The Things They Carried

Based on the literary classic, The Things They Carried is the powerful telling of Tim O’Brien’s personal journey from his innocent years in rural Minnesota to the jungles of Vietnam. A one-person tour-de-force, this play explores the lines between truth and reality as fact and fiction blur in this unforgettable soldier’s journey.

The Things They Carried, written by Tim O'Brien, dramatized by Jim Stowell, will play beginning March 21, 2018 in the Bowne's Lab Theatre. Tickets are available online by clicking the button above or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000. 

The Things They Carried contains graphic descriptions of war violence, very mild sexual content, and use of explicit language. Audience discretion is advised. 

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Dining hours:
1:30pm performances: dine prior to your show in the theatre! Reservations are not required, but you must arrive at 12:00pm.
2:00pm performances: dine prior to your show in the theatre! Reservations are not required, but you must arrive at 12:30pm.
7:00pm performances: dine prior to your show in the theatre! Reservations are not required, but you must arrive at 5:30pm.
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Director  |  Kate Alexander
Scenic Designer   | Bruce Price
Costume Designer  |  Adrienne Webber
Lighting Designer  |  Bryce Benson
Sound Designer  |  Jon Baker
Movement Director  |  Greg London


Tim  |  David Sitler*

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

DAVID SITLER (Tim) is thrilled to be back at FST, especially in this amazing story bringing  Tim O’Brien’s words to life.  He was last seen as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Triad Stage in NC. He has worked on Broadway (An Inspector Calls), National Tour with Stacy Keach in Frost/Nixon, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway with numerous companies as well as regionally from Maine to Utah in roles from Atticus to Scrooge, including here at FST The Exonerated (both times) and In The Belly of the Beast (Saratota Magazine Award). TV credits include Law and Order-SVU, Zero Hour, many of the old NYC Soap Operas. Film credits include the award-winning films The Strange Ones, Synapse, Ghetto Dawg, and the web series Plant. For more, check out his website at Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

KATE ALEXANDER (Director) is the Associate Director At-Large of FST and the Founder of the FST Theatre School with its acting method of training. Ms. Alexander has directed numerous productions and premieres on the FST stages including Native Gardens; Heisenberg; The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey; brownsville song (b-side for tray); Clever Little LiesAlabama Story; Outside Mullingar; Over the River and Through the Woods; Chapatti; Dancing Lessons; Becoming Dr. Ruth; Freud’s Last Session; Thurgood; South Beach Babylon; The Columnist; Talley’s Folly; Jericho; Next Fall; The Savannah Disputation; Ghost-Writer; Two Jews Walk into a War...; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Sylvia; Shotgun; The Miamians; Brooklyn Boy; The Exonerated; Wit; Proof; Lobby Hero; and Ten Unknowns. Ms. Alexander has also been a resident actress for over 25 years. Some of her leading roles were in the plays: Edward Albee’s The Goat; Filumena; Master Class; Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women;The Occupant;The Play About the Baby; Golda’s Balcony; and Taking Shakespeare. Ms. Alexander is the recipient of numerous acting, directing, and public service awards, including FAER, She Knows Where She’s Going Award (Girls, Inc.), The Woman of Light Award, National Council of Jewish Women Award, The Woman of Power Award, the Sarasota County Arts Leadership Award, Education Award, Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation, The Unity Award, and most recently, the One World Award. Ms. Alexander leads the FST Forums Series and developed the Blue Butterfly Theatre Program, a program for teens suffering from grief through loss. She created the Art of The Gesture program at Ringling College of Animation and is the co-author of The Animated Short, with Karen Sullivan, now in its 2nd edition.

JYNELLY ROSARIO (Stage Manager) A Puerto Rico native, Jynelly is a former Stage Management Intern and recipient of the 2016-2017 Mandelker Award. She is thrilled to join FST’s staff as a Stage Manager. Jynelly has worked as a Musical Theatre Teacher, Director, and Stage Manager since 2011 with companies such as Broadway Illusions Inc., Teatro CeDIn, The Black Box Theatre Workshop, and Teatro Caribeño. Selected credits: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Little Prince, Rent, Footloose, and In The Heights. FST Credits: Million Dollar Quartet, Alice With a Twist, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, The Write Stuff (Playmakers Tour), Once, How to Use a Knife, and Constellations.

BRUCE PRICE (Scenic Designer) joined the FST staff in 2002 as the Production Stage Manager.  In 2004, he was promoted to Production Manager. Over the past 15 years, he has stage managed over 37 productions and overseen the technical aspects of over 100 productions here at FST.  During his 30 years in theatre, Mr. Price has designed sets, lights, and costumes for dozens of productions. Mr. Price has worked regionally at The Alley Theatre and Stage Repertory Theatre both on stage and backstage, but he has found his home here at FST.

ADRIENNE WEBBER (Costume Designer) is the current Florida Studio Theatre Costume Shop Manager. She has designed and coordinated costumes for The Barter Theatre, The Barter Players, Chautauqua Opera, FSU MFA film and video program, FSU MFA acting program, Asolo Children’s tour program, Sarasota Players, and Anna Maria Island Players. Her most recent designs include: How to Use a Knife, Blue Suede Shoes, Mack the Knife: The Bobby Darin Songbook, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, and Grounded. She is happy to be back in Sarasota with her new FST family.

BRYCE BENSON (Lighting Designer) hails from Buford, Georgia, and is ecstatic to be a part of the FST intern program. He works as the lighting intern and master electrician for the theatre. He is a recent grad from the University of Georgia, where he studied lighting and directing. Previous lighting credits include How to Use a Knife, The Blue Eyed Bettys, Robin Hood, Deck the Halls (Florida Studio Theatre), and The Skin of Our Teeth (University of Georgia).

JON BAKER (Sound Designer) is very happy to be designing another show for Florida Studio Theatre. He hails from Florence, Alabama where he graduated from the University of North Alabama. Among his design credits are: Stalking the Bogeyman; Doublewide; Constellations; and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. His Front of House engineering credits include: Million Dollar Quartet, Burt & Me, and Once.

GREG LONDON (Movement Director) National tours: Hairspray (Edna Turnblad), West Side Story (Doc), Fiddler on the Roof (Lazar). International tours: Hairspray (Edna), The Fantasticks (Bellomy). Off-Broadway: Spurn. Regional: Hairspray (Edna, Florida Studio Theatre), The Drawer Boy (Angus, Cortland Rep), Richard III (Shakespeare Theatre, D.C.). Created role of “Peter” in world premiere of Lanford Wilson’s Los Alamos, directed by Marshall W. Mason. L.A. Critic’s Choice Award: Best Actor in a Touring Production: Edna, Hairspray. Greg was the 2007 national winner of the Eugene O’Neill Award for Dramatic Writing.

TIM O'BRIEN (Author) received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction for Going After Cacciato. His other works include the acclaimed novels The Things They Carried and July, July. In the Lake of the Woods received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named the best novel of 1994 by Time. O’Brien lives in Austin, Texas.

JIM STOWELL (Adaptor) adapted Tim O’Brien’s book The Things They Carried into a one-man play which premiered at The History Theater, St. Paul, MN in March of 2014. He directed the play at The Lied Center Lincoln, NE in 2015. Stowell was selected to be a Featured Teller at The National Storytelling Festival, is the Teller in Residence at The International Storytelling Center, and has been Featured Teller at The National Storytelling Conference. His book, based on his very successful one-man play Traveling Light, was published by Milkweed Editions. The play was filmed live in a railroad yard by New Front Films and shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Talking Pictures, a one-man play he wrote won a Midwest Emmy for Individual Achievement, was produced by KTCA Public TV in Saint Paul, MN. Stowell is the co-founder of two theater companies in Minneapolis that brought 20 new plays to the stage. He has written and directed eleven full cast plays, including two children’s plays, three adaptations, and a Spanish language one-act. He has written and performed twelve one man plays that were commissioned and produced by six different theaters in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. The Minneapolis and Saint Paul press have reviewed his work, calling Stowell: “A master at work.”…“A treasure.”… “A genius.” 

SPECIAL THANKS to veterans Stephen Schaefer,  Dan Jeff, and Tim Dirmann for sharing their first-hand experiences, knowledge, and support during the rehearsal process.

Bowne's Lab is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside of The Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes use the address of 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. To see a list of our buildings and shows, please see below. For more information please call the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000.

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