(SARASOTA, FLA) — Single tickets for Asolo Rep’s 2022-23 season go on sale Monday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased 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.
The season kicks off in November with one of the greatest American musicals of the 20th century, Kander and Ebb’s iconic CABARET (Nov. 16 – Dec. 31). Featuring some of musical theatre’s most recognizable songs, including “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time” and, of course, “Cabaret,” this classic will be directed and choreographed by Broadway and Asolo Rep favorite Josh Rhodes.
The winter repertory season includes four dynamic plays that celebrate family, inspire humor and provoke wonder. Rep opens with Ken Ludwig’s THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Jan. 11 – March 26), adapted from the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Directed by Peter Amster, who helmed the wildly popular Murder on the Orient Express at Asolo Rep in 2020, this adventure-filled comedy is guaranteed to be a swashbuckling good time.
The repertory season continues with the inspiring true story of a pioneering woman astronomer who transcended the odds in SILENT SKY (Jan. 19 – March 5). This remarkable play by one of today’s leading playwrights, Lauren Gunderson, will be directed by Seema Sueko, who recently brought this riveting work to life at Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre.
The third play in the rep season is fresh from its 2021 Broadway debut at Circle in the Square. The side-splitting comedy CHICKEN & BISCUITS (Feb. 15 – April 13) proves that while family may drive us crazy, we’re lucky to have each other. The Broadway production’s associate director, Bianca LaVerne Jones, will stage the show for Asolo Rep.
Wrapping up the repertory season is the wild and tender comedy INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP (March 15 – April 22), directed by Asolo Rep Associate Artistic Director Celine Rosenthal. Audiences will take a trip back to 1973 with the Irish Catholic O’Shea family, as they explore the foolishness of first love, the pains of Catholic guilt, and ultimately, the power of family.
The spring brings one of the most popular musicals of all time to the Asolo Rep stage – MAN OF LA MANCHA (May 10 – June 11). Brilliantly reimagined with a contemporary urgency by director Peter Rothstein and featuring one of theatre’s most beloved songs, “The Impossible Dream,” this classic musical celebrates the power of theatre, the bravery of holding strong to our dreams, and the resilience of imagination.
Asolo Rep’s 2022-2023 Season
Nov. 16 – Dec. 31, 2022
Previews Nov. 16 – 18
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed and Choreographed by Josh Rhodes
In here, life is beautiful.
Willkommen to Kander and Ebb’s iconic CABARET, which transports us to 1939 Berlin and the dynamic and pleasure-filled Kit Kat Klub. As a dark shadow falls over the city and the power of the Third Reich begins to mount, the Klub’s performers and patrons must decide if they’ll wake up to the evil on their doorsteps or continue to escape to the alluring fantasy world of the cabaret.
Since its debut in 1967, this classic musical has won countless awards, including the Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Revival of a Musical. Packed with vibrant and beloved songs like “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and, of course, “Cabaret,” this timely masterwork will burst to life on stage under the direction of Broadway and Asolo Rep favorite Josh Rhodes.
Ken Ludwig’s THE THREE MUSKETEERS
Jan. 11 – March 26, 2023
Previews Jan. 11 – 12
Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas
Directed by Peter Amster
Harrowing adventure, bravery and friendship take center stage in Ken Ludwig’s THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a thrilling adaptation of the popular novel by Alexandre Dumas. One of the world’s most enduring comedies, this classic tells the tale of a daring young man who finds himself in the company of the world’s greatest swordsmen, as well as some of the world’s most dangerous men and women.
Directed by Peter Amster, who most recently directed Asolo Rep’s smash hit Murder on the Orient Express in 2020, this play promises to be a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling good time.
All for one, and one for all!
Jan. 19 – March 5, 2023
Previews Jan. 19 – 20
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Seema Sueko
At the turn of the 20th century, years before women had the right to vote, one woman’s breakthrough changed our perception of the stars.
Full of wonder, humor and heart, SILENT SKY is the remarkable true story of Henrietta Leavitt, one of the pioneering women astronomers working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. Audiences will be enthralled by the story of this extraordinary woman who took on the astronomy establishment in order to discover the mysteries embedded in the sky. Henrietta transcended the odds while navigating love, family and the universe, going on to make a world-altering advancement to the field of astronomy that forever changed our view of the cosmos.
Written by one of today’s leading playwrights, Lauren Gunderson, this mesmerizing drama is directed by Seema Sueko, who recently brought this work to life at Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre.
CHICKEN & BISCUITS
Feb. 15 – April 13, 2023
Previews Feb. 15 – 16
By Douglas Lyons
Directed by Bianca LaVerne Jones
The hilarious new play CHICKEN & BISCUITS introduces us to the Jenkins family, as they gather to celebrate the life of their beloved and recently deceased father and grandfather, the Revered Bernard Jenkins. When an unexpected guest reveals a secret, they all discover that nothing brings a family together like a big side of drama. This side-splitting new Broadway comedy explores the tenderness of family, the joy of reconciliation, and the nourishing power of love.
Written by Broadway newcomer Douglas Lyons and directed by the talented Bianca LaVerne Jones, who was associate director of the 2021 Broadway production, CHICKEN & BISCUITS proves that while family may drive us crazy, we’re lucky to have each other.
INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP
March 15 – April 22, 2023
Previews March 15 – 16
By Katie Forgette
Directed by Celine Rosenthal
Take a trip back to 1973 with the Irish Catholic O’Shea family in the uproarious INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP. This boisterous and moving new memory play introduces us to young Linda, as she recalls a week she’ll never forget. When Linda’s mother instructs her to tell her sister about the birds and the bees, things quickly snowball into a potential crisis after the conversation is overheard by the parish priest. Secrets are unintentionally revealed, and a quick-witted group of women realize what really matters as they work to protect their family reputation and each other.
This wild and tender comedy directed by Asolo Rep Associate Artistic Director Celine Rosenthal explores the foolishness of first love, the pains of Catholic guilt, and ultimately, the power of family.
MAN OF LA MANCHA
May 10 – June 11, 2023
Previews May 10 – 12
Written by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh and Lyrics by Joe Darion
Original Production Directed by Albert Marie
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Considered by many to be one of the best musicals of all time, MAN OF LA MANCHA is brilliantly reimagined with a contemporary urgency by celebrated director Peter Rothstein, who immerses us in Miguel de Cervantes’s retelling of Don Quixote and his quest. This epic and poignant journey celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals and who is determined to see life not as it is, but as it ought to be.
The winner of five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and featuring a soaring score, including “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” and one of theatre’s most beloved songs, “The Impossible Dream,” this classic musical celebrates the power of theatre, the bravery of holding strong to our dreams, and the resilience of imagination.
ABOUT ASOLO REP
Entering 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.