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Ron Pantello’s Play Selected for Reading

MARVIN ALBERT started a play reading group for Aviva residents.  Marvin, Arthur Keyser, and George Loukides have had plays read recently.


BARBARA BARNOW’S full-length play, Moving Things Around, was selected by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival in November of 2019 for a staged reading in Baltimore.


MICHAEL BILLE was elected President of the Board of Directors for Theatre Odyssey 2019-2020.  His short play, The Universe is Calling, was staged in January, 2020 by the Gallery Players Theatre in Brooklyn, NY as part of their 23rd Annual New Play Festival.


RICHARD BONTE recently was his own guest on his Internet radio show, “Curmudgeonly Yours”. (click on ‘cultural presenters,’ ‘global culture,’ and ‘Curmudgeonly Yours.’


KATHRYN CHESLEY is portraying historic women in period costumes using information she researched and wrote to go with a power point presentation.  She portrays Carrie Chapman Catt, February 15th at the League of Women Voters Lunch, March 17th at the Venice Historical Society, and March 28th at Flagler Library Palm Coast.  She portrays Mable Ringling, March 12 at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute, and Bertha Palmer at Historic Spanish Point.


JAMES KASSEES was in a play directed by Jan Wallace as part of Theatre Odyssey’s Student Ten-Minute Play Festival January 25th and 26th.  On February 14 James’ Dome will be performed at the Longboat Key Education Center.  He acted in a video production of Keith Whalen’s Coming To Town, which will be produced as part of a Christmas package. James will be doing staged readings with Theatre of the Mind and coming up is Lunch With Mrs. Baskin at the Art Center Sarasota on March 16.  James will be appearing in Arthur Keyser’s Switching Sides at the Friendship Center March 31st– April 3rd, and will also be in a November production of Arthur’s Harry’s Angel.


ALAN KITTY’S Becoming Mark Twain is premiering at the Fould theater in Ft. Myers April 23-26 and may be touring the state.  On February 7th, Alan is doing a staged reading of Boys of Autumn at the Longboat Key Education Center and on February 21st at the Venice Friendship Center.  This spring he’ll be launching a cabaret performance, and in October A Brutally Brief Biography will launch at The Villages.


NEIL LEVENE will be one of a select group from The Asolo Readers that will be reading excerpts from The Radium Girls; The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women for Sarasota participation in the “One Book One Community” program.  Presentations will be 3/19 at North Port, 3/20 at Selby, 3/30 Jacaranda, 3/31 Fruitville, 4/8 Gulf Gate and 4/14 Shannon Staub.


LINDA MACCLUGGAGE helped to finish Rosalind Cramer’s play, Into The Night, after Roz, a former SAPS member, died of lung cancer in 2017.  The play will be presented at Tampa’s Powerstories Theater on May 28-31, 2020.


SANDRA MUSICANTE will be performing at the West Coast Black Theatre in Ruby from April 15th-May 24.


RON PANTELLO won the Players New Play Festival last July and will have a full production of Damaged Goods at the Players this summer.  He also had two short plays read in 2019 in Bonita Springs and Naples.


BETTY ROBINSON is working with the Asolo Play Readers, touring around Sarasota and Manatee Counties playing Vernadette in The Dixie Swim Club.  In March she will be part of the Asolo’s reading of Radium Girls for the Sarasota library system.  At present, Betty is in the midst of researching and writing a play based on the life of Mother Jones.


CONNIE SCHINDEWOLF’S full-length play, Bloodlines, was one of the five plays in the Players Theatre New Play Festival in Sarasota last July.  Merry Maids was a semi-finalist in Attic Productions Christmas Playwriting Festival in Fincastle, VA.  Kibo Productions in the UK Shortlisted Connie’s one act, Medical Records. Stage Crafters Community Theatre produced Housekeeping last May in Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Chopping Celery made its appearance at the Quannapowitt Players Surburban Holidays in Reading, MA, November 29th-December 7thThe Grout Fairy was shortlisted for Short & Sweet Manilla and Dubai, and will be produced in Sydney, Australia in March.  The Grout Fairy was also produced by Gulfport Community Players in Gulfport, FL last July and was voted “Favorite Play”.  Connie’s full-length comedy, Take The Couch, premiered at The Gulfport Community Players last November 7th-17th.  Deer Park High School in Deer Park, NY produced Memory Card last November 1st and 2nd, and Sleep Potato Vine was part of Tampa’s 38 year running Sci-Fi Convention on October 18.  Connie’s new one act play, I’m Not You, was one of three winners in the Naples Players One Act Competition and had a staged reading January, 19th in Naples, FL.  The professional theatre, The Barrington Stage Company, has selected 5 Seconds to be part of their 10 x 10 Festival February 16th– March 8 in Pittsfield, MA.


MARTIN TUCKER’S new book of poems, RE:VALUATIONS, is published by Confrontation Press of Long Island University and is available through Amazon. His essay, Salman Rushie and Exile, is to be published by Routledge in U.S. and U.K. next year in a collection of essays on exile, edited by Asher Milbauer and James Sutton, both of Florida International University, in Miami.


BOB TUROFF directed A Whole Lot Of Nothing and Theatre Man (The winning play) at the Theatre Odyssey Student Play Festival January 25th and 26th.  Bob will be directing and acting in Arthur Keyser’s High School Reunion at the Senior Friendship Center.  He has also written a book about The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre’s 42 year run entitled, 

Dear Roberta…Letters to my Wife. It is being published by Smith and Kraus on April 9th.


DON WALKER portrayed the main character in Theatre Man (The winning play) in Theatre Odyssey’s Student Play Festival January 25th and 26th.  March 10th he will begin rehearsals for Ruby at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.


JENNY ALDRICH WALKER acted in Theatre Man (The winning play) in Theatre Odyssey’s Student Play Festival January 25th and 26th.  Jenny will be performing her show Georgia O’Keeffe, A Dramatic Portrait, for Women On Wednesdays, a private club in Sarasota.  In March, Jenny is performing a second show she created for the artist Mary Cassatt, called Genius Has No Sex, which features the work of other women artists of Cassatt’s time (Fruitville Library, March 24).  She’s also appearing in her original A Visit With Mary Cassatt for the Center for Arts in Bonita Springs (March 18 & 19).


JAN WALLACE directed two plays for the Theatre Odyssey Student Play Festival, presented January 25th and 26th.


Four of ARTHUR KEYSER’s published short plays will be produced in the third series of performances at the new theatre at the Senior Friendship Center in Sarasota. The plays are Switching Sides, The Visitor, High School Reunion and It’s Not About Pot Roast. All of the plays will be performed each day on March 31st, April 1st, April 2nd and April 3rd. Three of the four directors are SAPS members, Carole Kleinberg, Melliss Kenworthy and Bob Turoff. Richard LeVene is the fourth director. Of the twelve actors in the four plays (no actor is cast in more than one play), seven are SAPS members, Jennie Aldrich, Margo Drewis, James Kassees, Neil Levine, Fred Sirasky, Bob Turoff and Tom Aposporos. Arthur’s play, Mothers’ Day, was performed by a senior group in Hitchin, England, a town of 33,000 residents, twenty-seven miles north of London. Hitchin was named by the London Times as one of the ten best places to live in England.

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