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Theater Circle

Incubating new theater – and new approaches to theater – by national and local artists

Gifts this year used for: The Studios’ 2023-24 theater season.  Most productions require extra support beyond ticket sales to be financially viable. Theater Circle gifts reinforce our commitment to presenting new works of theater and thereby empowering artists and audiences to grow creatively.

Giving Circles support ongoing initiatives and priorities of The Studios that rely on a bit of extra help to succeed. Specific goals and projects for each Circle are established annually.

Past Programs Supported by the Theater Circle include:

Unstuck as F*ck. Written by and starring Orlando Bishop and directed by Tony-nominated actress Anika Larsen. Making its world premiere in Key West, TV writer and actor Orlando tells the fascinating story of his life—from growing up in the concrete jungle of Flatbush, Brooklyn to his years in the ivory tower of Yale—to all the ups and downs that came after. (December 2021)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Twilight. Hugh’s View. Wild desire, jealousy, & comic revenge. Shakespeare’s greatest comedy — the most-produced in the world — is now just eighty minutes. Five actors play fifteen roles, sometimes with life-size puppets, under the bold direction of theater veteran Richard Ericson. (January 2022)

The Pleasing Recollection: A Cabaret Opera. Staking out a fertile middle ground between contemporary opera and musical theater, this world premiere goes straight from Key West to the legendary Feinstein’s 54 Below in New York City. From the team behind our 2020 hit, Single Occupancies, it tells the story of a man landing in NYC in the 1970’s and encountering the musical and theater titans of the day.

The Pickpocket’s Daughter. Key West playwright Neal Ruchman’s fast-paced comedic thriller tells the story of a teenage girl navigating cops-on-the-take, Irish gangs and corrupt politicians in 1930’s New York.

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