Regional Premiere of Robert Lipkin’s “Sweeter Than Justice” Coming to Asolo Rep’s Cook Theatre May 12-22

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Regional Premiere of Robert Lipkin’s “Sweeter Than Justice” Coming to Asolo Rep’s Cook Theatre May 12-22

SARASOTA, FL – Page to Stage Productions, LLC is proud to present the regional premiere of Robert Lipkin’s compelling psychological drama “Sweeter Than Justice” on stage at Asolo Rep’s Cook Theatre from May 12-May 22, 2016.

“Sweeter Than Justice” unfolds in a world where choices are never simple, the line between right and wrong is blurred, and it’s hard to tell heroes from villains. It’s South Philly in 1963, and young law student Geanina Palmieri (Amanda Schlachter) matches wits against the muscle of Philly’s mob boss Marco Donnatucci (Joseph Parra). Only Geanina, the perfect hostile witness, can save the mob boss’s son (Rafael Petlock) from the electric chair … but will she? Her life is turned upside-down until she discovers a path to prevail against her adversaries, but, as often happens, the results come with unintended consequences.

Playwright Lipkin says, “This play examines how the healing powers of friendship, love and justice are too often tainted by the more irresistible power of vengeance. It leaves audiences wondering what they would do were they in Geanina’s place.”

This Equity production also includes actors Tom Foley, Dan Higgs, Brianna Larson and Don Walker; it is being directed by Carole Kleinberg.

“Sweeter Than Justice” features original music composed by Sarasota icon Joe Micals, who has written scores for HBO, PBS, motion pictures and musical theater. As a performer, he played keyboard with The Drifters – “Just six months after after a friend of mine talked me into playing the piano,” he said – opened for the likes of B.B. King, and played Off-Broadway shows.

Page to Stage Productions, LLC, is a professional theater company created to develop and present well-crafted, high quality, new works showcasing this region’s finest emerging playwrights, musicians and performance artists.

Performances are May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm; and May 15 and 22 at 2:00 pm. Tickets range from $28-$40 for standard admission; $15 student tickets are available. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Sarasota Ballet box office at 941-359-0099. For more information, visit

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