Old Enough To Know Better
Based on interviews with Sarasotans, FST tells YOUR stories on the good, the bad, the ugly, and the humorous aspects of aging. All come together to explore the ‘art’ of aging and what it really means to be Old Enough To Know Better.
Costume Designer....Abdiel Portalatín
Lighting Designer......Michael Sali
Sound Designer.........Jason Cannon and Joe Goepfrich
Projection Designer...Joe Goepfrich
Scenic Designer..........Bruce Price
Actress 1...........Sally Bondi
Actress 2...........Lonnetta Gaines
Actress 3...........Katelyn McKelley
Actress 4...........Alison Campbell
Actor 1...............Dan Higgs
Actor 2...............Nicu Brouillette
Actor 3...............Bob Mowry
Actor 4...............TJ Patrick
SALLY BONDI is new to the west coast of Florida and is honored to be making her debut with Fłorida Studio Theatre. On the east coast she was seen in most of the professional theatre’s in the area from Miami to Palm Beach. Favorites- ‘Nite Mother, Hairspray, Ruthless, Speaking Elephant, Superior Donutes, Vibrator Play, Chicago, Always Patsy Cline, The Last Romance, The Normal Heart to name a few. Sally also dubs novellas into English and has been seen in films and television.
NICU BROUILLETTE is a native of the Tampa Bay area. He has worked with Busch Gardens Tampa, Jobsite Theater, and Stages Productions Family Theatre. This is his second time working with Florida Studio Theatre. Before he participated in the National New Play Network Showcase. Nicu is a recent graduate of the USF School of Music with a BA in Music Studies. While at USF he focused on vocal performance.
ALISON CAMPBELL is truly honored to be a part of this charming play, Old Enough to Know Better, with Florida Studio Theatre. She was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, but received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for the Stage and Screen from Azusa Pacific University located in Los Angeles, California. Her recent credits include “Leading Player” in the musical Pippin and “Beatrice” in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. She is also a company member of the Actor’s Co-op Theatre and is serving as an Acting Apprentice for FST this year. She has a huge passion for the art of storytelling and is so thankful for the opportunity to do so!
LONNETTA M. GAINES taught graduate students at Bank Street College of Education, performed with several New York City-based modern dance companies, and here in Sarasota, has performed at a variety of places including the Fogartyville Community Arts Center (storyteller), the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (Idella in Purlie), and the Unity Church of Sarasota (dancer). Lonnetta volunteers at the North Sarasota Library where she worked for several years as Artist-in-Residence. She is pleased to have been a part of Old Enough to Know Better here at FST since its inception.
DAN HIGGS Since emigrating from Annapolis, Maryland in 1995, Dan has performed in many local professional and community theatres. Some of his favorite roles include: Nat Moyer in I’m Not Rappaport, Top Banana in Sugar Babies, The Villain in The Drunkard, Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys, Psuedolous in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum and Matthew Brady in Inherit the Wind. He is also an award-winning director and a mediocre playwright.
KATELYN MCKELLEY graduated from Idaho State University in 2012, receiving an Honors B.A.S. in Theatre and recently completed her second year here at FST as an acting apprentice. Some of her favorite shows throughout her career thus far include Wait Until Dark (Suzie), Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Ford), and the staged readings of Ugly Lies the Bone (Kacie) and Sans Merci (Tracy) in FST’s New Play Festival. Having been a part of table readings of Old Enough to Know Better since the start of her time here at FST, Katelyn is thrilled to now be a part of the fully staged production.
BOB MOWRY is delighted to have been part of this FST project since its first reading. 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.
TJ PATRICK was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, where he began singing and performing for friends and family at an early age. Whether it was in choirs or in school skits, TJ always found a way to get on a stage and perform. In his freshman year of high school, he appeared in his first full-length play, the popular musical, Les Miserables, and proceeded to perform throughout high school as well as college. TJ is now working as an Acting Apprentice at Florida Studio Theatre.
JASON CANNON (Director, Writer) is an Associate Artist at Florida Studio Theatre (FST), where his responsibilities include directing New Play Development, leading the Acting Apprentice Program, teaching in Adult Education, directing and acting in various productions, and participating in community outreach. He joined FST in 2012 after 14 years freelancing in St. Louis as an actor, director, playwright, producer, and educator. He recently appeared as “Ever Montgomery” in Dancing Lessons on the FST Mainstage. 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 in Rolla, MO. 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.
ABDIEL PORTALATIN (Costume Designer) is excited to be at FST for a full year of Theatre as a Costume Intern. Recent credits include The Amazing Adventures of Doctor Wonderful (Costume Designer), All Shook Up (Assistant to Costume Designer) and Romeo and Juliet (Assistant to Costume Designer) all at Hope Summer Repertory Theater (HSRT). Credits in Puerto Rico include Alice in Wonderland, RENT, Spring Awakening, and Footloose. BA graduate from the University of Puerto Rico.
MICHAEL SALI (Lighting Designer) is pleased to be designing this production of Old Enough to Know Better. His last work being seen for Kings of Country. He is an Electrician/Lighting designer originally from Michigan, where he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Aquinas College. He is currently the Production/Lighting Intern for Florida Studio Theatre.
JOE GOEPFRICH (Sound Designer) is the Production Office Manager at Florida Studio Theatre and is pleased to be working on this project. Other recent design work includes The Hound of the Baskervilles, Chapatti, and Becoming Dr. Ruth.
"Engaging" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Light, upbeat" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Touching" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Sensitivity and humor" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
For more information about Gerontology, the study of aging, click here.
To see some humor on aging from the Huffington Post click here.
To read articles from the American Society on Aging click here.
Florida Studio Theatre has been working on a project titled For The Ages to produce a new play examining the virtues and challenges of aging in America, based on interviews with real people. FST artists reached out to interview members of the Sarasota Community as a study on the 'art' of aging and gerontology.
With this project we aim to reverse the paradigm and empower our community to not just see a play, but create a play, and put their lives on stage. Our goal is a production that is highly entertaining, utilizes a healthy dose of humor, and most importantly honestly portrays what it’s like to grow older in this community.
"Old Enough to Know Better explores various aspects of aging: the good, the bad, the difficult, the humorous. A docudrama built from interviews with our community, Old Enough to Know Better will be a catalyst in the discussion of what 'getting old' even means." - FST Associate Artist, Jason Cannon