17-18 Forums

Florida Studio Theatre presents 17/18 FST Forums: The Most Important Conversations of Our Time. This call to conscience will include panel discussions, online discussions, community events, and more. This year the forum series has includes four shows: How to Use a Knife, Native Gardens, Honor Killing, and The Things They Carried. All events are free to attend but reservations are required and can be made by calling the box office at 941-366-9000 or online at www.floridastudiotheatre.org. For a full list of events, please see the events tab.

Join the online discussion at www.fst-blog.com to hear more from community leaders and the Sarasota community.

How to Use a Knife
In the chaotic hustle and bustle of a Wall Street restaurant, Chef George gets a fresh start when he takes over this melting pot of a kitchen. Two rowdy Guatemalan line cooks, a wet-behind-the-ears busboy, and a reserved African dishwasher serve up drama nightly. The heat really turns up when the authorities arrive, looking for a wanted man. Fast paced and gritty, How to Use a Knife explores both the personal and moral questions that arise when the ugliness of the past boils over. How to Use a Knife by Will Snider plays in Bowne's Lab Theatre beginning January 17, 2018. Learn more

Native GardensNative Gardens
Stately gardens and cultures clash turning friendly neighbors into feuding adversaries. Pablo, a high powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase the house next door to community stalwarts, Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a longstanding fence soon spirals into an all-out comic battle of taste, privilege, and entitlement. In this battle of the backyard, no one comes out smelling like a rose. Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías plays in the Gompertz Theatre beginning January 24, 2018. Learn more.

Honor Killing
WORLD PREMIERE. Allisyn Davis, an American reporter for The New York Times, heads to Pakistan to cover the honor killing of a young woman. Through a series of cultural collisions, candid interviews, and dangerous encounters, she learns the details of this event, and faces her own demons and judgments. One culture mirrors the other, asking questions about forgiveness, self-worth, and justice. Honor Killing by Sarah Bierstock plays in the Gompertz Theatre beginning April 4, 2018. Learn more


The Things They Carried
Based on the literary classic, The Things They Carried is the powerful telling of Tim O’Brien’s personal journey from his innocent years in rural Minnesota to the jungles of Vietnam. A one-person tour-de-force, this play explores the lines between truth and reality as fact and fiction blur in this unforgettable soldier’s journey. The Things They Carried, written by Tim O'Brien, and dramatized by Jim Stowell, will play in Bowne's Lab Theatre beginning March 21, 2018. Learn more. 


Monday, January 29, 2018
Panel Discussion: How to Use a Knife
5-6PM | Bowne's Lab

Monday, March 5, 2018
What Does it Mean to be American?

Panel Discussion: Native Gardens
5-6PM | Bowne's Lab

Saturday, March 10, 2018 
Pay What You Can Night: Native Gardens
8PM | Gompertz Theatre

Monday, March 26, 2018
Panel Discussion:The Things They Carried
5-6PM | Bowne's Lab

Monday, May 7, 2018
Panel Discussion: Honor Killing
5-6PM | Bowne's Lab Theatre

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Discussion with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Gilbert King
on his new book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun



Special Thanks to Our Partners:

• Bookstore1
• City of Sarasota
• Florida Veterans for Common Sense
• Gulf Coast Community Foundation
• Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
• National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
• Poetry Life
• Sarasota County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee
• Sarasota County Schools
• Sarasota /Manatee Democratic Black Caucus of Florida
• Dan and Litten Boxser, Herman and Sally Boxser Diversity Initiative
• Charles Clapsaddle, Manatee Education Television
• Luz Corcuera, UnidosNow
• Georgia Court, Bookstore1
• The Honorable Larry Eger, Office of the Public Defender
• Sy & Shelley Goldblatt
• Dr. Edward James II, Special Counsel
• Gilbert King, Author of Pulitzer Prize-winning book Devil in the Grove
• Former County Commissioner Carolyn Mason
• Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy
• Dr. Donal O’Shea, New College of Florida
• Reverend Dr. Tom Pfaff, Sarasota Ministerial Association
• Dr. Eddy Regnier
• Ina Schnell
• Commissioner Willie Charles Shaw
• Ken Shelin
• Michael J. Shelton, Director of Embracing Our Differences
• Child Protective Services
• Tom Tryon, Opinion Editor of Sarasota Herald-Tribune