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ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE

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.

The Great Society and The Originalist
Wednesday, January 25 at 11am, Cook Theatre



Born Yesterday and The Little Foxes
Thursday, February 23 at 11am, Cook Theatre


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Wednesday, March 22 at 11am, Cook Theatre

 


Education & Outreach Performances


Faces of Change
Sunday, April 9 at 7pm

Cook Theatre

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



Kaleidoscope
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