Announcing our first Seasonal Festival
2020 Winter Fest
In 2020 SaraSolo will evolve from presenting our annual two-weekend solo festival to presenting three smaller festivals throughout the season. As in our first five seasons, we will continue to “curate.” We will be inviting artists who perform in a variety of styles, bringing a range of perspectives, and myriad ways of illuminating the human condition.
In our premiere Winter Fest we are presenting the luminous Chicago-based (via Canada) speaker and actress Theresa Puskar; formidable Milwaukee actor and writer Jonathan Gillard Daly; award winning actress and director from Tampa Bay, Bridget Bean; plus our own SaraSolo Artistic Director Ann Morrison in an encore of a highly acclaimed piece that helped to plant the seeds for what is now SaraSolo.
We are presenting our premiere Winter Fest in a new venue
Black Box Theater
New College Hamilton Center
5845 General Dougher Place
Sarasota FL 34243
SaraSolo Productions phone and box office: (941) 356-5674
Winter Fest is made possible through the generosity of New College of Florida; Tim O'Donnell, Production Manager & Technical Director of the Black Box Theater; and Diego Villada, Assistant Professor of Theater and Performance Studies.
Our Four Exceptional Winter Fest Performers
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Mrs. Bliss's Titanic Adventure
2/10 @7, 2/12 @9, 2/14 @9
Written and Performed by Bridget Bean
Directed by James Rayfield
Award winning Tampa Bay actress and director Bridget Bean plays a struggling actor working in a Titanic exhibit as a character named “Mrs. Bliss.” In a twist of fate, she is transported back to the actual SS Titanic. Can Mrs. Bliss avert disaster? Her adventure takes us on a zany ride which touches on the immigrant experience, the phenomenon of celebrity, the search for love, and asks the question: “what would you do if you were ever offered a do-over?”
An Evening Of Carl Sandburg
2/11 @7, 2/13 @9, 2/14 @7
Written and Performed by Johnathan Gillard Daly
Directed by Gale Childs Daly
Jonathan Gillard Daly threads together a free-wheeling character sketch of Carl Sandburg, the beloved poet, raconteur, historian, and troubadour, through his poems, essays, children’s stories and folk songs in a fanciful recreation of the entertainment with which Sandburg delighted audiences throughout the mid twentieth century.
“The show allows us to have a bird’s eye view of the world around us, as filtered through the eyes of this famous Renaissance man… Daly handles it with a touch of finesse. Audiences will leave with a new appreciation for this fascinating, entirely American, character.” Anne Siegal, TotalTheater.Com
Linda Lovely Goes To Broadway
2/11 @9, 2/12 @7, 2/15 @9
Written and Performed by Ann Morrison
Directed by Blake Walton
Ann Morrison finds immense beauty in her friend Linda, a highly imaginative actress and writer with Down syndrome, who teaches deep lessons from the heart. During a road trip to New York, to fulfill her dream of singing center stage on Broadway, Linda is actually preparing for a larger mission, one that would profoundly affect everyone around her and beyond.
“Morrison encourages us to seek out the things that make us happy and follow our innate creativity. That’s what she’s doing in her life and work and the result enriches us all.”
-Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Winner, “The John Ringling Towers Award”
Winner, “Best Actress Award” at the 2012 United Solo Festival in New York
2/10 @9, 2/13 @7, 2/15 @7
Written and Performed by Theresa Puskar
Theresa Puskar ventures half-way around the world to find inner peace, but much to her surprise, she encounters four fairytale princesses who share their REAL stories of strength, perseverance, integrity and self-acceptance.
“Ms. Puskar embarks on a journey to find herself in the midst of chaos and conveys a universal lesson from which we can all benefit.” 4 stars- Alex Miller, NY Times, All About Solo
“She shares herself and her life frankly and without fear…The result of all this candor is a wonderfully warm and inspiring tale of how one woman went from sad and lost to joyful and found.” 5 Stars Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, LA Critic, NoHoArtsDistrict