Dancing Lessons

Dancing Lessons

Two lonely souls embark on a relationship filled with surprising discoveries. A young man seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by the unexpected revelations - both hilarious and heartwarming - that they make about each other. REGIONAL PREMIERE!

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CREATIVE

Director   |   Kate Alexander

Scenic Designers   |   Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay

Costume Designer   |   Devon Painter

Lighting Designer   |   Mike Foster

 

CAST

Ever Montgomery   |   Jason Cannon*

Senga Quinn   |   Vanessa Morosco*

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


 

JASON CANNON (Ever Montgomery) is honored to make his FST mainstage debut, and thrilled to bring “Ever” back to the Keating stage after reading the role earlier this year in FST’s Festival of New Plays. Jason’s 70+ regional acting credits range from Orson Welles to Hamlet and from C.S. Lewis to Killer Joe, with a random Daddy Warbucks thrown in for good measure. He is co-founder of the GreenHouse New Play Festival and a seven-time Kevin Kline Award nominee (four times for acting, twice for directing, once for lighting design, and recipient 2010 for Outstanding Lead Actor as “Father Flynn” in Doubt).  As an Associate Artist at FST he also directs, leads New Play Development, mentors the Acting Apprentices, and teaches in Adult Education. Proud member AEA, SDC, SAG-AFTRA. www.jasoncannon.biz

 

VANESSA MOROSCO (Senga Quinn) Off-Broadway: Around the World in 80 Days, The Rover. Regional: Lend Me a Tenor (Fulton Theatre), The Tempest, Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), The 39 Steps, Henry VII, Merry Wives of Windsor (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), The Way of the World (Yale Rep), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Folger Shakespeare Theatre), School for Scandal (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre), Comedy of Errors (Playhouse on Park), Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Julius Caesar (Tennessee Shakespeare Company), Blithe Spirit (Wayside Theater) Candida (Bay Theatre), and 7 seasons with the American Shakespeare Center (Blackfriars Playhouse) including Duchess of Malfi, The Importance of Being Earnest, All’s Well that Ends Well, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. Film: Isn’t It Delicious. Training: SITI Co., BADA, Chautauqua Theater Institution, Shakespeare & Co. She holds an M.A. in Ethics from Yale University, is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and is currently bringing Virgil’s Aeneid alive with her one-woman show, CAMILLA. vanessamorosco.com

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 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 is also a resident actress for the past 20 years. Some of her leading roles were seen in the plays: Edward Albee’s The Goat; Filumena; Master Class; Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; Edward Albee’s 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. She is also the co-author of The Animated Short, co-authored by Karen Sullivan, with a second edition now available.

MARIAN WALLACE  (Stage Manager) retired as Production Stage Manager of Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota in May of 2010, a position she held for 42 years. During her long career she has stage managed over 225 productions. Marian and former resident Asolo actor, Brad Wallace, have been married for 49 years. During this time they have purchased the same home twice, driven one Dodge van for over 30 years and raised 3 wonderful daughters.

MELISSA STARKS (Assistant Stage Manager) grew up in small town Kentucky. She received her BA in English and Dramatic Arts in May of 2013 from Centre College. She went on to be the Assistant Stage Manager at Theatre West Virginia where she stage managed Honey in the Rock and was the Assistant Stage Manager and Deck Crew Chief for three other productions including The Wizard of Oz. She came to Sarasota in the spring to work on FST’s Too Darn Hot and is excited to continue with FST through another season.

DEVON PAINTER (Costume Designer) Devon is pleased to make her debut with FST, designing previously Off–Broadway and Regionally. Highlights include Associate Costume Designer to the Tony Award-winning Desmond Heeley on The Importance of Being Earnest in 2011. Regional Theatre credits feature designs for the Guthrie Theater, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center, Geva Theatre Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Launch-pad at UCSB, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and American Players Theater.*Member of United Scenic Artists.

MIKE FOSTER (Lighting Designer) is a freelance lighting designer and a tenured member of the Department of Theatre and Dance faculty at Missouri State University where he teaches lighting design and stagecraft. He has designed over 80 productions in the last ten years for companies across the country including 16 productions with FST. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama, a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University, and completed his internship at Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, England. He and his wife Laura own Foster Photography which specializes in lifestyle, portrait, and production photography. Please visit www.lightingdesign.foster-photo.net to view some of Michael’s lighting design work and www.foster-photo.net to visit the Foster Photography homepage.

ISABEL & MORIAH CURLEY-CLAY (Scenic Designers) Isabel and Moriah are twin sisters and multi award winning design partners currently based out of Atlanta, GA. Moriah and Isabel’s designs have been seen on professional stages throughout the country up and down the east coast from New Orleans to Maine. FST credits include Taking Shakespeare, and Hairspray.  Recent regional credits include Same Time Next Year, and Spunk (Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre), Clybourne Park and Lombardi (Aurora Theatre), Detroit and Time Stands Still (Horizon Theatre), and Murder Ballad, Actor’s Express. Both Moriah and Isabel hold BA degrees from NYU and MFA degrees from Brandeis University. They are Resident Scenic Designers at Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre, Artistic Associates at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit, and members of IATSE, United Scenic Artists Local 829.

"Perceptive play" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Intuitive, humorous" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Brilliant dialogue" - The Observer

"Heart and humor" - Sarasota Magazine


Review Articles

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: A Dance With Diversity

The Observer: Dancing Lessons Review

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Dancing Lessons panel changes perceptions of Autism

 

Click here to visit our online conversation about the themes presented in Dancing Lessons!

To learn more about playwright Mark St. Germain and how the play was created, click here.

About 1% of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. Click here to learn more facts and figures.

To learn more about the benefits of dance therapy, click here.