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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. Admission is $5, free for donors and Asolo Rep Guild members.

Education & Outreach Performances

Faces of Change

Faces of Change, Asolo Rep’s fifth annual community-based documentary theatre project, is created from the real-life experiences of local residents and community members. Inspired by the conversation started by The Great Society and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, we ask questions to begin new dialogue. Racially-motivated violence is more visible today than ever. How do we respond, and how can we take action where we live? FREE EVENT. Reservations are recommended; tickets available online or by calling the Box Office at 941-351-8000

Wednesday, April 5th, 7pm
*doors open at 6pm*
Fogartyville Peace Education and Action Center
525 Kumquat Court
Sarasota, FL 34236

Thursday, April 6th, 6pm
Visible Men Academy
921 63rd Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34203

Saturday, April 8th, 2pm
Manatee School for the Arts
700 Haben Blvd.
Palmetto, FL 34221

Sunday, April 9 at 7pm
Cook Theatre                                                                                                                                                                                                         5555 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243

Monday, May 22, 2017
6pm Performance
7pm Reception

We partner with area schools and service organizations for our award-winning performaing arts program for people with special needs – one of Asolo Rep’s longest running outreach programs. Participants share their work in a celebratory performance on the Mertz stage. FREE EVENT. Reservations are recommended; tickets available online or by calling the Box Office at 941-351-8000