Adviceby Brent Askari
Gary Thompson is the absolute last person in the world you would ever expect to write a self-help book. And now, not only has he done just that, but his book, titled “How to Maximize the More Successful ‘You,’” is actually getting published. Eager to celebrate his news with friends, Gary stops by Joy and Ron’s place unannounced…on their wedding anniversary. When efforts to get Gary to leave backfire, Ron and Joy find themselves trapped in a relationship exercise from Gary-The-Guru’s book. But what starts out as an innocent game, suddenly implodes, bringing to light deep secrets, pain, and skeletons in closets.
SYLVIA DAY (she/her) is thrilled to be involved in the Burdick New Play Festival. She is a mainstage cast member of FST Improv and has performed at Asolo Rep (Cabaret, Fountain, Grand Horizons, Sweeney Todd, Sweat, A Doll’s House, Part 2) and American Stage (Lift Every Voice). Off-Broadway credits include 50 Shades of DAY – a solo piece which she wrote and directed. Before moving to Sarasota, Sylvia was a successful comedian in Switzerland. Sylvia-day.com @mssylviaday
CASEY MURPHY (he/him) is thrilled to be back on stage at Florida Studio Theatre. As an actor, he has worked in New York, regionally, and locally. Select theatres include Urbanite Theatre, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Theatre Odyssey, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Bigfork Summer Playhouse, and Michigan Shakespeare Festival. When not on stage, he has worked in development for Asolo Rep and Sarasota Orchestra. Casey is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.
DELLAN SHORT is a current Literary Intern with FST and is thrilled to be making his FST debut in the Burdick Reading Festival. Dellan is originally from Cumming, GA, where he received his B.F.A in Acting from Brenau University. Some of his previous credits include Everybody at the Alliance Theatre. 9 To 5, Living Out, Legally Blonde, The Tempest, and The Secret Garden with Gainesville Theatre Alliance.
Director/Stage Manager | Catherine Randazzo*
Lighting Designer | Joe Storti
Sound Designer | Anakin Garner
Stage Management Intern | Matthew Owitz
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.