FST to Welcome Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Gilbert King, 2/26

FST will welcome Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Gilbert King for a discussion of his book Devil in the Grove, and its relation to the themes present in the production of THURGOOD. The discussion will take place on February 26 from 5:30-6:45pm in the Keating Theatre. This event is free admission and reservations are required. Please RSVP by phone at (941) 366-9000 or by visiting the Box Office. Go to www.floridastudiotheatre.org for more information. You can follow the THURGOOD online forum at www.fst-blog.com.

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 Goldstein Cabaret, the renovated Gompertz Theatre, the John C. Court Cabaret and the new Bowne's Lab Theatre.

Even with its growth, Florida Studio Theatre remains firmly committed to making the arts accessible and affordable to a broad-based audience. Under Richard Hopkins, Artistic Director and CEO, FST develops theatre that speaks to our living, evolving, and dynamically changing world. As FST grows and expands, it continues to provide audiences with challenging, contemporary drama and innovative programs.

THURGOOD Partnering Events:

Panel Discussions: 5:30pm - 6:45pm in the Keating Theatre

Discussion #1: January 16 - The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement on Today's America

· Discussion #2: January 23 - We are not where we were, how do we get back; The relationship between the African-Americans and the Jews through today

· Discussion #3: February 26 - Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Gilbert King will be speaking on the themes of his book Devil in the Grove.

· Discussion #4: February 27 - A Tale of Two Cities: A vivid oral history of Sarasota's Civil Rights culminating in the community question "Where do we go From Here?"

Additional Supporting Events:

· Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Gilbert King will be visiting Sarasota on February 26. A discussion will be held on his book, Devil in the Grove, with the Honorable Judge Charles E. Williams on the themes that arise within.

· The Sarasota Ministerial Association along with the interfaith community is coming together in the month of February to speak on the imperative themes of racism and civil rights through "Speaking Racism from Our Pulpits."

· Ringling College of Art & Design with Chaplain John W. Walker, Jr. will be teaching diversity through local college training sessions.

· Montae Russell will being holding post-show discussions every Tuesday and Thursday immediately after the evening performances.

· The Harry Leopold Fund of the Community Foundation in accordance with The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is funding 1,500 high school students to see special matinee performances.

· Embracing our Differences is donating all bussing for high-school performances.

· The Diversity Committee of the Sarasota Bar Association under the direction of the Honorable Judge Charles E. Williams is going into the classrooms for pre-performance workshops to prepare them for the play and the themes it presents.

· METV in association with Judge Williams and Judge Durand Adams will be creating a film for the classroom workshops and also documenting the FST panel discussions.

· Howard Tevlowitz of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is sponsoring the production, the panel discussions, and also a children's interactive program about racial acceptance.

· The Multicultural Health Institute and Genesis Health Services. Inc will hold a Health Fair on January 20 tying in Civil Rights with modern day Health Rights.

· Special Events to be announced by the following organizations: Sarasota NAACP, Manatee NAACP, The Manatee/Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, Howard University, The Diversity Association of the Sarasota Bar Association, The Women's Resource Center, Howard Club of Southwest Manatee, and New College of Florida.

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