ButlerBy Richard Strand
REGIONAL PREMIERE. The Civil War, 1861. An escaped slave seeks sanctuary, but the laws of the land are unrelenting.
With sharp wit and tongue-in- cheek humor, Butler takes us on a journey through legal loopholes to find the true meaning of freedom.
A war of words and wit
JOE DITMYER is thrilled to be part of Butler at FST. Most recently, Joe played Dr. Sanderson in Harvey starring Charles Shaughnessey. His NYC theatre credits include: War Uncensored, Faustus, Moses My Love, Mim, and A Case is Never Closed. Metropolitan Opera: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Carmen. National Tours: Shear Madness (Eddie), Damn Yankees (Joe), and Shenandoah (James). Film and Television: The Family, Blackest Days, Dead Souls, The International, As the World Turns, Law and Order SVU, and Area 51 Declassified. Joe is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC.
ERIC HOFFMANN FST: Over the River and Through the Woods. A New York based actor, director, and teacher, Eric most recently appeared as Bob Ewell in Orlando Shakespeare’s To Kill A Mockingbird. He also recently completed an amazing 3-year run as Officer Krupke in the 50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story. His regional credits include appearances at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre (3 seasons), Theatre Virginia, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and the St. Louis and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals. He spent nine seasons at Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre as a company member and instructor and his nine seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey include appearing as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Don Armado in Love’s Labours Lost, and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. He has made numerous Law and Order appearances and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
JIM SORENSEN FST stage debut! Off-Broadway/New York: The Body Beautiful, Plain & Fancy (York), Miracle on 34th Street (Engeman), Plagued: A Love Story (NYMF). Regional: The 39 Steps, A Few Good Men (Flat Rock Playhouse), Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Fulton), Les Miserables (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina). Florida: South Pacific, 1776 (Asolo),Time Stands Still (Banyan), The Buffalo Kings, Cabaret, Becky Shaw, The Burnt Part Boys (freeFall), The Rocky Horror Show (American Stage), and The Blue Room (Stageworks). 2012 BOTB Best Actor, 2014 TTB Outstanding Featured Actor. A proud member of Actors’ Equity, Jim is also the Associate Managing Director at Florida Studio Theatre. www.jimsoren.com
SHANE TAYLOR is happy to be back at FST after appearing in last season’s production of Fly. Off-Broadway: In White America (New Federal Theatre). In New York: Romeo and Juliet (Lincoln Center Institute), The Desire (The Billie Holiday Theatre), The Love Talker (NYC Fringe Festival). Regional: Premiere Stages, Luna Stage, Roundhouse Theater, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Amphibian Productions, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkeley Rep, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. TV and film credits include: God’s Forgotten House, King of the Bingo Game (PBS), Sarbane’s Oxley for which he earned the Best International Actor award at the 2007 Barbados International Film Festival, and numerous appearances and voice overs in national commercials. M.F.A., Rutgers University.
Director | Jason Cannon
Production Stage Manager | Rebekah Small*
Scenic Designers | Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Coordintor | Donna Riggs
Lighting Designer | Richard T. Chamblin III
Dialect Coach | Eric Zivot
* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.