FST Improv to Present OUT OF BOUNDS, 52 CARD PICKUP and TEXT M FOR MURDER in 2014

FST Improv returns for another season beginning January 24 through April 2014, with performances each week Thursday through Sunday. Three hilarious shows will be performed in the brand new Bowne's Lab, the new home of FST Improv. Tickets range from $12 to $15. Subscriptions are available to see all three shows for as little as $21. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased from the FST Box Office in person, by calling (941) 366-9000, or online at www.FloridaStudioTheatre.org.

January marks not only a new year, but a new home for FST's Improv program; the Bowne's Lab. Managing Director and FST Improv MC, Rebecca Hopkins, speaks to the excitement of FST Improv's edgy, steampunk inspired, new home stating, "It's January 2014. It's the start of not only a new year, but of a new theatre at FST-Bowne's Lab. It is a time of possibilities, resolutions, and promises. To celebrate our fancy new space, we are expanding our schedule to offer three shows that will make the world a less depressing place."

The first of these three laugh out loud shows is Out of Bounds, the all-star FST Improv comedy game show returns. The heart of FST Improv, since 2001, FST Improv comedy troupe have played together in the all-improv game show explosion of madness. This is a fast-paced, no holds barred improv show featuring five virtuoso improv comedians for a night of games, scenes, and skillful storytelling. There are no rules and no boundaries - just spectacular comedy and incredible improvisation.

52 Card Pickup, takes 52 suggestions for 1 play. The audience will take control, deciding what crazy characters, unexpected locations and incredible hurdles the actors will portray-just by filling out the cards on each table before the show begins. Will it be delightfully frenzied or mysterious and satirically sinister? In this improvised full length play no one knows what is going to happen next- not even the actors.

Rounding out the series will be TEXT M for Murder. FST cordially invites audiences to witness a completely improvised murder! Audiences do, of course, have the honor of choosing the murder

weapon and the scene of the crime. They call the shots as the clueless detectives meet and question eccentric suspects, reveal secrets, and uncover deadly motives. Each week will be a new, completely improvised murder.

Back for another season are returning cast members: Rebecca Hopkins, Christine Alexander, Tim Beasley, Catey Brannan, Chris Friday, Patrick A. Jackson, Darryl Knapp, Angel Parker, Jim Prosser and Steve Turrisi.

Hopkins summarizes these wacky and hilarious programs stating, "For over a decade, FST Improv has been looking on the bright side of life, exploring what makes us laugh using comedy games and sketches. We have been playing to sold-out rockin' crowds, who bravely stood in line just to see what kind of mayhem we were up to-and we were always up to mayhem. We might be a little rough, a little edgy, maybe a little offensive from time to time. It's all part of the mad, mad world we are living in. May we forever play on!"

FST Improv series performances will begin in the new Bowne's Lab on January 24 and run through April 2014. For a full schedule and performance times, please see below. Tickets range from $12 to $15. Subscriptions are available to see all three shows for as little as $21. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased from the FST Box Office in person, by calling (941) 366-9000 or online at www.FloridaStudioTheatre.org. FST is located in historic downtown Sarasota at 1241 North Palm Avenue.

About Florida Studio Theatre: Known as Sarasota's Contemporary Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre was founded in 1973 by Jon Spelman. Starting out as a small touring company, FST traveled to places such as migrant camps and prisons. The company eventually settled down into a permanent home, acquiring the former Woman's Club building - now renamed the Keating Theatre. In the years that followed, Florida Studio Theatre established itself as a major force in American Theatre, presenting Contemporary Theatre in its five theatre venues: the Keating Theatre, the renovated Gompertz Theatre, the Goldstein Cabaret, the John C. Court Cabaret, FST will open its fifth theatre venue, the Bowne Lab Theatre.

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