• October 14 - 17, 2021

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    Welcome

    from Ann and Blake

    This is our 7th season of the SaraSolo Festival, celebrating the vision and artistry of unique, brave and uplifting solo artists.

    After 5 seasons presenting 16-22 national, international, and local artists over 2 weekends with an exciting festival atmosphere, we evolved in 2020 to 2-3 smaller celebrations focusing on 4 performers and honoring them with 3 special performances each. Our move to more intimate venues like our present "Pop Up" Theatre at Tree Fort Productions allows for the deeper connections between performer and audience that we first experienced in our beginnings at the United Solo Festival in New York.

    To our patrons who have returned to experience the variety of shows and intimate themes we offer: welcome back!

    To those who are joining us at the festival for the first time, please feel at home with the familial gathering of brave souls and we hope you come back again.

    Our heartfelt thanks go out to our patrons, sponsors, donors, staff, volunteers and supporters.

    The Giving Challenge gives our patrons and supporters a chance to make a difference

    Noon to Noon

    April 26 - 27, 2022

    Paula Broadwater

    Writer/Performer - 'Til Somebody Cares

    Musical Direction/Arrangements by Jason Tucker

    Directed by Ann Morrison

    Paula Broadwater was last seen on stage in the role of Norma Desmond in Eight O'Clock Theatre's Sunset Boulevard. She made her 2015 Tampa Bay stage debut in St. Pete Opera's musical theatre production of Putting it Together for which the Tampa Bay Times noted that she “capitalized on a long background in musicals to own this stage.” She has performed numerous supporting roles with St. Pete Opera including Praskovia (The Merry Widow), The Blue Lady (Pinocchio), Mrs. Paroo (The Music Man), Jack's Mother (Into the Woods). Other regional theatres leading role engagements include The Light in the Piazza and Hello Dolly! Paula has delighted audiences with her jazz and musical theater shows and was showcased in the 2019 SaraSolo Festival where she performed her encore award-winning cabaret show, You Are What You Think (2017 SaraSolo Julie Wilson Cabaret Award)

    Clara Francesca

    Writer/Performer - Manifesting Mrs. Marx 3.0

    Clara Francesca (she/they), “a philosopher of the heart making art”, is a multi-lingual, international award-winning touring VR and traditional artist, speech consultant, and events curator. Clara has parlayed these experiences into a successful speech coaching business with an impressive client portfolio from C-suite executives to UN interns, from Citibank to Princeton University. Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust Committee Member, artist at the NYC Hayden Planetarium, she holds a double Bachelor’s Degree in Laws & Biomedical Sciences as a graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and is alumni to New York City’s SITI Company’s Conservatory.

    www.clarafrancesca.com

    Special thank you to the teams along the way, Guy Masterson (Direction), Julia Holden and James Simon (Producers), Timothy McCown Reynolds (Voice Over), Alexis Kandra (Art & Photography), Meg Lupardo (Wardrobe Assistance), Sophie Traub, Carrie Able, and She's Excited! (Music), Ann Morrison and Blake Walton The Solo and SaraSolo, Central Standard Theatre, J. Productions Milan & Tuscany, Paradise in Augustines at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, Feast at Under St. Marks Theater NYC, The Brick Theatre Brooklyn, Grange Hall Cultural Center, La Mama Theater Melbourne, Title:Point Theater Brooklyn, Anitra Nelson, Brenda Addie, Harry Paternoster & Carnival of the Damned Funny.

    Sylvia Day

    Writer/Performer - Send In The Clones

    Artistic Consultants Blake Walton and Ann Morrison

    Sylvia Day is an international actor, writer and comedian based in Sarasota. She has performed extensively in Europe, and brought her solo show “50 Shades of DAY!” to Michigan (The Acorn) and New York (United Solo Festival). Locally she has performed at Asolo Rep and Florida Studio Theatre. She is thrilled to be premiering her latest piece at SaraSolo. www.sylvia-day.com

    Dennis McSorley

    Writer/Performer - A Kid From Queens

    Directed by Blake Walton

    A native New Yorker, Dennis has been a constant presence in Vermont since 1995 as an actor and storyteller. As part of various theater companies, he has played memorable roles written by established playwrights including Mamet, Albee, Simon, and Checkov, as well as original plays written by several Vermont playwrights. A gifted storyteller, he is now writing and performing his own material as solo stage performances. Humility has been the guiding force behind anything good that has happened. Dennis was nominated for the 2016 Prague Fringe Performance Award. He wrote and performed his solo play “Typhoon of Tenderness” in the 2019 SaraSolo Festival for which he garnered the 2019 Outstanding Drama Award and returned to SaraSolo for the 2021 WinterFest presented virtually with his solo play "Box Of Squirrels." Dennis also was a participant in SaraSolo's intergenerational program last fall, which pairs middle school students with adults who are 60+ who are tasked with writing and performing a monologue based on their counterpart.

    SaraSolo Productions, Inc.

    Ann Morrison, Artistic Director & Blake Walton, Managing Director
    Steve Patmagrian, Technical Director
    Board of Directors
    Jan Docking, President
    Edward Scully, Secretary
    Patty Snyder-Atkins, Treasurer
    Carol Wolf
    Steve Patmagrian
    Ann Morrison
    Blake Walton
    David A. Coyle, Co-Founder, President Emeritus
    Natalie Gundrum, Board of Directors Emeritus

    Gotta Van Productions, Inc.
    dba SaraSolo Productions, Inc.

    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

    Our Generous Donors

    Ed & Anne Scully

    Mellonie Smicklas

    Carole Kleinberg

    Anonymous

    plus very generous In Kind donations from

    Suzanne Hudson-Smith

    Jan Wallace & Philippe Koenig

    Easter Seals Southwest Florida

    SoloSynergy

    "see into the past, heal the present, transform the future"

    Our Educational Outreach Programs

    As part of the fall curriculum for the past 4 years in both Booker Middle and Booker High School

    The Bridge

    Bringing 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.

     

    O Solo Me O

    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.

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

    Ann Morrison and Blake Walton

    The Solo springs from a desire by individual artists to grow a solo theatre project from early stages to performance, whether it be an idea, a revision, or a nearly complete piece in need of a professional eye and an audience.