Handle With Care


A young woman from Israel, Ayelet, reluctantly joins her grandmother on a trip to the United States. Circumstances both absurd and tragic bring Ayelet, who has little command of the English language, together with Josh, a young American man who has little command of romance, on Christmas Eve. Is their inevitable love an accident…or is it destiny, generations in the making?

Handle With Care by Jason Odell Williams with Hebrew written by Charlotte Cohn will play from December 11, 2019 - March 8, 2020 in FST's Keating Theatre. Subscriptions and single tickets are available online by clicking the button above or by calling the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000. SUBSCRIBE NOW to see all 4 Mainstage shows for as little as $69!

Single Ticket Prices:
Previews $29
Weekdays/Matinees $36
Weekends $39
Back Row Bargain $29

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Dining Times for FST's Green Room Café and Bar:

2PM performances: reservations begin at 12:15PM
3PM performances: dining is available post show
7PM performances: reservations begin at 5:15PM
8PM performances: reservations begin at 6:15PM

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Director  |  Jason Cannon
Scenic Designer  |  Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Designer |  Donna Riggs
Lighting Designer  |  Thom Beaulieu
Sound Designer  |  Thom Korp


Ayelet  |  Anat Cogan*
Terrence  |  Mat Leonard*
Josh  |  Michael Zlabinger*
Edna  |  Marina Re*

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


New York Times
“Hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy”
“Mr. Williams has achieved something special: He has written a Jewish Christmas story.”
“Exudes gobs of comic energy and insight”

The Jewish Week
“The story of the beauty in tragedy, the rekindling of faith, and realizing that you’re found in translation”
“Leaves the audience delighted.”

Los Angeles Daily News
“A delightful, bilingual comedy”
“The perfect non-Christmas ‘Christmas show’”
“A celebration of friendship and life that is big on the small things that matter”

Talkin’ Broadway
“Refreshingly honest”
“Simple sweetness”

The Mercury News
“Prepare to be charmed”
“Surprisingly witty and touching comedy”
“[A] heart-warmer”

Ithaca Times
"A romantic comedy you’ll remember fondly well into next year”
“Touchingly optimistic”

Naples News
"Hilariously funny”
“Utterly charming, fearlessly adorable, and a tiny bit magical."


Read Playwright Jason Odell Williams’ interview about what inspired him to write Handle with Care  |  READ

Jason Odell Williams writes more than just romantic comedies. Learn more about his writing process and other plays  |  READ

Before the start of the play, Ayelet, a young woman from Israel, and her grandmother take a trip to the United States. Towards the end of the trip, Ayelet’s grandmother passes away. Learn more about Jewish funeral traditions  |  READ


FST's Keating Theatre is located on the corner of Cocoanut and Palm Avenues. For GPS purposes use the address of 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. To see a list of our buildings and shows, please see below. For more information please call the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000.

FST Guide to Parking

Looking for a place to park? FST patrons have several parking options to choose from. Watch the video above to see our parking guide and find where each parking option is located. 

For those who require additional assistance or handicap parking/drop off, please see the map below. Handicap parking is reserved for patrons with a handicap tag and is in the lot across from the Hegner Theatre Wing. If handicap parking is not available and you are dropping off a passenger, our lobby concierge would be happy to wait with them until you return. For any questions regarding handicap parking please call the Box Office at (941) 366-9000.

Drop Off Area for the Keating Theatre: along Cocoanut Avenue near the corner