Regional Premiere of “Sweeter Than Justice” at Asolo Rep’s Cook Theatre May 12-22

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Join us for the exciting regional premiere of Sweeter Than Justice May 12-22

Robert Lipkin’s compelling psychological drama hits the stage of Asolo Rep’s Cook Theatre for an exclusive eight-performance run

7:30 pm May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21
2:00 pm May 15 & 22

Page to Stage Productions, LLC presents the regional premiere of Sweeter Than Justice, directed by Carole Kleinberg, on stage at Asolo Rep’s Cook Theatre from May 12-May 22, 2016.

It’s South Philly in 1963, and young law student Geanina Palmieri matches wits against the muscle of Philly’s mob boss Marco Donnatucci. Only Geanina, the perfect hostile witness, can save the mob boss’s son 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.

Though set in 1963, the play offers a view of ourselves today. It examines how the healing powers of friendship, love and justice are too often tainted by the more irresistible power of vengeance. Sweeter Than Justice will leave you wondering what you would do were you in Geanina’s place.
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To purchase tickets, click here or call the Sarasota Ballet box office at 941-359-0099. For more information, visit

Original Music Composed by Joe Micals

Sweeter Than Justice features original music composed by Sarasota’s favorite piano man Joe Micals. Joe 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.

To read more about Joe, click here.

Meet Our Cast

DON WALKER (Frank Goldstein) appeared on the Banyan Theater Company stage as Serge in Art, Gardner Church in Painting Churches, Morgan in The Drawer Boy and Becky’s husband Joe in Becky’s New Car. At Asolo Rep, Don served as foreman of the jury in Twelve Angry Men, as Georgia delegate Lyman Hall in 1776, and Congressman Peebles in Both Your Houses.

DAN HIGGS (Father Paul Mahoney and Philip Kaplan) has performed in a dozen productions at the Asolo Repertory Theatre including Nicholas Nickelby and Amadeus. Other productions include The Sunshine Boys (Sarasota Players), I’m Not Rappaport (Manatee Players), Sugar Babies, (Venice Theatre) and Inherit The Wind.

JOSEPH PARRA (Marco Donnatucci) is a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA and has been a professional actor for over 40 years. His theatrical credits range from New England through Florida and he has performed at such venues as Asolo Theatre, American Stage, Stageworks, Banyan Theater, Alhambra Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Wayside Theatre.

AMANDA SCHLACHTER (Geanina Palmieri) has performed with The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The gg Monologues, Florida Studio Theatre, The Gorilla Theatre, Sarasota Actor’s Workshop, and toured nationally with The Day I Opened My Eyes. In addition to her recent M.F.A, Amanda holds degrees from The University of Central Florida and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was a member of their performance company.

RAFAEL PETLOCK (Joey Donnatucci) is a former Equity and SAG actor with over 35 years experience. He has been in major motion pictures including Scent of a WomanGodzilla 2000 and Into the Night with Wesley Snipes. Television credits include Guiding LightAs the World Turns and Another World, among others. Since moving to Florida, Rafael has appeared on many local stages.

BRIANNA LARSON (Susan Betelli and Sylvia Goldstein) is an actor, playwright, director and teaching artist. She has performed and produced her original work in New York City, St. Louis, Dublin, and throughout the Tampa Bay area. Among her favorite roles are Mary Weaver, The Crucible (NYC); Lizzy, The Respectable Prostitute (NYC); Helen Keller, The Miracle Worker (St Louis); and Janis Joplin, I Bet You Think This Song Is About You (NYC).

TOM FOLEY (Michael Shapiro) is an actor  has appeared in shows at the Hippodrome Theatre, The Performance Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. His favorite roles include Roy Cohn in Angels in America, the Ghost and Player King in Hamlet and Johnypateenmike in The Cripple of Inishmaan.

For full cast bios, click here.


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. Read about our team here.



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