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Clever Little Lies



A mother always knows when something is wrong. Billy is distracted, under pressure, and off his game. Will the unanticipated outcome of his mother’s persistent delving send him further off-kilter? Secrets are exposed and clever little lies are crafted when a confidence shared between father and son escalates into an unexpected family disclosure that could change everything. Shattering and hilarious, Clever Little Lies is a story of long-term love and marriage…for better…and for worse. REGIONAL PREMIERE!

The running time for Clever Little Lies is approximately 1 hour and 24 minutes. It is performed without an intermission.

Clever Little Lies by Joe DiPietro will begin December 14, 2016 and is HELD OVER through March 12, 2017 in the Keating Theatre. Subscriptions and Single Tickets are available online by clicking the links or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000. SUBSCRIBE NOW to the Mainstage Season and see all three remaining shows for as little as $59!

Dining is available in The Green Room at the following times:
2:00pm performances: reservations begin at 12:15pm
3:00pm performances: dining is available post-show
7:00pm performances: reservations begin at 5:15pm
8:00pm performances: reservations begin at 6:15pm
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Clever Little Lies is an edgy yet hilarious show that challenges our beliefs about the sanctity of marriage. Everyone in Bill Sr.’s family seems to be hiding secrets, and in the end no one’s marriage is safe as stunning revelation after another threaten to shake their world as a family unit. This fast paced comedy features extensive explicit language, as well as graphic conversations of sexual situations and subjects. Most suitable for college aged students and adults.





Director  |  Kate Alexander
Stage Manager  |  Kelli Karen*
Scenic Designers  |  Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Designer  |  Kathleen Geldard
Lighting Designer  |  Michael Pasquini


Jane  |  Allyson Jean Malandra*
Alice  |  Rita Rehn*
Bill Sr.  |  Jon Shaver*
Billy  |  Christopher M. Smith*

* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

ALLYSON JEAN MALANDRA (Jane) is thrilled to be making her Florida Studio Theatre debut! Favorite roles include Amy in Dry Land (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer, and Rutheé LaVie in the world premiere of The Makeover. MFA Acting: University of Iowa; BFA Music Theatre: Shenandoah Conservatory. “At three minutes past eight, you must dream.”  


RITA REHN (Alice) FST: The Roommate, Over the River, Sylvia, Patsy Cline! Film: The Producers with Nathan Lane, Pocket Pair, Extras, HBO Show Me a Hero, HBO The Jinx! Television: Law & Order, Miami Vice, Moon over Miami, B.L.Stryker, Tough Cookies, General Hospital, Superboy, Black Jack Savage! Broadway: Tony Award winning Nine, A Chorus Line, Royal Family, (with Rosemary Harris)! Tours: Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (with Valerie Harper)! Off Broadway: Marsha Norman’s Last Dance (with Jo Beth Williams), John Patrick Shanley’s Defiance with (Stephen Lang); Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady! 103 professional plays; dozens of commercials, v/o.

JON SHAVER (Bill Sr.) Off-Broadway: Who Killed Woody Allen? (Det. John Allman) - The Triad.  Regional: All The Way (George Wallace, Walter Reuther) - Rep of St. Louis.  A Man for All Seasons (Henry VIII) Fulton Theatre. The Nerd (Axel), The Importance of Being Ernest (Lane) - Arrow Rock Lyceum. TV: Deadbeat, Madame Secretary, Elementary, Orange is the New Black, HappyISH, The Good Wife, 30 Rock, Law & Order. Film: Men in Black III, The Family, Respect the Jux.

CHRISTOPHER M. SMITH (Billy) is excited to be making his Florida Studio Theatre debut. Past theatre credits include: Sex with Strangers (Portland Center Stage), Other Desert Cities (Speakeasy Stage, Boston); Eurydice (Walking the Dog Theatre, NY); The Pavilion (Los Angeles premiere), Tennis in Nablus (NY premiere); The Cherry Orchard; Orange Flower Water; True West; Fool For Love. He also co-adapted and starred in a production of Henry James’ Washington Square with The Actor’s Ensemble in NY. TV: The Blacklist, I Love You but I Lied, upcoming tv series for LMN.

KATE ALEXANDER (Director) is the Associate Director of FST and the Founder of the FST Theatre School.  Ms. Alexander has directed numerous productions and premieres on the FST stages including Alabama Story; Outside Mullingar; Over The River And Through The Woods; Chapatti; Dancing Lessons; Becoming Dr. Ruth; Freud’s Last Session; Thurgood; South Beach Babylon; The Columnist; Talley’s Folly; Jericho; Next Fall; The Savannah Disputation; Ghost- Writer; Two Jews Walk into a War...; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Sylvia; Shotgun; The Miamians; Brooklyn Boy; The Exonerated; Wit; Proof; Lobby Hero; and Ten Unknowns. Ms. Alexander has also been a resident actress for over 25 years. Some of her leading roles were in the plays: Edward Albee’s The Goat; Filumena; Master Class; Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, The Occupant , The Play About the Baby; Golda’s Balcony; and Taking Shakespeare. Ms. Alexander is the recipient of numerous acting, directing, and public service awards, including FAER, She Knows Where She’s Going Award (Girls, Inc.), The Woman of Light Award, National Council of Jewish Women, The Woman of Power Award, the Sarasota County Arts Leadership Award, Education Award, Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation, and most recently The Unity Award. Ms. Alexander leads the FST Forums Series and developed the Blue Butterfly Theatre Program, a program for teens suffering from grief through loss. She created the Art of The Gesture program at Ringling College of Animation and is the co-author of The Animated Short, with Karen Sullivan, now in its 3rd edition.

KELLI KAREN (Stage Manager) has been an integral member of Florida Studio Theatre. Kelli began at FST as a dance teacher in the education department in 1993. In addition to her classes at FST, Kelli has created and taught outreach programs at Care Pointes in Swaziland, South Africa, The Pines of Sarasota, Girls Inc., The Boys and Girls Club, and has taught playwriting at numerous local elementary schools as well as our sister city of Dunfermline, Scotland. Stage management credits: Off Broadway: The New Victory Theater (Fly). Selected Regional Credits: Pasadena Playhouse (Fly), Crossroads Theatre (Fly),  FST Credits: Inspired Lunacy; Fly; Taking Shakespeare; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Daddy Long Legs; Monty Python’s Spamalot; The Underpants; The World Goes ‘Round; The Columnist; Smokey Joe’s Café;  Perfect Wedding; Jericho; Next Fall; Next to Normal; Cowgirls; Ghost-Writer; Shear Madness; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The 39 Steps; Beehive: The 60s Musical; Ruined; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Edward Albee’s Occupant; Motown Cabaret.

ISABEL & MORIAH CURLEY-CLAY (Scenic Designer) Moriah and Isabel are award winning scenic designers whose theatrical work can be seen on regional stages across the U.S.  Past designs at FST include The God of Isaac; The Fabulous Lipitones; Alabama Story; Outside Mullingar; Butler; Taking Shakespeare; Chapatti; Inspired Lunacy; Dancing Lessons; Hairspray; and One Man, Two Guvnors. Isabel and Moriah’s industrial design work includes groups such as The World of Coke,  and West Quoddy Head National Park Visitors Center.  They were recently featured in American Theater Magazine’s Roll Call, 7 Theatrical People To Watch.  Isabel and Moriah are resident scenic designers at Horizon Theatre, Artistic Associates at Theatrical Outfit and members of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

KATHLEEN GELDARD (Costume Designer)  Regional Theatre: most recently Little Shop of Horrors at Portland Center Stage. Also, designs have been seen at Arena Stage; Huntington Theatre Company; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Signature Theatre; La Jolla Playhouse; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Center Stage; Studio Theatre; Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Round House Theatre; Imagination Stage; Folger Theatre; Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse; Cincinnati Play House in the Park; and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Awards: 2012 Bay Area Critics Circle Nomination for Ruined, Berkeley Repertory Theatre; 2012 IRNE Nomination for Ruined, Huntington Theatre Company; 2009 Helen Hayes Nomination for The Neverending Story, Imagination Stage; named Artistic Associate for Signature Theatre, 2011.

MICHAEL PASQUINI (Lighting Designer) is excited to be returning to FST. Recent designs include, Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves, and The God of Isaac for FST; Black Nativity, and The Wiz for Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe; The Secret World of Og for the Sarasota Youth Opera; Gypsy for The Players; and My Fair Lady for Manatee Players. Michael will be returning to the Utah Shakespeare Festival this summer to design As You Like It in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre. Prior to that, Michael will spend the winter at the Sarasota Opera as Head Electrician and Assistant Lighting Designer.

JOE DIPIETRO (Playwright) won two Tony Awards for cowriting Memphis, which also received the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. His other plays and musicals include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (the longest running musical revue in off-Broadway history); The Toxic Avenger and The Thing About Men (both winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway musical,); the much-produced comedy Over The River And Through The Woods; The Art Of Murder (Edgar Award winner for Best Mystery Play) and the Broadway musical All Shook Up. His drama Creating Claire debuted at George Street Playhouse in 2010. His work has received thousands of productions across the country and around the world.