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2018 Modern Works Festival

Presented by Summer Dawn Wallace


Executive Producer: Tervis

Co-Producers: Deb Shoss & Libbie Sherman

Associate Producer: Nanette Crist

The winner is... THE SPACE IN BETWEEN by Mercedes White!

Thank you to the many artists, patrons and supporters that made our inaugural festival such a success.

October 2 - 14, 2018

A playwriting contest, a reading festival and a celebration of women in theater.


Out of nearly 100 submissions from around the country, the best three plays have been selected as finalists and will receive professional staged readings in Sarasota. With the help of the audience, one playwright will be awarded the festival's grand prize of $5000.

See all three finalists to participate in the audience vote!


Finalist #2 Readings:

Saturday, October 6th, 8pm

Sunday, October 7th, 2pm

Tuesday, October 9th, 8pm

Wednesday, October 10th, 8pm

Meet The Women Behind The Arts:
FREE Panel Discussions

Thursday, October 4th, 8pm: Playwriting with Martyna Majok 

Sunday, October 7th, 5pm: Women in Technical Theatre 

Wednesday, October 10th, 5pm: Women in Leadership, featuring Stephanie Gularte 

Friday, October 12th, 5pm: Women in Leadership, featuring Linda DiGabriele 


Panel discussions are free, but tickets must be reserved as seating is limited.

Finalist #1 Readings: 

The Space In Between

Tuesday, October 2nd, 8pm

Wednesday, October 3rd, 8pm

Thursday, October 4th, 2pm

Friday, October 5th, 8pm

Finalist #3 Readings:

The Violet Sisters

Thursday, October 11th, 8pm

Friday, October 12th, 8pm

Saturday, October 13th, 8pm

Sunday, October 14th, 2pm


The Space In Between

by Mercedes White

directed by Summer Dawn Wallace

Cameron has sworn off romance after a run of bad luck, but a new upstairs neighbor turns her life upside down. Awkwardly charming and sweetly poignant, The Space In Between is an old-fashioned love story in a complicated, cross-cultural modern world. 


by Jayne Hannah

directed by Kim Crow

After serving 27 years for a violent offense, George is released from prison to return to society. His therapist, Magda, arranges a mysterious meeting that reveals George’s rehabilitation isn’t what he expects. In a series of suspenseful, fragmented scenes, Stalking explores the history and repercussions of George’s offense, and questions whether the cycle of violence ever truly ends.


Co-Artistic Director

Co-Artistic Director

Production Stage Manager

Stage Manager

Stage Manager

Scenic Design

Lighting Design

Artistic Associate

Founder & Ensemble Member

Brendan Ragan

Summer Dawn Wallace

Drew Phelan

Charlie Klenk
Megan Ianero

Jeff Weber

Jo Averill-Snell

Daniel Kelly

Harry Lipstein

The Violet Sisters

by Gina Femia

directed by Summer Dawn Wallace

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Pam returns home to a storm-ravaged Brooklyn to make arrangements after her father’s death. Her dilapidated childhood home hosts a fiery confrontation with her sister, as the two women are forced to deal with years of secrecy in this darkly humorous and affecting portrait of family forgiveness.

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*denotes member of Actors' Equity

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