• Thank You to all of our loyal patrons and supporters

    2022 SaraSolo SpringFest

    March 23 - March 27 2022

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    Meet the solo artists as they talk with Ann Morrison and Blake Walton about their performances.

    Douglas S. Hall

    Sea Wall and an afterward

    Angela Bond

    Tennessee Psalms

    Sharon Ohrenstein

    Rhapsody For Golda

    Zach Wegner

    The Youthful Adventures of Damon Dukirk

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    2022 SaraSolo SpringFest

    March 23-27

    In the Black Box Theater at New College of Florida

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    SaraSolo Co-founders

    Artistic Director Ann Morrison

    Managing Director Blake Walton

    Our heartfelt thanks go out to our patrons, sponsors, staff, volunteers and supporters who have enjoyed the SaraSolo Festivals over the past 8 years!

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    Thank You to

    Our Community Partners

    SaraSolo Productions

    Board of Directors 

    Jan Docking, President

    Edward Scully, Secretary

    Patty Snyder-Atkins, Treasurer

    Carol Wolf

    Steve Patmagrian

    Katherine Michelle Tanner

    Ann Morrison

    Blake Walton

    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

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    The 2022 SaraSolo SpringFest

    is dedicated in loving memory of

    David A. Coyle (1941-2021)

    SaraSolo Co-founder, and first Board President

    David is pictured on the porch of our first Festival home

    The Historic Crocker Memorial Church

    2022 SpringFest Company

    Ann Morrison, Artistic Director

    Blake Walton, Managing Director

    Steve Patmagrian, Technical Director

    Tim O'Donnell, Black Box Theatre 

    Production Manager/Technical Director

    Audrey Dixon, Stage Manager

    Susan Jones Manino, Box Office

    Thank you New College Of Florida

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    Meet our

    2022 SpringFest

    Solo Artists

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    Angela Bond


    Written and adapted by Angela Bond

    Directed by Vickie Daignault

    Angela Bond has been performing professionally for over 40 years. Now residing in Bradenton, she grew up in North Carolina. Her mother was from Tennessee, her father was from Virginia, and her southern roots run deep. Experience includes Broadway, regional, and Europe plus a smattering of TV and film.

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    Zach Wegner


    Written by Kieran Carroll

    Directed by Stephen Cedars

    Zach Wegner recently appeared in WORSE THAN TIGERS and RAW PASTA at The New Ohio directed by Jaclyn Biskup, THE GLASS MENAGERIE with The Hypocrites in Chicago and Joe Orton's LOOT at The Westport Country Playhouse. New York: GOD STEELING (Theater 54), HOT STEAMS directed by Jaclyn Biskup (45 Bleecker & NY Fringe), ORGANIC SHRAPNEL (Theater 54) THE OTHER DAY (The Robert Moss), THE DEEP THROAT SEX SCANDAL (45 Bleecker), RICH BOYFRIEND (The New Group), Harold Pinter’s A SLIGHT ACHE and THE LOVER (Cellar Door). Regional: THE OTHER DAY (Pilsen), THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Bristol Riverside), NEVER THE SINNER (TheatreWorks). Television: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." A graduate of The School at Steppenwolf, The British American Drama Academy and is often found at HB Studio. https://zachwegner.com/

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    Sharon Ohrenstein


    Book and Lyrics by Sharon Ohrenstein

    Music, Music Direction, and Accompaniment by David Ohrenstein

    Directed by Blake Walton

    Sharon is thrilled to be back with SaraSolo. She began performing leading and featured roles in musicals and operettas, then traveled with husband David to New York, Ontario and Florida with the Fabulous Ohs concert duo. Her great love is writing for the musical stage – new works include RHAPSODY FOR GOLDA, ELIZABETH OF RUSSIA, THREE QUEENS and the opera PATRA. http://dsoworks.com/

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    Douglas S. Hall

    SEA WALL and an afterward

    Written by Simon Stephens (Sea Wall), Curated by Douglas S. Hall (and an afterward)

    Directed by Michole Biancosino

    Douglas Hall is an actor, director, and teacher. Acting credits include Red Velvet (Pierre) at freeFall Theatre and the webseries Precious Cargo (Lionel). He was a faculty member at CAP 21/NYU for ten years and is currently on faculty at the University of South Florida where he is head of Musical Theatre and directs the Theatre in Paris program.

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    Bridging the "Age Friendly" community of Sarasota with Carrie Mills and her VPA program at Booker Middle School

    We developed a powerful inter-generational education outreach program that gives 2 groups a needed, larger voice in the world. Middle school children and adults aged 60+ often feel lonely and lost. The Bridge brings these groups together to share their stories, mentor each other and build positive outlooks and relationships. The program finishes with a final performance which for some is the most rewarding aspect as they now relate to friends, family, and the community in a variety of monologues that remind that there are more commonalities than differences between the 2 generations.

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    A solo theatre development workshop for Booker High School Juniors in the Visual and Performing Arts program

    Ann Morrison and Blake Walton bring their solo performance workshop “SoloSynergy” to Sunny D Smith’s level III theatre students as a means to finding self-expression in writing and performing a personal story. Taking many forms including performance art, dance and movement, monologue, stand-up, fictional narrative, and cabaret, the 20-24 students write autobiographical pieces or a fictionalized aspect of themselves and some write something for another student to perform. Almost all the pieces are directed by a fellow student and all are presented in a final performance with an audience.

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    The Solo is an ongoing series of adult education workshops, coaching, consultation, and master classes lead by

    Ann Morrison and Blake Walton

    SaraSolo is made possible through generous gifts from

    Carolyn Michel

    Phillis A. Gerber, Cherie Willard, Michael Bille

           Candy Carstensen, Patricia Davidson 

    James Griffith

    Amy Goldman, Robert E. Turroff

  • Our Four Exceptional Winter Fest Performers

    Click on the pictures to purchase tickets

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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?”

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    An Evening Of Carl Sandburg

    2/11 @7, 2/13 @9, 2/14 @7

    Written and Performed by Jonathan 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

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    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

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    Causeless Joy

    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

    Website: Causelessjoyshow.com

  • Announcing our first Seasonal Festival

    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.

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    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.

    2020 SaraSolo Winter Fest will premiere in our new venue

    Black Box Theater

    New College Hamilton Center

    5845 General Dougher Place

    Sarasota FL 34243

    (see below for venue details)

  • SaraSolo Festival

    Celebrating the solo performer

    Presented by Gotta Van Productions

    at the Crocker Memorial Church, Pioneer Park

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    2019 SaraSolo Festival

    January 26- February 3



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    2018 SaraSolo Festival

    January 27- February 4


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    2017 SaraSolo Festival


    22 performers in 20 performances


    over two weekends

    plus our added venue

    The Starlite Room

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    2016 SaraSolo

    We hosted 24 performers

    in 16 presentations

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.


  • 2018 SaraSolo Performers Videos

    Walker Vreeland - FROM SHIP TO SHAPE

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


    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 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 Videos

    Ann Morrison talks about one of our new programs

    Blake Walton in 2013 talks about his solo play "LEADING MEN"

    - 2013 United Solo Festival Award "Best Premiere"

    Ann Morrison in "WORD PAINTING" 2013 (excerpts)

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