Memorial Day Weekend Festivities in Sarasota
- May 27, 2023
- Featured Events, holidays
Memorial Day has been celebrated in Sarasota since the early 1900s. The first known observance of the holiday in Sarasota took place…Read More
Located in the heart of downtown is an intimate venue that’s easy to miss, but once inside, the “black-box” Urbanite Theatre will keep you coming back for more.
Urbanite Theatre, led by Brendan Ragan, the theater’s co-artistic director, fills a niche in Sarasota offering edgy, daring, funky and bold scripts written by artists who are on the verge of fame.
March 24 heralds Urbanite’s third production of the 2023 season, the world premiere of Backward Forwards Back by Jacqueline Goldfinger, also directed by Brendan Ragan. The one-actor play (tells the story of a soldier returning from war plagued with ghosts from his past and a severe case of PTSD. “Backwards Forwards Back is a riveting examination of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans, but
more importantly, it is also an insightful meditation on healing.” says Ragan. “It’s rare
that a story ever looks so deeply inside the minds of our wounded soldiers, focusing less on the outward
symptoms but the inner turmoil.”
The drama stars Army veteran L. James, who previously appeared in Urbanite’s smash hit Sender. Confronting his PTSD, head on (literally, using a Virtual Reality therapy/headset) he is faced with a sobering decision: address his alarming PTSD with Virtual Reality therapy, or risk losing access to his family forever. Can this new technology recalibrate the brains and bodies of wounded soldiers?
Urbanite Theatre proves to be a gem of an artistic theatre, with its small, black box format. And they want to stay that way. “We don’t want to grow so big that we have to find new, bigger home. It would change both the product and what we produce. Small makes us special. We have to appeal to a smaller slice of the overall pie, and keep our theater at 75 seats vs. 500 or more like other venues,” Ragan said.
What? BACKWARDS FORWARDS BACK
When? March 24th – April 23rd, 2023,
Run time: 60 minutes, no intermission
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 2:00pm (until 4/8) & 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
2023 Modern Works Festival
Presented by Summer Wallace
May 3 – May 7, 2023
Back for the fourth time and returning to an in-person experience, the Modern Works Festival is a playwriting contest, reading festival and celebration of women in theatre.
A World Premiere! That Must Be the Entrance to Heaven
by Franky D. Gonzalez, Directed by Kathleen Capdesuñer
June 9 – July 9, 2023
Glory. Survival. Legacy. Citizenship. Four Latino boxers all chase a world title to achieve their personal versions of heaven. But to get there, they must battle each other, their own battered bodies, and the universe itself. All four men walk the line between life and death in this poignant, poetic collision of combat and cosmos.