Looking Back,

Looking Ahead

Dear Friend of Starlite Players,

Several months ago Starlite Players announced the theme for our January show, “Looking Back, Looking Ahead.” Unfortunately, now we’re doing that in real life because we’ve lost our space. As a result, we’re taking an intermission by postponing the show that was previously scheduled for January 19-22.

Looking back, we’re proud of our accomplishments and all the fun we’ve had. Since our debut in July 2015—less than 1.5 years ago—we’ve staged a show almost every month. We have:

  • Produced 61 fresh, new comedies by playwrights locally and worldwide.
  • Fulfilled our mission, to build a community among Tampa Bay theatre professionals and also between our artists and our audiences.
  • Staged plays by and with some of the area’s best playwrights, directors, actors, technical personnel and volunteers.
  • Consistently won critical plaudits.
  • Made sure everyone received compensation (although modest) to show our respect for each person’s time and talent.
  • Received positive national coverage twice in The Dramatist, published by Dramatists Guild of America; and international coverage in The Eugene O’Neill Review, published by the Eugene O’Neill International Society.
  • Operated in the black.


Looking ahead, the picture is less clear. The Starlite Room had donated space each month for rehearsals and performances. Two other sponsors—the Jazz Club of Sarasota and Aviva—and some appreciative donors have also contributed, as have our company members, who work for very little, and our volunteers. These donations have allowed us to keep ticket prices low but now it’s tourist season. The restaurant can no longer host us—and other venues are booked.

Starlite Players can resume operations if we’re able to find an affordable year-round home in the Sarasota area where we could rehearse and perform every month (or perhaps every other month). That would probably mean a free or very low-cost space, provided by an owner who could benefit from our operations and patrons. That’s asking a lot—and we’d need to find a home quickly because our people have understandably begun to disperse.

Whatever the outcome, we thank you for your enthusiasm and for coming along on our grand adventure. Without our audience, we’d have had no reason to exist. Please keep supporting the arts!

And now we bow as the curtain falls.

Only time will tell whether it’s the end of the first act or the final curtain.


Jo Morello

Producing Artistic Director



The Starlite Players is an independent producing organization not affiliated with the Starlite Room.


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