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

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





Sarasota, FL, April 7, 2014 – The Players Theatre will host a reception and showing for three local artists on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:45 PM – Laine Nixon, Jerome Chesley and Tony Corbitt, Jr. The gallery will be filled with original pieces including Nixon’s bold, colorful abstractions, Chesley’s intricately saturated, award-winning watercolors and Corbitt’s expressive, classically influenced oil paintings. The public is invited to meet the artists and mingle with fellow guests during the free reception.


After enjoying the art showing, guests can attend a special preview of The Players Theatre production of “Urinetown” for a discounted ticket price. All seats will be offered that evening for just $20. The show will begin at 7:30 PM – immediately following the art reception. The artists’ work will remain in The Players Theatre Gallery through May 31st.


Reception guests who wish to purchase discounted tickets for the April 16th showing of “Urinetown” may do so in advance online at, by phone at 941-365-2494 or at the box office. Tickets are not necessary for the Art Showing and Reception.


About the Artists

Laine Nixon

Laine Nixon moved to Sarasota in 2010 where she pursues art making, philosophy and creative expression through abstract painting. Nixon explains, “My overriding concern in art-making is to express the tiny moment suspended between idea and reality; between thought and  thing.”


Nixon is a Creativity Facilitator for the Ringling College Creativity Center. She executed two solo shows in Tampa while pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree and was granted the USF College of Engineering Artbank Award. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


In her show at The Players Art Gallery, These are not Illusions, she juxtaposes disparate types of mediums (watercolor, acrylic, polyacrylate, canvas, oil, enamel) and uses the formal qualities of painting to heighten the tension between subject and ground, provoking the viewer to gently oscillate between one set of facts and another.


To learn more about Laine and her work, visit her website at


Jerome Chesley

Jerome Chesley has a Masters of Art and also attended the University of Art in Siena, Italy. He has over 30 years of experience in art instruction in public schools and colleges.  A member of local art organizations and art centers, he teaches workshops and demonstrates throughout Florida and the renowned Chautauqua Institution in New York State throughout the summer. His works are in many collections and has won awards for his paintings including, most recently, third place at Art Center Manatee and first place in the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society’s exhibition at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.


Tony Corbitt

Tony Corbitt, Jr. is a self-taught artist living and working in Sarasota, FL. He is greatly influenced by the French Masters of the late 19th Century, which shows in his preference to paint original work directly from observation.

Selph Road Studios: The Art of Tony Corbitt Jr. represents his original oil paintings and sketch work, as well as his popular black and white “Speed Painting” performance art series.


To learn more about his work, please visit


About “Urinetown”


The Players Theatre will present the triple Tony Award-winning musical “Urinetown” on their main stage opening April 17th. This “irreverent and uproariously funny” satirical theatrical experience is the final show of of their 84th Broadway Season and will run for 2 weeks with the possibility of an extension into the first week of May. The show is Directed & Choreographed by Kyle Ennis Turoff with musical direction by Rick Bogner.


In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year draught has led to a government ban on private toilets with no concern for the poor, bladder-oppressed masses. The monopolistic corporation, UGC (Urine Good Company) charges the city’s citizens sky-high prices to use public amenities. But young Bobby Strong, a lowly restroom attendant, decides that now is the time for change. The show parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story and Les Misérables – and the Broadway musical itself as a form. “Urinetown” spares nothing with its irreverent humor and sharp wit.


Run Dates/Times:

Opening Night: April 17th, 7:30pm

April 19, 22-24, 26; 7:30pm

April 20, 26, 27; 2:00pm matinee

*possibility of extension into May


Regular Price Tickets:

$30 Premium seating (rows A-E)

$25 Regular seating (all others)

$12 Children (18 and under)


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.



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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