Florida New Play Reading Tour

The Florida New Play Reading tour will be held at FST on Saturday, March 26. It will feature two new play staged readings at 12:00pm and 3:00pm. The plays that have been selected are:
The Luckiest People by Meridith Friedman / Saturday, March 26 at 12:00pm
Dark Damocloid by Thomas Gibbons / Saturday, March 26 at 3:00pm
After each reading there will be a talkback with the playwright to discuss the themes and characters in the play.

Seating is LIMITED! Tickets are $10/reading or SUBSCRIBE by clicking here and see both readings for ONLY $15! To purchase tickets, click the titles above for the reading you would like to see. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office at (941) 366-9000. For descriptions of the plays please see the additional tabs on this webpage.

The FLORIDA NEW PLAY READING TOUR is a shared festival of staged readings of two new plays.  A collaboration between Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and Florida Repertory Theatre in Ft. Myers, the FLORIDA NEW PLAY READING TOUR gives the playwrights three opportunities to hear their plays in front of various audiences in a compressed two-week timeframe and make real-time developmental changes propelling their plays forward.  The project—graciously underwritten by the NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK - will encourage the mingling of audiences and artists who wouldn’t otherwise have access to each other.


The Luckiest People by Meridith Friedman / Saturday, March 26 @ 12:00pm

“People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” - “People” from Funny Girl

What is our responsibility to our parents when they need us? In the days following his mother’s funeral, Richard is forced to grapple with that question. His father Oscar’s growing suspicions over the circumstances of his wife’s death lead him to make a startling accusation against his son. The Luckiest People explores the great dichotomy of the father-son bond: a relationship of profound awe and unparalleled fear.

Meridith Friedman was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She received her BA from Connecticut College, and her MFA in Writing for the Stage & Screen from Northwestern University. Her play The Firestorm is a current National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere, receiving productions in Chicago, Dallas, and Boulder. Her work has been developed and workshopped at The Kennedy Center, Chicago Dramatists, The Greenhouse Theatre Center, Curious Theatre Company, the NNPN National New Play Showcase, New Repertory Theatre, The Lark, Actor’s Express, and more. She was the NNPN Playwright-in-Residence at Curious Theatre Company for their 2010-2011 season, a 2012-2013 Dramatist Guild Fellow, and the recipient of a 2013-2014 Downstage Left Playwriting Residency at Stage Left Theatre. She was awarded the 2014 NNPN Annual Commission to write and develop a new play with Curious Theatre Company. The commissioned play, The Luckiest People, will premiere at Curious Theatre Company in the 2016-2017 season. Curious has also commissioned Meridith to write a trilogy of plays to premiere over the next three seasons at Curious. Meridith was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Drama at Kenyon College during the 2011-2012 academic year, and taught two sections of screenwriting to undergraduates while completing her graduate work at Northwestern University. She has also taught playwriting to talented high school and middle school dramatists at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Curious Theatre Company. She recently completed the book for a new musical, and is currently working on a new musical.

Dark Damocloid by Thomas Gibbons / Saturday, March 26 @ 3:00pm

How do we confront the end of everything we know and cherish? Mark, a philosopher, has been invited to deliver a TED talk about his bestselling book exploring the myriad ways that humanity might be driven to extinction. He rehearses his speech for his wife Allison and daughter Sarah, presenting various scenarios: the eruption of a supervolcano, climate change, the creation of malevolent artificial intelligence, or - perhaps the most unpredictable of all - a collision with a dark damocloid, an undetectable asteroid. As Mark rehearses, the truth is revealed exploring the hypothetical versus real life. By turns mysterious, funny, romantic, bleak, and paradoxically hopeful, Dark Damocloid frames our darkest urgency in the most personal immediacy.

Thomas Gibbons is playwright-in-residence at InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia, which has premiered eight of his plays: Pretending to America, 6221, Axis Sally, Black Russian, Bee-luther-hatchee, Permanent Collection (also produced at FST), A House With No Walls, and Silverhill. He is the recipient of seven playwriting fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Roger L. Stevens Award from The Fund for New American Plays, the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding New Play, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.