The Sharon Studio Theatre - Tierra Del Sol The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol

The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol presents…
Scripts from Scratch: 4 plays / 2 days



Join us for four premiere staged readings as we hear the fresh, new, workshopped scripts of our recently selected Florida Playwrights. Each script was hand selected to workshop the week of May 6-11, 2019. Playwrights will have created new drafts of their show and worked closely with a director and cast to fine tune their script. On May 10 and 11 we invite audiences to come and hear the final draft of the world premiere of these new plays. Performances will be held in a "staged reading" format with no costuming or set in order to focus on and digest the script solely. Moderated talkbacks will be held with the playwrights and audiences to give your constructive feedback after each performance. You're invited to attend all four for a discounted ticket price, or attend a few individually.

TICKET ON SALE DATE is Tuesday, Feb 19th at 8:30am

Ticket prices for an individual performance is $10
Ticket prices for all four performances as a package are $35



Tickets to individual readings may be purchased below.



2019 SELECTED SCRIPTS



One Open Marriage

by Richard Gibbs

May 10; 4:00pm

Should the cost of living cost your marriage? Join us in the brand new comedy about a triangle love affair as a wedded couple invites a third party to join their relationship in hopes of easing their current burdens, both financially and physically.

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Sexual Content Adult Content

About Richard Gibbs

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Richard Gibbs

Richard Gibbs received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University with an emphasis in Theater Arts and English in 1978. He participated in 10 productions as an actor at Indiana University and at the University Theatre at the Brown County Playhouse in the summer of 1975 and 1976. Upon graduation, in 1978, Gibbs moved to Los Angeles California where he remained for six years. He was previously a member of Theatre Rapport in Hollywood and received a one-year scholarship for an MFA at the University of Southern California participating in three productions and two student films.

Gibbs was also a member of the Indianapolis Shakespeare Festival and performed in two productions at Garfield Park as an actor, as well as being a production manager for the festival in 1985.

In total, Gibbs has written five plays; one full-length play, and four plays that were submitted to the 10-minute playwriting contest at Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of the Humana Arts Festival.


Something's Coming

by J. Andrew Norris and Ezra Brain

May 10; 7:00pm

In 1957, West Side Story premiered on Broadway and changed the face of the modern American musical. Its creators are lauded as titans in the modern theater, collectively winning 37 Tony Awards over the past 60 years. It was through fire, brimstone, vitriol and Jerome Robbins perceived insanity that this piece was born, and remains an institution to this day. In Something's Coming, we meet our heroes at the beginning of the writing process, and follow them through the highs, lows, burnt cigarettes and double shots of whiskey that created the greatest American musical.

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Sexual Content Adult Content Language


About J. Andrew Norris | About Ezra Brain

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J. Andrew Norris

J. Andrew Norris is an actor, director and a writer. He is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received his BA in Drama, with a minor in Musical Theatre. In his time there, he worked on multiple award winning productions and workshops. Recently relocated to Sarasota, he is currently a member of the Florida Studio Theatre Apprentice Company. In the past, he has worked with Literacy Theatre, Triad Stage, NC Summer Rep and Heritage Theatre. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading biographies and looking at pictures of dogs on the internet. Social Media: @drewlockholmes.

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Ezra Brain

Ezra Brain is a writer, director, and dramaturge. Ezra has directed for Bears Ensemble Theatre, Left Field Theatre, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Literacy Theatre (where they also served as Artistic Director.) Their writing has been performed at the Tank, Literacy Theatre, Stop Pretending Theatre Project, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2019, Ezra's play "She's Gone" will be read as part of the inaugural season of the Art Garage--the first ever non-profit theatre in the United States dedicated to producing work by and for the transgender community. Ezra was the dramaturge for This Is Not A Theatre Company's sold-out run of "Cafe Play" and is an award-winning teaching artist. Ezra is currently an ensemble member of This Is Not A Theatre Company and the Associate Producer of Exquisite Corpse Company.


Accommodation

by Greg Burdick

May 11; 4:00pm

A concerned parent, whose son is in danger of failing one of his classes, schedules a conference with Celeste Dawkins, her son's high school science teacher. When accused of not honoring the state and federal-mandated modifications required for her son's different learning style, Dawkins loses her cool in an explosive tirade, provoking a high-stakes lawsuit against the school district. With her job on the line, Dawkins raises questions about the inherent risks of making special considerations for students claiming to have unique needs in her classroom, when the real world outside its walls doesn't seem to care.

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Adult Content Language

About Greg Burdick

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Greg Burdick

Born and raised in the south hills of Pittsburgh, PA, Greg Burdick has worked for more than two decades as a public high school theatre educator and director in the state of Florida. As a theatre director with nearly one hundred productions to his credit, he remains passionate about fostering student writing, and has helped many young artists realize the thrill of transforming their own words from page to stage. Burdick's short play, INSERT TOKEN, was selected for production at BoxFest Detroit, 2016, at Planet Ant Theatre, where it was their Financial Scholarship winner. The play was recently produced this August at New Jersey's Rhino Theatre. In October of 2016, Burdick was the celebrated Playwright of the Month at Baltimore's "A Work In Progress Theatre." His two-act drama, MONESSEN FALLS, received a staged reading at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center. The play will receive its US Premiere at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre in Reno, NV, in August of 2019. His short play SECRET'S OUT was selected for production as part of Theatre Odyssey's Twelfth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. Presented in the Jane B. Cook Theatre at the Asolo Center for the Performing Arts in Sarasota, Florida, the play is available through Nigel Publishing. Most recently, his political drama AGENT OF CHANGE was selected for inclusion at the Jan McArt New Play Reading Series at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, where the play was treated to a week-long developmental workshop and staged reading, directed by Wayne Rudisill. Burdick's work has also been developed at New York's Athena Theatre, through their "Athena Reads" initiative. In June of 2018, ACCOMMODATION received a private reading with them in New York City. In February of 2019, the play earned a staged reading at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City, OK under the direction of Ignition Arts. He is thrilled to bring it to the Studio Theatre at Tierra del Sol tonight. Proud member of the Dramatists Guild, Greg lives in Lakeland, FL.


A Superior Shakespeare

by William Leavengood

May 11; 7:00pm

Two sibling rivals and a pair of bumbling producers spar, plot and scheme when the brothers unearth an unknown Shakespearean tragedy and race to mount the Broadway premiere. A raucous comedy about the folly of pursuing dreams better left unfulfilled.

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Adult Content

About William Leavengood

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William Leavengood

William Leavengood is a two-time O'Neill playwright and alumnus of Circle Repertory. His Off-Broadway credits include SPECIAL on Theatre Row; LITTLE MARY at the Sanford Meisner Theatre; THE HEAD at the Chelsea Playhouse; THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY, at Primary Stages; and FLORIDA CRACKERS, which premiered as part of Circle Repertory's 20th Anniversary Season. Leavengood's short play, STEVE, was presented at the Town Hall Theatre in New York as part of BRAVE NEW WORLD: The American Theater responds to 9/11, and subsequently made into a short film starring Fisher Stevens.

Los Angeles productions include THE HEAD at the Matrix and WHAT IS ART? at the Court and THE BREAK at New American Theatre. Regional productions include WHAT IS ART? at GeVa Theatre; MONEY MAKER at the Heather Theater; WEBB'S CITY: THE MUSICAL at the Mahaffey Theater; CROSSING THE BAY at the Falk Theater, Tampa; AMERICAN ROAD at the Gorilla Theatre; FOOD & SHELTER at American Stage; LOURDES OF THE FLIES, at the Palladium Theatre, and THE AZURE SKY IN OZ at the Straz Center, Tampa. In addition, a concert version of WEBB'S CITY: THE MUSICAL was produced at the 800-seat Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, FL in September 2017, and will be revived there in September 2018. The short film, PALEO-MAN, (which he wrote and directed) was an official selection for the 2018 Sunscreen Film Festival. His one-act, INFINIT E, will be produced at the Gene Frankel Theatre, NYC, in June by New Circle Theatre Company as part of its Inferno Project: Lust and Gluttony.

Awards include major playwriting grants from the Berilla Kerr Foundation; the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and a 2017 Creative Pinellas Returning Artist's Grant. Also; the Brodkin Scholarship and Edith Oliver Fellowship Award at the National Playwright's Conference; the 2015 Innovative Instruction in Playwriting Award from the Southeastern Theatre; and four Best of the Bay Playwright honors from Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay. More information at www.billleavengood.com and willknotdiartists.com.



Performance dates and times will be:

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 at 4:00pm & 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 4:00pm & 7:00pm


To participate as an audience member to any or all of these performance dates, tickets go on sale 02/19/2019. You may buy tickets online here, by phone 352-751-7799, or by visiting any of The Villages Box Offices.

  • Ticket prices for an individual performance is $10
  • Ticket prices for all four performances as a package are $35