Florida Rep’s 2019-2020 Season continues with “Alabaster”

Florida Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce the opening of “Alabaster” by Audrey Cefaly, as part of a 10-theatre National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.

Chosen from Florida Rep’s 2018 PlayLab Festival of New Works, “Alabaster” plays in the ArtStage Studio Theatre Dec. 20, 2019, to Jan. 26, 2020 with four nearly sold-out previews Dec. 17-19.

“Florida Rep’s is committed to developing new works and nurturing playwrights,” said Artistic Director Greg Longenhagen, “and Audrey Cefaly’s new play is one of the most exciting new works to cross my desk in a while. This play is both hopeful and heartbreaking and features some of your favorite Florida Rep ensemble members. We are honored to give this play its first of ten Rolling World Premiere productions and to welcome the playwright into the creative process. ‘Alabaster’ is not a play to miss this season.”

“Alabaster” is a darkly comic southern drama about love, art, and the power of women. This heart-wrenching story of a reclusive Alabama folk artist won the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. After a tornado barrels through town, leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale. When a prominent photographer visits to take pictures of June’s scars, both are forced to reconcile the pain of loss and recovery. This all-female drama explores the meaning and purpose of art and the struggle of the lost and tortured souls that seek to create it.

“National New Play Network is delighted to be supporting this play through a record-breaking ten Rolling World Premiere productions in the 12 months following the opening in Fort Myers,” said National New Play Network Executive Director, Nan Barnett.

“Florida Rep led the creation of this partnership, and their advocacy for the play and playwright will be celebrated not only in Fort Myers and the other nine cities but also during the many other productions that we are sure will follow.”

“Alabaster” plays in the ArtStage Studio Theatre Dec. 20, 2019, to Jan 26, 2020, with discounted previews Dec. 17-19. Tickets start at $55/$49 for regular performances and $35/$29 for previews. Tickets are available online at www.FloridaRep.org and through the box office at 239-332-4488. “Alabaster” contains strong language and brief nudity.

Subscriptions are also on sale now and offer the best seats at the most significant discount. Packages for 7 and 6 shows are now on sale and start as low as $174. The Five-Show Arcade Theatre Rush Pass is now on sale for $175 and offers the best available seats in the Historic Arcade Theatre 90-minutes before any performance. Subscriptions are available through the box office at 239-332-4488 or toll-free at 877-787-8053. 

Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, and Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre and the ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay St. between Jackson & Hendry with limited free parking in the Fort Myers River District. Visit Florida Rep online at FloridaRep.org, and by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.