“A gentle and extraordinarily beautiful new play…” The New York Times
“A dazzling, offbeat oratorio of inarticulate thought and emotion.” Austin Live
“Baker’s gift is for humor and empathy—we’d roll our eyes at KJ and Jasper in real life—but she shows us their absurdity and makes us love them.” The New Yorker.
(Sarasota, Florida) The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents The Aliens by Annie Baker, January 2-20, 2013, at the Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $29 evenings; $28 matinees. Students receive 50 percent off with advance ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Asolo Rep’s box office at the FSU Center for Performing Arts; 941-351-8000. Pay What You Can Night: On Wednesday, January 2, 8 p.m., audience members are invited to attend a production of The Aliens and pay whatever they can afford for their ticket. These special tickets are available on day of performance only.
In Annie Baker’s The Aliens, two social misfits befriend a naive young coffee shop barista in a sleepy Vermont town. In doing so they teach him about friendship, commitment and what it means to grow into manhood in this very funny and moving play. Baker paints a portrait of their friendship with halting, understated and brilliant dialogue, evoking their sadness and quiet courage with an honesty and precise observation worthy of Chekov.
“Annie Baker is one of the rising young talents of the modern stage,” says Greg Leaming, director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. “When New York Times reviewer Charles Isherwood evoked both Beckett and Chekhov in his review of her and this play, he wasn’t exaggerating. The Aliens is an extraordinarily beautiful, tender and comic portrait of friendship.”
Leaming adds that the production will be directed by Brendon Fox, the Conservatory’s second-year acting teacher, who directed last year’s Conservatory production of Lobby Hero.
“The three young men in The Aliens are trying to connect to each other and to the outside world through humor, art, and friendship,” says director Brendon Fox. “There is a wonderful side to the play involving music—various old and new songs are woven beautifully throughout the piece. One of the other aspects of the play that I love is that the characters keep surprising themselves and the audience; they never behave the way you think they will, which is exciting. Annie Baker is one of the most powerful young voices writing today about what it means to be in your teens, 20s and early 30s.”
The Aliens runs January 2-20, 2013, at the Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Productions are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $29 evenings; $28 matinees. Students receive 50 percent off with advance ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Asolo Rep’s box office at the FSU Center for Performing Arts; 941-351-8000.
Pay What You Can Series: On Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 8 p.m., audience members are invited to attend a production of The Aliens and pay what they can afford for their ticket. These special tickets are available on day of performance only.
Photos by Frank Atura
- 01: Ben Williamson and Brian Nemiroff in FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s production of The Aliens; photo by Frank Atura.
- 02: Ben Williamson, Brian Nemiroff and Zlatomir Moldovanski in FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s production of The Aliens; photo by Frank Atura.
ABOUT THE CONSERVATORY
The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training is a celebrated three-year graduate program culminating in a master of fine arts degree. For more than 30 years, tens of thousands of actors from across the continent have auditioned for admission. A maximum of 12 students are admitted each year. In their second year, the students perform in the Cook Theatre, a 161-seat space designed to create an intimate experience for the audience and actors. Third-year students are seen on the Mertz Stage working with the Asolo Rep’s professional actors in exciting and significant roles. For more information, visit www.asolorep.org/conservatory.