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    Elizabeth Weil Bergmann

    COMING TO MYSELF

    Saturday 1/27 @1pm

    In this world premiere, acclaimed Dancer, Mentor, Choreographer, and Instructor

    Elizabeth Weil Bergmann,

    intertwines a series of original modern dances with her sophisticated poetry in a profound

    and touching exploration

    of honesty and awakening self.

    Brenda Watty

    BRENDA WATTY:

    LIFE AS A MARVELETTE

    Saturday 1/27 @3pm

    As a girl-group singing veteran and former

    15-year member of The Marvelettes,

    (“Don’t Mess With Bill”, “Mr. Postman”)

    Brenda Watty sings out the hits and tells

    stories about her experiences touring and rubbing elbows with some of the most renowned musicians of the time.

    Willi Carlisle

    THERE AIN'T NO MORE: DEATH OF A FOLKSINGER*

    Saturday 1/27 @5pm

    Arkansas-based folksinger, poet, musician, theater artist, scholar and square dance caller Willi Carlisle,

    in collaboration with director Joseph Fletcher,

    mixes elements of storytelling, clowning, folk songs, and

    puppetry to take the audience on a journey into the

    dark heart of “the old, weird America.” Through a dying folksinger’s story he weaves it all together in a tapestry

    of laughter and tears.

    *2017 Orlando Fringe

    “Best Show” and “Patrons Pick”

    Walker Vreeland

    FROM SHIP TO SHAPE*

    Saturday 1/27 @7pm

    Award-winning monologist, radio personality, producer, actor, singer and voice-over artist Walker Vreeland takes us on an honest journey of courage, heart, and incredible

    spirit, from cruise ship entertainer to a young man diagnosed with mental illness and finding sanity in the most unlikely of places.

    *2017 United Solo Award winner

    “Best One-Man Musical”

    Best Direction of a Musical

    (Milton Justice)

    Click picture for more

    Steve McAllister

    WILL ROGERS REVIVED

    Sunday 1/28 @1pm

    A visit with Will Rogers, one of America’s

    greatest humorists, ‘in his own words’ with

    near century-old political satire and

    down-home humor, with surprisingly

    modern-day relevance.

     

    Tim Beltley

    THE SEWING SHOP SHOW

     

    Sunday 1/28 @3pm

    When professional actor Tim Beltley dipped his toe into the waters of costume design and building, he found himself

    immersed in a sea of sewing. With humorous and

    heartwarming stories, he draws us into a world he never

    had dreamed of joining or the way it would

    define his professional life.

    Cody Clark

    CODY CLARK:

    A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING

    Sunday 1/28 5pm

    Cody Clark has a different way of seeing the world, as his parents discovered when he was a child--

    he has autism.

    Whether it’s finding the magic in an everyday moment,

    or recreating an everyday moment with his magic, the magician’s art is never far from his mind. Through stage magic and story, sleight of hand and journey of

    mind, Cody shows us the world through his eyes and

    maybe we’ll find that his way of thinking

    isn’t all that different from ours.

    Nisha Coleman

    SELF-EXILE*

    Sunday 1/28 @7pm

    Nisha Coleman is a writer, musician, story-teller, actor and a shapeshifter. Self-Exile is a humorous and compelling

    exploration of alienation, self-identification, and mental health, transporting the audience from her hippie childhood in rural swampland Canada to life as a street performer in Paris. It is a celebration of our complicated selves and what it really means to “be yourself.”

    Artist in Residence

    at the Hermitage Artist Retreat

    *Centaur’s - ”Best of the Fringe Award

    2016 Montreal

    Click on picture for more

    FLYING SOLO

    Works In Progress

    Friday 2/2 @7pm

    The Starlite Room

    Upstairs

    1001 Cocoanut Ave.

    Kathryn Chesley

    DORIS DINKLE DISHES THE DIRT
    Doris has been the personal assistant to legendary Sarasota

    benefactor Bertha Palmer, from her years in Chicago at the turn of the century, to her arrival in Florida in 1910. With a comedian’s eye, Doris lets us in on the story behind the

    scenes and in the house of Bertha Palmer one afternoon

    when the “boss lady” is out.

    _______________

    Peg Harvey

    CABARET TBA

    _______________

    Carole Kleinberg

    LAST DANCE

    A widow realizes that it’s time to move on with her life and decides to take Latin dance lessons, but finds that she must

    face her physical limitations, emotional scars, and out-of-control emotions before she is able to replace her soulful memories with joyous music.

    Robert S. King​

    SILLY, SASSY, AND SO MUCH MORE!

    Saturday 2/3 @1pm

    Tampa Bay Actor and Master Storyteller Robert S. King

    celebrates the fantastic foibles, hilarious hysterias and the

    many ways adults and children find themselves into and out

    of tricky situations through family-friendly audience

    participatory folk tales and real-life stories. Make sure to

    bring your imagination!

    See also: the Robert S. King Storytelling Workshop During Betwixt Week

    Gabrielle Lennon

    TOUCH ME REAL*

    Saturday 2/3 @3pm

    A revelation, someone who seemed in the past to be funny, loving and gentle, later shows

    a deeply disturbing side in this humorous, sexy and heartbreakingly tragic,

    dramatic semi-autobiographical play.

    *developed with Blake Walton and Ann Morrison through SaraSolo Productions

    Ashley Strand

    GLORIFIED DISASTERS: 3 SAD STORIES, 1 FUNNY GUY*

    Saturday 2/3 @5pm

    Former Sarasota resident Ashley Strand has the ability to wring the extraordinary out of the banal in three stories

    that become, under the scrutiny of Strand’s neurotic

    over-analysis, life-affirming celebrations.

    Ashley Strand is the winner of the

    2009 Hong Kong International

    Comedy Competition

    *Suggested for Mature Audiences

    For more about Ashley click on the photo

     

     

    Lucas DeBard

    I'LL TAKE ROMANCE

    Saturday 2/3 @7pm

    Lebanon, Indiana native and Michael Feinstein’s

    2015 Songbook Youth Ambassador, vocalist Lucas DeBard

    Sings Standards that focus on romantic music from the Great American Songbook, taking the audience

    on a reflective journey of romance.

    Lucas DeBard is the winner of

    The American Songbook Foundation’s

    2015 Songbook Academy Competition

    Karle Murdock

    WITHIN THE LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS

    Sunday 2/4 @1pm

    A Visual Artist herself, Actress Karle Murdock brings a new form and scale to the work of Artist, Poet and Spiritual Explorer Gretchen Lum. In close collaboration, Murdock

    channels the dreams, visions and artistic-spiritual quest

    that Lum navigates in our worldly sphere through her poetry and what she calls ‘Minute’ art.

    Daniel Leary

    THE SLEEPING CHILD

    Sunday 2/4 @3pm

    Virginia Actor, Writer and Musician Daniel Leary creates a sideshow attraction that delves into the dreams of our

    inner child. Poetry, song, storytelling, and philosophy meld

    in a dream sequence hosted by a nightmare.

    Diana Vytell

    IT'S ABOUT TIME

    Sunday 2/4 @5pm

    Diana muses on her own experiences and the role time plays in all our lives as she interprets songs from Broadway, Jazz, Pop, and Classical.

    "Vytell is elegant." Cabaret Hotline NYC

    "Her performance is compelling." Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    Hedda Matza-Haughton

    INNER VOICES: SEX, INTIMACY AND AGING

    Sunday 2/4 @7pm

    In this poignant performance, Hedda Matza-Haughton steps out from her usual director’s

    role to an exciting venture as an actor

    on stage. Through the eyes and hearts of

    five disparate characters we get to know

    their truths about sex, intimacy and aging and hear their “inner voices” finally

    spoken out loud.

  • 2018 SaraSolo Festival

    Performance Schedule

    Tickets on sale above. Go to "Click Here"

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

     

    1PM - ELIZABETH WEIL BERGMANN

    COMING TO MYSELF

    (Dance/Poetry)

    In this world premiere, acclaimed Dancer, Mentor

    Choreographer, and Instructor Elizabeth Weil Bergmann,

    intertwines a series of original modern dances with her

    sophisticated poetry in a profound and touching exploration

    of honesty and awakening self.

    *

    3PM - BRENDA WATTY

    BRENDA WATTY: LIFE AS A MARVELETTE

    (Musical)

    As a girl-group singing veteran and former 15-year

    member of The Marvelettes, (“Don’t Mess With Bill”,

    “Mr. Postman”) Brenda Watty sings out the hits and tells

    stories about her experiences touring and rubbing elbows

    with some of the most renowned musicians of the time.

     

    *

    5PM - WILLI CARLISLE - Arkansas

    THERE AIN'T NO MORE: DEATH OF A FOLKSINGER

    (Folk Operetta)

    Arkansas-based folksinger, poet, musician, theatre

    artist, scholar and square dance caller Willi Carlisle in

    collaboration with director Joseph Fletcher, mixes elements

    of storytelling, clowning, folk songs, and puppetry to take the

    audience on a journey into the dark heart of “the old, weird

    America.” Through a dying folksinger’s story he weaves

    it all together in a tapestry of laughter and tears.

    *2017 Orlando Fringe

    “Best Show” and “Patrons Pick”

    *

    7PM - WALKER VREELAND - New York

    FROM SHIP TO SHAPE*

    (Autobiographical Musical)

    Award-winning monologist, radio personality, producer, actor,

    singer and voice-over artist Walker Vreeland takes us on an

    honest journey of courage, heart, and incredible spirit, from

    cruise ship entertainer to a young man diagnosed with mental

    illness and finding sanity in the most unlikely of places.

    *2017 United Solo Award winner

    “Best One-Man Musical”

    Best Direction of a Musical

    (Milton Justice)

    ___________________

     

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 28

     

    1PM - STEVE McALLISTER - Sarasota

    WILL ROGERS REVIVED

    (Biographical Play)

    A visit with Will Rogers, one of America’s

    greatest humorists, ‘in his own words’ with

    near century-old political satire and downhome

    humor, with surprisingly modern-day relevance.

    *

    3PM - TIM BELTLEY - Orlando

    THE SEWING SHOP SHOW

    (Autobiographical Comedy)

    When professional actor Tim Beltley dipped his toe

    into the waters of costume design and building,

    he found himself immersed in a sea of sewing.

    With funny and heartwarming stories, he draws us

    into a world he never had dreamed of joining and

    the way it would define his professional life.

    *

    5PM - CODY CLARK - Kentucky

    CODY CLARK: A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING

    (Autobiographical Play with Magic)

    Cody Clark has a different way of seeing the world, as

    his parents discovered when he was a child-- he has

    autism. Whether it’s finding the magic in an everyday

    moment, or recreating an everyday moment with his

    magic, the magician’s art is never far from his mind.

    Through stage magic and story, sleight of hand and

    journey of mind, Cody shows us the world through

    his eyes and maybe we’ll find that his way of thinking

    isn’t all that different from ours.

    *

    7PM - NISHA COLEMAN - Canada

    SELF-EXILE*

    (Autobiographical Play)

    Nisha Coleman is a writer, musician, storyteller, actor

    and a shapeshifter. Self-Exile is a humorous and

    compelling exploration of alienation, mental health,

    and self-identification, transporting the audience from

    her hippie childhood in rural swampland Canada

    to life as a street performer in Paris. It is a celebration

    of our complicated selves and what it really means

    to “be yourself.”

    Artist in Residence

    at the Hermitage Artist Retreat

    *Centaur’s - ”Best of the Fringe Award

    2016 Montreal

    ___________________

     

    FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2

    7PM - FLYING SOLO PERFORMANCES (Works In Progress)

    Kathryn Chesley - DORIS DINKLE DISHES THE DIRT
    Doris has been the personal assistant to legendary Sarasota

    benefactor Bertha Palmer, from her years in Chicago at the turn

    of the century, to her arrival in Florida in 1910. With a comedian’s

    eye, Doris lets us in on the story, behind the scenes, and in the

    house of Bertha Palmer one afternoonwhen the “boss lady” is out.

    Peg Harvey - TBA

    Carole Kleinberg - LAST DANCE

    A widow realizes that it’s time to move on with her life and decides

    to take Latin dance lessons, but finds that she must face her physical

    limitations, emotional scars, and out-of-control emotions before she is

    able to replace her soulful memories with joyous music.

    ________________

     

    SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3

    11:30 AM - FLYING SOLO Jr (Autobiographical Monologues and Cabaret)

    Teen performers

    (free admission)

    *

    1PM - ROBERT S. KING - St. Petersburg

    SILLY, SASSY AND SO MUCH MORE!

    (Storytelling)

    Tampa Bay Actor and Master Storyteller Robert S. King

    celebrates the fantastic foibles, hilarious hysterias and the

    many ways adults and children find themselves into and out

    of tricky situations through family-friendly audience

    participatory folk tales and real-life stories. Make sure to

    bring your imagination!

    See also: the Robert S. King Storytelling Workshop During Betwixt Week

    *
    3PM - GABRIELLE LENNON - Sarasota

    TOUCH ME REAL

    (Semi- Autobiographical Play)

    A revelation, someone who seemed in the past to be

    funny, loving and gentle, later shows a deeply disturbing

    side in this humorous, sexy and heartbreakingly

    tragic dramatic play.

    *

    5PM - ASHLEY STRAND - New York

    GLORIFIED DISASTERS: 3 SAD STORIES, 1 FUNNY GUY*

    (Autobiographical Storytelling)

    Former Sarasota resident Ashley Strand, has the

    ability to wring the extraordinary out of the banal in three

    stories that become, under the scrutiny of Strand’s neurotic

    over-analysis, life-affirming celebrations.

    Ashley Strand is the winner of the

    2009 Hong Kong International Comedy Competition

    *Suggested for Mature Audiences

     

    *

    7PM - LUCAS DeBARD - Indiana

    I’LL TAKE ROMANCE

    (Cabaret)

    Lebanon, Indiana native and Michael Feinstein’s

    2015 Songbook Youth Ambassador, vocalist Lucas DeBard

    Sings Standards that focus on romantic music from the Great

    American Songbook, taking the audience on a reflective

    journey of romance.

    winner of

    The American Songbook Foundation’s

    2015 Songbook Academy Competition

    ­­­­

    ___________________

     

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4

    1PM - KARLE MURDOCK - Sarasota

    WITHIN THE LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS

    (Poetry and Visual Art)

    Visual Artist Karle Murdock brings a new form and scale to the

    work of Artist, Poet and Spiritual Explorer Gretchen Lum. In

    close collaboration, Murdock channels the dreams, visions

    and artistic-spiritual quest that Lum navigates in our worldly

    sphere through her poetry and what she calls ‘Minute’ art.

    *

    3PM - DANIEL LEARY - Virginia

    THE SLEEPING CHILD

    (Original Play)

    The Sleeping Child is a sideshow attraction that delves

    into the dreams of our inner child. Poetry, song,

    storytelling, and philosophy meld in a dream sequence

    hosted by a nightmare.

    *

    5PM - DIANA VYTELL - Sarasota

    IT’S ABOUT TIME

    (Cabaret)

    Diana muses on her own experiences and the role time plays

    in all our lives. Songs from Broadway, Jazz, pop, and Classical.

    "Vytell is elegant." Cabaret Hotline NYC

    "Her performance is compelling." Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    *

    7PM - HEDDA MATZA-HAUGHTON - Sarasota

    INNER VOICES: SEX, INTIMACY AND AGING

    (Original Play)

    In this poignant performance, Hedda now steps out from her usual

    director’s role to an exciting venture as an actor on stage. Through

    the eyes and hearts of five disparate characters, we get to know their

    truths about sex, intimacy and aging and hear their “inner voices”

    finally spoken out loud.

     

    .

  • Previews

    A few of our 2018 "Unique, Brave and Uplifting!" performers

    Walker Vreeland - FROM SHIP TO SHAPE

    Direct from his critically acclaimed premiere at The United Solo Festival in NYC.

    Willi Carlisle - THERE AIN'T NO MORE: DEATH OF A FOLKINGER

    2017 Orlando Fringe Festival "Best Show"

    Lucas DeBard - I'LL TAKE ROMANCE

    Indiana U. student and Winner of the 2015 American Songbook Competition

    Nisha Coleman - SELF-EXILE

    Trailer for Self-Exile the winner of the Centaur's 2016 "Best of the Fringe" Award.

    Cody Clark - CODY CLARK: A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING

    Cody Clark is a full-time Magician who is on the Autism spectrum. He has been a regular in the magic show circuit at Derby City Magic, Indy Magic Monthly, and Magic Chicago a well as festivals such as the 2017 Orlando Fringe.

    Elizabeth Weil Bergmann - Coming To Myself (Premiere)

    (World Premiere) accomplished, internationally-recognized Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor Elizabeth Weil Bergmann, intertwines a series of her dances with her sophisticated poetry in a profound exploration of awakening self.

    Robert S. King - SILLY, SASSY, AND SO MUCH MORE!

    Tampa Bay Actor and Master Storyteller Robert S. King

  • Betwixt Week Workshops

    $10 Reservations at: "workshops" at SarasoloOrg@gmail.com

    Ann Morrison

    Vocal Performance for Cabaret

    Limited Admission

    Date and Time:

    January 30th 6-9 pm

    Location:

    The Reserve

    1322 N. Tamiami Trail,

    Main House

    Sarasota, FL 34236

    Reserve:

    SarasoloOrg@gmail.com

    Robert S. King

    Storytelling for Adults

    Limited Admission

    Master class:

    Robert S. King’s Adult Storytelling Workshop

    Date and Time:

    January 31st 6-9 pm

    Location:

    The Reserve

    1322 N. Tamiami Trail,

    Main House 2nd floor

    Sarasota, FL 34236

    _____________________________________________

    Blake Walton

    That's My Story and I'm Sticking To It:

    writing the personal story

    Limited Admission

    Date and Time:

    February 1st 6-9 pm

    Location:

    1226 N. Tamiami Trail,

    1st floor meeting room

    Sarasota, FL 34236

     

  • Help Us Grow

    Consider making a tax deductible donation to:

    Gotta Van Productions, Inc. DBA SaraSolo Productions

  • Who We Are

    OUR MISSION:

    Founded in 2014, SaraSolo Productions is an independent, nonprofit theater company dedicated to the development and presentation of solo performances and new small-cast plays that illuminate the human condition especially of those who are “other than."

    OUR VISION:

    We believe in affordable theatre, that supports diversity, collaboration, and the transformative power of intimate theatre for both artists and audiences. We are open to the possibilities of theatre in both traditional and non-traditional spaces and frameworks such as Festivals, Fringe Theatre, Film and Internet.

    Ann Morrison, Artistic Director

    Co-Founders

    Ann Morrison, Artistic Director

    Blake Walton, Associate Artistic Director

     

    SaraSolo Productions, Inc.

    Board of Directors

    Jan Docking, President

    Carole Kleinberg, Secretary

    Carol Wolf

    Alan Brasington

    Edward Scully

    Harmon Greenblatt

    Dr. Louis Rowitz

     

    Advisory Group

    Rod Rawlings, Chairman

    David A. Coyle, Co-Founder, President Emeritus

    Natalie Grundum, Board of Directors Emeritus

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    Gotta Van Productions, Inc.

    dba SaraSolo Productions, Inc.

    SaraSolo Festival

    P.O. Box 3102, Sarasota FL 34230

    Board of Directors, President Jan Docking

     

    Gotta Van Productions, Inc. is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation.

    A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state

    (1-800-HELP-FLA) or from the website:www.freshfromflorida.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. One hundred percent (100%) of each contribution is received by Gotta Van Productions, Inc. Registration #CH-41957

     

    The 2018 SaraSolo Festival

    The 2017 SaraSolo Festival

    The 2016 SaraSolo Festival

    The 2015 SaraSolo Festival

    Performances at Home Resource, Sarasota

    The Starlite Room, Sarasota

    and United Solo Festival, NYC

  • SaraSolo Festival

    Celebrating the solo performer

    Presented by Gotta Van Productions

    at the Crocker Memorial Church, Pioneer Park

    2017 SaraSolo Festival

    22 performers in 20 performances presented

    over two weekends

    plus our added venue The Starlite Room

    2016 SaraSolo

    Last year we hosted 24 performers in 16 presentations

    Our Artists

    Our performers included local luminaries Carolyn Michel, Christine Alexander, Lynne Bernfield, Alan Brasington, and Jenny Aldrich. Our audiences were introduced to new friends Becca McCoy, Wayne Hosford, Zach Dorn, Stevie Coyle, Vanessa Webb, Clara Francesca and Kaylene McCaw. 

    2015 SaraSolo

    Our first festival brought performers mostly from Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Three performers represented award winners from The United Solo Festival in New York including Internationally known mime and actor Bill Bowers.

    Sarasota Magazine

    Best New Festival

    This new festival, the brainchild of Sarasota actress Ann Morrison and former Sarasotan Blake Walton, started small, celebrating the art of the one-person show with about 15 different acts at the Crocker Memorial Church. You were bound to find something you liked. Stay tuned for news of next year’s event

    2015 Handy Awards

    Special Recognition

    SaraSolo Festival co-founders Blake Walton, left, and Ann Morrison, right, with mime Bill Bowers before his performance of "It Goes Without Saying" at the first festival, which is recognized in the 2015 Handy Awards as a New Arrival. Staff photo/Jay Handelman

    I thought my appetite for one-person shows would be more limited than it turned out to be during the inaugural SaraSolo Festival, two weekends of solo performances that were either musical, historical or fictional. I saw more than half the offerings and it was entertaining to experience such a variety, even when the results weren’t always polished. Founders Ann Morrison, Blake Walton and David Coyle will be back with another two-weekend festival, this time starting in late January.