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In association with Aurora Nova Productions and Boat Rocker Entertainment, in collaboration with Ringling International Arts Festival

The play you are about to see is sealed inside an envelope. One actor will perform it, but they’ve never seen the script and never rehearsed it. In fact, there is a new actor every performance. There is no director. Slyly humorous and audaciously pointed, this theater-entertainment-meets-social-experiment is unlike anything you’ve experienced. In collaboration with Ringling International Arts Festival, this special event will play just 10 performances at Urbanite Theatre, with 10 different actors. We dare you not to google for more.

Content Disclaimer: We honestly don't know.

Approximately 60 minutes?

white rabbit

red rabbit

by nassim soleimanpour

OCT 25 -

NOV 5

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CAST at Ringling International Arts Festival
Brendan Ragan*
Summer Dawn Wallace*
Tess Hogan*
Gopal Divan
10/19 at 2PM
10/19 at 8PM
10/20 at 2PM
10/21 at 2PM
CAST at Urbanite Theatre
Jim Sorensen*
Mari Vial-Golden*
Karel Wright*
Eric Davis*
Patrick Jackson
J. Elijah Cho
Roxanne Fay*
Ricky Wayne*
Niki Fridh*
Harry Lipstein*
Production Team
Artistic Director
Artistic Director
Playwright
Artistic Associate & Sound Design
Production Stage Manager
Lighting Design & Scenic Layout
Master Carpenter
Founder & Ensemble Member
Brendan Ragan
Summer Dawn Wallace
Nassim Soleimanpour
Daniel Kelly
Amanda LaForge
Ryan Finzelber
Mark Beach
Harry Lipstein

Featured Performers

ACTOR BIOGRAPHIES

Jim Sorensen 10/25 at 8pm Tickets

Jim is looking forward to making his on-stage debut at Urbanite, after directing last season's Ideation. As an actor, upcoming productions include Much Ado About Nothing, It's A Wonderful Life, and The Producers, all with American Stage, where Jim works as Operations Manager and Associate Artist. Jim will also be in the director's chair again for Strait of Gibraltar, a brand-new play, and winner of American Stage's 2017 21st Century Voices Festival. As an actor, Jim has received multiple recognitions for his performances on stages throughout Florida’s gulf coast. He is lucky to be married to playwright and actress Natalie Symons.

 

Mari Vial-Golden 10/26 at 8pm Tickets

Mari is a New York based actress who is thrilled to be performing in her first production with Urbanite. You can also see her later this fall in Urbanite’s production of Henry Naylor's Echoes. Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: Pentecost and Serious Money (Atlantic Stage 2); W;t and Common Enemy (Triad Stage). Other: The Little Black Fish (Maaa Theater); Land Without Words (American Premiere, Middlebury College); In the Next Room... (Middlebury College); Cymbeline (Ovalhouse Theatre, London).  Education: BA, Middlebury College; British American Drama Academy. 

Karel K Wright 10/27 at 8pm Tickets

Karel is thrilled to be making her Urbanite Theatre debut.  Area acting credits include: Mad Cow Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Gorilla Theatre, Banyan Theatre,  Hippodrome Theatre,  American Stage and Theatre Zone. Karel appeared in The Jewel Theatre's production of Harper Reagan in Santa Cruz, CA.  

 

Eric Davis 10/28 at 8pm Tickets

Eric is Artistic Director of freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg. In addition to regularly directing many of freeFall's productions, recent onstage appearances include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Tempest: esta isla es mía, and The Normal Heart. Eric's work has been seen on and offstage at many area theaters including American Stage, StageWorks, The Gorilla Theatre, and the Straz Center. He thanks Brendan and Summer for thinking of him for this project, but wonders how thankful he will be when it's over.


​Patrick A. Jackson 10/29 at 2pm Tickets

Patrick is excited to make his Urbanite debut. Patrick is an actor, playwright and teaching artist. He is currently the Education & Improv Associate at American Stage in St. Petersburg, FL. Patrick's co-wrote FST's inaugural production of Deck The Halls and has had work produced with the DC Black Theatre Festival. Acting Credits Include: FST Improv's When X Meets Y, Alice With A Twist (FST), When The Party Ends (SOURCE Productions), Sometimes It Snows In Atlanta (Positive Scribe Productions).

J. Elijah Cho 11/1 at 8pm Tickets

J. Elijah Cho is a writer/actor and co-founder of the Tampa based sketch comedy group, Some Sort of Show. He wrote and performed the solo show, Mr. Yunioshi, for last year's New York Fringe Festival. He is grateful to have worked with some of the incredible theatre companies in the Tampa Bay area, including Hat Trick Theatre, Jobsite Theater, and American Stage. Film: Waiting for Mary. Television: Halt & Catch Fire.

 

Roxanne Fay 11/2 at 8pm Tickets

Roxanne keeps herself busy as writer, director, actor and as the producing artistic director of Circle In The Water, LLC. She creates theatrical events to highlight the artists and works exhibited at the Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, which will present her newest work on the surrealist designer Elsa Schiaparelli on November 8, 2017. Roxanne was awarded the 2017 Creative Pinellas Individual Artist grant. In 2016, Roxanne was awarded the Hawthornden Writers’ Fellowship and spent a month as playwright in residence at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, which was completely awesome. She will join The Growlery in San Francisco as artist in residence in 2018. Her plays have been produced in the Tampa Bay area, in Chicago, at the United Solo Festival in NYC, and in upstate New York. Acting roles include Beatrice in The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, Touchstone in As You Like It, Feste in Twelfth Night, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Dr. Emma Brookner in The Normal Heart, Ruth in Collected Stories, both Juliet’s Nurse AND Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, and Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. In January, 2018 she will perform as Prospero in Jobsite Theater’s production of The Tempest. 

Ricky Wayne 11/3 at 8pm Tickets

Ricky is thrilled to be joining Urbanite for this exciting production. Ricky was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has trained and taught at Children’s Theatre Workshop and American Conservatory Theatre in theatre and acting, and at The Groundlings in Los Angeles in improvisation and sketch comedy writing. American Stage audiences might remember him as Carl from Opus in 2010, Marc in Art in 2013 and as Tartuffe in Tartuffe in 2016. Currently he is in his 8th year in residence at American Stage performing the first Sunday of the month as one half of Hawk and Wayne, a long form improv comedy duo with local actor and director Gavin Hawk ,and is a founding member of American Stage Improv. Other Local theatre credits include A Simple Theatre’s Congratulations, Joe! and The Heather’s Speed-the-Plow, On Tidy Endings and Glengarry Glen Ross. He currently works in television and film most recently in recurring roles on RECTIFY on the Sundance Channel and OUTSIDERS on WGN. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association. 

 

Niki Fridh 11/4 at 8pm Tickets

Niki s thrilled to be a making her Sarasota debut with Urbanite Theatre! A proud member of AEA, Niki calls Delray Beach home and has appeared on regional stages throughout Southeast Florida including: Theatre Lab, Island City Stage, City Theatre, Actor’s Playhouse, Zoetic Stage, and Thinking Cap Theatre where she most recently starred in Grounded by George Brant, a one-woman show.  This December, you can catch her at Theatre Lab (Boca Raton) in the World Premiere production of Most Wanted by Peter Sagal, followed by Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists in February 2018.

 

Harry Lipstein 11/5 at 2pm Tickets

Harry  is pleased to be acting in his second Urbanite production (Stupid Fucking Bird). Later this season at Urbanite, he'll assistant direct the regional premiere of Henry Naylor's Echoes under Brendan Ragan. 

LOCATION

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1487 2nd Street

Sarasota, FL 34236

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