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 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
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
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.
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)
Celebrating the solo performer
Presented by Gotta Van Productions
at the Crocker Memorial Church, Pioneer Park
2019 SaraSolo Festival
January 26- February 3
2018 SaraSolo Festival
2017 SaraSolo Festival
22 performers in 20 performances
over two weekends
plus our added venue
The Starlite Room
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.
2018 SaraSolo Performers Videos
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
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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