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Conservatory | 2020-21 Season Announcement Update

Posted: September 16 / 2020

Dear Friends and Family of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training,

As patrons and supporters of our work on the Cook stage, we appreciate your understanding as we announce changes to our 2020-21 season. None of us is sure when we will be able to return to live theatre and so we’ve had to do some adjusting to our upcoming season. What is most important to us right now is to hold on to the Conservatory season not only as an important part of Sarasota’s theatre scene, but also as a valuable training tool for our program. With that being said, we are adjusting our season to a two-play program, each production featuring the entire second year class of actors.

We are thrilled to announce that in December we will be presenting an online production of Anna Deveare Smith’s TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992. This powerful script is a compilation of hundreds of interviews Smith did with people from all walks of life in Los Angeles during the heat of the Rodney King riots in 1992. Originally a one-person play, we are using this show as an opportunity for our students to take on a number of characters from the text to demonstrate their skill and range while facing the challenges of filming remotely from their homes across the country. Students will engage with each other to make connections between the issues of 1992 and those that we face today. TWILIGHT promises to be a very exciting online event. Information on streaming will be made available in the first week of November.

In April we will be presenting our production of JULIUS CAESAR, a part of our Shakespeare in the Gardens project, offering outdoor productions of Shakespeare in the glorious Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This previously announced production will remain part of our 2020-21 season.

For the convenience of its patrons who have already purchased subscriptions to the 2020-21 season, the Conservatory will automatically hold subscriber funds for the two cancelled performances “on account” so that those credits can be used for additional tickets to shows in this season or toward a subscription for the 2021-22 season. Subscribers will also have the option to donate the cost of the tickets to the theatre or receive a refund. We will continue to hold reserved seats through the 2021-22 season. Information on single ticket sales to come.

Stay well and thank you again for your support of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.




Greg Leaming, Director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training