The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training opens its season with William Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy "Twelfth Night."
It's about a young woman lost in a foreign country and dressed as a boy to keep herself safe. Of course, she finds herself falling in love with a boy who happens to be her new employer.
This production stars the entire second-year student class of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.
"Twelfth Night is Shakespeare's greatest comedy as far as I'm concerned," said Greg Leaming, director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, and director of this production, in a statement.
"It's so full of humanity, life and, like all really great comedies, a certain amount of pain."
For the 7:30 p.m. opening night show this Tuesday, audience members are invited to attend and pay whatever they feel comfortable paying for their ticket. These special tickets are available on day of performance only.
Details: Oct. 30-Nov. 18; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $29 (evenings); $28 (matinees). Students receive 50 percent off with advance ticket purchase. Information: 941-351-8000 or www.asolorep.org.
-- Wade Tatangelo