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
Celebrating the solo performer
Presented by Gotta Van Productions
at the Crocker Memorial Church, Pioneer Park
2017 SaraSolo Festival
22 performers in 20 performances
over two weekends
plus our added venue
The Starlite Room
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.
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.
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
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.
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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