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  • Who We Are

    OUR MISSION:

    Founded in 2014, Gotta Van Productions, Inc. (DBA SaraSolo Productions, Inc.)

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

    Edward Scully, Secretary

    Patty Snyder-Atkins, Treasurer

    Alan Brasington

    Kim Cressell

    Harmon Greenblatt

    Carole Kleinberg

    Carol Wolf

     

    Advisory Group

    Rod Rawlings, Chairman

    Barbara Bullock

    Timothy O'Donnell

     

    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

     

  • SaraSolo Productions can grow with your support

    As an independent, nonprofit theater company, SaraSolo Productions is 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."

    Annual SaraSolo Festival

    We will continue to bring a variety of 16-25 high quality International, National, and Local performers to our annual festival held over 2 weekends in January and February.

    Education Outreach

    Year-round Programs include Flying Solo, Flying Solo Jr. for teens, Eldervoices with a focus on writers/performers age 70+, Vocal Performance workshops, and Solo Playwriting workshops.

    Community Outreach

    We are developing programs that will partner with local organizations.

    Year-round Programming

    We plan to presentSaraSolo Encores, bringing performances from our Festival to a wider audience,

    and SaraSolo Originals, introducing solo performances from outside the Festival.

    We are also considering small-cast plays that speak to our mission statement.

    Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to

    Gotta Van Productions, DBA SaraSolo Productions, Inc.

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  • 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

  • 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

    We hosted 24 performers

    in 16 presentations

    Our 2016 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.