Less than a year after "The Columnist" appeared on Broadway with John Lithgow in the lead, David Auburn's historical drama about political writer Joseph Alsop opens at Florida Studio Theatre's Keating Theatre on Friday.
Auburn's first full-length play since his Pulitzer Prize Award-winning "Proof," "The Columnist" explores the turmoil of the 1960s and the high personal cost of Alsop's political involvement during the era.
The show is being directed by Kate Alexander, FST's veteran associate director.
"'The Columnist' is a refreshing play, fully of intrigue and passion," she said in a statement. "It takes place during an unusual time in our history, on the cusp of the Camelot years through the riveting social changes that followed the Kennedy assassination."
Alexander noted that the play takes place during a time when "powerful people and powerful organizations once thought sacrosanct were brought down."
"As the world changed, Joe Alsop struggled with his world view," she said.
"And yet, what I like is that there are no clear protagonists or antagonists in this story. All the characters are heroic and flawed and very human as they strive for their idea of right."
The cast includes returning FST favorites Jeff Plunkett as Joe Alsop, as well as Rachel Moulton playing Susan Mary Alsop, Rob Gomes appearing as Stewart Alsop and Seth Teegarden as Philip. New faces to FST are John Keabler as Andrei, Marie Claire Roussel as Abigail and Michael Zlabinger as Halberstam.
Details: Jan. 31 (preview), Feb. 1-April 7, FST's Keating Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $18-$36. Information: 941-366-9000 or floridstudiotheatre.org.
Wade Tatangelo, can be reached at 941-745-7057.