The Players Theatre: Dixie Swim Club, Knowing Me, Knowing You: The Hits of ABBA, New Play Festival, Talking With…, That Wasn’t Me

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



Sarasota, May 23, 2014 — This Summer, The Players Theatre keeps it cool with a great lineup of shows beginning in June and continuing through August. The Summer Sizzler Series starts the summer off with 3 shows consisting of 2 straight plays and one musical. In June, Dixie Swim Club makes a splash with a poignant and touching comedy about five unforgettable women and their enduring friendship that spans the test of time. July Brings a glitzy revue from the very best of Sweden’s super group ABBA with Knowing Me, Knowing You: The Hits of ABBA. August buzzes with the winner of the American Theatre Critiques Association Award Winner Talking With… where eleven extraordinary women share eleven inspiring and comical stories. Punctuating the series in July is The Players New Play Festival—five days of local and original play readings written by playwrights from all over the suncoast. The playwrights compete to have their play produced on The Players main stage next season. The winner of last year’s New Play Festival, That Wasn’t Me, will be produced at the end of August with a show about the transformation of a mother’s life as her son’s bright future is brought to a halt with a terrible accident—with him behind the wheel.

There is still time to subscribe to the Summer Sizzler Series for a discounted price of $45 for all three shows. Regular price single tickets to the Series are $18. Tickets for The New Play Festival are $10 each, 3 plays for $24, and all 5 for $35 and tickets for That Wasn’t Me are $15.




Summer Sizzler Show 1: Dixie Swim Club

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

Dates: June 12-14, 19-21 at 7:30pm

            June 15 & 22 at 2pm

Tickets: $18

A comedy about five unforgettable women whose friendship began many years ago while members of a college swim team. They meet every August, free from husbands, kids, jobs, and inhibitions to recharge their relationships, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.



Sheree: Lynne Doyle
Lexie: Laura Raines
Dinah: Cara Herman
Vernadette: Julie Look
Jeri Neal: Kristi Hibschman

Summer Sizzler Show 2: Knowing Me, Knowing You: The Hits of ABBA

By Jeffery Kin & Berry Ayers

Dates: July 10-12, 17-19 at 7:30pm

            July 13 & 20 at 2pm

Tickets: $18

An all singing, all dancing, all ABBA musical revue covering the best songs from “Chiquitita” to “Winner Takes It All”. Enjoy all of this super groups’ hits LIVE on stage with fun, interactive and informational “pop ups” that expose interesting facts about the songs, albums, movies and band members.



Female Soloists:

Sue Cole, Megan Cox, Stephany Harris, Nikki Maack Schuster.

Male Soloists: 

Berry Ayers, Parker Lawhorne, Bill Sarazen.


Cobi Ackerman, Cinda Goeken, Amanda Heisey, Lauren La Bossiere, Tim Minar, Lauren Ward.

Teen Ensemble:

Skylar Homan, Ashley Jai, Sabrina McClenithan, Vivienne Teyke, Lauren Teyke, Kaleigh Valach, Andy Westberry.

The Players New Play Festival

Dates: July 21-24, 25 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $10 each / 3 plays for $24 / all 5 for $35

Don’t miss the exciting opportunity to witness the birth of a brand new play. Watch as regional playwrights compete each night to have their play produced on The Players main stage next season. Play participants to be announced at the beginning of June.

Summer Sizzler Show 3: Talking With…

By Jane Martin

Dates: August 7-9, 14-16 at 7:30

            August 10 & 17 at 2pm

Tickets: $18

This winner of the American Theatre Critics Association Award boasts an extraordinary series of monologues dealing with the personal ordeals of eleven compelling female characters. From the very comical to the intensely emotional, each scene features a unique and often inspiring perspective that is shared with great insight, sensitivity and joy.



Alana Opie, Amanda Heisey, Betty Robinson, Debbi White, Kelly Turner, Lauren Ward, Leona Collesano, Lynne Doyle, Noelia Altamarino, Sandra Musicante, Tammy Halsted

2013 Play Festival Winner: That Wasn’t Me

By Llywelyn Jones

Dates: August 28, 29 & 30 at 7:30pm

August 31 at 2pm

Tickets: $15

Life-changing events hurl a mother and her son into the unexpected. High School Senior, star athlete and popular, 17 year old Billy Hayman’s actions forever change many lives, most profoundly his mother’s. With pathos, humor and understanding, “That Wasn’t Me” brings a highly sensitive issue onto The Players Stage and explores its effects.



Claire:  Eve Caballero
Sarah:  Ellie McCaw
Michael:  Michael Morris
Billy:  Gianni Damaia
Erik:  John Forsyth
Young Billy:  Brett McDowall
Policeman 1/Paramedic:   Adam Garrison
Policeman 2/Paramedic:  Jordan Dixon.

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.

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