Asolo Rep Awarded Strategic Partnership Grant from Community Foundation of Sarasota County
(SARASOTA, FLA) — Asolo Repertory Theatre has received a $77,500 Strategic Partnership Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, which comes from the John and Dorothy Brennan Charitable Fund, the Allen Wirtz Nobbe and Jo Bowen Nobbe Fund, the Two-Generation Approach Fund, and the John J. Clopine Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. In addition to being the Lead Sponsor for Asolo Rep’s Access to the Arts program, this funding supports the 2022-23 season and additional events, including the Director’s Take Luncheon, Annual Gala and Starry Night programs.
Asolo Rep’s Access to the Arts brings theatre to local schools and community locations, and provides students with the opportunity to see productions at Asolo Rep. This generous donation allows many students to experience the power of the arts for the first time.
“We continue to be grateful for the ongoing support we receive from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County,” said Asolo Rep Managing Director Linda DiGabriele. “This important partnership helps Asolo Rep deliver meaningful arts experiences to students and families across the county, and we appreciate the Community Foundation’s sustained commitment to that mission.”
In addition to sponsoring educational and community outreach opportunities, the grant provides support for the entire 2022-23 performance season. The season began in the fall with Kander and Ebb’s iconic Cabaret. Praised by critics and audiences alike, this fresh interpretation of the classic musical demonstrated that “in here, life is beautiful.”
The repertory season is now underway, featuring the swashbuckling adventure of Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers, the inspiring true story of women astronomers in Silent Sky, the hilarious new comedy Chicken & Biscuits, and the boisterous and moving Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
The season closes with Man of La Mancha, considered by many to be one of the best musicals of all time. The production will be directed by Asolo Rep’s incoming producing artistic director, Peter Rothstein.
The grant also supports related special events throughout the year. The Director’s Take Luncheon allows patrons to dine and enjoy conversations with the directors of upcoming shows. The Annual Gala raises funds to support the season and Asolo Rep’s award-winning Education and Engagement programs. The Starry Night Series presents intimate evenings at local locations themed to this year’s productions.
Now in its 64th season, Asolo Repertory Theatre is recognized as one of the premier professional theatres in America and one of the largest in the Southeastern United States. One of the few select theatres in the nation that performs in true rotating repertory, Asolo Rep’s highly skilled acting company and extensive craftsmanship bring to life this unique performance method that gives audiences the opportunity to see multiple productions in the span of a few days. Asolo Rep presents up to 10 productions each season, including contemporary and classic works and provocative musical theatre experiences. A theatre district in and of itself, Asolo Rep is committed to expanding its reach into the community, furthering its collaboration with the best theatre artists working in the industry today and cultivating new artists through its affiliation with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards and Managing Director Linda DiGabriele, Asolo Rep’s ambitious theatrical offerings and ground-breaking education and community programming engage audiences and ensure its lasting legacy for future generations. Visit asolorep.org to learn more.
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of $460 million in more than 1,570 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling $45.3 million dollars last year in the areas of education, the arts, health and human services, civic engagement, animal welfare and the environment. Since its founding, the Community Foundation has been able to grant more than $395 million to area nonprofit organizations in our community thanks to the generosity of charitable individuals, families and businesses. For more information, visit CFSarasota.org or call 941.955.3000.