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  • 2018 SaraSolo Festival

    Performance Schedule

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    SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

    1PM - ELIZABETH WEIL BERGMANN (Poetry and Dance)

    COMING TO MYSELF

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    3PM - BRENDA WATTY (Musical)

    BRENDA WATTY: LIFE AS A MARVELETTE

    *

    5PM - WILLI CARLISLE (Folk Operetta)

    THERE AIN’T NO MORE: DEATH OF A FOLKSINGER

    *

    7PM - WALKER VREELAND (Auto-biographical Monologue)

    FROM SHIP TO SHAPE

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    SUNDAY, JANUARY 28

    1PM - STEVE McALLISTER (Biographical Play)

    WILL ROGERS REVIVED

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    3PM - TIM BELTLEY (Autobiographical comedy)

    THE SEWING SHOP SHOW

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    5PM - CODY CLARK (Autobiographical Play with Magic)

    CODY CLARK: A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING

    *

    7PM - NISHA COLEMAN (Autobiographical Play)

    SELF-EXILE

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    FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2

    7PM - FLYING SOLO PERFORMANCES (Works In Progress)

    Carole Kleinberg

    Kathryn Chesley

    Peg Harvey

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    SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3

    11:30 AM - FLYING SOLO Jr (Autobiographical Monologues and Cabaret)

    Teen performers

    (free admission)

    *

    1PM - ROBERT S. KING (Storytelling)

    SILLY, SASSY AND SO MUCH MORE!

    World Folktales, Mythology, and Original Stories

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    3PM - GABRIELLE LENNON (Semi-Autobiographical Play)

    TOUCH ME REAL

    *

    5PM - LAURA HARTLEY (Stand-up Comedy)

    LAURA HARTLEY: THERE SHE GOES

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    7PM - LUCAS DeBARD (Cabaret)

    I’LL TAKE ROMANCE

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    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4

    1PM - KARLE MURDOCK (Poetry and Visual art)

    WITHIN THE LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS

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    3PM - DANIEL LEARY (Play)

    THE SLEEPING CHILD

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    5PM - DIANA VYTELL (Cabaret)

    IT’S ABOUT TIME!

    *

    7PM - HEDDA MATZA-HAUGHTON (Play)

    INNER VOICES: SEX, INTIMACY, AND AGING

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  • Previews

    A few of our 2018 "Unique, Brave and Uplifting!" performers

    Walker Vreeland - FROM SHIP TO SHAPE

    Direct from his critically acclaimed premiere at The United Solo Festival in NYC.

    Willi Carlisle - THERE AIN'T NO MORE: DEATH OF A FOLKINGER

    2017 Orlando Fringe Festival "Best Show"

    Lucas DeBard - I'LL TAKE ROMANCE

    Indiana U. student and Winner of the 2015 American Songbook Competition

    Nisha Coleman - SELF-EXILE

    Trailer for her book BUSKER on which Self-Exile is based. Self-Exile is the winner of the Centaur's 2016 "Best of the Fringe" Award.

    Laura Hartley - LAURA HARTLEY: THERE SHE GOES!*

    This award-winning California stage and film actress and 1/2 of the comedy duo GinBlo, has been performing regularly at the world famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, Flappers in Burbank, and other various comedy clubs in the Southern California area.

    *strong language

    Cody Clark - CODY CLARK: A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING

    Cody Clark is a full-time Magician who is on the Autism spectrum. He wows and charms an audience while demonstrating that a challenge can be a gift and that others with Autism can be anything they dream of becoming. He has been a regular in the magic show circuit at Derby City Magic, Indy Magic Monthly, and Magic Chicago a well as festivals such as the 2017 Orlando Fringe.

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    Prior to the NYC premiere at

    Feinstein's/54 Below January 3

    ANN MORRISON IS BACK! Twice!

    in her cabaret show

    “MY FURNITURE SET”

    with musical direction by

    John Shirley

    Wednesday, November 15th @ 7pm

    Home Resource, 741 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

    Seating is limited! For reservations (highly recommended)

    email Michael Bush: mbush@homeresource.com

    Tickets are $15 cash at the door

    and

    Saturday, November 18 @ 7pm

    Furnish Me Vintage, 1246 Central Ave, St. Pete, FL 33705
    (727) 898-8740

    $15 suggested donation at the door
    furnishmevintage.com

     

    Annie first returns by popular request to her favorite Sarasota “home theater”, the Home Resource Contemporary Furniture Store and then to a new venue, Furnish Me Vintage in St. Petersburg. Inspired by the exquisite furnishings at Home Resource, MY FURNITURE SET with John Shirley at the piano, is a musical journey through the "furniture moments of our lives", in stories woven from Annie's life and songs—both original material created for this show and timeless classics from Musical Theater, Jazz, Pop and sometimes, the Blues. John has great fun mischievously interacting with Annie for a charming evening!

  • Who We Are

    OUR MISSION:

    Founded in 2014, SaraSolo Productions is an independent, nonprofit theater company dedicated to the development and presentation of solo performances and new small-cast plays that illuminate the human condition especially of those who are “other than."

    OUR VISION:

    We believe in affordable theatre, that supports diversity, collaboration, and the transformative power of intimate theatre for both artists and audiences. We are open to the possibilities of theatre in both traditional and non-traditional spaces and frameworks such as Festivals, Fringe Theatre, Film and Internet.

    Ann Morrison, Artistic Director

    Co-Founders

    Ann Morrison, Artistic Director

    Blake Walton, Associate Artistic Director

     

    SaraSolo Productions, Inc.

    Board of Directors

    Jan Docking, President

    Carole Kleinberg, Secretary

    Ken Kwiatkowski, Treasurer, CPA

    Carol Wolf

    Alan Brasington

    Edward Scully

    Harmon Greenblatt

    Dr. Louis Rowitz

     

    Advisory Group

    Rod Rawlings, Chairman

    Joan Lowery

    Gary Kauffman

    David A. Coyle, Co-Founder, President Emeritus

    Natalie Grundum, Board of Directors Emeritus

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    Gotta Van Productions, Inc.

    dba SaraSolo Productions, Inc.

    SaraSolo Festival

    P.O. Box 3102, Sarasota FL 34230

    Board of Directors, President Jan Docking

     

    Gotta Van Productions, Inc. is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation.

    A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state

    (1-800-HELP-FLA) or from the website:www.freshfromflorida.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. One hundred percent (100%) of each contribution is received by Gotta Van Productions, Inc. Registration #CH-41957

     

    The 2018 SaraSolo Festival

    The 2017 SaraSolo Festival

    The 2016 SaraSolo Festival

    The 2015 SaraSolo Festival

    Performances at Home Resource, Sarasota

    The Starlite Room, Sarasota

    and United Solo Festival, NYC

  • SaraSolo Festival

    Celebrating the solo performer

    Presented by Gotta Van Productions

    at the Crocker Memorial Church, Pioneer Park

    2017 SaraSolo Festival

     

    22 performers in 20 performances

    Presented

    over two weekends

    on Saturdays and Sundays

    January 28, 29, Feb. 3, 4, 5

    plus our added venue The Starlite Room

    2016 SaraSolo

    Last year we hosted 24 performers in 16 presentations

    Our Artists

    Our performers included local luminaries Carolyn Michel, Christine Alexander, Lynne Bernfield, Alan Brasington, and Jenny Aldrich. Our audiences were introduced to new friends Becca McCoy, Wayne Hosford, Zach Dorn, Stevie Coyle, Vanessa Webb, Clara Francesca and Kaylene McCaw. 

    2015 SaraSolo

    Our first festival brought performers mostly from Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Three performers represented award winners from The United Solo Festival in New York including Internationally known mime and actor Bill Bowers.

    Sarasota Magazine

    Best New Festival

    This new festival, the brainchild of Sarasota actress Ann Morrison and former Sarasotan Blake Walton, started small, celebrating the art of the one-person show with about 15 different acts at the Crocker Memorial Church. You were bound to find something you liked. Stay tuned for news of next year’s event

    2015 Handy Awards

    Special Recognition

    SaraSolo Festival co-founders Blake Walton, left, and Ann Morrison, right, with mime Bill Bowers before his performance of "It Goes Without Saying" at the first festival, which is recognized in the 2015 Handy Awards as a New Arrival. Staff photo/Jay Handelman

    I thought my appetite for one-person shows would be more limited than it turned out to be during the inaugural SaraSolo Festival, two weekends of solo performances that were either musical, historical or fictional. I saw more than half the offerings and it was entertaining to experience such a variety, even when the results weren’t always polished. Founders Ann Morrison, Blake Walton and David Coyle will be back with another two-weekend festival, this time starting in late January.