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“Life is meaningless without art.” 
- Karen Finley

“Above all, you must remain open and fresh and alive to any new idea.”
- Laurence Olivier

“The body does not have memory.  It is memory.” 
- Jerzy Grotowski

“In everything, without doubt, truth has the advantage over imitation.”
- Cicero

“The actor must constantly remember that he is on the stage for the sake of the public.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“One wishes to know something but the answer is in a form of being more aware – of being open to a richer level of experience.” 
- Peter Brook


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 When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it, don't back down and don't give up – then you're going to mystify a lot of folks.”
- Bob Dylan

“A frequent change of role, and of the lighter sort – especially such as one does not like forcing one's self to use the very utmost of his ability in the performance of – is the training requisite for a mastery of the actor’s art.”
- Edwin Booth

“But Nature cast me for the part she found me best fitted for, and I have had to play it, and must play it till the curtain falls.”
- Edwin Booth

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.”
- Eleanora Duse

"Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor."
- Thích Nhất Hạnh

Asolo Repertory Theatre

The largest repertory theatre in the southeastern United States, the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, led by Michael Donald Edwards, is the largest Equity theatre in Florida. A resident regional theatre company, Asolo Repertory Theatre works in conjunction with Florida State University, and includes the FSU/ Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Currently located in the Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts, their 2008-2009 season marked their 50th season.

All the Way

Asolo Repertory Theatre’s first performance space was in a historic theatre that was first built in Asolo, Italy, just near Venice. In 1798, the impresario Antonio Locatelli built the Asolo Theatre. It wasn’t until the early 1930’s did it become a museum of art. The state of Florida acquired the theatre in 1949, and it was sent to Sarasota. In the late 1950’s, it was decided to reconstruct the theatre for modern theatre performances, and opened on January 10, 1958 with a production of Mozart’s “Die Entfurung aus dem Serail” by the New York City Opera.

Ah Wilderness

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training was first created in 1968 by the Florida State University School of Theatre in Tallahassee, and moved to Sarasota five years later, establishing a permanent relationship with the Asolo Repertory Theatre. A three-year graduate study culminating in a degree in Fine Arts, only twelve students are chosen each year from the thousands who audition nationwide. Those chosen work in a program that combines rigorous classroom training with guest artist workshops and professional production experience, and upon graduation, they are eligible to join Actors Equity Association. They also travel to London for a six-week study course, and during their third year of training work as members of the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Productions at The Conservatory have included “Macbeth,” and “Nora.” 

Luck be a Lady: The Iconic Songs of Frank Loesser

A few of the events at the Asolo Repertory Theatre Asolo include Out@AsoloRep, provides Sarasota’s premiere cultural event for connecting with the LGBT community and supporting the arts. Asolo Repertory Theatre’s IllumiNation program seeks to engage audiences to discuss the dynamic and diversity on stage as well as the Sarasota and Bradenton communities, promoting open cross-cultural conversations. Many of Asolo Rep’s 2016 season productions focus on subjects that have a direct impact on the African-American, Latino, Muslim and Jewish communities and include an infusion of actors of diverse ethnicities.

Showboat

Asolo Repertory Theatre also provides students with the opportunity to see theatre through community partnerships and residencies including Kaleidoscope, and Faces of Change and Arts, a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the work of Asolo Rep.

West Side Story

Asolo Repertory Theatre productions in 2016 include “Ah Wilderness,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “Disgraced,” “Josephine,” and “Hetty Feather.”

You Can’t Take It with You

For info: Asolo Repertory Theatre 555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL, www.asolorep.org, 941-351-9010, asolo@asolo.org



"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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