While they weren’t entirely sure until the last minute they would present their shows, Festival founders SaraSolo, Ann Morrison and Blake Walton, are moving forward with plans for an fall event that includes four new performances for a single person.
They hoped to return to New College’s Black Box Theater, but COVID-19 protocols would have forced them to mask the performers and the audience. After working on some logistics, SaraSolo’s next round of shows will be presented October 12-17 as an emerging theater event at Tree Fort Productions, a performing arts program directed by actress Katherine Michelle Tanner at the Crossings Mall at the Siesta Key Mall. .
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Walton said that in recent years, technical director Steve Patmagrian has acquired the pieces to create a theatrical space anywhere, with curtains, lighting and sound equipment.
The fall festival will feature four artists who appeared in the May development workshop program called The Solo, which began to help solo artists improve the pieces they’ve been working on.
Clara Francesca, who appeared in the first two years of the SaraSolo festival in 2016 and 2017, returns with a new multimedia version of her unique work about Jenny Marx, the wife of Karl Marx. It is now called “Manifesting Mrs. Marx, a Portal.”
“She’s a real performance artist and she’s really looking at virtual reality stuff, eye glass stuff. It’s a fantastically interesting piece, ”Morrison said. After the initial SaraSolo festival, Francesca presented the previous version of her show in New York City and then at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Storyteller Dennis McSorley returns with “A Boy from Queens.”
“It’s always been a monologue,” Walton said. “It takes his magnificent, rich stories about growing up in Queens and turning it into a complete theatrical monologue.”
Paula Broadwater, a Tampa Bay actress who appeared at festivals in 2017 and 2018, is creating a piece called “‘Til Somebody Faces,” a musical journey in a cabaret format that uses songs and stories to play different relationships. The show will premiere at Largo’s Eight O’Clock Theater before being presented at SaraSolo.
“He has such a sunny, southern perspective on his mood,” Morrison said of Broadwater.
Sylvia Day creates the latest “Send in the Clones” program as AI Tiri’s virtual assistant, who does her job well until she asks him a question “that makes her question her existence and purpose,” Walton said. .
The festival will be presented at 6 and 8 pm from October 12 to 17 with two pieces in each performance segment, so patrons could see all four in two nights.
Tickets are $ 10 to $ 22. For more information: sarasolo.org