The first in Art Center Sarasota’s 2014 “Theater of the Mind” series, this staged reading of A .R. Gurney’s comedy of manners promises searing revelations, emotional showdowns and martini-dry wit.
(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota presents a staged reading of “The Cocktail Hour,” a comedy of manners by A. R. Gurney, January 5, 4 p.m., at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota. The event is free but donations are accepted. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.
Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as “Best Off-Broadway Play,” “The Cocktail Hour” blends mordant humor with moments of affecting poignancy. Directed by Cinda Goeken, this production stars Tim Minar as Bradley, and Emilie Robinson as his wife, Ann, who discover, over cocktails, that their son (Paul Hutchison) has written a new play exposing the family foibles and secrets. Adding to the hilarity is Laura Smith as Nina, the sister, who is upset that her role in the play is so small. As the martinis flow, so do the revelations and recriminations, both funny and poignant, in this heartfelt comedy about the ties that bind.
Theater of the Mind, established in 2010 by Emilie Robinson and Janet Davies, presents play readings and staged performances at Art Center Sarasota. All proceeds benefit Art Center Sarasota. The season continues with “Walter Cronkite Is Dead” (February 9, 4 p.m.); “A Voice of My Own” (March 2, 4 p.m.); and “Coming to Life” (March 23, 4 p.m.)
- Tim Minar, Laura Smith, and Emilie Robinson star in Theater of the Mind’s staged reading of A.R. Gurney’s play, “The Cocktail Hour,” 4 p.m., Sunday, January 5, at Art Center Sarasota.
About Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.
Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-365-2032 § Fax: 941-366-0585
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday