with the audience. “One night, as I received exciting news from Ever, I reached out to hug him to say thank you. Ever, we learn though the course of the play, does not like to be touched –and the audience knew that. But overwhelmed with gratitude and joy, Senga can’t help herself. As I reached out to embrace him, an audience member cried out to me, ‘Don’t touch him!’ I was so moved that this audience member was so committed to both of us. In spite of the fact that she was sitting out there in the darkness, she could not help but to break the fourth wall of the theater to try to help me. The Sarasota audiences are incredible. As Senga, I feel trapped in my tiny New York City apartment, consumed by loneliness and fear. As an actor I feel the joyous camaraderie of the audience as they open their hearts, humor, and imaginations to this beautiful story. It’s as though they have all jumped into my cramped apartment with me and are supporting both Senga and me through the journey.”

Jason Cannon, cast as Ever, shares this sentiment of cathartic connection between actor and audience. “What has been most rewarding is talking to audience members who have first-hand experience with family members or friends on the Autism spectrum,” stated Cannon. “To hear from them that we are telling this story with integrity, humor, and empathy is so incredibly fulfilling and to know that our show has been a catalyst for real conversation in our community, seeing in real time people’s assumptions about “normal” being challenged and even shattered. That’s ultimately why I got into theatre in the first place.  To – in my own small way – make the world a better place.”

Dancing Lessons runs through March 8, 2015 in the Keating Theatre. Subscriptions are available to see three shows for as little $37. Single tickets range from $18-49. Tickets can now be purchased online at FloridaStudioTheatre.org, by phone at (941) 366-9000, or by visiting the Box Office.

About Florida Studio Theatre

Known as Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre was founded in 1973 by 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 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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WINTER MAINSTAGE

HAIRSPRAY – November 12 – January 11

DANCING LESSONS – December 10 – February 27

FLY – February 4 – April 4

CHAPATTI – April 8 – May 30

 

WINTER CABARET

DANCING IN THE STREET

WITH THE PRIMA DONNETTES – October 22 – February 5

AMERICAN PIE – December 31 – April 23

NEVER MARRY A GIRL WITH COLD FEET

AND OTHER LIFE LESSONS FROM VAUDEVILLE – February 18 – June 7

 

FST IMPROV

OUT OF BOUNDS MATCH UP – October 18 – January 3

 

WRITE A PLAY

RAP-Punzel – September 23 – November 14

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