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Florida Repertory Theatre – “Southwest Florida’s Premier Professional Theatre!” 

The Florida Repertory Theatre is a nonprofit professional performing theatre located in the heart of the Fort Myers River District. Florida Rep is Lee County’s largest nonprofit performing arts organization and its work has garnered national attention for the sixth consecutive season.  

The Wall Street Journal's acclaimed drama critic and best-selling author, Terry Teachout, gave Florida Rep a sterling review, calling its January 2014 production of Arsenic and Old Lace "very, very funny!" adding to his 2009 praise, when he told two-million readers nationwide to "Make haste to Fort Myers, where the weather is warm and the theater fine!" 

Announcing Florida Rep's 2016-2017 Season! Florida Rep is pleased to announce its 19th Season! Join us in the Historic Arcade Theatre and the ArtStage Studio Theatre for nine great plays!


IN THE HISTORIC ARCADE THEATRE

Over the River and Through the Woods
by Joe DiPietro

10/25/16 - 11/16/16
A hilarious and warm-hearted family fiasco from the author of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and the Tony-Winning Broadway sensation, Memphis! See what happens when 29-year-old Nick tells both pairs of doting Italian-American grandparents he’s leaving Hoboken to take a dream job across the country. His grandparents are stunned! Why would he want to leave his family and New Jersey? Chaos ensues as his grandparents plot and scheme to find a way to keep him in Hoboken. “A hilarious family comedy that is even funnier than DiPietro’s long-running musical revue I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE!” —BackStage
 

Best of Enemies
by Mark St. Germain
11/15/16 - 12/18/16
An electrifying and tense new play based on a true story that follows the relationship between a hate-filled leader of the KKK and a pioneering African-American civil rights activist. In this gripping story, the unlikely pair must work together during Durham, NC’s heated 1971 desegregation battle. Best of Enemies is a stirring new play that exposes the poison of prejudice and the beauty of friendship. A Gripping & Electrifying True Story! From the author of the Florida Rep hit, CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM!
 

The Mousetrap
by Agatha Christie
11/29/16 - 12/18/16
Suspect everyone in this thrilling whodunit from the mind of Agatha Christie! Still running in London after 64 years, The Mousetrap tells the story of a group of strangers is trapped in a boarding house during a snow storm – with a murderer among them! Suspicion and intrigue abound as these strangers try to solve a murder and wonder who will be killed next. Revelations are made, shady pasts revealed, and alliances shift as Agatha Christie weaves a tangled web of deceit and suspense! The World’s Longest Running Play! A spine-tingling whodunit that is edge-of-your-seat fun!
 

The House of Blue Leaves
by
John Guare
01/06/17 - 01/25/17

This smart and outrageous black comedy follows the strangest day in the life of a New York zookeeper with big dreams! Artie Shaughnessy has aspirations of being a famous songwriter, but what his downstairs mistress, Bunny, won’t tell him, and his wife, Bananas (who is), tries to impart is that Artie’s songs stink. But today, Oct. 4th 1964, is different because the Pope is coming to town and miracles are in the air and anything is possible – or so they all think.  A Tony-Nominated BEST PLAY about Dreaming Big! “An enchantingly zany and original farce!” –NY Times
 

Shear Madness
by
Paul Pörtner
01/20/17 - 03/12/17

Madness erupts at a not-so-typical hair salon when the old lady upstairs gets mysteriously murdered and everyone’s dying to know WHODUNIT? Unlike any other murder mystery, in Shear Madness the audience combs through the clues and questions the suspects! And with up-to-the-minute improvisation, the show is different every time you see it! Seen by Over 11-Million People! America’s Favorite Comedy Whodunit!  Keeps audiences laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer!
 

To Kill a Mockingbird
by
Christopher Sergel
02/17/17 - 03/08/17

This compelling and timeless story of racial injustice and loss of innocence is told through the eyes of six year old Scout, the tomboyish daughter of small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. As a tense tug of war between justice and bigotry heats up in their small town of Maycomb, Alabama, Atticus and his family must learn to temper violence and hatred with courage and compassion. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird continues to inspire hope in the face of inequality. A Poignant and Moving Drama! The timeless American classic comes to vivid life onstage!
 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music & Lyrics by William Finn • Book by Rachel Sheinkin • Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
03/24/17 - 04/12/17

Six spellers enter the bee, but only one will walk away a winner in this Tony Award & Drama Desk-winning musical that has charmed audiences nationwide with its effortless wit and edgy humor! Hilarious and warm-hearted, this riotous musical comedy follows six adolescent misfits vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. As these tweens – and even the audience – spell their way through a series of outrageous words, they learn winning isn't everything – but the loser gets a juice box! A Tony-Award Winning Musical that Took Broadway by Storm! “An entirely adorable new musical! Quirky, satirical, riotously funny!” –NY Times
 

Doublewide
by
Stephen Spotswood
04/14/17 - 05/14/17

Jim Starkey's version of the American Dream is a modest one: to build a home on his one-acre plot of land and replace his doublewide trailer with something his daughter, Lorelai, can inherit. When a highway expansion project and a freak hunting accident shatter their dreams, Jim must decide how far he can be pushed and Lorelai is left to build her own future. A heartfelt and often funny drama that explores how far one family will go to hold onto their American Dream. Be the first audiences in America to see this amazing NEW PLAY!


Be sure to support your local theatre
and check the early dates for previews. We suggest that you call the box office today and book your tickets to see these wonderful productions!

Florida Rep is also proud to include a vibrant and expanding Outreach and Education department. Florida Rep Education provides children of all ages (and adults!) with numerous opportunities to experience the arts, including classes, camps, field trips, and more! Visit us today and find out why The Wall Street Journal called us “one of America’s TOP repertory companies!”


Florida Repertory Theatre
2267 First Street
Ft Myers, Florida 33901

239-332-4488 Box Office

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