The Class of 2016 at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training made their Asolo Repertory Theatre debuts during the January productions of All the Way, Living on Love, and Ah, Wilderness!. During their third year of study, Conservatory students become associate company members with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, and earn points to qualify as members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of highly-regarded professional actors and stage managers. Graduates of the Asolo program have appeared on and off Broadway, in regional theatres, in feature films and on television.
January 6 – April 9
By Robert Schenkkan Directed by Emily Sophia Knapp
One man. One year. One chance to change America. 1964 was a pivotal year in American history and Lyndon Baines Johnson sat at the center of it all. A master politician with towering ambition and ruthless tactics, the conflicted Texan will do whatever it takes to get the Civil Rights bill passed and secure his re-election. Meanwhile, in faraway Vietnam, a troublesome conflict looms. The winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play, this gripping drama captures the critical moment that marked the end of an era and the shift to the political climate of today. Go all the way with LBJ, Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, Hubert Humphrey and more in this action-packed, electrifying portrayal of one of the most tumultuous times in our country’s history.
January 20 – April 10
By Eugene O’Neill Directed by Greg Leaming
A comedy…by Eugene O’Neill? Yes! One of the pillars of 20th-century drama who created some of the most tragic stories for the stage, O’Neill also penned the wonderfully romantic and sweetly funny, Ah Wilderness! Set in New England in the days of America’s innocence, the play looks back to an idyllic age when goodness and honesty were the norm and family life was picnics and Sunday drives in the family Buick. On July 4, 1906, while the Miller family is planning their traditional holiday festivities, dreamy-eyed middle child Richard is spurned by his first love and sets out on a rebellious adventure into the adult world. Family life and all its foibles were never so beautifully portrayed as in O’Neill’s coming-of-age love letter to a simpler time in America.
Living on Love
January 13 – February 25
By Joe DiPietro Based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin Directed by Peter Amster
There’s only one person with a worse temperament, bigger ego and more flamboyant sense of self-importance than opera diva Raquel – and that’s her husband, the Italian maestro Vito De Angelis. When Raquel discovers Vito has become enamored with the young lady ghostwriting his largely fictionalized autobiography, she hires her own handsome scribe to chronicle her life as an opera star. Sparks fly, silverware is thrown and romance blossoms in unexpected ways in this glamourous romp through the world of music, marriage and celebrity. Asolo Rep is thrilled to present the regional premiere of this sparkling new comedy.