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Asolo Rep introduces new PlayDate program

Posted: November 9 / 2022

(SARASOTA, FLA) — Asolo Repertory Theatre proudly introduces an exciting new program - PlayDate. PlayDates are production-based workshops for young people ages 5 to 12 that offer a convenient and affordable childcare option for adults attending Asolo Rep’s mainstage performances. PlayDate is offered during select Saturday matinees throughout the 2022-23 season.


Facilitated by Asolo Rep’s Education & Engagement team, PlayDate workshops are based on age-appropriate themes found in the shows on stage, inviting families to connect about the art they experience. The program was developed with the joint goal of engaging with students in exciting and creative ways while also making it easier for caregivers to attend theatrical performances.


"I'm a parent and I would love to see more theatre,” said Asolo Rep’s Muriel O’Neil Education and Engagement Director Sara Brunow. “But when I try to have a social life or go on a date with my husband, it's hard because finding a babysitter can be a challenge and it's expensive. That's why PlayDate is so exciting – we are not only getting a chance to create with awesome young people, but we are supporting families. It's fun for young people and helpful for caregivers."


PlayDate workshops for ages 5 to 12 are $25 per student and are held at the Asolo Rep Annex at 5333 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.


PlayDate registration can be added during the ticket purchasing process for a mainstage performance, in person at Asolo Rep's Box Office at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, by phone at 941.351.8000 or 800.361.8388, or online at asolorep.org.



2022-23 PlayDate Workshops


December 3: “Life is Beautiful,” during a performance of Cabaret

December 10: “Life is Beautiful,” during a performance of Cabaret

February 11: “All for One!,” during a performance of Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers

March 4: “Search the Stars,” during a performance of Silent Sky

April 1: “Family Dinner,” during a performance of Chicken & Biscuits

April 15: “Tell Your Story,” during a performance of The Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help

June 3: “’Impossible’ Dreams,” during a performance of Man of La Mancha

June 10: “’Impossible’ Dreams,” during a performance of Man of La Mancha


About Asolo Rep

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.