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By Lanford Wilson
November 1 through November 20 

Acclaimed by Frank Rich as "a writer who illuminates the deepest dramas of American life with poetry and compassion," Lanford Wilson is one of the most esteemed contemporary American playwrights of our time. BOOK OF DAYS won the Best Play Award from the American Theater Critics Association in 1999. The play is set in a small town dominated by a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church, and a community theater. When the owner of the cheese plant dies mysteriously in a hunting accident, Ruth, his bookkeeper, suspects murder. Cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, Ruth takes on the attributes of her fictional character and launches into a one-woman campaign to see justice done. "Book of Days is lively storytelling by one of our best playwrights." — Lawrence DeVine, Detroit Free Press. 

By Arthur Miller
December 27 through January 15

A searing tragedy of classical proportions by one of our country’s most important contemporary playwrights. The man who gave us Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and All My Sons, turns his eye on the dockworkers of New York, in particular Eddie Carbone, a longshoreman who helps smuggle in two of his wife’s cousins into the country. When one of the two cousins begins to pursue Eddie’s teenage niece, a monstrous change creeps up on the kind and loving uncle, and the play explodes in a tragic display of violence and unconscious passions. 

By Adam Bock
February 21 through March 12 

One of the great new playwrights in this country telling the story of three twenty-something brides-to-be who set out on a celebratory evening, only to have one of them question her future after a chance meeting with a recently jilted handsome stranger. A wildly theatrical play that captures the ever-shifting nature of love and identity in a very surprising way! “Like the best episodes of ‘Sex and the City’, a little heartache always goes well with hilarity.” — Daily News

By William Shakespeare
Presented in collaboration with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens April 11 through April 29 at the Selby Gardens

(Tuesday through Saturday evenings only) 

The entire company of second year graduate students at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy about four young lovers, five rude mechanicals, and an army of fairies and spirits who all cross paths one magical night in a forest outside of Athens. The most beloved of Shakespeare’s plays, capturing the essence of young, and not-so-young love, performed by the future of the American theatre. This very special event will be a collaboration between Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and will be performed outdoors at Selby Gardens throughout the month of April. 


Introducing a new summer season of
contemporary works in the Cook Theatre!

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training is pleased to announce the inaugural season of DOG DAYS THEATRE premiering in the summer of 2017. This exciting new professional company is devoted to the production of modern plays perfectly suited to the dog days of summer. With a company made up of professional actors from the area and around the country along with students training at the Conservatory, and the highest quality directors and designers, DOG DAYS THEATRE promises to an exciting new part of the Sarasota arts community.


By Alan Ayckbourn
July 11–July 30

Greg and Ginny have only known each other for a month but are already talking marriage. When Ginny goes to the house of her former lover in order to retrieve some compromising letters, Greg also turns up thinking he's visiting Ginny's parents. Confusion and hilarity ensue. This beautifully crafted milestone of British theatre is an evening of pure enjoyment.

By James M. Cain | Adapted for the stage by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright
AUGUST 9-27 | Preview AUGUST 8

A guy. A dame. A scam. A corpse. They’re the standard ingredients of the classic noir lms of the 30s and 40s and this steamy tale of love and murder is the undisputed masterpiece. Insurance agent Walter Huff has nosed around the business long enough to smell a scam, so when he meets Phyllis Nirdlinger to talk about her husband’s insurance coverage, he gets a perfumed whiff of trouble he can’t resist.