The Play That Goes Wrong

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Welcome to the opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), everything that can go wrong does go wrong during this 1920s murder mystery play. Will these accident-prone performers beat the odds and make it to their final curtain call? Find out with this Olivier Award-winning comedy.

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The Play That Goes Wrong, by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayerwill play February 9 - March 27, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. 

Run Time: 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission

For Your Safety: Masks are required and must be worn at all times while indoors at FST, aside from when actively eating or drinking in FST’s Green Room Cafe or Cabaret Restaurants. For a full list of safety protocols to help you prepare for your trip to the theatre, click here. #SafeArtsSarasota


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Director | Bruce Jordan
Scenic Design | Isabel Curley-Clay and Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Design | April Andrew Carswell
Lighting Design | Devorah Kengmana
Sound Design | Thom Korp
Stage Manager | Roy Johns*
Fight Choreographer | Paul Nicholas



Chris | Gil Brady*
Jonathan | Timothy C. Goodwin*
Robert | John Long*
Dennis | Scott Cote*
Max | Jordan Ahnquist*
Sandra | Jacqueline Jarrold*
Trevor | Freddie Lee Bennett*
Annie | Emily Berman*

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

 Gil Brady (Chris) is a longtime affiliated artist at Florida Studio Theatre and has performed in nine productions, including the recent Playwrights/Suffragist Project Play Reading Series, Outside Mullingar, Spamalot, and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Off-Broadway: Sideways (Theatre at St. Clements), Shear Madness (Davenport Theatre), and National Pastime (Playwrights Horizons). National Tours: White Christmas, Annie. Selected Regional: Baskerville and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Syracuse Stage); Mamma Mia (Capital Rep - Berkshire Theatre Award Nomination); Sound of Music (Alabama Shakespeare); Grease (Fulton Theatre). TV: My Affair... (Lifetime Movie Network), Law and Order: SVU.

Timothy C. Goodwin (Jonathan) is happy to be back at Florida Studio Theatre! Favorite credits include Clue: On Stage (Meadow Brook Theatre), Rounding Third (Florida Studio Theatre), Singles in Agriculture (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Blithe Spirit (Meadow Brook Theatre), You and I (Metropolitan Playhouse), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Lake Dillon Theatre Company), Drop Dead Perfect (Penguin Rep Theatre) and over ten productions of Shear Madness, including its runs Off-Broadway and at FST.

John Long (Robert) FST debut. Most recently, Our Town at The Barnstormers Theatre. During the pandemic, John acted and directed shows for The Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse based in NYC that did weekly pandemic readings Saturday nights for one year. Other credits include: Francis in One Man, Two Guvnors at The Barnstormers, James in Time Stands Still at WHAT, Louis XIII in The Three Musketeers at Syracuse Stage and Dupont in Anything to Declare at The Asolo Theatre.

Scott Cote (Dennis) National tours: The Play That Goes Wrong, Something Rotten!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Regional credits: The Producers (Paper Mill Playhouse), Guys and Dolls (Goodspeed Opera House), Noises Off (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Lend Me a Tenor (Bay Street Theater), The Music Man (Flat Rock Playhouse), Boeing Boeing (Northern Stage), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Human Race Theater).

Jordan Ahnquist (Max) Jordan is excited to be back at Florida Studio Theatre, where he was previously seen in Burt and Me. NYC credits include Shear Madness, When Pigs Fly, and Battles of Richmond Hill. Regionally, Jordan has worked with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Barnstormers, Lyric Stage, Speakeasy Stage, Central Square Theatre and The Gamm, among others.  Jordan holds a BA in theatre from Muhlenberg College.

Jacqueline Jarrold (Sandra) FST Debut! Broadway: The Cherry Orchard. Broadway National Tour: The Play that Goes Wrong. Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, Wallenstein, and Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Theatre Company).  Jacqui is an alumna of Northwestern University and proud member of Actor’s Equity Association (#1U!).  IG: @JacquiJarrold

Freddie Lee Bennet (Trevor) is thrilled to make their return to FST. Previously at FST: Shotgun, Ruined.  Regional: Twelfth Night (Pioneer Theatre Company); City of Conversation (Arena Stage); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre DC); Antony and Cleopatra (Hartford Stage); Unexplored Interior, Pilgrim's Musa + Sheri (Mosaic Theatre Company).  TV: Inventing Anna and The Watcher (Netflix) Training: UNSCA.  They are originally from West Palm Beach FL by way of New York City. Instagram: @freddieleebennett.

Emily Berman (Annie) makes her FST debut in The Play That Goes Wrong. Regional credits include The Book Club Play (Indiana Rep); Lost in Yonkers (Riverside Theatre); A Shayna Maidel (TimeLine, Jeff Award Nomination, 2019); Sense and Sensibility (Chicago Shakespeare, Old Globe); and Bridges of Madison County (Marriott Theatre). TV/VO credits include Chicago Fire/PD, and VOs for Starbucks and more. Emily is based in NYC and is a member of Actors’ Equity.

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Sarasota SCENE Magazine  I  January 19, 2022  I The Play That Goes Wrong: How to Survive Making Nothing Go Right

Sarasota Herald-Tribune  I  January 14, 2022  I  Florida Studio Theatre Actors Prepare for Disaster in The Play That Goes Wrong

BroadwayWorld  I  January 5, 2022  I  Florida Studio Theatre Presents Olivier Award-winning Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong


Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Packed with enough creative and well-delivered humor to wipe your worries and lighten your heart”
“Energetic, fast-paced fusillade”
“A true gift”
"Even a mask won't hide your delight at this unrestained romp"

The Bradenton Times
"Fast-paced fun"
"Downright hilarious"
"Loads of laughs"

Total Theater
"Hilarious perfection"
"A comic triumph"
"Great fun"

The Observer
"I couldn't stop laughing"

Sarasota Magazine
"Delivers hilarity"
"Plentiful laughs to be had"

"Comedic perfection"
"Will have you rolling on the floor"
"Pure genius"
"FST's best show of the season"

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How The Play That Goes Wrong Went Right


The Play That Goes Wrong was originally developed through Improvisation by Mischief Theatre Company. Learn more about their work.  I  READ MORE

The creators of The Play That Goes Wrong stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in early 2017 to help promote the show’s Broadway run. When one of them gets their foot stuck in a curtain, things go off the rails quickly.  I  WATCH 

This Olivier Award-winning play is filled with falls, slaps, and other outrageous accidents that must be carefully choreographed. Watch Playbill’s video on how stage antics like this are created and performed safely.  I  WATCH 

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Getting Here:

FST's Gompertz Theatre is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside FST's Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes, use the address of 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. For a map of FST buildings and venues, please see below. For more information, please call the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000.

Handicap Drop Off:

For FST's Gompertz Theatre: Handicap drop off is at the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue.

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