Last Rights

George Burns once said, “I look forward to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.” Part II of FST’s For The Ages project explores what that future really means and the decisions we all face in our search for a happy ending . Based on interviews with Sarasotans, Last Rights explores the various rituals humanity has built around our final chapter, and digs in to the difficult questions surrounding it.

People are living longer than ever and the issues surrounding this incontrovertible fact range from moral, political, and cultural to legal, medical, and financial. What became clear in the course of our interviews is that most people aren’t necessarily afraid of dying, but how it's going to happen. A journey through the various stages of life, and how we as a culture and a species define mercy, pain, and compassion.

Last Rights, assembled by Jason Cannon, based on interviews, transcriptions, and research conducted by FST Staff and Interns, will play for a limited engagement in Bowne's Lab Theatre. Performances will be held on September 7 at 7:30pm, September 8 at 7:30pm, September 9 at 7:30pm, September 11 at 2:00pm, September 16 at 7:30pm, and September 18 at 2:00pm. Single tickets are available online by clicking this link or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000. 

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CREATIVE

Director  |  Jason Cannon
Stage Manager  |  Thomas McPhee
Costume Coordinator  |  Hannah Bagnall
Lighting Designer  |  Tom Hansen
Sound Designer  |  Thomas McPhee
 

CAST

Ann Gundersheimer
Michael Kinsey
Mark Konrad
Ana Maria Larson
Bob Mowry
Sharon Ohrenstein


ANN GUNDERSHEIMER was recently seen as Queenie in Bell, Book and Candle and Rita in The Lyons at The Players Theatre. Other favorite roles include Dorothy in Last Lists of My Mad Mother, Hannah in The Busy World is Hushed, Patrice in A Fair Country and Katherine in A Perfect Ganesh. She moved to Sarasota from Philadelphia where she had numerous acting credits and recently understudied two major roles at The Asolo Repertory Theatre.

 

MICHAEL KINSEY  began performing in 1994 with the WestCoast Black Theatre Troupe. He was featured in many shows including A Raisin in the Sun, The Amen Corner, Dreamgirls, Little Shop of Horrors, and most recently All The Way, at the Asolo Repertory Theater . He was also a featured performer with the The Starlite Players. His last performance for FST was the staged reading  of How To Use a Knife. Michael has aspirations to act and direct for film and the stage. He strives to grow as an artist and to realize his dreams.

 

MARK KONRAD is absolutely delighted to appear at Florida Studio Theatre and collaborate with this amazing group of Artists. Mark has credits on stage, film, and television. Mark was last seen in Asolo Rep’s production of Both Your Houses. Television credits include 30Rock and One Life to Live. Film Credits include the award winning Blue Collar Boys. In his free time Mark goes on very long walks with Fido and Jabu The Wonder Dogs.

 

ANA MARIA LARSON is honored to make her FST debut. Recent theatre credits: Mark My Worms (Gloria), Pareja Abierta (Isabel), The Smell of the Kill (Molly), Coming Apart (Sylvia). Recent TV credits: Brighthouse and Air & Energy commercials; several infomercials, Publix industrial videos, and HSN shows. A 1985 Dramatic Arts graduate in Bogota, Colombia. Performed for 15 years in Soap Operas, TV Series, Commercials, Dubbings, and theatre.

 

BOB MOWRY A long-time Sarasota resident, Bob has appeared in numerous area productions. FST audiences may remember him from The Exonerated, Execution of Justice, Veronica’s Position, Permanent Collections, The Plays the Thing, and more, including Templeton The Rat in Charlotte’s Web.

 

SHARON OHRENSTEIN is delighted to make her stage debut at FST.  She has acted in three readings for FST’s New Play Development program. In her multi-faceted career, she has sung for the president of Honduras, worked with Grammy Award lyricist Ilene Reid, and has written four musicals (produced in Florida and New York) and two concert band world premieres with her composer-husband David. Sharon was featured as an Amazing Woman of the Suncoast on ABC 7.

 

JASON CANNON (Director) is an Associate Artist at Florida Studio Theatre (FST), where his responsibilities include New Play Development, supervising the Acting Apprentice Program, teaching in Adult Education, and directing and acting in various productions.  His performance at FST last season as Ever Montgomery in Dancing Lessons garnered him “Best Actor of 2015” awards from both Sarasota Magazine and the Herald-Tribune. He is a seven-time Kevin Kline Award nominee (and one time winner for Outstanding Leading Actor), an alum of DirectorsLab Chicago, co-founder of the GreenHouse New Play Festival, co-founder and former Board President of the Professional Theatre Council of St. Louis, and former Producing Artistic Director of Ozark Actors Theatre.  He holds an MFA in Directing from Lindenwood University, an MA in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA in Theatre and English from Greenville College.  Proud member of SDC, AEA, and SAG-AFTRA.

HANNAH BAGNALL (Costume Coordinator) is thrilled to be involved with this production! Trained in Musical Theatre Performance at the Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University, she moved to Sarasota about a year ago, and has found many ways to be involved in the arts in her new home. Prior to her move, she owned a sewing and craft cafe in Rolla, Missouri.

TOM HANSEN (Lighting Designer) FST Credits: The CardShark, “Come Fly With Me!” The Sammy Cahn Songbook, My Name Is Asher Lev, Soul Mates, Yesterday, and Laughing Matters (vol. 5) Lock the Gates!. Awards; Singing In the Rain, Oklahoma!, Harvey, Philadelphia Story, The Sound of Music, Beauty & the Beast, The Great Sebastians, Mornings At Seven, Big River, and Crazy For You (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Council nominee). Favorites: The Foreigner (American Stage), Grey Gardens (freeFall Theatre), Chicago (Eight O’clock Theatre), 42nd Street (Sarasota Players), Hairspray (Voldasta State University), Man of LaMancha (Show Palace), and Joseph...Dreamcoat (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center).

THOMAS MCPHEE (Sound and Light Board Operator/Sound Designer) is a Literary Intern at FST, and is thrilled to be working on this production. Other recent production work includes the sound design for productions of Uncle Vanya and Medea, as well as stage managing a production of Fool For Love, at his alma mater Hampshire College.

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