The climate in Sarasota was described to us as “nippy,” although temperatures of 62 degrees Fahrenheit and partial sunshine hardly compare to Minnesota summers. Nevertheless, our trip to Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast was not solely centered around the weather. We were venturing there to witness the inauguration of Peter Rothstein’s new production, “Inherit the Wind,” as the producing artistic director at Asolo Repertory Theatre.
Having followed Rothstein’s career closely in the Twin Cities for nearly two decades, I felt a certain sense of connection to his achievements. Attending the opening night of Theater Latté Da had become a cherished tradition for my partner and me in our retirement years. Thus, it was both nostalgic and bittersweet to see him embark on this new chapter of his professional life in an entirely different setting. Moreover, familiar faces from the Twin Cities acting scene, including Mark Benninghofen, Sasha Andreev, and Sally Wingert, were participating in the show, which will run until February 24.
Asolo Rep, Florida’s largest Actors’ Equity theater, boasts an impressive $11 million annual budget, a stark contrast to the resources Rothstein had at his disposal during his 25-year tenure at Latte Da. Situated in close proximity to the iconic Ringling, the theater shares its 66-acre property with a series of art museums, a magnificent mansion, burial sites, and pristine beachfronts. It is a unique and idyllic location that exudes artistic heritage and natural beauty.
While the weather may have been a modest topic of conversation upon our arrival, it quickly became evident that our journey to Florida’s Gulf Coast was about so much more. It was a celebration of talent, resilience, and the transformative power of the performing arts. The blend of familiar and unfamiliar surroundings made for a captivating and emotionally charged experience that will resonate with us for years to come
1. What was the purpose of the trip to Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast?
The purpose of the trip was to witness the inauguration of Peter Rothstein’s new production, “Inherit the Wind,” as the producing artistic director at Asolo Repertory Theatre.
2. Who is Peter Rothstein?
Peter Rothstein is a theater director and the producing artistic director at Asolo Repertory Theatre. He had previously worked at Theater Latté Da in the Twin Cities.
3. What is Asolo Rep?
Asolo Rep is Florida’s largest Actors’ Equity theater. It has an annual budget of $11 million and is located in close proximity to the iconic Ringling. The theater shares its property with a series of art museums, a mansion, burial sites, and beachfronts.
4. Who are some familiar faces from the Twin Cities acting scene participating in the show?
Some familiar faces from the Twin Cities acting scene participating in the show are Mark Benninghofen, Sasha Andreev, and Sally Wingert.
5. How long will the show “Inherit the Wind” run?
The show will run until February 24.
– Inauguration: The formal beginning or introduction of something, in this case, Peter Rothstein’s new production as the producing artistic director at Asolo Repertory Theatre.
– Producing Artistic Director: The individual responsible for overseeing the artistic vision and overall production of a theater company.
– Actors’ Equity: Actors’ Equity Association is the labor union representing professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
– Artistic Heritage: The cultural and creative legacy of a particular artistic community or institution.
– Transformative Power: The ability of performing arts to create meaningful and impactful experiences that can change or inspire individuals.