Tickets selling for all performances, May 1 through 4

We are currently selling tickets for all performances of our Ninth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival–May 1, 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and May 3 and 4 at 2 p.m. at the Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU/Asolo Conservatory for the Performing Arts.  Should you have any difficulty with a ticket purchase, please email us at or call us at 941 799 7224.

We look forward to seeing you!

Leave a Comment

Posted On:April 4, 2014

Filed under Press & News

Theatre Odyssey winning playwright has play before New York producers

A stage play with roots in the greater Bradenton-Sarasota community is finding its way to New York.  Too Close to the Shore, a dramatic play centering on the relationship between a father and son, in this case, Philip Hamilton and his father Alexander (yes, that Alexander Hamilton, whose portrait appears on the ten-dollar bill), is scheduled to be read in front of New York theater producers in late March.

The playwright is Bradenton resident Bernard Yanelli, also the reigning Theatre Odyssey Best Play author for A Little Help! in 2013.  His full length play, Undaunted, largely about the elder Hamilton, won Sarasota Players Theatre’s new play competition in 2010.  His new short play, For Art’s Sake, will be presented on May 1 through 4 in Theatre Odyssey’s Ninth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival at the Jane B. Cook Theatre at the FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts in Sarasota. 

Other faces familiar to Sarasota are involved in the New York producers’ reading.  Blake Walton, whose recent one-man show, Leading Men, won the United Solo Best Premiere Award in New York City, is directing the reading.  He has assembled a largely New York based cast and added two local actors last October.  Anna Trinci, who recently flew the Manatee Players stage as Peter Pan, is reading the role of the romantic interest of young Philip Hamilton, and Tom Aposporos, who originally played the role of Gouverneur Morris in Undaunted, the elder Hamilton’s confidante and the young Hamilton’s equivalent godfather, will reprise that role in New York.

New York producer Wayne Adams (The Runner Stumbles, True West, And the Nightingale Sang…) and director Blake Walton are assembling potential producers and backers for the play’s production.  The readings are March 23 and 24 at Shetler Studios in New York’s theater district.


Tickets for Theatre Odyssey’s Ninth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival are on sale now.   The Executive Producers for the 2014 festival are:  SCENE Magazine, Gerri Aaron, and Nigel Publishing.  We thank them for their generous support.

Leave a Comment

Posted On:March 17, 2014

Filed under Press & News


Theatre Odyssey announced that the winning play of this year’s annual Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival was Elevate My Life written by Joseph Grosso from Lakewood Ranch High School and the play will again be presented at Theatre Odyssey’s Ninth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival being held this year May 1-4, 2014. The Festival will take place at the Jane B. Cook Theatre at the FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, 5500 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Cinda Goeken directed Elevate My Life. Actors were Stephen Pustai, Donna DeFant, Connie Farris, Rod Rawlings, Chuck Conlon and Mary Jo Johnson. Mr. Grosso received a $300.00 cash prize for his work along with a trophy that will be on display at Lakewood Ranch High School for one year. Second place went to Jenna Greenfield also from Lakewood Ranch High School for her play The Gate directed by Mark Woodland and featuring actors Carly Alise Baker and Summer Begalka. Ms. Greenfield received a $100.00 cash prize.

Leave a Comment

Posted On:February 10, 2014

Filed under Press & News