Asolo Repertory Theatre

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Asolo Repertory Theatre or Asolo Rep is a professional theater in Sarasota, Florida. It is the largest Equity theatre in Florida, and the largest Repertory theatre in the Southeastern United States. The 2016-17 season marks the theatre's 58th season.

Asolo Rep is one of the most important cultural forces in the Southeastern United States. A center for theatrical excellence, Asolo Rep stages up to fifteen productions every season, spanning a diverse repertoire of newly commissioned plays, bold reinterpretations of contemporary and classical works, and provocative new musical theatre experiences.

Asolo Rep is a major force in Sarasota’s rich arts scene, whose quality and depth rivals some of the largest urban centers in the country. Asolo Rep is annually the creative home of more than 100 artists, technical craftsmen, and administrative staff. Its talented and accomplished resident acting company is complemented by top flight, award-winning directors, designers, and guest artists who come to Sarasota from around the country and around the world.

Under the dynamic leadership of Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards and Managing Director Linda DiGabriele, over 100,000 patrons are drawn each year to the theatre’s rotating repertory season. In its role as the largest professional not-for-profit theatre in the U.S. south of Atlanta, Asolo Rep serves as a springboard for successful productions to travel to Broadway and other regional theatres throughout the country.

Asolo Rep is also proud to have an ongoing partnership with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, ranked among the top ten actor training programs in the country. Conservatory students undergo a rigorous three-year Master of Fine Arts program, culminating with the third-year students’ inclusion as part of Asolo Rep’s mainstage company. This unique collaboration has proven to be a successful formula for producing the highest quality professional theatre while providing first-rate training for America’s next generation of actors.

Whether staging a new work or re-envisioning a classic, Asolo Rep creates theatre that consistently surprises, entertains, challenges and inspires its audiences by inviting them to take part in shared acts of imagination. With its ambitious theatrical offerings and ground-breaking education, outreach and audience development programming, Asolo Rep is more vibrant and its work more relevant than ever before. A theatre district in and of itself, Asolo Rep exists to present a diverse mix of theatrical work of the highest artistic standards and enthusiastically engage its audiences, continually ensuring its lasting legacy for future generations.

Asolo Rep Theatres and Stages[edit]

From the origins of our name to the stages on which we have performed, the "Asolo" story is rich in history both in our community and abroad. For those of us who have played a part in the story, it is familiar. For others, it is newly discovered. But for all of us, it is a treasure.

The word Asolo originated in Asolo, Italy with a lovely 18th century theatre acquired by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art for its collection more than 50 years ago. In this little jewel of a theatre, a fledgling acting company founded by faculty of Florida State University (FSU) began performing a summer series of plays under the name of the Asolo Theatre Festival and later as the Asolo Theatre Company.

Later it grew to become the respected first State Theatre of Florida and evolved into a year round professional theatre, a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres (LORT), and partnered with the FSU School of Theatre to mentor its MFA in Acting program – the highly acclaimed FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

The acting company and its audiences eventually outgrew the Ringling's Historic Asolo Theater and the company moved into its current home within the FSU Center for the Performing Arts where it has enjoyed notable success.

The Mertz Theatre

An elegant 500-seat facility originally built in 1903 as an opera house in Dunfermline, Scotland. This grand space is the primary theatre for the professional Asolo Rep acting company.

The Cook Theatre

A contemporary 161-seat venue designed to create an intimate relationship between the audience and actors. The Cook Theatre is the primary performance space for the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and small cast Asolo Rep shows.

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1959–1960[edit]

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1967–1968[edit]

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1969–1970[edit]

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1970–1971[edit]

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1971–1972[edit]

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1972–1973[edit]

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1973–1974[edit]

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1974–1975[edit]

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1975–1976[edit]

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1976–1977[edit]

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1977–1978[edit]

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  • Archy and Friends
  • In this Golden Land
  • Whatever Became of Love
  • Aria Da Capia

1978–1979[edit]

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  • Plain Folk
  • Press Cuttings
  • Raduz and the Three Clouds

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1979–1980[edit]

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1980–1981[edit]

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1981–1982[edit]

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  • The Song is Kern
  • Pinocchio
  • The Ice Wolf
  • Comedies of Courtship

1982–1983[edit]

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1983–1984[edit]

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1984–1985[edit]

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  • Men Without Dates
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Final Placement
  • FM

1985–1986[edit]

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1986–1987[edit]

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1987–1988[edit]

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  • First Time Anywhere!
  • Mass Appeal by Bill C. Davis
  • Why Can't You Be Him?

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Conservatory Shorts

1988–1989[edit]

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Second Stage

  • Driving Around the House
  • Quarry

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1989–1990[edit]

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1990–1991[edit]

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1991–1992[edit]

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1992–1993[edit]

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1993–1994[edit]

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1994–1995[edit]

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1995–1996[edit]

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1996–1997[edit]

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Asolo Extras

  • Once Upon a Midnight
  • Laundry and Bourbon by James McLure
  • Talking Head
  • Saltwater Moon
  • Art Is Easy!, Money Is Tough

Series X

1997–1998[edit]

Asolo Rep in the Mertz Theatre

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Cook Theatre

Series X

  • Mistake in Identities
  • The Love Talker by Deborah Pryor
  • Beirut by Alan Bowne

Late Nite Series

1998–1999[edit]

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FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Cook Theatre

1999–2000[edit]

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2000–2001[edit]

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2001–2002[edit]

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2002–2003[edit]

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  • Eye of the Storm
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Syncopation

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2003–2004[edit]

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  • Noël Coward at the Café de Paris
  • Free and Clear

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Cook Theatre

Late Night Series

2004–2005[edit]

Asolo Rep in the Mertz Theatre

Asolo Rep in the Cook Theatre

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Cook Theatre

Late Night Series

  • The Minotaur
  • Swing State
  • A Benefit Concert with Bill Deasy
  • The Louisiana Hayride presents: Elvis
  • A Night of Comedy
  • The Isle of Dogs
  • The Gospel of Cyrus According to Cyrus

2005–2006[edit]

Asolo Rep in the Mertz Theatre

Asolo Rep in the Cook Theatre

  • String of Pearls
  • Rounding Third

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Cook Theatre

2006–2007[edit]

Asolo Rep in the Mertz Theatre

Asolo Rep in the Historic Asolo Theater

  • Nobody Don't Like Yogi

Asolo Rep in the Cook Theatre

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Historic Asolo Theater

  • The Parisian Woman

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Cook Theatre

Late Night Series

2007–2008[edit]

Asolo Rep in the Mertz Theatre

Asolo Rep in the Historic Asolo Theater

Asolo Rep in the Cook Theatre

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Historic Asolo Theater

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Cook Theatre

Late Night Series

  • 1st Annual Love Late Night
  • A People's Movement by Marcus D. Johnson

2008–2009[edit]

Asolo Rep in the Mertz Theatre

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Asolo Rep in the Cook Theatre

  • Perfect Mendacity by Jason Wells

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Historic Asolo Theater

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Cook Theatre

Late Night Series

2009–2010[edit]

Asolo Rep in the Mertz Theatre

  • Contact created by Susan Stroman and John Weidman; October 24, 2009 – November 29, 2009
  • The Perfume Shop adapted by E.P. Dowdall, based on the play Parfumerie by Miklós László; December 4, 2009 – April 1, 2010
  • Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht; December 11, 2009 – February 23, 2010
  • Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve by James Still, based partly on the comic writing of Mark Twain; December 18, 2009 – February 25, 2010
  • Hearts by Willy Holtzman; January 22, 2010 – April 11, 2010
  • Managing Maxine by Janece Shaffer; March 12, 2010 – April 17, 2010
  • Dancing Backwards in High Heels – The Ginger Musical conceived & developed by Lynnette Barkley & Christopher McGovern; May 7, 2010 – May 30, 2010

Asolo Rep in the Historic Asolo Theatre

  • New Stages Project: Life in the Middle; October 21, 2009 – November 8, 2009
  • The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown; January 21, 2010 – February 28, 2010
  • Unplugged: Theatre in the Raw – New Play Festival; March 24, 2010 – April 18, 2010

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

Late Night Series

  • 3rd Annual Love Late Night
  • Dutchman by Amiri Baraka
  • Tunes for Two
  • The Rachel Corrie Project edited by Kirstin Franklin

2010–2011[edit]

Asolo Rep in the Mertz Theatre

Asolo Rep Touring Company

  • Antigone Now by Melissa Cooper (based on Antigone by Sophocles); preview on October 4, 2010, followed by a performance on October 9, 2010, and then TBA touring dates

Asolo Rep Off-Main

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

Late Night Series

  • Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp
  • The London Monologues by Adam Carpenter, Kim Hausler, Ron Kagan, Will Little, and Angela Sauer
  • The Thrill of the Chase by Philip Gawthorne
  • Men of Tortuga by Jason Wells
  • 4th Annual Love Late Night

2013-2014[edit]

Asolo Rep in the Mertz Theatre

Asolo Rep in the Cook Theatre

  • I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti adapted by Jacques Lamarre from the memoir by Giulia Melucci

Asolo Rep in the Historic Asolo Theater

New Stages Tour

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Cook Theatre

2014-2015[edit]

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New Stages Tour

Asolo Rep in the Historic Asolo Theater

FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Cook Theatre

2015-2016[edit]

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New Stages Tour

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FSU/Asolo Conservatory in the Cook Theatre

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