Two outcasts, both about 30 years old, befriend a high school-age coffee shop barista in a small Vermont town in Annie Baker's acclaimed play "The Aliens," the latest production by The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.
The dramedy has been a critical darling and crowd-pleaser since it premiered off-Broadway in 2010.
The FSU/Asolo Conservatory production opening today is directed by Brendon Fox, the conservatory's second-year acting teacher who directed last year's engaging comedy drama "Lobby Hero."
"It's not an accident the play takes place just before, after and during the Fourth of July," Fox said.
"It's reflecting on what America means to these characters and very clever of Annie Baker to pin it to that week where they are questioning everything about how the world really works."
Details: Jan. 3-20, Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $29 (evenings); $28 (matinees). Information: 941-351-8000.