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"Even within horror, there are so many flavors."

- Will Luera, Florida Studio Theatre

[Theater]  Putting the "Laughter" in "Slaughter" at FST
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

The folks over at FST Improv get into the Halloween spirit next week with a one-night-only, feature-length, fully improvised horror “film” played out onstage in Florida Studio Theatre’s Bowne’s Lab. Entitled We’re Doomed, the typically touring apocalyptic show makes a pit stop in its hometown for a special Halloween rendition, seeing six actors and one musician take the stage to improvise a 90-minute horror film—all based on a title suggested by the audience.

The improvisation and audience interaction begin right away, with the actors spontaneously creating three “movie posters” onstage for the crowd and prompting them for potential movie titles until all three have been named. “And the audience gets to pick which movie they want to watch,” says FST Director of Improv Will Luera. The two not selected become brief improvised trailers to tease the audience about the path not taken.

Divided into two 45-minute acts, with improvised piano accompaniment throughout, the actors have nothing but their bodies—no props or special stages—to recreate movie magic. Playing with perspective, they create wide shots and close-ups for the audience by shifting actors in the foreground and background. “So it looks like we’re zooming in,” says Luera. They even mimic special effects like walking on walls or flying, all with their bodies. “It’s one of our more physical shows,” admits Luera, who will also be performing in next week’s show, and made no easier by the extended length. “But a lot of us really enjoy that difference.”

To make things even more complicated for the actors, the audience is given three wrenches that they can throw into the works. Technically they’re toy balls given to the audience prior to the show, but each remains powerful in its own way. Usable once per show (twice if the performers are feeling generous) each ball demands a particular change to the performance, even if just for a moment. One changes the language of the performance (forcing many actors to resort to accented gibberish), another activates the “director’s commentary” (forcing one or two actors to adopt the roles) and the last turns the film into a 3D movie as the actors enter the audience.

With no way of knowing what the audience will throw at them come showtime, preparation boils down to general brainstorming. Anything too exact goes against the spirit of the enterprise. Largely, the group gathers and goes over common horror movie tropes and clichés ripe for lampooning, being careful to distinguish between the different subgenres, such as slasher, paranormal, monster or alien. “Even within horror,” says Luera, “there are so many flavors.”

But once the show starts, the brainstorming stops—even the conversation stops. As director, Luera does not allow his actors to talk offstage. “Because the moment you start talking offstage, you start missing what’s happening onstage,” he says. “And that’s what’s more important in that moment.”

We’re Doomed runs for one night only on Oct. 27 at 7:30pm at Florida Studio Theatre. 

Pictured: The still-living cast of "We're Doomed." Photo courtesy of Florida Studio Theatre.

[Good Bite]  Ceviche sans Seafood
Zachary Bright

Serving up a variety of nutritious and delicious all vegan dishes, Beauty of Sprouts offers a refreshing ceviche. Lemon juice drizzled on a bed of thinly sliced sweet red potatoes substitutes seafood in this appetizer, mixed together with homegrown veggies like cilantro, shallots and garlic. Marinated prior to being served, the tubers are zesty and crunchy. Alongside the ceviche, several crackers made from dehydrated basil and parsley provide a wholesome tasty alternative to saltines, while a salad with a house-made dressing gives a familiar flavor for those new to vegan cuisine.  

Photo by Zachary Bright.

Beauty of Sprouts, 1474 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, 941-350-8449.

[Exec Moves]  DiSabatino Appointed to NANOE Board of Governors

The National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) today announced the appointment of Manatee County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino to NANOE’s 2018 Board of Governors. DiSabatino has been called upon to refine, improve and strengthen New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit (Second Edition), a new set of governing guidelines that supercharge nonprofit capacity-building. NANOE’s Nominations Committee was co-chaired by Bishop Redfern II, Charlotte Berry, Kathleen Robinson and Tracy Ebarb. Nominees were suggested by members of AFP, CFRE, AHP, ASAE, CASE, United Way, National Development Institute, Nonprofit Associations, Industry Associations and other local and national leaders. NANOE is the country's only unifying legislative body comprised of governors nominated from all 50 United States who oversee the codification of guidelines that govern sound charitable practice. 

Manatee County Government

[Synergy]  Asolo Rep Receives $70k Grant from GCCF

Asolo Repertory Theatre has announced that it is the recipient of a $70,000 Arts Appreciation Grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The grant will support Asolo Rep's 2017-18 season "Staging Our World," which kicks off November 14 with Evita. The Arts Appreciation Grant provides essential support for Asolo Rep's 2017-18 season, from the actors on stage, to the musicians in the pit, to the sets, costumes and props, and the highly skilled artists and crafts people who bring the production elements to life. Gulf Coast's Arts Appreciation Grant ensures that Asolo Rep is able to continue to cultivate the best artists, designers and actors and create world-class theatre here in Sarasota for the Sarasota community. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

"Dreamsicle" by Karol MacDonald, Art of Ireland Gallery.

[TODAY]  MUSIC: The Woodwork , October 20, 8pm

Formed in March of 2016, the indie band has shown mastery in their music and performances. Their music is an almalgam of genres, with a blend of folk and jazz music coupled with hints of Latin jazz and fingerstyle guitar. 

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[TODAY]  FESTIVAL: Night of Fish, Fun and Fright , October 20, 6:00pm

Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for a Night of Fish, Fun and Fright at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Unearth shark teeth in Coffin Creek, enjoy deep sea delights in the Diner of the Dead and take part in Mad Science experiments and activities. Don’t miss Mote’s signature underwater pumpkin carving in their spooktacular shark habitats and enjoy entertainment from students at EveryOneRocks.

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium , 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[TODAY]  GALA: 2nd Annual Womenís Sports Museum Gala, "A Celebration of Women in Sports" , October 20, 6:30pm

Join the Women’s Sports Museum for their Second Annual Gala, “A Celebration of Women in Sports” on October 20. Trailblazers from the world of sports will be honored at this year’s gala, including sports broadcast journalist Lesley Visser, mountain biker and extreme athlete Rebecca Rusch and groundbreaking equestrian Donna Cheek. This year, the event moves to Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens. The museum will present two scholarships to Sarasota County female student athletes. Sponsorships, in-kind donations and contributions are also being accepted, with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit foundation’s efforts to build the nation’s first standalone museum dedicated to women in sports right here in Sarasota.


Michaelís on the Bay at Selby Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[WEEKEND]  FESTIVAL: Ringling International Arts Festival , October 18 – October 21

For ardent aficionados of adventurous art, the 2017 Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) presents a dynamic array of ingenious and inventive contemporary performance. With music ranging from the folkloric to the avant-garde, dance that explores the comedy and pathos of 21st-century life, and theatrical narratives both intimate and massive in scope and in scale, this is your opportunity to explore the unexpected and expect the unexplored. With affordably priced performances you can enjoy the entire day. Lunch and dinner are available on-site. Members save 10% on all tickets and Non-Members save 10% when purchasing 4+ RIAF productions. Tickets may be purchased online, in person or by calling. Come, be amazed, and take part in the adventure!

The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Nosh and Knowledge , October 23, 12:00pm

Join Aviva: A Campus for Senior Life over lunch on October 23 at Michael’s on East for their new lecture Series, Nosh and Knowledge.  Don Burris, the senior attorney who successfully argued the “Woman in Gold” legal case before the U.S. Supreme Court will be here to share this incredible story and participate in audience Q & A. 

Michaelís on East, 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: White Rabbit Red Rabbit , October 25 – November 5

The play you are about to see is sealed inside an envelope. One actor will perform it, but they’ve never seen the script and never rehearsed it. In fact, there is a new actor every performance. There is no director. Slyly humorous and audaciously pointed, this theater-entertainment-meets-social-experiment is unlike anything you’ve experienced. In collaboration with Ringling International Arts Festival, this special event will play just 10 performances at Urbanite Theatre, with 10 different actors. We dare you not to Google for more. For more information please visit www.urbanitetheatre.com for show times and tickets. 

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 Second Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: A Little Night Music , October 26 – November 12, 8pm

Get whisked away by romantic nineteenth century waltz from Stephen Sondheim. His music is sure to transport listeners to a weekend in the country. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSIC: Charles Wesley Godwin , October 26, 8pm

A singer and songwriter born and raised in West Virginia, Charles' music has been shaped by his experiences growing up. His songs and stories, which center around his childhood spent in Appalachia, have captivated audiences with their one-of-a-kind sound.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Driftwood , October 27, 8pm

Creating a name for themselves with electric performances, Driftwood has been a notable group to have come out of Binghamton, New York. Their musical palette is broad, with origins in the Americana and Roots scenes. 

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Rocky Horror Show , October 27 – October 31, Friday 8pm and midnight, Saturday 8pm and midnight, Tuesday 8pm

Get in the mood for Halloween with The Rocky Horror Show. Follow the story of newlyweds Brad and Janet as they seek shelter at a mysterious castle and meet the esoteric host Dr. Frank 'N' Furter and his creation Rocky. Catch the cult-classic musical and join in on the fun as an audience participant.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Buddy Returns , October 29 – October 30, Sunday 8pm, Monday 3pm and 8pm

See Matt McClure come to life as Buddy Holly on stage, with. Watch him perform classic songs live in concert complete with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. This high energy event is complemented by an engaging performance and a stellar cast. Tickets are $30.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave., Venice

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