Asolo Rep Announces 51st Season Lineup

Asolo Rep Announces 51st Season Lineup

Michael Donald Edwards, Asolo Repertory Theatre's producing artistic director, announced today his selections for the 2009-2010 season of plays, his fourth season with the company. Asolo Rep's 51ST season kicks off in October with CONTACT, an exciting new musical produced by Asolo Rep in collaboration with the Sarasota Ballet. Other titles on the schedule are THE PERFUME SHOP, SEARCHING FOR EDEN: THE DIARIES OF ADAM AND EVE, The Life OF GALILEO, HEARTS, MANAGING MAXINE, DANCING BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS: THE GINGER MUSICAL, and THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

Mr. Edwards explained, "The dramatic and challenging times in which we live offer unique opportunities to the performing arts. Our mission to entertain, engage and inspire has never seemed more needed even at times urgent. So many of you have expressed such gratitude for the work we are doing and real encouragement to continue be to be a crucial part of the social capital of our city and state. This new season is about the need for connection, for joy and love. Each show will be a kind of refuge from the hurlyburly of the world and yet you will leave each of them charged up and ready to deal with the world. And, we're kicking it all off with an exciting theatrical collaboration that brings together the worlds of dance, music and theatre on one stage."
The season total of 10 productions also includes new works to be premiered during Asolo Rep's NEW PLAY FESTIVAL the first of a planned annual series where the scripts will be explored, and the audience will be invited into every step of the process from page to stage. Additionally, Asolo Rep's New Stages project, launched in 08-09 with THE GIVER, will return with a new title to be announced at a special event in the spring of 2009.
"Over the last seasons Sarasota has had the chance to see its own ballet company perform ballets by some of the top choreographers in history. At the same time Asolo Rep has received considerable acclaim for theatrical excellence and landmark professional collaborations.
A collaboration of this level and profile between Asolo Rep and the Sarasota Ballet in itself is a strong statement, not only for our organizations and the community, but also for the rest of America. A Partnership of this kind not only strengthen the Arts, It reconfirms that Sarasota is the cultural center of Florida." - Iain Webb, Director, Sarasota Ballet

Asolo Rep will present its 2009-2010 season on three stages: the Mertz and the Cook Theatres in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, and the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum. Subscriptions are available now. For information on purchasing a subscription or individual tickets for Asolo Repertory Theatre's 2009-2010 season, please contact the box office at 941-351-8000 or toll-free at 800-361-8388, or go to the website at Dates and titles may be subject to change.


Productions in the Mertz Theatre
CONTACT Created by Susan Stroman and John Weidman

A romantic and thrilling dance musical. OCT 24-NOV 22

This romantic, breathtakingly beautiful, and totally unique fusion of music, theatre, and dance won four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Created by renowned director/choreographer Susan Stroman, Contact's three engaging stories depict the pursuit of life's most elemental connection with another human being: love. The sheer ingenuity of the choreography creates an evening that is as exhilarating as it is delightful. In this major new production by Asolo Rep in partnership with the Sarasota Ballet, Contact is a scintillating thrill for the soul as well as the senses.
THE PERFUME SHOP adapted by E.P. Dowdall

A heartwarming comedy for the holidays. DEC 4 - APRIL 1

This bubbly and whimsical comedy is the perfect thing to warm your spirit. Taking place at Christmastime, the plot revolves around two bickering co-workers in a Budapest perfume shop, who unknowingly exchange love letters at night as anonymous pen pals. One of the world's most beloved stories, it's been adapted as The Shop Around the Corner, The Good Old Summertime, You've Got Mail, and the musical She Loves Me. Come see the American premiere of a new adaptation of Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo, the brilliant original that inspired them all!


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