Feb 2-4 – Third annual Theater Weekend in Sarasota with Professor Murray Biggs
February 2, 2018 till February 4, 2018
Professor Biggs writes:
Please join me, or join me again, for a weekend of first‐class theater on Florida’s winter Suncoast. This program of three recent plays is designed not only for Yale alumni but for anyone else interested in high quality theater around the country. We expect a party of about 30.
The weekend is a 48‐hour theatrical immersion starting at 4 pm on Friday 2nd and ending after the Sunday matinee. It begins with round the room introductions and then my preface to the evening play, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, at the enterprising Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe less than a mile from our downtown hotel. This is a projected account of Martin Luther King’s last night on earth, set in his hotel room in Memphis, and we can count on a strong production from the WBTT, one of the success stories of Sarasota’s thriving theater scene. A group dinner is included at the hotel.
Saturday morning, 9:30‐11:30, is given to a group review of the first performance, followed by my lead‐in to Shakespeare in Love, a dramatization from the film so memorably scripted by Tom Stoppard. We’ll see this on Saturday evening at the Asolo Theatre, following an optional dinner at Muse, the delightful restaurant at the historic Ringling Museum just across the street and 3.5 miles from downtown. The Museum itself, of course, and its 66‐acre estate, the Ringling family mansion, and the famous Museum of Art, are mandatory viewing for visitors. The property is open every day.
Sunday morning, 9:30‐11:30, begins with a group review of Saturday’s performance and ends with my introduction to our Sunday afternoon event at the Florida Studio Theatre, less than half a mile from our hotel. This will be either Native Gardens, a “hot‐button comedy” by the young American playwright Karen Zacarias, or Heisenberg by Simon Stephens, author of the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night‐time. His new piece tells the story of an unlikely encounter between a younger woman and an older man.
For convenience as well as charm, we’re located once again at the Indigo, a small “boutique” hotel in the heart of Sarasota’s cultural district. The charge for the program with double hotel occupancy is $985 per person and $1,260 for single occupancy. For those not requiring hotel accommodation, the cost is $710 per person. (Theater tickets will be discounted for those with subscriptions to any of our theaters.) These are total prices. Included are:
- Friday and Saturday night hotel as needed
- Saturday and Sunday breakfast for hotel guests; light refreshments at meetings
- Friday dinner
- scripts of all plays, for reading in advance
- three introductory lectures by Professor Biggs
- tickets to three plays
- lively group discussion, seminar style
- a visit from an actor in, or director of, one of our productions
A non‐refundable deposit of $200 per person secures a place on the program, first come first served, with the balance due by December 15.
Cancellation not later than January 4 will earn a refund of 50% of the total cost. After January 4 no refund is possible. The deposit itself is not returnable.
Checks should be made out to Educational Theater Weekends and mailed to 36 Morse Street, Hamden, CT 06517 (Attn: Lita Wright).
All payments will be acknowledged by email.
Special Lecturer in English and Theater Studies
Yale Educational Travel