It’s impressive how Sarasota arts lovers have taken to heart Urbanite Theatre, the small downtown theater that began operations on Second Street in April 2015. In just one short year, the company has produced seven shows to strong box office support and critical acclaim; and now Urbanite (whose co-artistic directors are Summer Dawn Wallace and Brendan Ragan) has announced a five-show second season at the black box theater.
That season begins next month with a regional premiere (in fact, all five shows are regional premieres) of Ruby Rae Spiegel’s play Dry Land, which Wallace will direct. It’s set in the girls’ locker room of a Florida high school and follows an unlikely friendship between a hopeful collegiate swimmer and a girl desperately in need of a friend. That’s onstage June 24 through July 24.
It’s followed by Jennifer Haley’s Breadcrumbs, which Ragan will direct. In this “memory play,” a fiction writer diagnosed with dementia must depend upon a young caregiver with troubles of her own in order to finish her autobiography. Onstage Aug. 12 through Sept. 18.
Next up is Eric Coble’s My Barking Dog, a play the Cleveland News-Herald called “a truly magnificent work.” It focuses on two reclusive apartments dwellers whose lives take a strange turn when a coyote begins to visit their fire escape. That show is set to run Nov. 11 through Dec. 18.
Ideation, by Aaron Loeb, will take the stage Jan. 27 through March 12, making it the longest run so far in the Urbanite schedule. Ragan and Wallace will perform together onstage for the first time at Urbanite (in a cast that includes other actors as well) in this psychological suspense thriller in which a group of corporate consultants works on a mysterious project.
The season closes out with Elizabeth Heffron’s Bo-Nita, about a precocious 13-year-old girl who winds up with a dead ex-stepfather on her bedroom floor. It’s a one-woman, seven-character adventure—containing, as Urbanite’s shows often do, adult language and mature themes.
For more information on the shows, and to purchase tickets, visit urbanitetheatre.com or call the box office, (941) 321-1397.