In 1902, Albert Einstein had a daughter. Two years later she disappeared, and was never mentioned again. What happened? There is no definitive answer and there are as many theories as there are Einstein scholars. Relativity imagines one theory while exploring the two contradictory Albert Einsteins: the beloved Public Figure, and a stunningly different Private Einstein. NNPN ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE!
Relativity by Mark St. Germain will play from June 22, 2016 through July 2, 2016 in the Keating Theatre. Tickets are available by clicking here or by calling the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000.
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2:00pm performances: reservations begin at 12:15pm
3:00pm performances: dining is available post-show
7:00pm performances: reservations begin at 5:15pm
8:00pm performances: reservations begin at 6:15pm
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Relativity by Mark St. Germain, is an emotional and intellectual conversation that takes place when the “father of modern science,” the great Albert Einstein, is accused of abandoning a child at birth. Einstein is then faced with the question of whether he is good or great. The subject matter is best suited for mature audiences who are comfortable with strong language. High school juniors and seniors interested in the life of Einstein, and are comfortable with intellectual subject matter regarding issues of abandonment, may enjoy the challenge to discover Albert Einstein’s buried personal life.
Director | Jason Cannon
Stage Manager | Stephen M. Ray, Jr.*
Scenic Designer | Bruce Price
Costume Designer | Donna K. Riggs
Lighting Designer | Tom Hansen
Helen Dukas | Sally Bondi
Margaret Harding | Ginger Lee McDermott*
Albert Einstein | Robert Zukerman*
* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
SALLY BONDI (Helen Dukas) Just a year on this coast, Sally appeared on FST’s stage last summer in Old Enough To Know Better, which enjoyed a long run in the senior community after leaving FST’s stage. Her credits in South Florida include musicals and plays: Ruthless, Hairspray, Chicago, The Vibrator Play, Superior Donuts, eight productions with the esteemed Women’s Theatre Project and her one woman play Dreams of Martha Stewart. Nine years of touring, commercial and film work –blessed.
GINGER LEE MCDERMOTT (Margaret Harding) is excited to be performing in her first production with Florida Studio Theatre. Recently she performed as Senga in Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre where she also played Molly in Bad Dog. Other favorite roles include Sister Aloysius in Doubt (Garden Theater), Brooke in Other Desert Cities, Elsa in Road to Mecca (Mad Cow Theatre), Lady Middleton/Mrs. Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility (Northlight Theatre), Bianca in Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), and Ann Putnam, Sarah Good, and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (Steppenwolf Theatre). Ginger Lee was recently nominated for Best Actress at the Tampa 48 Hour Film Project for her role in The Interview with Spiderflix.
ROBERT ZUKERMAN (Albert Einstein) is pleased to make his FST debut. Other collaborations with playwright Mark St. Germain include Freud’s Last Session and The Collyer Brothers at Home. Regional work at Arena Stage, Barrington Stage, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Firehouse Theatre (Richmond), Potomac Theatre Project (VT). San Diego Critics Circle Award for The Puppetmaster of Lodz. Two dozen plays Off-Broadway. Film: In Bed With Ulysses. TV: Renaissance Gardening (pilot). Narration: The Library of Congress. Tour: USO (Greenland). Previous Einstein: National Dance Institute.
JASON CANNON (Director) Jason is an Associate Artist at FST, where his responsibilities include directing, acting, New Play Development, supervising the Acting Apprentice Program and Adult Education. Most recently he directed Imagination Adventures, My Name is Asher Lev, and Butler, and his performance as Ever Montgomery in Dancing Lessons garnered him “Best Actor of 2015” awards from both Sarasota Magazine and the Herald-Tribune. He holds an MFA in Directing, an MA in Drama, and a BA in Theatre and English. Proud member SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA. jasoncannon.biz
STEPHEN M. RAY, JR. (Stage Manager) This is Stephen’s first show for Florida Studio Theatre. A graduate of Florida School of the Arts, his technical credits include stage manager for American Stage, tour manager for American Stage School Tour, technical tour manager for Eckerd Theatre Company and assistant production manager for Stages Productions. When not backstage, Stephen can be seen onstage, just recently as Lancelot in American Stage in the Park’s Spamalot.
BRUCE PRICE (Scenic Designer) joined the FST staff in 2002 as the Production Stage Manager. In 2004 Mr. Price was promoted to Production Manager. In the past 14 years Mr. Price has Stage Managed over 30 productions and over seen the technical aspects of over 150 productions. Mr. Price has served as Set Designer for a number of productions including Thurgood; Rumplestiltskin; Soul Mates, and other FST Cabaret shows. Mr. Price has a MFA in Directing from the University of Houston where he studied with Edward Albee, Jose Quintero and Stewart Ostro. Mr. Price has worked regionally at The Alley Theatre and Stage Repertory Theatre both on stage and backstage. He has found his home here at FST.
DONNA K. RIGGS (Costume Designer) Local costume and clothing designer, Donna Riggs, is excited to bring her talents to the FST production of Relativity. She has designed and styled wardrobes for movies, (Dinesh D’souza’s America, Gena Rowlands in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks) national commercials (Honda) and created costumes for business branding, mascots, Cosplay, and theatrical use for her not-for-profit production company called, Saturday Night Out, Inc. Donna is also an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer.
TOM HANSEN (Lighting Designer) FST Credits: “Come Fly With Me!”, My Name is Asher Lev, Soul Mates, Yesterday, and Laughing Matters. 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).
MARK ST. GERMAIN (Playwright) Mark St. Germain’s play Freud’s Last Session ran for two years Off-Broadway, closing July 24th, 2012. The play has been open in Argentina since January 2012 and in repertory in Sweden, Australia, Denmark. His play Becoming Dr. Ruth premiered in July 2012 at the Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires, played at Hartford Theaterworks, and was brought to NYC to the Westside Theatre. Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah co-premiered in the summer of 2013 at the Contemporary American Theater Festival and Barrington Stage Company. His play The Best of Enemies, first produced by the Barrington Stage Company, is now being produced throughout the country. The Fabulous Lipitones, a musical comedy co-written with John Markus, premiered at the Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta in summer, 2013, and then at Goodspeed Playhouse. Mark’s other plays include Camping With Henry and Tom (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Ears on a Beatle, The God Committee, Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap, and Dancing Lessons (premiered at the Barrington Stage Festival). Mark wrote the Tammy Wynette Musical Stand By Your Man, which began at the Ryman Theater in Nashville. With composer Charles Strouse he co-wrote the book for his adaption of Dreiser’s American Tragedy. With composer Randy Courts, Mark has written the perennial musical The Gifts of the Magi as well as Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller (AT&T Award Grant) and Jack’s Holiday (Playwrights Horizons). Television work includes Writer/Creative Consultant for The Cosby Show and Dick Wolf’s Crime and Punishment. He co-wrote director Carroll Ballard’s film Duma and produced and directed the documentary My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story, with Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Edward Albee and others. Mark also wrote the award winning children’s book Three Cups. Mark is an Associate Artist of the Barrington Stage Company, a recipient of the William Inge Festival’s New Voices Award, and a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writer’s Guild East. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists.
NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK The National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of non-profit professional theaters dedicated to the development, production, and continued life of new plays. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has supported more than 200 productions nationwide through its innovative National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere program, which provides playwright and production support for new works at its Member theaters. Additional programs - its annual National Conference, National Showcase of New Plays, and MFA Playwrights Workshop; the NNPN Annual and Smith Prize commissions; its residencies for playwrights, producers and directors; and the organization’s member accessed Collaboration, Festival, and Travel banks and online information sessions - have helped cement the Network’s position as a vital force in the new play landscape. NNPN also strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. Its most recent project, The New Play Exchange (www.newplayexchange.org) is changing the way playwrights share their work and others discover it. NNPN’s 29 Core and more than 75 Associate Members - along with the more than 250 affiliated artists who are its alumni, the thousands of artists and artisans employed annually by its member theaters, and the hundreds of thousands of audience members who see its supported works each year - are creating the new American theater. nnpn.org
"Stimulating" - Sarasota Herald Tribune
"Thought-provoking" - Sarasota Herald Tribune
"Engaging" - Sarasota Herald Tribune
"Effortless charm, wit, and passion" - Sarasota Herald Tribune
"Relatable" - Sarasota Herald Tribune
“Engaging performances” - The Observer
“Compelling entertainment” - The Observer
“Intellectual and emotional punch” - Sarasota Magazine
“Believable” - Sarasota Magazine
“Intriguing and impassioned” - Sarasota Magazine
“As entertaining as informative” - Total Theater
“A play good for repeat attendance” - Total Theater
“A play of substance” - Total Theater
Click here to learn all about the man who developed the theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein.
Read about American playwright, author, film and television writer, Mark St. Germain here.
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