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Box Office: 941.351.8000 / 800.361.8388

Public Programs 

Asolo Rep’s public programming allows community members to investigate the important social questions inherent in our plays. Join us for an array of programs designed to explore The American Character:  where we came from, who we are, and what is important to us.

Audience Extras

The Scoop – Arrive one hour prior to curtain to get “The Scoop,” a 20-25 minute presentation from a member of the cast or staff. The Scoop may share information about the preparation, context, and/or inspirations for a production. Because these events are prior to the performance, they generally do not directly address the plot of the play, but they can explore time period, given circumstances, creative influences, biography of key figures, rehearsal process, etc. The Scoop happens every performance, except Opening Nights. FREE EVENT

Tuesday Talkbacks – Every week one or two selected cast members join a conversation after the play, out of costume. Discussions are facilitated by staff, and typically last 30-40 minutes. The facilitator offers some initial, specific questions for both the audience and for the actors, and then will generally open the floor for audience questions. Except in the Historic Asolo Theatre, these events are held on the mezzanine lobby, so actors and audience are together in a more conversational space. FREE EVENT

Meet the Actors – on select Sunday matinees, cast members – sometimes all of them – remain in costume for a brief Q&A onstage. These last 15 minutes, and tend not to go into as much depth as the Tuesday Talkbacks. FREE EVENT


Discussion Series


IllumiNation Series – A stimulating new series of theatre and conversation examines the intersection of race, religion, identity, and culture. Events include a pre-show cocktail reception, tickets to the performance, and a post-show moderated discussion with leading lights of our community. Learn more.

Inside Asolo Rep – Come glimpse what goes on behind the curtain in this special series featuring the directors, designers, and other creative artists from Asolo Rep’s dazzling productions, as well as special guest experts from the community. Dates and ticket information coming soon!


Education & Outreach Performances

American Character in Concert
December 13, 7pm

This one-night-only cabaret event has become an anticipated annual tradition. West Side Story artists will inform and entertain in an intimate educational performance
Box Office: 941-351-8000

Faces of Change
April 18, 7:30pm
Additional community performances during April to be announced

Local residents lend their voices and their talents to our fourth annual documentary-style outreach production. Inspired by this season’s production of Disgraced, we ask: How does faith both unite and divide us? FREE EVENT

May 23, 6pm

We partner with area schools and service organizations for our award-winning performing arts program for people with special needs – on of Asolo Rep’s longest running outreach programs. Participants share their work in a celebratory performance on the Mertz stage. FREE EVENT