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WORLD PREMIERE. Leigh and Lee are two strangers who have little in common besides their names—she is a Type A statistician and he is an aggressive former athlete. But the discovery of a mysterious suicide note in a hotel bathroom sets their lives on unexpected paths that go anywhere but according to plan. Paralyzed tells a striking story of guilt, personal responsibility, and the power of forgiveness.

Paralyzed by Etan Frankel begins playing on March 29, 2023, in FST's Bowne's Lab Theatre. Subscribe and see Paralyzed plus two more Stage III shows for as little as $49!

Please be advised: This play contains strong language and adult content. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Stage III attendees are invited to dine with us in FST's Green Room Cafe and Bar. Dining in FST's on-site restaurant is convenient, affordable, and delicious. Patrons must arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to showtime in order to dine. Reservations are required for dining in the Green Room Cafe and Bar and can be made online here or by calling the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000.

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Performances Tues. - Fri. @ 7:30PM: Dining Arrival Time 6-6:15PM
Performances Fri. & Sat. @ 5PM: Dining Post Show
Performances Sat.  @ 2PM: No Dining Available
Performances Sun. @ 2PM: Dining Arrival Time 12:15
Performances Sun. @ 7:30PM: Dining Arrival Time 6-6:15PM


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Director | Meg Gilbert
Scenic Design | Clint Wright
Costume Design | Erin Barnett
Lighting Design | Andrew Gray
Sound Design  |  Louis Vetter Torres
Stage Manager | Shira Lebovich*


Lee |  Alexander Stuart
Leigh | Rachel Moulton*

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

Alexander Stuart is honored to be invited back for the completion of a project we began years ago. He made his FST debut in 2019 as Christopher in their award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He played the same role just months before at Actors Theatre of Louisville and, since the pandemic, was invited back to play Tybalt in Actors Theatre’s remotely-crafted Romeo & Juliet: Louisville 2020. He has various theatre and film credits in Chicago and enjoys dabbling as a writer, designer, and fight choreographer.

Rachel Moulton is grateful to return to Stage III (Paralyzed and Babel) after starring in Grounded (2017). Associate Artist/Development Associate since 2019. In 11 years, 12 productions (5 world premieres) at FST. Notably: Maytag Virgin, Heisenberg, Honor Killing, Alabama Story, and Curious Incident... Select Regional: Pioneer Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage, and Florida Rep. Off-Broadway: The Mint, Theatre 777, and Zelda Fitzgerald in the world premiere of This Side of Paradise (Theatre at St. Clement’s). Training: Syracuse University, B.F.A. and Interlochen Arts Academy. Proud union member of AEA (17 yrs).

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune  I  March 26, 2023  I  Florida Studio Theatre gets third chance to stage world premiere play Paralyzed

SCENE Magazine  I  March 10, 2023  I  FST Presents World Premiere Production of Paralyzed

BroadwayWorld  I  March 8, 2023  I  After Three Years, Florida Studio Theatre Presents the World Premiere Production of Paralyzed

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Etan Frankel is more than a playwright. He is also a television writer and producer. | LEARN MORE 

One of the characters in Paralyzed feels a strong connection to Anne Frank. | LEARN MORE ABOUT HER STORY 

Both of the characters in Paralyzed grapple with personal responsibility. Find out what the Harvard Business Review discovered about the effects of taking ownership of your actions. | READ MORE

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