Summer Mainstage Series
Each summer, FST brings you the best in contemporary theatre through its three-show Summer Mainstage Series. Featuring a diverse selection of musicals, dramas, and heartwarming comedies, the Mainstage shines a spotlight on plays that speak to a living, evolving, and dynamically changing world.
2022 SUMMER MAINSTAGE
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, and adapted from the Broadway production by Richard Maltby Jr. and Jason Edwards
Johnny Cash was one of the most revered storytellers in American music. Now, his remarkable life story is told through his iconic songbook—from “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues” to “Country Boy” and “A Boy Named Sue.” With a cast of performers playing their own instruments, Ring of Fire takes audiences on a rousing adventure of love, faith, and struggle—told with the strength, humor, and authenticity that made Cash a music legend.
By Audrey Cafaly
A classic Southern love story. When the unflappable Jack Key moves in next door to the endearingly neurotic Lizzy Nash, sparks fly. Over time, neighborly nagging softens and a deeper connection emerges between the two forty-something high school teachers. As the leaves turn yellow and the months march on, kept secrets shake loose and the pair find themselves facing the same question: how do you know when you’re ready to live, and love, again?
Smoke & Mirrors
By Will Osborne and Anthony Herrara
Hamilton Orr will stop at nothing to get what he wants. A top Hollywood director, Hamilton comes up with deadly scheme to gain control over a multi-million-dollar film. He just needs to persuade the movie’s screenwriter, Clark, to get onboard. And make sure that Barbara, his wife, plays her part. When his plot doesn’t go as planned, Hamilton comes face-to-face with the wily local sheriff, Leroy. Smoke and Mirrors keeps the audience guessing (and laughing) until the end.