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Asolo Rep On Tour

About Asolo Rep On Tour

Presented by Asolo Rep and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, Asolo Rep On Tour creates innovative and accessible 45-minute adaptations of classic literature that travel into communities and schools throughout the state of Florida. We develop theatrical experiences and supporting materials that are exciting and responsive to audiences. 

Asolo Rep On Tour holds surprises for all! These performances serve as introduction to live theatre for first-time audiences and still bring a new perspective of a story for seasoned theatre-goers. Join us as we connect with communities and celebrate modern magic in classic stories. 


 

2022 Tour

Looking for Ithaca: An OdysseyLOOKING FOR ITHACA: AN ODYSSEY

Written by Jess Shoemaker

Developed with and Directed by Gaby Rodriguez

Touring: Oct 3 - Nov 20 

An epic Greek poem becomes an adventure of universal proportions in this 45-minute adaptation of Homer’s iconic tale, presented by Asolo Rep and produced by the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

LOOKING FOR ITHACA: AN ODYSSEY is an imaginative retelling of the classic journey of a family that has been fractured by war and unseen forces. The story is told through the eyes of a family fighting their way back to one another: Odysseus, a father whose yearning for his wife and child drives him to traverse the dangers hidden in the sea; Penelope, a mother protecting what’s left of her home and her family; and Telemachus, a son embarking on an Odyssey of his own, looking to fill the shoes of an unknown father. They may return home, but that isn’t where their journey ends.

How to register:

Interested in bringing this touring production to your space? Click below to schedule a convenient phone appointment with a member of our team. You will receive a confirmation email once you have booked your appointment.

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What does the On Tour experience look like?

  • A 45-minute, fast-paced performance, immediately followed by 15-minute post-show conversation with the cast. 

  • Professionally staged with a small company (7-12 + stage manager). 

  • Designed with minimal technical requirements to be adaptable to a variety of venues. 

  • The show is framed to connect with a wide range of audiences and to reflect fun, excitement, and learning within live theatre. 

What does the On Tour experience include?

Production: a 45-minute, fast-paced and innovative outdoor theatrical experience, starring the third-year MFA students from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training 

Talkback with cast members and creative team directly after the performance, allowing the audience to connect what they have seen onstage with their own learning.  

Curriculum Guide that includes: 

  • Production Program information about the performance, cast, and creative team.  

  • Interactive Dramaturgy (contextual resources) about the story and the history around it that can be shared in class, or can be an at-home deep-dive. 

  • Learning Activities that are based in curriculum and can be experienced individually or with others.**  

Schools only: Performance and workshops that encourage deepening the experience for educators and students beyond the production and into the learning space. 

  • Educator Performances and Workshops with Asolo Rep Teaching Artists that give educators and administrators the time to see the production and work with colleagues to determine how they can incorporate the production into their curriculum and schedule. Limited availability.     

  • Classroom workshops with Asolo Rep Teaching Artists bringing the themes and theatre off of the stage and into the learning space. More information about content and scheduling available when booking.  

**All learning activities are backed up with Florida State Standards. 

Who should experience this performance?

Asolo Rep On Tour productions are designed to connect with school, university, and community audiences, and are recommended for grades 5 and up.  

  • For Students: On Tour is a cultural arts experience designed for students and brought into learning spaces. Students witness stories on the stage that reflect their own lives, and are given the tools to reflect, analyze, and learn. 

  • For Educators: These performances are curriculum focused arts engagement that supports multiple core subjects and provides opportunities for educators to challenge their students to think in new and creative ways about theatre and literature.  

  • For Communities: On Tour is a fully-realized production that is cleverly designed to adapt to different venues, allowing the arts to come to your community and connect with patrons. 

  • For Families

What are the performance space requirements?

To host an On Tour performance, each venue must provide the following: 

  • A large performance space, including a minimum 25 foot wide by 25 foot deep playing space, plus a 10 foot minimum distance between the playing space and audience seating.  

  • This space must be cleared, cleaned, and swept before the arrival of cast members on the day of the performance. 

  • A table and 9 chairs backstage.  

  • Private, clean, and accessible accommodations for performers, which includes: 

    • 2 lockable dressing rooms 

    • Restrooms separate from audience use 

    • A place to secure personal items.  

  • Access to drinking water. 

What are the Health & Safety protocols?

Asolo Rep is committed to the safety and well-being of all of our artists, families, community members, and staff. We have worked hard to put in place specific measures that will ensure our touring experiences are safe, comfortable, and fun for everyone. 

In order to ensure the safest possible experiences for all Asolo Rep On Tour Company Members and staff, Asolo Rep asks venues to adhere to the following COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: 

  • At this time, all performance spaces may be either inside or outside. 

  • Venues must provide private dressing rooms and bathrooms for Company Members apart from all staff and students. 

  • The performance space must be distanced from the audience by no less than 10-feet. 

  • Facilities for hand washing must be provided by the venue. 

  • During performances and talkbacks, all Company Members will maintain a distance of at least 10-feet from any audience member; Asolo Rep will work with venues to make sure this is possible. 

  • When indoors, while not onstage or actively rehearsing, Company Members will be wearing masks if the county they are in has high or substantial COVID transmission. 

  • Asolo Rep encourages all audience members to wear masks. 

Bring Asolo Rep to your School or Community 

Registration link soon to come!

Questions? Contact Asolo Rep Education & Engagement Department: education@asolo.org.

 

The Partnership: Asolo Rep and FSU/Asolo Conservatory 

In 2008, Asolo Repertory Theatre and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training collaborated to launch a new Education & Engagement offering: an annual production designed specifically for school audiences. In 2010, the program was reconfigured as a touring production, with the goal of serving as many students as possible, especially those who might not otherwise have access to live theatre. In 2019 our annual educational tour brought Shakespeare to nine counties across Florida, with approximately 59 performances serving 15,000 students and community members. 

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, ranked as one of the top ten actor training programs in the country, has been Asolo Repertory Theatre’s partner for over 45 years. Twelve students a year are chosen to take part in the intense three-year training program, which combines high-caliber classroom work, guest artist workshops, and professional production experiences. In the third year of training, before joining Asolo Rep’s mainstage company as full-time members, Conservatory students take part in a touring production performed throughout the state for school groups and the general public. The program is not only an invaluable part of the sophisticated training offered by the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, it also represents the ongoing and ever-developing partnership between Asolo Rep and Florida State University. 

Learn more about the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

 

 

Asolo Rep On Tour is made possible, in part, with support from: