The 2022-2023 lineup features nine comedies, dramas, new works, a world classic, and two musicals in the theatre’s two unique performance venues.
FORT MYERS, FL – Florida Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce its 25th Anniversary Season in the Historic Arcade and ArtStage Studio Theatres. The 2022-2023 Season opens to previews in the ArtStage Studio on September 20, and the nine-show season runs through May 21, 2023.
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL|
BY LANIE ROBERTSON
SEPT 23-OCT 30, 2022 • Previews: Sep. 20-22 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
In this powerful musical tour-de-force, the ArtStage Studio transforms into the gritty Philadelphia bar where legendary Jazz singer Billie Holiday gave one of her final public performances. Set in 1959, the musical chronicles the singer’s heart-wrenching life story and celebrates the music she gave the world. With the help of her piano man, Billie lets her music tell her story and shares her most beloved songs like “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” “When a Woman Loves a Man,” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do.”
“A searing portrait of a jazz legend! “Original and riveting!” -London Times
INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP
BY KATIE FORGETTE
OCT 28-NOV 13, 2022 • Previews: Oct 25-27 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
Catholic guilt takes center stage in this hilarious new comedy about growing up as an O’Shea. It is 1973, the O’Sheas are just like any other family in town: middle-class, Irish, Catholic, and well-behaved. 19-year-old Linda is left to tell her sister about the birds and the bees, and chaos ensues when their parish priest overhears the bawdy details. Father Lovett confronts the family about the “corruption of their daughter’s soul,” and it takes every O’Shea to save their name from public ridicule & their souls from eternal damnation!
An uproarious new comedy about the power of family bonds! Moving, heart-warming, and downright hilarious!
AGATHA CHRISTIE’S AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
DEC 2-18, 2022 • Previews: Nov 29-Dec 1 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
In Agatha Christie’s most chilling whodunnit, ten strangers are summoned to a remote island by a mysterious host. Each guest hides a wicked past and a secret they refuse to reveal. As the weather becomes stormy and they’re cut off from the mainland, their weekend getaway takes a bloody turn. When one of the guests…and another… turn up dead, they realize there is a killer in their midst. Will they find the murderer before it’s too late?
A chilling and suspenseful murder mystery! “A perfect combination of thriller and detective story!”-THE GUARDIAN
FREUD’S LAST SESSION
BY MARK ST. GERMAIN
DEC 16, 2022-JAN 15, 2023 • Previews: Dec 13-15 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
On the eve of World War II, Dr. Sigmund Freud, the legendary psychoanalyst, invites a young Oxford student, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London. Over the course of one evening, these two great minds clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life – just weeks before Freud took his own life. Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor that delightfully explores the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing humanity’s greatest questions!
“Delightful! A brainy fencing match of Olympic caliber.”-BLOOMBERG NEWS
BY DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE
JAN 13-29, 2023 • Previews: Jan 10-12 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
From the twisted, brilliant mind of the Pulitzer Prize & Tony-winning author of Rabbit Hole and Good People, comes a high-stakes comedy about two women of a certain age locked in a no-holds-barred battle to the death! A sunny room on the top floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of her infuriatingly chipper roommate by any means necessary. A harmless bet quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these two old ladies, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden. A
retirement home bet between two ‘golden girls’ escalates into the stratosphere! “Deeply satisfying and vastly entertaining!” -DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
BY OSCAR WILDE
FEB 3-MAR 5, 2023 • Previews: Jan 31-Feb 2 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining comic classic sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This “trivial comedy for serious people” features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, and indomitable dowagers.
Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy brought to vivid life in the ArtStage Studio Theatre! “The most perfect comedy in the English language!”-THE TELEGRAPH
ON GOLDEN POND
BY ERNEST THOMPSON
FEB 17-MAR 5, 2023 • Previews: Feb 14-16 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
This modern American classic tells the love story of Norman and Ethel Thayer, who return every summer to their New England lake house. Celebrating 48 years of marriage, the irascible Norman and kind-hearted Ethel settle in for another peaceful summer. But when their estranged daughter unexpectedly visits then leaves behind her fiancée’s teen-aged son, the Thayers’ quiet lives are turned upside down. Through moments both moving and humorous, the summer becomes one of new relationships and reconciled differences.
A hopeful, uplifting, and tender story about family and the power of love. “A work of rare simplicity and beauty!”-NY DAILY NEWS
RING OF FIRE: The Music of Johnny Cash
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr. | Conceived by William Meade
MAR 24-APR 16, 2023 • Previews: Mar 21-23 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
The iconic music of Johnny Cash comes to life in this crowd-pleasin’, foot-stompin’ musical celebration. Ring of Fire uses the Cash songbook to tell a fascinating story of love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. With more than two dozen classic Johnny Cash hits like “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Ring of Fire,” a cast of instrumentalists paints a musical portrait of an American music legend.
If you loved Million Dollar Quartet and Buddy, don’t miss this country, rockabilly, & rock ‘n’ roll sensation!
BY KENNETH LONERGAN
APR 21-MAY 21, 2023 • Previews: Apr 18-20 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
The lobby of a Manhattan apartment building is much more than a waiting area for four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation. It’s a testing ground for what happens when personal and professional personas find themselves at odds. A young security guard with big ambitions clashes with his stern boss, an intense rookie cop, and her unpredictable partner in this electrifying, smart, and funny examination of morality and motivation. Lobby Hero is a moving, emotionally-nuanced drama mixing ideas about race, gender, class, and corruption with moments of wit, comedy, and romance.
An electrifying dark comedy! “A masterpiece. The best drama, the best comedy, the best romance…all rolled into one.” -TIME OUT NY
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Fred & Jean Allegretti Foundation • Betty & Don Abbott • Mark & Carolyn Ain • Darlene & Val Arnold • Lynne Birdt • Naomi Bloom • Dinah Bloomhall • Janet & Bruce Bunch • Nick & Aline Bodven • Don & Marcia Bolte • Jane & Bob Breisch • Alexandra & Eunice Bremner • Judy & Barry Bronstein • Mr. & Mrs. Dan & Linda Carp • Dr. Maura Chippendale-Chippendale Audiology • City of Fort Myers • Steve & Doris Colgate • Janice & Michael Danzig • Ruth & Robert Diefenbach • Emily Eason • Claiborne & Ned Foulds Foundation • Galloway Family of Dealerships • Doug & Linda Garde • Vici & Russ Hamm • Jonatha & James Castle/Grampy's Charities • Missy Jordan • Joseph Catti-FineMark National Bank & Trust • Jane V. King • Dr. Charles Klucka & Daniel Zeugin • Lee Anne Tauck / L.A.T. Foundation • Leecares • Lee County Electric Cooperative • Judith Leeder • Lee Memorial Health System/Kids' Minds Matter • Lighthouse Wealth Management • Sunny & Clive Lubner / Clive Daniel Home • Joel Magyar • John W. Martin • Dr. Gail D. McClure • Mary Ann & Martin McLaughlin • Robin & Jan Mills• Lee Moore & Dee Whited • Dave & Carol Munro • Laurye & Wayne Omelia • Charles & Susan Patten • Mr. & Mrs. Paul Peden / The Veranda • Diane & Ronald Pierce • Noreen Raney • Sue & Jack Rogers • Herb & Ellen Schneider • Jerry & Lorna Shafir • The Shubert Foundation, Inc. • Southwest Florida Community Foundation • State of Florida- Division of Cultural Affairs • Waterman Broadcasting of Florida • Donald & Michele Wernsing • William & Patricia M. Wiggenhorn • William E. Cross Foundation-Art & Hazel Brisker, Donald & Rebecca Linton • Shelley Wilson & Terry Kelley • Arthur M. Zupko