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FST looks at the American dream with ‘Doublewide’

Florida Studio Theatre concludes the Summer Mainstage season with “Doublewide” by Stephen Spotswood. This brand new work reveals the reality and comedy of blue collar family life and runs from Aug. 2-20 in the Gompertz Theatre.
Florida Studio Theatre concludes the Summer Mainstage season with “Doublewide” by Stephen Spotswood. This brand new work reveals the reality and comedy of blue collar family life and runs from Aug. 2-20 in the Gompertz Theatre. Publicity photo

It’s billed as a “rolling world premiere,” and that’s not because it’s about a doublewide trailer.

“Doublewide” is a new comedy by Stephen Spotswood that’s next up at Florida Studio Theatre. It looks at the American dream through a guy named Jim Starkey, who’s modest ambition — to replace the family’s doublewide trailer with a comfortable house that his daughter can inherit — seem to be shaped by forces and desires beyond his control.

The rolling premiere thing has to do with the National New Play Network. The NNPN’s initiative allows a playwright to develop a new work with the help of creative teams from at least three theaters, in different areas around the country. Then the theaters involved all stage their version of the finished project within the same 12-month period.

Playwright Spotswood has been involved with FST’s rehearsal process.

The production is directed by Jason Cannon and features Todd Licea and Kim Crow. Licea was previously seen in FST’s Stage III production of “Stalking the Bogeyman.” Crow has performed at FST in “Golda’s Balcony” and “Fire On The Mountain.”

Spotswood has written more than 15 other plays, the best known of which is “Girl in the Red Corner.”

Details: Aug 2-20, Gompertz Theatre at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave, Sarasota. $25-$39. 941-366-9000, floridastudiotheatre.org.

Marty Clear: 941-708-7919, @martinclear

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