2021 August Play Reading Festival

FST proudly presents the 2021 August Play Reading Festival. Featuring fully-staged readings of three exciting new plays in progress written by members of FST’s Playwright Collective, we invite you to take a peek inside the New Play Development process. New plays are the lifeblood of FST. As Sarasota’s contemporary theatre, we are committed not only to producing the best new plays of today, but also to investing in the best new plays of tomorrow. Through our New Play Development program and Reading Festivals like this one, FST gives playwrights opportunities to see their plays in their final stages of development, brought to life by professional actors. Following each staged reading, you’ll have a chance to give feedback and ask questions of the playwrights. Click the Reading events below to reserve your seat.


FRIENDS of FST can see all three Festival play readings for just $30 (Save 50%!).

FST FRIENDS are those who give $35 or more in support of our nonprofit theatre. If you are a FRIEND of the theatre, or would like to become one and see all three readings for just $30, call the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000.

by Thomas Gibbons
Monday, August 2, 2021  |  7PM 
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After world renowned evolutionary biologist and atheist, Diana Goodwin tragically passes away, the scientific community is left stunned.  Days later, a theologian named Martin Banks publicly announces that he met Diana during her final days and she finally accepted the existence of God. In the wake of this startling news, Diana's partner, Ellen, must decide whether to mourn the loss of her love in private or start a public battle over Diana's true beliefs. Steal Her Bones explores a deep, human mystery: who owns our legacy after we're gone?

Stay for a talkback with the playwright and cast immediately following the reading of this work in progress.

by Kenneth Jones
Monday, August 9, 2021  |  7PM
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Last Call at the Old Slave Quarters Lounge is a bold new drama set in a popular Mississippi restaurant steeped in unsettling history. In the days after Hurricane Katrina, the estranged members of the Hardy family come together to help fix the damage to their world-famous Mississippi restaurant, the Forrest House. When long-buried secrets are unearthed, they challenge the status quo of three generations of a family of restaurateurs, revealing conflicting views on heritage, community and responsibility. Though the storm outside has ended, the storm inside is just beginning to brew.

Stay for a talkback with the playwright and cast immediately following the reading of this new work in progress.

by Jason Odell Williams
Monday, August 16 , 2021 |  7PM
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When eight strangers receive an invitation to the America in One Room Convention, promising debate on a wide range of topics, they are hesitant to participate. However, as each personality files into the aptly-titled “Liberty Room,” their insecurities, strengths, weaknesses, and hopes for the future are put on full display. Inspired by the 2019 convention of the same name, America in One Room dissects the recent headlines and our nation’s past to answer the question: what does it mean to be an American?

Stay for a talkback with the playwright and cast immediately following the reading of this work in progress.