2018-2019 FST Forums

Florida Studio Theatre presents 18/19 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 includes five shows: Straight White Men, Hand To God, The Curious Incident in the Night-Time, Cherry Docs, and Wednesday's Child. 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.

Straight White Men By Young Jean Lee
REGIONAL PREMIERE. Obie Award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee takes a hilariously ruthless look at the classic American father-son drama. It’s Christmas Eve, and Ed has gathered his three adult sons to celebrate with matching pajamas, trash talking, amusing antics, and Chinese takeout. But when a question they can’t answer interrupts their holiday cheer, each is forced to confront their own identity. It’s a funny family Christmas that no one can forget.

Straight White Men will play from December 12, 2018 - March 1, 2019 in FST's Keating Theatre. 

Hand To God By Robert Askins
In the church basement of a little Texas town, something evil is afoot. Or, well, at hand. Shy, inquisitive teenage Jason finally finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at his church’s Christian Puppet Ministry. But soon his hand puppet, Tyrone, goes rogue and takes on his own shocking and dangerous personality. As Tyrone’s influence over Jason steadily grows, Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.

Hand To God will play from January 16 - February 8, 2019 in FST's Bowne's Lab Theatre.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time By Simon Stephens
and Based on the Novel By Mark Haddon

WINNER OF FIVE TONY AWARDS AND 7 OLIVIER AWARDS INCLUDING BEST PLAY. Christopher Boone is exceptionally intelligent, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to investigate the bizarre death of a neighbor’s dog, inspiring a series of events that expose far greater mysteries. As the clues fall into place, they reveal a community of disparate characters, a family with secrets, and a gifted mind in a complicated relationship with the world. This international hit takes you inside the extraordinary mind of a boy who views the world as most of us can only imagine.

The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time will play from January 23, 2019 - March 23, 2019 in FST's Gompertz Theatre.

Cherry Docs By David Gow
A neo-Nazi skinhead is charged with murder, and Legal Aid has assigned him a Jewish lawyer. Over the course of developing a defense for the skinhead, his new lawyer is forced to examine the limits of his own liberalism and its underlying demons. This drama is an unblinking examination of hatred, the explosive effect it has on our society, and the hurdles that confront us as we set about eradicating it.

Cherry Docs will play from February 20 - March 15, 2019 in FST's Bowne's Lab Theatre.

Wednesday's Child By Mark St. Germain
WORLD PREMIERE. Susan and Martin Merrit are unable to have a child on their own, so they hire Becca Connor to serve as a surrogate. When Becca is found dead, a police investigation explodes the lives of everyone who knew her. As Detectives Valez and Dixon begin to put the pieces together, secrets surface, alibis weaken, and lies are uncovered. This dramatic new play explores motherhood, passion, and the thin line between right and wrong.

Wednesday's Child will play from April 3 - May 24, 2019 in FST's Bowne's Lab Theatre.

Monday, January 7, 2019
White Entitlement: Exploring Racial Privilege
Panel Discussion: Straight White Men
5-6PM | Bowne's Lab

Monday, January 28, 2019
The Divided Human Soul 
Panel Discussion: Hand To God
5-6PM | Bowne's Lab

Monday, February 11, 2019
Conversation with Cast and Company 
Panel Discussion: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
5-6PM | Bowne's Lab

Monday, March 4, 2019
The Roots of Hatred
Panel Discussion: Cherry Docs
5-6PM | Bowne's Lab

Monday, April 15, 2019
Women, Motherhood, and Their Bodies
Panel Discussion: Wednesday's Child
5-6PM | Bowne's Lab Theatre

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• 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
• Tidewell Hospice
• 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, Pay What You Can
• 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
• Embracing Our Differences
• Tom Tryon, Opinion Editor of Sarasota Herald-Tribune
• Johnette Cappadona, Owner SRQ Special Projects, LLC, Suffragists Project
• Ringling College of Art and Design